‘Open for Business:’ Willets Point launches small business marketing campaign

Photos courtesy of Robert LoScalzo

These Flushing business owners want you to know they’re still ready to serve.

Thirty of Willets Point’s vibrant automotive, manufacturing and industrial businesses have taken to social media to announce that they’re open with a new marketing campaign.

The colorful Facebook page called “Willets Point: Open for Business” features a six-minute video with promotional snippets from local business owners. Individual posts profiling each owner and their respective business will also be made on the page periodically.

The featured businesses are located throughout the 39 acres of Willets Point outside of the city’s long-delayed, 23-acre first phase of planned residential and commercial development. The project was most recently stalled after the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the proposed plan by the Queens Development Group LLC (QDG) would not be able to move forward without approval from state legislature.

“A common misconception is that we’re no longer here; all the businesses are gone and the city’s taken us over,” said Sam Sambucci, a business owner in the Willets Point industrial district. “However, as you can see, we’re all still here, and we’re open for business.”

Businesses featured in the video include Dacar Auto Radiator, V.I.P. Tire Shop Inc., Y & G Metals Inc., Discount Muffler and Crown Container Co. Standing in front of their business, each owner gives their business’s name and a list of services they provide, while their address and phone number are posted at the bottom.

State Senator Tony Avella and the business owners officially kicked off the marketing campaign at an Aug. 1 press conference within the neighborhood, known as the “Iron Triangle.”

Click here to like and view the Facebook page. The video can be seen below.