January 30 – The Nanuet Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Rockland Chamber Alliance (a working collaboration of all the other Chambers of Commerce in Rockland county) hosted a Post Holiday networking event at Banchetto Feast from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Over 100 attendees both members from chambers around the county and quite a few non members were there to network, meet and make new friends and business associates and hopefully reach out to join their local chamber. Presidents of several chambers spoke briefly about their respective chamber and mentioned some of their upcoming events.
November 30 – The Nanuet Chamber in conjunction with the Nanuet Civic Association held a free networking breakfast at the Nanuet Fire House Community room where most of the recently elected legislators, Highway Superintendent and judge were on hand to meet and greet and answer questions in a general forum.
November 12 – The Nanuet Chamber organized a fund raiser with the outstanding support and hosting of Raymour & Flanigan for the Nanuet High School DECA organization. About a dozen companies donated “tricky trays” (an assortment of gifts, baskets, etc.) for a raffle donation. In addition to the raffle, Raymour & Flanigan mad ea generous contribution to the DECA organization fund. These donations will help pay for students to be able to travel to the state and national competitions.
October 28 – The Nanuet Chamber held it’s 5th Annual Halloween Spooktacular at the George Miller Elementary School. There were free giveaways, pumpkin painting, face painting, children’s old fashioned games e.g. ring toss, apple toss, bean bag toss, etc where prizes were awarded. Vintage cars were on display and “trunk or treating” was available for children (of all ages). Almost all the 300+ children were in their wonderful and many original costumes (with their parents we had over 500 total attendees) . We want to thank Verizon (our year long Sapphire sponsor), Wegman’s and Tumble Bee Gymnastics for their sponsorship and support. A special thanks to our chamber board Vice President, Susan Farese who coordinates this annual event and created many of the old fashioned games.
September 26 – The Nanuet Chamber held is September Fall kick-off and Networking Event at Aqua Terra Grill (border of Nanuet and Pearl River). Several Nanuet businesses were recognized for their commitment to the Nanuet community and given the Chamber’s Partnership in Progress awards.
Risa Hoag, president of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, presented Verizon with a Partnership in Progress award for their support of the 2016 and 2017 Nanuet street fairs as well as their overall support of the chamber’s activities on-going through 2017. Susan Farese, vice president of the Nanuet Chamber, presented Dennis Maher, owner of Ambulance Brew House, with a Partnership award for his support of the Nanuet street fair and recognized his commitment to beautifying Nanuet’s Main Street with the upgrading of the Ambulance Brew House retail front. Nanuet chamber treasurer George Mollo presented Jason Ruiz, owner of Advanced Audiology in Nanuet, for his support of the chamber through multiple event sponsorships and overall support of the chamber’s activities over the 12 months. George Mollo also received a Nanuet Chamber of Commerce Leadership award.
During the event, the chamber also revealed the first-ever shopping and dining map for Nanuet and the surrounding area. The map was made possible through a grant from Rockland County’s Tourism Office. Area businesses placed ads on the printed map which features six other geographic areas corresponding with other Chambers of Commerce in Rockland. The online map can be found on the chamber website and also at http://bit.ly/NanuetChamberMap. The map will be available at various retail locations, restaurants and hotels throughout Rockland and the tri-state area. Businesses can take ads on the online version of the map and should contact the chamber at email@example.com for more information.
The Nanuet Chamber also announced the launch of Nanuet and Beyond (www.nanuetandbeyond.org), an official 501 c3 charity whose goals will be to provide scholarships to students pursuing higher education, while providing benevolent assistance to individuals and charitable giving to non-profits and educational programs to the public. Anyone interested in volunteering and assisting with the ground level startup, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, The Nanuet Chamber announced, after taking several surveys through Facebook and our 2,000 name mailing list, a new town slogan for Nanuet —-“Small Town, Big Heart” The slogan will begin to appear on banners and taglines for the town.
August 29 – The Chamber had the pleasure of hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for our Adopt-A-Spot area at the Triangle Shopping Center. The magnificent renovation is a cooperative effort between the Chamber, the Town and the County and the generous donation of labor and supplies from Mr. Landscape, Nanuet resident Richard Stein.
It is a beautiful design, one that we can all be proud of! There are a few more tweaks to come including the refurbishing of the guardrail so that it better matches the new look, the installation of the Welcome to Nanuet sign and a few other landscape tweaks. It is also lit up at night making for a wonderful entry to Nanuet. We want to thank Mr. Landscape’s team for all their hard work and thank Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Frank DiZenzo, his Assistant, Kim Termine, Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann and the Town Council as well as the County and County Executive Ed Day for their support in this effort. We also want to thank Chamber Board Vice President Susan Farese for spearheading this project!
June 4 – Our 4th Annual Street Fair was held on Main Street/S. Middletown Road in Nanuet. Although the day started out without a cloud in the sky, by 1 pm we continued through some rain showers the balance of the day (the one thing the Chamber could not control). We squeezed almost 200 vendors (a few more than last year) and estimates of 8,000 to 12,000 local area residents who were determined not to let the weather hamper their shopping and fun times. The 500 free bags were all given away by noon. New this year, we added a sound system throughout the entire Street Fair so everyone could hear the day’s entertainment and repeated announcements thanking our Sapphire, Gold, Silver and Event sponsors. We held old fashioned family games where Country Executive, Ed Day was the master of ceremonies for “Simon Says…” There were also potato sack races, and egg toss contests.
Our 5th annual Street Fair is scheduled for June 3, 2018. Mark your calendars. We have sold out spaces every year so if you are interested in participating as a sponsor or exhibitor, sign up early. We will begin posting details and registration forms in the fall of this year for our 2018 event. Please continue to check our website for updated information.
May 31 – The Nanuet Chamber once again held a “bag stuffing” party at Pinot’s Palette (a Chamber member) where sponsors for our Street Fair T-Shirts and bags, networked and enjoyed wine and snacks while they added their literature, coupons, giveaways, etc. to the 500 bags the Nanuet Chamber gives away for free to the first 500 attendees who stop by the Nanuet Chamber booth at the upcoming Street Fair, Sunday June 4th.
May 10 – The Chamber held its annual meeting and networking event at the Pearl River Campus (hosted by IRG Realty Advisors who now owns 200 acres of the Pfizer campus) at 401 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. We had several presentations on micro loans for small businesses, social media for businesses and the pros and cons of internships with DECA (a business marketing club for future business leaders at Nanuet High School).
April 22 – The Chamber’s 4th Annual Health and Fitness Fair was held in the parking lot of our event host Crystal Run Healthcare in West Nyack. We thank our host and our event sponsor, Advanced Audiology of NY. Over 35 providers held demonstrations and offered screenings and provided giveaways. The Nanuet Chamber also gave away free first aid kits to all who attended.
April 15 – The Nanuet Chamber of Commerce had a team participating in the Nanuet Community Cleanup in conjunction with Keep Rockland Beautiful. Raymour & Flanigan in Nanuet hosted organizers who provided locations and supplies e.g. grabbers, garbage bags, recycle bags, safety vests, etc. to all the volunteers and families who participated in the Keep Rockland Beautiful cleanup.
April 4 – The Nanuet Chamber of Commerce held a Free Breakfast and Board meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Route 59 in Nanuet. New and current members attended the monthly board meeting to hear about the events and programs the Nanuet Chamber was working on and planning for the future. After a lengthy question and answer period, attendees were able to network and meet new businesses from the area who had attended.
April 1 – The Nanuet Chamber participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bach to Rock, a new student music studio that had recently opened on Route 59 in Nanuet.
April 1 – The Nanuet Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Nanuet Civic Association held an open house to discuss the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project to review but primarily receive resident input and suggestions on zoning and development for the area around the Nanuet train station. A second open house and discussion was held Monday evening, April 3 at the Nanuet High School for those that could not attend the first session. A final open house discussion will be held in early June prior to submission of the proposals to the Town of Clarkstown. Additional information may be found on the Town of Clarkstown Planning Department website.
March 17-31 – Art work from over 100 Nanuet students was on display at various businesses around Nanuet. On the evening of March 31st, our Art Show was held at the Shops at Nanuet in the 2nd floor atrium between Macy’s and Regal Theaters. It was very well attended with over 100 adults and children artists who were presented cash prizes by the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce. Outstanding music selections were performed by the Nanuet High School Chamber Orchestra and Nanuet School Jazz Band directed by Katherine Rife and Walter Miller.
January 29 – The Nanuet Chamber organized a fund raiser with the outstanding support and hosting of Raymour & Flanigan for the Nanuet High School DECA organization. About a dozen companies donated “tricky trays” (an assortment of gifts, baskets, etc.) for a raffle donation. In addition to the raffle, through generous cash gifts by Raymour & Flanigan, Harley-Davidson in Nanuet, Area Pro Realty, Valerie Moldow and several others we were able to raise over $3,000 for the DECA organization fund. These donations will help pay for students who win in the all state competition to be able to travel to the national competition.
January 24 – The Nanuet Chamber held its Post Holiday Networking Party and Banchetto Feast in Nanuet. At the start of our 5th year, we took the opportunity to recognize and honor our founding members and also have a little fun. The founding members (businesses and individuals who had signed up with 4 years of dues in advance as seed money for the chamber) were honored with free admission to the event and all those present were given honorary yellow “hard hats” with the Chamber logo, representing the work they helped establish through the chamber and also as an invitation to continue to participate in building the chamber’s future events. Tony Pallogudis (our Immediate past President) created an honorary program listing several of the chamber’s accomplishments to date and a brief biography for each of the founding members.
We also had several other major announcements including our new relationship with Nanuet High School DECA club. (DECA is a non for profit organization in high schools and colleges around the globe that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management). The Nanuet Chamber would be making a $500 donation to the Nanuet HS DECA organization in the names of the founding members.
At the event we also honored those businesses who had ribbon cuttings in 2016 with a framed photo of the ribbon cutting which included a piece of the actual ribbon.
The Nanuet Chamber also announced that it was in the process of establishing “Nanuet and Beyond” (www.nanuetandbeyond.org) a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose purpose will be to provide informational, educational and enrichment activities to improve public awareness, enhance the local business environment and build community. It is our hope this new organization will further enhance its goals and objectives by expanding our ability to raise charitable contributions and sponsorships through matching grants, other foundations, etc. We hope to be fully operational by the late summer of 2017.
November – The Nanuet Chamber has completed the paperwork to “Adopt-A-Spot” located at the entrance to Nanuet, “on the corner of South Middletown Road and the south end of Old Middletown Road in Nanuet, NY” (at the tip of the renovated ChoCho San restaurant). We are extremely appreciative and grateful for being able to work with Mr. Landscape who is donating his time, labor and materials to renovate the area.
November 19 – The Nanuet Chamber Board is always hard at work figuring out ways to give back and beautify our little Hamlet. This morning several members of the board were on Main Street to set up 6 new hand-made garbage collection receptacles on Main Street. The beautiful wood containers were made by the very first Chamber member and Founding member, Nicholas Miller of Old World Carpentry and donated by the Chamber of Commerce!
November 15 – The Chamber held a networking and Town Hall meeting at Raymour & Flanigan from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Clarkstown Town Supervisor, George Hoehmann made a brief presentation on the progress his administration has made within the town. He then answered numerous questions from the attendees. Most of the Town Council members were also in attendance. We thank our sponsors Raymour & Flanigan for hosting and providing refreshments and PizzaRev for suppling a large quantity of various pizzas at discounted prices.
October 29 – Several chamber board members manned a table at a Halloween fund raiser at Harley Davidson in Nanuet on behalf of Heaven Can Wait Rescue, a shelter for homeless pets. The event had prizes awarded for several categories of costumes for both dogs and their owners. The day was a success as money was raised and at least 9 pets were adopted that day.
October 22 – Despite the rain, the Chamber held its 4th annual Halloween Spooktacular under a (last minute) tent. Although some of the extras we had planned (bouncing tent, and blow up maze) had to be canceled due to the wind, we entertained over 150 children, parents, friends, etc. who picked up their free pumpkins. Under the tent they took part in pumpkin painting, face painting, Halloween games and received goodie bags with coupons and items donated by local businesses. Cupcakes, donuts, brownies and ice cream were donated by Stop & Shop, Carousel Cakes, Nanuet Creamery, the Nanuet Chamber and others.
October 18 – Responding to a number of member requests, the board changed our October board meeting in the hopes of drawing greater participation, usually held at 7:00 PM (at various locations and always open to the public) to a morning meeting. The October board meeting was held from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and members and the public were invited for coffee and light breakfast at Estrella’s Cafe, Main Street, Nanuet. We opened the meeting to feedback from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and heard a number of positive and constructive suggestions from about 10 members who were able to join us.
September 21 – The Chamber held a networking event at Mercedes-Benz of Nanuet. It provided a great opportunity to meet new colleagues, meet the Chamber board and hear about upcoming events.
June 5 – Our 3rd Annual Street Fair was held on Main Street in Nanuet. Despite the cloudy and sometimes rainy weather (the one thing the Chamber could not control) there was a very high turnout of vendors and local area residents who were determined not to let the weather hamper their shopping and fun times. The 500 bags were handed out in a shorter period of time than last year.
June 1 – The Nanuet Chamber coordinated a “bag stuffing” party at Pinot’s Palette (a Chamber member) where sponsors for our Street Fair T-Shirts and bags worked, networked and enjoyed wine and snacks while they added their literature, coupons, giveaways, etc. to the 500 bags the Nanuet Chamber would gave away for free to attendees at the upcoming Street Fair.
May 9 – The Chamber held their annual meeting and networking event at the Aqua Terra Grill (Chamber member) where we held elections for both open board positions and re-election of several board members who were volunteering for renewal of their three year terms. In conjunction with this event, we partnered with ATAX, (a founding Nanuet chamber member) who arranged for representatives from the Small Business Association, Internal Revenue Service and New York State Department of Taxation to provide short presentations, advice and answer questions regarding small businesses issues.
May 1 – Run for Retta – The Nanuet Chamber helped coordinate and sponsor the Run for Retta, a series of 1 mile walk/runs around Nanuet to raise money for the Breast Cancer Center at Nyack Hospital in honor of Loretta Cappiello. The event was also sponsored by The Shops at Nanuet who offered space for registration, refreshments and starting areas for the race.
April 19th – Our 3rd annual Health & Fitness Fair was held at the Pascack Community Center in Nanuet where over 40 providers held demonstrations and offered screenings and provided giveaways. The Nanuet Chamber gave out small First Aid kits to all who attended.
April 2nd – The Chamber board participated in the keep Rockland Beautiful cleanup in several locations around Nanuet.
April 1st – our Art Show at the Shops at Nanuet in the 2nd floor atrium between Macy’s and Regal Theaters. Very well attended with over 100 adults and children artists who were presented cash prizes by the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce. Wonderful music selections were performed by the Nanuet High School Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band directed by Katherine Rife and Walter Miller.
March 18th – student art work from Nanuet schools set up throughout Nanuet businesses for two weeks as a prelude to the Nanuet Chamber Art Show.
February 11. The Chamber hosted a Networking Breakfast with Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann at Bonefish Grill in Nanuet. Mr Hoehmann who had only been sworn in 5 weeks ago, discussed his approach to local government and answered a number of questions.
January 12 we held our Post Holiday Networking and Grab Bag event at The Kitchen Table Bar & Grill in Nanuet. The Chamber provided two free admissions to our members as a benefit.
January 14, 2015 we held our Holiday networking Event at the Bonefish Grill.
February 9th Board meeting, we had Joe Simoes, Clarkstown Planner provide an update to rezoning and Nanuet revitalization efforts.
February 26 – 2nd Annual Health & Fitness Expo at Nanuet Library Community Room (with 30 vendors).
March 13 – Art & Culture, Shops at Nanuet in the 2nd floor atrium between Macy’s and Regal Theaters. It was well attended with over 100 adults and children artists who were presented cash prizes by the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce.
April 17-26 – Shop & Dine in Nanuet
May 4 – Annual Election Meeting and Networking (we had several Board positions to fill from expiring terms).
June 2 we held a networking “bag stuffing” party with over 35 volunteers stuffed the bags to be given out at the Street Fair with member and sponsor literature. The event was held at Pinot’s Palette in Nanuet where attendees networked and enjoyed wine and cheese.
June 7, Our 2nd Annual Nanuet Street Fair (with estimates of 15,000+ attendees)
June – The Chamber awarded two $500 scholarships to Nanuet High School seniors for Community Service applications completed.
July 9, a joint chamber networking event where members from local chambers gathered to network. The event was held outdoors (with tents) at the Shops of Nanuet.
September 30, the Chamber hosted a dinner networking event with guest speaker Greg David (Crain’s New York Business). He offered his views on “New York: Where we were, where we are, and how you can take advantage of where we are headed!”
October 31, our 3rd annual Spooktacular. Free giveaways, pumpkin painting, make your own mask and trick or treating for children (of all ages). Everyone in costumes.
November 6, Breakfast and Learn about Energy Options for Small Business, Sponsored by Nextility – How can you save money?
November 7, New Chamber Website was launched with greater security and enhanced membership features.
November 9, Board Meeting (7:00 PM) and First Look at the Chamber’s newly designed website.
November 28, Chamber participated in Opening of Coupe Dance Studio at their new location
November 28, Chamber worked with and promoted local businesses in support of Small Business Saturday.
November 30 (week of), having worked with the Town of Clarkstown over the last year, the Chamber was able to realize new Christmas decorations, lights and banners installed on Main Street in Nanuet. The Chamber partially contributed to the cost to enhance Main Street and it’s businesses during the Holiday season.
December 4, the Chamber participated in The Shops at Nanuet annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and gave out candy canes to children of all ages.
December 5, the Chamber again coordinating with The Shops at Nanuet, held an arts and crafts event by providing crafts for children who were visiting Santa to create their own personal decorations. The youth of Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point volunteered as “elves” to assist children with their personal decorations.
December 6, the Chamber participated in The Shops at Nanuet annual Menorah Lighting. The arts and crafts tables were also available.
March 2014, Ed Day our newly elected County Executive spoke to our meeting and discussed the current state of Rockland County.
June 8, 2014, Nanuet’s first Street Fair, was an example of promoting local businesses (we had 10-12,000 people walk thru).
June 2014, the Nanuet Chamber awarded our first two $500 scholarships to two Nanuet High School seniors based on their applications involving community service
July 15, we held a joint chamber networking event at the Shops at Nanuet and despite the rain we had over 130 attendees. Food was sponsored by all the local Shops at Nanuet restaurants.
September 23, Michael DiTullo, President of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation, kicked off our event year at a networking dinner event held at the Comfort Inn.
October 25th we held a Halloween Kids Event at the Shops at Nanuet
October 29th we held our first October-Fest! at the Ambulance Brew House on Main Street in Nanuet
November 19 we held a very successful Holiday Shopping Expo with Dessert Extravaganza!
December 5th, we accompanied Santa to the Shops at Nanuet (from 6-8 pm) as part of the Holiday lighting ceremony.
January 2013 – Beautification Committee met with the Town of Clarkstown Planning Board and other Officials to discuss Economic Development Plans and how the Chamber‘s vision can help with the revitalization of Main Street; this meeting also inspired the newly formed sub-committee known as Main Street Revitalization
February 2013 – Chamber held a Tappan Zee Bridge update meeting with representatives of the Tappan Zee Constructors to discuss progress and answer questions and concerns
February 2013 — Chamber held an Urban Planning Meeting at the Nanuet Library to bring attention to the zoning changes that would be proposed by the Town of Clarkstown; guest speakers were Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner and Town Planner Joe Simoes
March 2013 – Chamber attended the Keep Rockland Beautiful Leadership Breakfast to schedule Spring and Fall Nanuet cleanup events
March 2013 — Chamber hosted a Business Marketing Panel Discussion led by GMG Public Relations and with speakers on various marketing topics
December 2012 – March 2013 – the Chamber participated in a food drive in coordination with Worldwide Community First Responder and delivered non-perishable foods to the Nanuet Family Resource Center
April 2013 — Chamber participated in the Great American Cleanup by having board members participate in the Nanuet Clean-up Day
April 2013 — Chamber held a networking event at Jimmy’s on Main where The Shops at Nanuet presented an update on the project and answered questions
April 2013 — Chamber again met with The Town of Clarkstown Planning Board where an investor interested in a possible build downtown was introduced to the Town Planners
April 2013 – Chamber participated in a Health Fair at the Nanuet Library coordinated by Legislator Aney Paul
May 2013 – Chamber held a networking and update event at Crossroads Restaurant
May 2013 – The Chamber was officially recognized by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(6) organization
June 2013 — Chamber supported the Nanuet Family Fest at the District’s Outdoor Education Center and organized a health fair thanks to Worldwide Community First Responders and helped increase the number of vendors who participated
June 2013 – Chamber held another networking meeting at Nanuet Restaurant and elected five new members to the board
October 27 – Monster Golf Halloween Event – Flip & Dip provided frozen yogurt samples and their Flip & Dip Mascot. The Chamber provided candy and awarded prizes for the top 3 children’s costumes
November 13 – Mini Business Expo held at the Comfort Inn in Nanuet. Approximately 30 vendors participated, exhibiting their services.
March – June 2012 – meetings held to gauge interest in starting a Chamber
July 2012 — the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce was formed with a founding board
August 2012 – Board established By-Laws and Mission Statement and filed with NYS for 501c4 status with assistance from Clem Yeboah and ATax
September 2012 – the Chamber developed a logo and a website with the help of GMG Public Relations and formed committees; Business Empowerment/Programming; Beautification, Government Affairs, Restaurant/Retail and Long Range Planning
October 2012 – Chamber participated in “Make A Difference Rockland” event at the Nanuet High School
November 2012 – Chamber hosted Kickoff Event with an outstanding turn out
December 2012 – Chamber held its first Holiday Party at Growler & Gill preceded by well attended planning and committee meetings which established the goals for the coming months and years.