Business Card Forum Provides A Chance to Network
By Miriam Rosenberg
Peninsula Hospital’s Mediation Room was packed earlier this month as business owners came together to find out how they could do business with KeySpan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City School Construction Authority.
The School Construction Authority came to RDRC and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce to ask how they “can take advantage of doing business with the area’s women, minority owned and other local businesses,” Archer told those at the forum.
Steve Gonzalez, the business development coordinator for the New York City School Construction Authority said his agency expressed interest in “reaching out to the Rockaways in terms of programs we have…to give small entrepreneurs an opportunity to bid for work with the authority.”
“We look to bring together aviation services with businesses at JFK and LaGuardia Airports,” Hoffman said. Michael Lipetri, of KeySpan, said his company has many different business categories able to do business with the company such as office equipment and electrical and mechanical equipment.
The company also has a Supplier Diversity Program for minority and women-owned businesses.
Zenaida Chape´ is the assistant director of outreach for the MTA’s Office of Civil Rights.
“Once a company is certified with us, [a] newsletter is sent out to certified firms to let them know what is coming down the pipeline,” Chape´ said.
Jackie Cashen, of Belle Harbor, a representative for Big Dog Imprints, told The Wave such forums – with the expansion going on all over the Peninsula – is what Rockaway needs.
“It very helpful,” said Cashen. “It is a great opportunity for small business to [connect].”
Apostle Donald Ventura, of the Lighthouse Corporation here in Far Rockaway, said the forum was a good way “to build relationships to do business.”