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‘Bringing people together’: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosts all-day hospitality conference to boost biz

They’re all on this collectively!

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce invited native restaurant and hospitality companies out to Industry City on Oct. 17 for the business boosting group’s first-ever all inclusive food conference, full with academic seminars and complimentary treats. 

Organizers orchestrated a day of symposiums on matters particular to the meals and beverage workforce — the NYC Hospitality Alliance offered an replace on authorities insurance policies concerning the trade, DoorDash introduced a panel on resources for eating places and bars, and different friends spoke on creating genuine connections with clients by way of social media and technology.

Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Randy Peers mentioned the occasion was geared toward bringing people within the hospitality trade collectively and giving them the instruments to succeed sooner or later. Photo by Angelica Flores

Randy Peers, Chamber president and CEO, mentioned he considers the occasion the right conglomeration of meals professionals wanting to take their business to the subsequent stage and the specialists geared up with sufficient expertise to assist them.

“For us, it’s about ‘How do we build sustainability for the future?’ So this conference is about the best practices, the ends and outs [and] bringing people together in the food and beverage industry so that they can work with each other,” Peers mentioned. 

Chip Wade, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, started the day by giving accolades to Brooklyn’s service trade. The day continued with panels on business leasing, human resources, and extra, all whereas permitting businessowners to join with one another to type stronger networks.

Throughout the pandemic the chamber has labored intently with native outlets by way of their Small Business Resource Network, a one-on-one technical help program that gives recovery help to these hard-hit by the pandemic. With Brooklyn places of work struggling to bounce again since 2020, Peers says he and his staff have labored with over 3,000 eating places over the previous two years. 

“We saw the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s been a tough challenge for some [of the restaurants]. We’ve got restaurants that are no longer in business [and] we’ve got new restaurants that have started but we wanted to build off of that engagement,” the chamber CEO informed Brooklyn Paper.

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Chip Wade, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group delivering his keynote speech to friends. Wade’s handle was adopted by panels on social media, human resources, and extra. Photo by Angelica Flores

Earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso gave the chamber a $20,000 grant to assist boost their efforts in serving to small companies and business corridors recuperate and thrive. 

According to one worker with the chamber, the conference served as one of their signature occasions during which they gauge the present wants of the borough after which craft occasions that promote Brooklyn’s progress.

 “For us it’s about building off of that work that we have done through the pandemic [and] looking past the pandemic about long term sustainability and resiliency for the sector,” Peers mentioned. 

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