GVCCC Newsletter


Events, Discounts, Resources, Advocacy


22 June 2011


Dear GVCCC Members and Friends,


This week is LGBT Pride Week and we have some great events to announce in celebration of it. The first one is a Pride Celebration event hosted by Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer on June 23rd. The other event is hosted by Classic Harbor Line, who, on June 26th, will take a trip along the New York City skyline. 


There will also be a panel on small business on June 23rd with Jorge Silva-Puras from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Discussions will center around resources, legacy and retirement planning for business owners. 


Lastly, just a reminder about upcoming GVCCC committee meetings. On Monday, June 27th the Government Relations, Marketing and Membership committees will be hosting meetings to discuss ways to increase Chamber membership, raise our profile and effectively advocate for the business community.


See below for more information on events and Chamber happenings. 



Tom Gray 

Executive Director GVCCC


In This Issue
Stringer's LGBT Pride Event
Small Business Panel
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Pride Cruises with Classic Harbor Line

Scott M. Stringer's LGBT Pride Celebration Event 

Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer is hosting an LGBT Pride Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony. 


The Honorees include: 

Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment (GALDE) 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 

Pedro Julio Serrano- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 


Special Musical Performances are scheduled for the event! 



RSVP to 212-669-4451 or rsvp@manhattanbp.org


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

The LGBT Community Center 

208 West 13th Street 

(between 7th and 8th Avenues) 


A Panel on Small Business: Resources, Legacy and Retirement Planning for Business Owners



Business owners should have a balanced philosophy of both retirement planning and legacy planning. Most small business owners truly value their employees, but they should not have to choose between securing their future and that of the people they employ. Planning needs to be designed so that individuals take care of their retirement concerns today with a diligent eye for the future. While none of us can predict the future, we all must agree that doing nothing will give us just that... Nothing!



Keynote Speaker:

Jorge Silva-Puras, U.S. Small Business Administration



Catalina Castaņo, Brooklyn City-Tech SBDC

Thomas Bacharach, CJA (Retirement Planning)  

Victor Muro, National Life Group (Legacy Planning)


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | 10:00am-1:00pm

New York City College of Technology 

300 Jay Street 

Atrium-Amphitheater. AG-30 

Brooklyn, NY 11201 


Registration is required and seating is limited. 


RSVP here or call 718-797-0187


Upcoming Committee Meetings 

The GVCCC would like to remind you of our upcoming committee meeting schedule. The chamber's three main committees: Government Relations, Marketing and Membership will be hosting committee meetings on Monday, June 27. 


Initial committee agendas will be distributed before the meetings. We will be discussing new ways to increase Chamber membership along with ways to continue to bring you the most relevant events, seminars and resources. If you are a GVCCC member and would like to join one of our committees, email  tom@villagechelsea.com


Monday, June 27th, 2011 

Government Relations Committee 12pm-1pm

Marketing and Membership Committee 1pm-2pm

Conference Room, 1st floo| 154 Christopher Street 

Gay Pride Fireworks/Sail Cruise! 


The Classic Harbor Line is hosting Gay Pride Night on June 26th, 2011 aboard two of their boats: The Schooner Adirondack and the Catskill, where you can take in the famous Pier 54 fireworks, after the "Pride Dance". 


Some illuminated views along the way will include:

  • A gorgeous display of fireworks                                   
  • The New York City skyline  
  • Battery Park, a 20 acre park at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries  
  • Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954  
  • The Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals

Complimentary champagne, wine, beer and soda will be provided. 

Meeting Location

Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) - W. 22nd and Hudson River (Manhattan, NY)


For more information and to get tickets for
the Schooner Adirondack (@9:00pm), click here
the Catskill (@9:30pm), click here 




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