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Patchogue Chamber: We Are Now Patchogue.Com!

Message from Mindy Skura, President of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.

In October, I commenced my administration with a vision- to grow the Chamber and make it financially sustainable.   

The first six months were a tad disparaging. Then the sun shone bright with April's arrival. My goal of a 25% increase in membership was achieved, plus more, when Doug from Maptoons advised us we had 162 new members!   

July 4th's fireworks exploded early when Kelleen Guyer offered the Chamber first dibs on her 100,000 hits a month site- patchogue.com. The Executive Board all agreed that we HAD to find a way to purchase this explosion of opportunity. It would bring our Chamber to a level we all had only imagined. Instead of our Website remaining as mainly a members to members perk- we would now have a portal on the Web for the Community, where we could highlight our own websites, business deals, job opportunities and all local events.   

And so I found a way to buy our hope. With the support of the Knapp-Swezey Foundation, and my profits from last years - we have now entered the big leagues on the Web. If you haven't taken a moment- please take a peek, WE ARE NOW - www.patchogue.com 

At this moment, we are shy $2000, which is due in September. And this is where I need the Community's support. The Chamber will be selling raffle tickets for a huge basket filled with gift certificates and merchandise at each Alive After Five this summer. WE NEED YOUR HELP- Please either stop by the Office (15 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue) and PURCHASE a few raffle tickets- $1 each or 6/$5 or you may purchase them at the Chamber Table the next 3 Alive After Five's. (Friday's- July 20, Aug 10 and Aug 17th) 

Contributed by Mindy Skura, President of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.

David Kennedy July 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Congrats Mindy and keep up the great work!!
Joseph Adriano July 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Good job to the Chamber. I don't see why this administration bad mouths the Chamber and takes credit from them. I think they are doing a fine job and don't get enough credit for all the progress on Main St. As some one said yesterday the government has nothing to do with what businesses come to main street. And good for them trying to fight the Tritec fiasco. It takes guts to fight for what you believe in and I'm sure it's a thankless task. That project will choke up Main street and strangle the revitalization the Chamber is responsible for and the BID too. Traffic and parking will be a nightmare too. No one will want to come here to eat. And say bye bye to Alive after Five if that apartment building goes up. Thanks Mindy and all the chamber officers. You shouldn't get such a bad rap!
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
GOOD JOB!! NOW PLEASE WORK ON THE SIGNAGE IN THE VILLAGE. DON'T WE HAVE ANY ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEES TO APPROVE THE SIGNS IN THIS VILLAGE? CAN YOU PRESSURE THE VILLAGE TO PUT SOME GUIDELINES IN PLACE? NO NEON LIGHTS AND NO VINYL! WE NEED TO CLASS IT UP AROUND HERE OR IT WILL LOOK LIKE HEMPSTEAD LIKE EVERYONE SAYS! WE ALSO NEED A MASTER PLAN DESPERATELY. AND SPEAKING OF HEMPSTEAD I'M ALSO NOT A FAN OF THE NU VILLAGE APARTMENTS! MANY PEOPLE STILL THINK A HOTEL IS GOING IN THERE! MAYBE YOU CAN EDUCATE THEM ABOUT IT ON PATCHOGUE.COM! TELL THEM WHAT THE PROJECT REALLY INCLUDES! AND UPDATES ON THE LAWSUIT WOULD HELP TOO! CONGRATS!
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
ALSO CAN YOU PLEASE ALLOW FLO'S ON THE GO? MAYBE THEY CAN PARK DOWN BY THE POOL AND BEACH CLUB. THAT TACO STAND IS NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA! SOMEONE SAID YESTERDAY THAT YOU THE CHAMBER PUT A STOP TO FLO'S ON THE GO! PLEASE RECONSIDER!
Joseph Adriano July 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
One more thing Mindy. When you say that someone was being disparaging to you did you mean the village administration or that guy that wrote the nasty letter in the Advance? I thought you meant the administration but then I remembered the bitter man that quite the Chamber in the paper a few weeks back. He seemed really bitter. What did you do to that guy? Keep up the great work on Main Street!
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
MAYBE THE CHAMBER SHOULD HOST A CLAMBAKE LIKE THE ONE IN RONKONKOMA DID! YOU COULD ADVERTISE IT ON PATCHOGUE.COM AND HAVE IT AT THE PATCHOGUE BEACH CLUB! WHAT FUN! THE CHAMBER SHOULD HAVE SOME MORE COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOT JUST FOR MEMBERS BUT FOR EVERYONE! THAT MAY HELP IN COMMUNITY RELATIONS TOO! HAVE PATCHOGUE PRIDE!
margaret July 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I'd like to see a nice playground for children somewhere in Patchogue--besides the shore front which isn't really geared toward children.
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
AND MAYBE YOU COULD HAVE THE FLO'S ON THE GO FOOD TRUCK DOWN THERE SERVING FREE HOT DOGS!
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
SO TRUE THE PLAYGROUNDS HERE STINK WE NEED TO CLASS THEM UP TOO! BUT I DON'T THINK THAT IS THE CHAMBER'S JURISDICTION!
Rathouser July 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce acts as a cartel that suppresses free market competition in order to protect already established businesses in the village. How will Main Street ever grow if Ms. Skura and the members of the chamber actively petition our village government to prevent new businesses from operating in the village? What we need is for special interest groups like the Chamber and for village administration to get out of the business of tampering with the market. Let it do what it's supposed to do.
patchoguepride July 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WE HAVE 2 CUPCAKE/CANDY SHOPS AND WE ALSO HAVE TWO PLACES SERVING COFFEE AND A GAZILLION BARS AND RESTAURANTS ALL SUCCESSFULLY COMPETING. ANOTHER BREWERY IS COMING AND NOW WE HAVE COMPETING NIGHT CLUBS TOO. WHAT DID ANOTHER DOLLAR OR OLD LADY BRA STORE ATTEMPT TO COME TO TOWN AND GOT TURNED AWAY? EXPLAIN YOURSELF!
Laura July 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
wow! why such a chamber hater dude? we live in a weird place where people hate the chamber of commerce and fireworks! i can see hating hot dogs because they are full of nitrate carcinogens! and cupcakes because they go right to your butt lol ;)
Karen Ferb July 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
New Village got a big writeup in the New York Times yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/realestate/long-island-in-the-region-new-village-enlivens-old-one.html?_r=1
Mindy July 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Thank you for all the wonderful compliments and fantastic ideas! The Chamber is Patchogue's Business Organization. It's main mission is to facilitate both economic and social growth in support of our Members and the Community. With that said, we have not as a Chamber, been against anyone opening a new business within out town. The only business we are currently against is the proposed Walmart on Hospital Rd in East Patchogue. We feel not only is this the wrong location for this venture due to the traffic and the residential component, but this super large discount box store will close small business in our Village. Walmart's ability to do so is well documented and easily researchable on the net. There is also a new multi use complex planned for in back of Costco. Although this is Islip Township, it is just several mies from our downtown. This would be another large threat to the future of our small businesses if it goes through as proposed.
Mindy July 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The Chamber as a group, has not declared a position on Tritec and the Four Corners. Several of our members, including myself, are personally against the project as it stands now- 291 rental units. But I will emphasize again- this is NOT THE CHAMBER'S POSITION!! The Chamber has asked the Village and the BID to form a group that will meet monthly to discuss any proposed changes, such as the sign requirements. Presently, the ARB does not have a set code book. Each applicant who appears before them gets to state their intent, and it is then decided by the ARB whether it is an appropriate project for the Village. There needs to be more specific guidelines put in place. When I wrote I was disparaged the first 6 months, it was not against the Admisistration or anyone in particular. We have 3000 functioning busiesses in Patchogue. To receive only a handful of new Members each month is upsetting. We can only succeed as a Business Organization if we all support each other and work together. Flo's on the Go has decided against pursuing their new venture this year. The majority felt the location wasn't appropriate, and apparently there is already a food service down at the Beach Club area. Please feel free to contact the Chamber or myself with any ideas, suggestions, or issues. Our new Website allows us to be avaiable 24/7! Mindy
Judy Pepenella July 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce for this new 'birth' to their family and for working so hard to grown the businesses and image of the businesses in Patchogue Village. It is refreshing to see growth in the private industry market place. Private business development is the only way we will get new jobs into our Village and the only way we can keep people employed in Patchogue.
WormTurn July 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Agreed, the economy is certainly beginning to turn around. All this despite the nonstop obstructionism from the GOP-controlled House. Glad to see you noticing the positive economic changes in the village Judy!
WormTurn July 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Mindy, as a member of the Chamber, I find your comment about "your" profits from Alive After Five interesting. You do mean the "Chamber's" profits, right? This organization does not belong to any one person and the monies it earns do not belong to the sitting president or any other individual, right? Please clarify what you meant.
Mindy July 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Wormturn, I apologize! Vinny Grucci began Alive After Five with a vision. It was trifold- to bring people from all over into our Community to showcase Patchogue, to give our Members a venue to sell and give out information, and to bring needed revenue into the Chamber. Unfortuately, during his tenure, his desires never materilized to the level he had hoped. I took over 6 years ago, and made Vinny's hope a reality with the help of the Office staff and a few other Chamber members.. Yes this is a Chamber event- and all the monies belong to the Chamber. But, because I have spent so much of my time and energy on it over the years, I have a tendency to call it "mine". The Bylaw Committee actually changed our Bylaws about 6 months ago. All monies generated by each Committee is no longer considered"that Committees" funds. They are all Chamber funds. But when you do look at the financial report they are line itemized. We do allow each Committee to use them for their needs. But if the Chamber does need funds, they can use these monies with approval from the Board. Mindy

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