Sunday, September 14, 2014

Business Person Of The Year

Eileen Dolan, Business Person of the Year

While working in her full time career as a Registered Nurse in ICU, Eileen Dolan was offered the opportunity to have a home based business with Mary Kay, Inc.  It made sense to start this business due to her love of the products and her entrepreneurial spirit. She started off as an Independent Skin Care Consultant and three years later advanced to the position of Independent Sales Director, representing the top 2% of the Company.
During her years as a MK Sales Director she has earned the use of 15 career cars translating into 28 years of driving for free. She has led her sales unit of part time consultants to over $300,000 in sales for the year.
In 1986 she moved to the Village of Floral Park and joined the Chamber of Commerce. She immediately got involved and participated on the original “Merchant’s Day” committee (now known as the Belmont Stakes Festival and Street Fair). Eileen has been active on many committees since then. The Scholarship Committee was one of her favorites, as it showcases ideas for the future of our Village through the essays written by the children of our local schools.  
Eileen served as an Officer on the Chamber Board in the capacity of Recording Secretary for several years. She has tirelessly worked behind the scenes in more ways than we could possibly mention.  Eileen has been a reliable and essential active member for her entire tenure with the chamber. She has offered many new ideas to support the chamber and continues to be dedicated to making the village a better place to work and live.
Eileen has been married to Stephen for 36 years and has two children, Jack and Julie Dolan.  She enjoys volunteering as a Nurse in St. Anne’s Respite Program.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

October Networking Reception | October 2nd

Please Join Us For Our Free Networking Reception | Register 

Include invitees, the Covert Ave Chamber of Commerce, Rotary of Floral Park/Bellerose, the Lions Club of Floral Park and the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The event is from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM and is free of charge thanks to our host.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Meeting Notes | 2014

Floral Park Chamber of Commerce 

General Meeting

Jack Duggans Pub|145 Tulip Ave, Floral Park

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting of the new school year at Jack Duggans Pub in their beautiful party room on the second floor. Our host Kathleen treated us to a delicious buffet after passing an impressive and tasty display of appetizers. She capped it all off with a mouth-watering desert selection.  It was a wonderful experience for our members and guests.

Those guests included our Village Mayor Tom Tweedy, Village Administrator Jerry Bambrick, Superintendent of Public Works Steve Siwinski, Village Clerk Susan Walsh, Police Commissioner Steve McAllister and Assistant Fire Chief Longobardi.  Each shared their respective messages regarding the goings on in our village.  

The mayor advised that the 7 Eleven slated for Jericho and Irving has their permits and are ready to begin construction, and Centennial Hall is being reviewed for much needed work.  Additionally, Rotary Park on Tulip at Verbena is slated for reconstruction.  Plans are currently being made.  It was notably impressive to hear from Superintendent Siwinski the extent of the work going on in his department, the volume of things they are responsible for, and the enormous amount of work they are doing removing and trimming back trees for the safety of our community.  We are all grateful for his and his vast team’s work.  We were also advised that the banners that we have worked so long and hard to design and plan for will be put up by his team within the next two weeks.  We all look forward to that.  

We appreciate the words of the police commissioner specifically regarding our low crime rate and their program for prescription drug disposal.  And thank you to our assistant fire chief for his update and their work to train fire, and police on NARCAN. He also reminded us business owners that their inspections of our buildings is for our benefit. They are not visiting to give out tickets but instead to advise and offer helpful recommendations.  This is in addition to giving them a good understanding of our locations in case they did need to come for a fire or other casualty.  And finally, it was nice to welcome our new Librarian –in-charge Patricia Erin.

Our president, Ron Keats reviewed much of what is being worked on at the chamber.  
This included:
  • The extensive work going on in our finance Committee with Marjory Giordani of Valley National Bank at the helm; 
  • Completion of the new print directory thanks to the efforts of Vice President Mike Calandra of Seishinkan Martial Arts, which is expected to be in the mail to all members along with our new chamber window clings within the next 3 weeks; 
  • Communications Committee under the leadership of Mildred M. Tassone of Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast, is working real hard on many aspects of communications in an effort to enhance the value we give our members through our many forms of outreach including our website, Facebook, emails and other social media; 
  • Business Relations which includes Beautification led by Michael Jakob of Carriage Trade Insurance is now working on a project to help with the cleanliness of storefront areas around the village and more; 
  • Membership committee with chairperson Marie Grant of Donnelly Real Estate, is adding committee members and getting an early start for our 2015 campaign. Marie did a great job increasing our membership for 2014 and expects even more growth for 2015. She reminds us that our membership is the key driver of revenue for the chamber and it allows us to do all of the good that we do for our local schools, charities, foundations and for our beautification efforts.

Our Next Meeting | October 2nd | Valley National Bank

The next meeting of the chamber is October 2 at Valley National Bank with host Marjory Giordani. It is a networking event which will include invitees, the Covert Ave Chamber of Commerce, Rotary of Floral Park/Bellerose, the Lions Club of Floral Park and the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The event is from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM and is free of charge thanks to our host.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Veterans Advisory Committee | Town Of North Hempstead

New Veterans Advisory Committee Formed

The Town of North  Hempstead, under the direction of Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor, has set up a Veterans Advisory Committee. I am a member of this committee along with 15 other veterans, parents of veterans and  a social  worker.

Our goal is to help provide and inform our Veterans with services and help available to them.
If anyone knows a Veteran that is in need of assistance or is looking for information on Veteran’s benefits,  Please contact me at  516.690.8403 or 516.354.1136 or e-mail
Thank you,
Richard A DeMartino
Associate Group Director -  Vice President