5 Chamber Alliance Recognizes Outstanding NYC Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

5 Chamber Alliance Recognizes Outstanding NYC Minority and Women-Owned Business EnterprisesRecognizing outstanding New York City Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises, the 5 Chamber Alliance, which consists of each borough Chamber of Commerce, held an awards ceremony at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza on Thursday, March 8. The ceremony followed the first in a series of Centennial Talks the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will host, this year, in honor of its 100th anniversary.

The panel was moderated by New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, and panelists included Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, who is the Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Subcommittee in the New York State legislature, Council Member Robert Cornegy, who is Chair of the New York City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings, Assembly Member Tremaine Wright and Penda Aiken.

The event's Presenting Sponsor was the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional sponsorship was provided by Brooklyn Chamber M/WBE Committee Co-Chairs Renee McClure of National Grid and Juliet Lewis of Con Edison.

The awards will be given to the following M/WBEs:

  • Regina Marengo, Ensign Engineering (Bronx)
  • Paul Villanueva, Intelligent IT Designs (Bronx)
  • Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc. (Brooklyn)
  • Samuel Dunston, National Allotment Insurance Agency, Ltd. (Brooklyn)
  • Cheryl Gentry, Glow Global Events (Manhattan)
  • Richard Levychin, CPA, CGMA (Manhattan)
  • Michele Rothman, City Scrap Metal (Queens)
  • Nancy Vargas, DH2 Chauffeured Transportation (Queens)
  • Teresa Rampulla, She Media NY, LLC (Staten Island)
  • Ramakrishna Cherukuri, New York Fragrance (Staten Island)


"The success of minority and women-owned businesses throughout Brooklyn is absolutely critical to the borough's continued economic growth," said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. "We are proud to continue our commitment to M/WBEs, from providing them with financing from our corporation Brooklyn Alliance Capital, to making the complicated certification process as easy as possible for them. Many thanks to the 5 Chamber Alliance for their continued support and work on behalf of the city's M/WBEs."

"We're thrilled to recognize New York City's great M/WBEs in partnership with our friends in the 5 Chamber Alliance," said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu. "It is thanks to a robust effort by all five borough Chambers that we are able to deliver such innovative, worthwhile services and programming to this vital segment of the city's economy. Many thanks to our elected officials and partners in government for their support."

"The M/WBE Awards are an important recognition for a sector that is integral to New York City's economic vitality, and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners in government, the Chambers of Commerce and the nonprofit sector to help M/WBEs thrive," said Peter Meyer, Market President, TD Bank. "What is good for minority and women-owned businesses is good for our communities. These companies hire local people, participate in local activities and support other local businesses."

"The Queens Chamber is honored to engage and support MWBE's throughout NYC. As the home of most diverse population on earth and also the recipients of the largest dollar investment in infrastructure in the US today, the Queens Chamber totally supports and encourages M/WBE participation," said Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

"Congratulations to the honorees who are an inspiration to all of us," said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. "We remain committed to the critical work of supporting minorities and women as they launch and grow their business."

Bronx Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Nunzio Del Greco said, "I am very proud to have participated in this historic M/WBE Awards Event and presenting awards to our honorees: Paul Villanueva, Intelligent IT Designs and Regina Marengo, Ensign Engineering from The Bronx. I look forward to continuing to work with the 5 Chamber Alliance and TD Charitable Foundation in assisting small businesses throughout the five boroughs of New York City."

"It was truly a privilege for the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to partner with our fellow NYC Chambers to recognize successful woman and minority businesses in all five boroughs. Kudos to the panel for all of their valuable insights, and congratulations to all of the exemplary honorees who represent the fabric of our diverse neighborhoods citywide," said Linda Baran, President & CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.

About the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce in New York. It was named 2017 Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State. The Chamber promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn. The Chamber celebrates its centennial in 2018.

About the 5 Chamber Alliance

The 5 Chamber Alliance is the coordinated efforts of the Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens Chambers of Commerce. Together, the 5 Chamber Alliance pools its resources on initiatives to better support small businesses and low to moderate income communities throughout the City of New York. The modern incarnation of the 5 Chamber Alliance began in 2012.

About the TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to support, respect and improve the quality of life in the diverse communities where we live and do business. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $187.7 million and more than 17,000 grants in charitable donations from Maine to Florida. The TD Charitable Foundation focuses on supporting the following community needs: affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, and human services. Recently, more than 90 percent of the grants awarded by the Foundation benefited low-and moderate- income communities and individuals. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.

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