Councilman James Sanders Jr. and his chief of staff, Donovan Richards, speak with the manager of the new Stop & Shop, Vito Orlando, right. Joining them is Richards’ fiancée, Tameeka. The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation hosted its 4th Annual Business Card Exchange at the Beach 73 Street sales office of Arverne By The Sea last week in an attempt to assist local businesspeople to increase their profits and to encourage them to work together to rally the Rockaway business community.
The event was co-sponsored by Arverne by the Sea and the city Small Business Services agency. Among those who participated were the Queens Chamber of Commerce; National Grid; the C.O.R.E. Generation; Advanced Wealth Solutions Group, LLC; the Rockaway East Merchants Association.
During the evening representatives from the organizations explained how they could help the growth of local businesses and assist businesses looking to come to Rockaway.
Local businessmen Andrew Langer (left) and Alan Camhi chat. Langer is the president of the Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA). Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC, told the business men and women who attended that his goal was to make Rockaway into “one regional economy.”
A large turnout of business owners exchanged cards and ideas during an evening meant to connect businesses with each other and those who could help them.
Jack Friedman (left), the executive vice president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said, “It is time for Queens to stop being the stepchild of New York City, and it is time for Rockaway to stop being the stepchild of Queens.” Also pictured is Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.