Welcome to the Melville Chamber of Commerce 
- "Vision & Voice"
Monthly Edition
February, 2016
In This Issue
Message from our Board
News and Programs
Upcoming Events
Insights on the State of the Economy - Column by Melville Chamber Chief Economist
Employment Law
Your "Business Link"
Financial Planning
Member Spotlight of the Month
Message from our Board    

Message from Board Member, Michael Giambertone      

The New Year is in full swing and we have many exciting things coming your way!
This will be my first full year as a board member and my third calendar year as Chair of the Young Professionals Group. I sometimes think back to when I first joined the Melville Chamber.   Maybe you've done the same. What were my expectations? Were they met? How did my involvement (or uninvolvement) contribute to the outcome I received? It's funny how, as professionals, and most notably professionals on Long Island, we're so used to having our guard up...defensive almost...suspect of being sold to and/or pitched. Or was that just me?  You see, when I joined the chamber, I wanted to get involved because that's how people get to know who you are.  They get to know YOU, trust YOU, like YOU. Then, when they feel a level of comfort, business comes naturally. 
As a new member, I scheduled time to speak with our Executive Director, Ted Macaluso, to learn what I didn't know about the Chamber, to see what I could do.  Wouldn't you know how surprised I was when Ted asked me a simple question. He said, "Mike, you're a member of the Melville Chamber.  How can WE help YOU?"  WHO SAYS THAT THESE DAYS?  Let that sink in..."How can we help you?"
THAT'S what the Melville Chamber is about.   It began with our past President, Michael DeLuise, and has trickled down through Ted, our Board and now to you, our esteemed members.  Let's help each other succeed.  A strong membership creates a stronger Chamber, which, in turn, contributes to the ultimate success of Long Island.
Time is a precious and sometimes expensive commodity.  Spend it wisely and reap the rewards.
For those that haven't done so, please set up a time to meet with us. Speak with Ted or our Director of Membership, Kaye Nickerson. Call/email me or other board members, coordinate a call or maybe even a meeting over coffee.  I say time well spent! If we don't know you, your business, your goals, how are we to help you achieve them?
Just last week our Annual Business of the Year Award Celebration was held at Colonial Springs Golf Club. A wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of our honorees was very well attended.  Thanks to our sponsor St. Joseph's College along with Colonial Springs Golf Club for setting the atmosphere with great food, fun, networking, and, of course, celebrating these great contributors to the 110 corridor.

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New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, who currently serves the 10th Assembly District, was the recipient of the Chamber's Business Advocate of the Year Award. It was a great opportunity for those in attendance to get to know one of our locally involved elected leaders.
Digital Waterworx was awarded Business of the Year - Media.  Business of the Year - Community went to 511NYRideshare. Irene Litsas of Customers Bank was honored as W.O.M.E.N. of the Year. Taking home Business of the Year was Coliseum Kitchen & Caterers.  Non Profit of the Year went to St. Joseph's College.  Meredith McCaslin was recognized as our Young Professional of the Year. Patient Air Lift Services, represented by Eileen Minogue, was awarded the Michael J. Weisbrod Memorial Award for the remarkable community service.

The year began with a celebration of 2015 accomplishments.  Let's make 2016 the year to maximize your Melville Chamber membership.  Come out to events, schedule a coffee, make plans for lunch or breakfast with a fellow member.  Get to know us and give us a chance to know you! 
Best regards,
Michael Giambertone 
Board Member 
Melville Chamber of Commerce
News and Programs

Townwide Fund Gala Honoree 
Chamber President, David Gustin

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 6:00PM
 Place: Oheka Castle
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For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact 
The Townwide Fund at 631-629-4950 or 


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Upcoming Events
Membership with the Melville Chamber of Commerce provides ample opportunities for networking with other business professionals through a broad range of programs and events.

Save The Dates And Mark Your Calendars 

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"Open Committee Meeting"

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 8:00AM-10:00AM
Place: Panera Bread 


"Business Resource Roundtable"

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 8:30AM-10:00AM
Place: Customers Bank       


"Heart Health Program"

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 8:30AM-10:00AM
Place: American Heart Association        

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"Business After Hours"


Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
Place: Four Points By Sheraton     

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"Insights on the State of the Economy"
This is the latest installment in the "Insights on the State of the Economy"  Series by Richard Vogel, Chief Economist of the Melville Chamber of Commerce and Dean, School of Business at Farmingdale State College.

Richard Vogel
Chief Economist, Melville Chamber of Commerce
Dean, School of Business, Farmingdale State College
Student Debt and the Value of a College Degree

Employment Law
Employment Law
Column is sponsored by Jackson Lewis
Why Employers Need to Update Their
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies
Your "Business Link"

The Half Hollow Hills Community Library and member of the Melville Chamber of Commerce helps small businesses to grow our community. You can find up-to-date business resources in print and online to help you achieve your business goals @
Let the library serve as a resource and "Business Link" for your growth and economic success.  
Book Choice

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions:
Your Foundation for Successful Leadership  
Financial Planning
Financial Planning

Column sponsored by:
Wells Fargo Advisors
Help Take the Guesswork Out of Choosing Investments

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Remember our motto, building relationships is the key to building business!!

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Member Spotlight
February, 2016

Christina Carrasquillo

We will be selecting our next "Member Spotlight of the Month" at one of our upcoming events.
New Members

Please Welcome Our New Members

Stone to Water Therapeutics
Citizens Bank
Hilton Long Island/Huntington
Signs By Tomorrow
Wise Words That Matter
Barry Wiederman, CPA
Bolt Mechanics Inc.
Lend A Hand Project
CLARUS Training Solutions, Inc.
Bright Sun Naturals, Corp.
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The Chamber works actively with the Real Estate community to make sure that you get in touch with the appropriate people and find a space that matches your needs. 

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Melville Chamber of Commerce
585 Broadhollow Road

Melville, NY 11747

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