Louis R. Miller was a tireless community activist who viewed volunteering as a way of giving something back to his neighbors. Once a year the Chamber recognizes those members of the community that help to make Staten Island a great place to live and work. The purpose of the awards breakfast is to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding small business owners and not-for-profit organization executives on Staten Island. Nominations are reviewed by an award selection committee. Award recipients are recognized with a feature article in the Staten Island Advance, and are honored at an annual awards breakfast held in February.
The Chamber has hosted an Annual Gala every year since 1895. A Dinner Dance Committee works with Chamber staff on picking a theme, coordinating entertainment, decorations and assisting in the operation of the evening. Past themes have included Friday Night Fever, Island Paradise, An Evening of Silver Screen Romance a Gilded Gala, and Arabian Nights.
This event gives the Chamber and the business community a chance to thank New York’s finest and bravest for their hard work and bravery in keeping Staten Island a safe place to live and work. Police Officers and Firefighters are nominated and featured in the Staten Island Advance. The Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee then reviews all the nominations and carefully chooses the honorees to be celebrated at a luncheon each spring.
Our Richard B. Irwin Golf Outing, held in the spring, is a great event to relax and network with fellow members on the green! Golfers enjoy a breakfast before tee-off and a gourmet luncheon after the game. Dozens of great prizes are raffled off during lunch where members can win restaurant gift certificates, golf paraphernalia, gift baskets and more from local Staten Island businesses.
Every year, the Chamber holds a membership meeting to update its members on new initiatives and to offer business owners an opportunity to hear from various experts on business related topics. The Chamber also offers members the opportunity to showcase their businesses (B2B Expo) to other members. President and CEO Linda Baran provides a recap of the Chamber's year and members have the opportunity to share comments and ask questions. The annual meeting is open to all Chamber of Commerce members at no cost.
The Annual Building Awards Program takes place every fall. Local builders, contractors, architects, landscapers, craftsman and interior decorators submit projects that have been recently renovated, to be judged for an award. A team of judges rate these projects and determines if they will receive an Achievement, Excellence or the most honored Chairman’s Award. All winning structures are featured in a special section of the Staten Island Advance the day of the awards luncheon.