The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce capped off 2013 in-style Wednesday, hosting more than 600 people at its Winter Gala (a record for the event) and announcing that it had reached the historic milestone of 1,500 members – a goal set by Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo Scissura at last year’s event.
“We are growing every day,” Scissura said. “A big thank you goes to all our members, particularly our Ambassador Committee, our wonderful Board of Directors and ever-growing staff for making the Brooklyn Chamber the number one resource for businesses and a catalyst for economic development across the borough.”
1,500th member Maggie Gu, owner of Sunset Park’s Park Asia restaurant saw the Chamber’s 2013 expansion as a sign of things to come. “Wow! Fifteen in Chinese means ‘quickly,’” she said. “My being the 1,500th member is a sign of how quickly the Brooklyn Chamber has grown in this past year and it is also a sign that the businesses that make up the Chamber will develop quickly, too.”
1,500 members and a record turnout for the Winter Gala, the Chamber’s largest fundraiser, were just two of many accomplishments experienced during Denise Arbesu’s first full year as Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair. “A big thank you goes to our Board of Directors and the staff for all their hard work in making the Brooklyn Chamber the borough’s go-to place for small businesses and economic development,” she said.
This year’s Winter Gala also paid tribute to two “Legends of Brooklyn,” Borough President Marty Markowitz and former Board Chair Phil Stenger.
“I am honored that Brooklyn’s business community would bestow this generous honor upon me this evening,” said Markowitz. “It has been my pleasure to work with our local businesses in order to see them grow and get the promotion they deserve. The better Brooklyn’s businesses do, the better we all do.”
“It is an honor to be called a Brooklyn legend and receive this recognition from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce,” said Stenger. “Thank you to the Brooklyn Chamber for all they have done and continue to do for this great borough.”
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