The Chamber encourages its members to become involved with several Chamber committees. Some committees are focused on business and advocacy, addressing issues that affect community needs. Other committees help plan and implement the Chamber’s annual programs. Participation on committees allows members to get to know one another and increase their network of contacts. Committee members are also recognized in event programs, media releases and newsletters. Become more involved and engaged in your Chamber membership by becoming active in a committee today!

Small Business Committee
The Small Business Committee identifies legislative issues that affect small businesses; educates membership about the impact of the legislation on small businesses; advocates actively before government on behalf of small businesses; and organizes small businesses to support/oppose specific legislation.

Membership Council Committee
The Membership Council provides outreach in order to keep members engaged, assist with retention efforts, and stay in touch with how member businesses are doing. Committee members reach out to existing members to re-enforce Chamber value. The Council also formulates strategies to attract new members from various industries in conjunction with the Chamber’s Marketing Strategy. Committee members are expected to make approximately 5 phone calls each month, and meet monthly to discuss the results of these calls.

Safety and Security Committee
The Safety and Security Committee meets to review and select the winner/s of the prestigious Police Officer of the Year Award and the FDNY Valor Award, and help plan the awards events. This committee also explores ways to educate the business community on safety and security topics related to running a business on Staten Island. Committee members are expected to assist in planning and promoting the events, as well as seeking sponsors and attendees.


Chamber events provide many opportunities for members to get involved. If you want to help make Staten Island a better place to live and work, consider the Louis R. Miller or Building Awards committees. The Annual Gala and Golf Outing committees are good for creative and fun-loving people. All event committee members help obtain sponsors, journal ads, and raffle prizes; they also work to promote the event and build attendance. Event committee members are expected to attend events to give feedback.

Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards Committee
Louis R. Miller was a tireless community activist who viewed volunteering as a way of giving something back to his neighbors. Since 1994, the Chamber annually recognizes members of the community who help to make Staten Island a great place to live and work. More than 200 small business owners and not-for-profit organization executives have been recipients of the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards, presented at an annual awards breakfast. Nominations are reviewed by an award selection committee. Award recipients are also recognized with a feature article in the Staten Island Advance. Committee members meet monthly to review nominations, and are asked to help obtain journal advertisements and recruit attendees.

Annual Gala Committee
The Annual Gala is the longest-running Chamber program and one of Staten Island’s premier business and social events. With a different theme each year, this fun event celebrates the Chamber’s birthday/anniversary, and is the main fundraising event of the year. The guest list includes the Chamber’s Board of Directors and other leaders, business owners, executives, community leaders and elected officials. Committee members are expected to assist in planning, promoting, and setting up for the event, as well as seeking sponsors, attendees, and raffle prizes.

Golf Outing Committee
In 2017, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce refined the format of its traditional, all-day, 18-hole Golf Outing to a shorter Twilight 9-Hole Golf Outing. Held in the spring, this casual event allows members to socialize, network and promote their business on the green! The Chamber also hosts its annual High School Golf Invitational, named for former Chamber President Richard Irwin. It is the only tournament on Staten Island where parochial and public high school students compete. Committee members are expected to assist in planning, promoting, and setting up for the event, as well as seeking sponsors, attendees, and raffle prizes.

Building Awards Committee
The annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards Program celebrates the best of Staten Island’s prolific building, construction, and design industries. Every year, applications are submitted for residential and commercial properties with new construction or renovations. Contractors, engineers, architects, interior designers and decorators, landscapers, craftsmen and homeowners are encouraged to submit entries that show off quality and beautiful work. Committee members are expected to assist in planning, promoting, and setting up for the event, as well as seeking sponsors and attendees.

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