Written by Lillian Litvack Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Over 50 people gathered at 7:30 a.m. for a breakfast meeting of the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, one sponsored by the Roslyn Claremont Hotel. There were many new and old faces present. The group’s goal is networking and working together to promote the area and, consequently, the businesses in it. Represented were all kinds of businesses ranging from banks to psychotherapists, to real estate firms and fitness centers.
Led by Lonnie Goldman, chamber president, attendees introduced themselves and gave a short description of their business. Those interested were invited to put their business card in a basket. A random pick will choose the featured speaker at the next meeting. The group applauded Cindy Young from The Claremont for the beautiful, donated breakfast.
Treasurer Harun Houssani reported almost $3,700 in the bank. In addition, a post office box has been rented for the chamber.
Wenhai Fu and Harun Houssani are actively working on the website: roslynchamber.org. It is currently under construction. It was suggested that each member include a headshot. Businesses will be listed alphabetically. Each member should update the database at yahoogroups.com. Also suggested were a community calendar, employment opportunities, bulletin board, discussion forum, and expertise corner, among other ideas.
It also was decided that since the chamber is growing so rapidly, it needs larger venues to host future meetings. Places mentioned included the Sid Jacobson JCC and the Bryant Library.
The meeting also discussed mutual discount among members, placard and/or stickers announcing membership for each business, and membership cards. Also discussed was a “Welcome to Roslyn” sign for the village.
Members also decided that it is important to link into other Long Island Chamber of Commerces. Alice Meltzer was selected to head a committee linking the Roslyn Chamber with other such bodies.
As for the future, an informal show of hands indicated a preference for morning meetings. Currently, there are 109 names on the mailing list. Also discussed was the overabundance of websites and junk mail.
The meeting’s featured business speaker was Lonnie Goldman of Chase Bank. He did a presentation on his role as financial advisor and problem solver. The speaker at the next meeting will be Wenhai Fu of Sine Software. That meeting is set to take place Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Sterling Glen of Roslyn.