SI Chamber of Commerce officially unveils new state-of-the-art office space
STATEN ISLAND, NY — The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, which has worked to promote, grow and support small businesses on Staten Island for more than a century, has a state-of-the-art new home.
“Members have always said they wish we were centrally located, and we finally found that location,” noted Linda Baran, president and CEO of the highly respected organization, which hosted a celebratory ceremony. grand opening at his new office on Tuesday. “This location is extremely accessible to all of our members in all corners of the borough.”
Located at 2555 Richmond Ave., directly across from the Staten Island Mall in New Springville, the impressive modern workspace sits above a branch of the New York Community Bank and is literally surrounded by many small businesses that he serves.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Baran said, detailing how his organization has bounced between houses over the past seven years after the House offices were destroyed by fire in 2015. “We were located on South Avenue for a while, and then operated out of the Staten Island Advance building on Fingerboard Road. The pandemic, of course, forced us to work remotely, but now we finally have a place of our own.
Baran welcomed the timing of the move, saying it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time – as small businesses recover from the global pandemic.
“These post-pandemic times are when small businesses need us the most,” Baran said. “We are happy to be here in this new space at a very critical time.”
The Chamber, which serves as the spokesperson for more than 9,000 businesses on the four shores of the borough, has nearly 700 members, ranging from small family shops to large institutions and large employers.
The group’s mission is to improve the borough’s economic climate and expand business opportunities on Staten Island while strengthening the local community. The Chamber achieves this goal by providing tools for networking, advertising, education and advocacy, while also serving as a valuable resource for Staten Island consumers.
According to Baran, all of these services will continue to be offered in this new location, and even more networking opportunities will be added as space permits.
“It’s a great place, and we’re so happy to be here,” Baran concluded.