Flushing Chamber of Commerce launches ‘Made in Flushing’ program to support local entrepreneurs

Main Street in Downtown Flushing
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Local Flushing entrepreneurs in need of marketing assistance and tools to promote their businesses will receive support from a new program launched Thursday by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce in partnership with New York City Small Business Services (SBS) and Sixty-First Productions, introduced the “Made in Flushing” program Jan. 24, where participating businesses will receive free consultation and technical assistance.

Sixty-First Productions, a local media company, is helping to expand business support services as part of the Flushing Fantastic district marketing campaign. The company will create a custom website, social media channels, professional photography or marketing videos to promote and grow businesses.

“The new Made in Flushing program is a great opportunity for small business owners who don’t have the resources for professional marketing. We look forward to working with the Flushing business community,” said Daniel Nalladurai, co-owner of Sixty-First Productions.

Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, said they’re “proud to bring critical resources to the business community.”

“Small business owners face tremendous challenges in today’s competitive environment and the Chamber is doing everything we can to ensure those who have invested their blood, sweat, and tears into their Flushing-based business continue to survive, prosper, and have a stake in our community,” said Kim.

The “Made in Flushing” program is part of the Chamber’s three-year district marketing campaign called Flushing Fantastic, which is funded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) Neighborhood 360° grant program.  The SBS Neighborhood 360° grant program launches commercial revitalization projects in partnership with the Chamber and other local stakeholders.

“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and the $1.55 million in investments to Flushing is going a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors,” said Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “By working with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, we are responding to local needs to support small business growth and build more vibrant neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.”

City Councilman Peter Koo thanked the organization for its commitment to supporting the local economy and uplifting small businesses.

“In a hyper-competitive market like Flushing, an effective marketing campaign can give your business the extra boost it needs to succeed. In a sign of the times, these free support services look to shift even more of our mom-and-pop shops online so they can reach new customers, grow their business, and establish a more permanent foothold in our community,” said Koo.

The “Made in Flushing” marketing program is free, but priority will be given to small business owners and entrepreneurs based in the Flushing area employing ten or fewer workers. Those interested in finding out more information and filling out an application can contact info@flushingchamber.nyc or 646-820-5163 or visit www.flushingchamber.nyc.