About the Yonkers Chamber
The Yonkers Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Yonkers, aggressively promoting measures and issues that are in the interests of doing business in the city and working against anything impairing or threatening the vitality of Yonkers businesses. At every turn, the Yonkers Chamber advocates and initiates programs designed to enhance the image of Yonkers and stimulate the marketing of Yonkers-based products and services. The Chamber has grown dramatically over the last few years; the overall budget has grown from $200,000.00 in 1997 to a total of over 1.7 million today and is growing every year. In 1996 there were four employees compared with our current full and part-time staff of 25.
One of the Chamber’s foremost objectives is to provide networking opportunities for our members, primarily via our Networking Breakfasts, held monthly at different venues throughout the city and sponsored by our Chamber members. Compelling guest speakers over the years have included County Executive Rob Astorino, Mayor Mike Spano, and District Attorney Janet DiFiore, stock guru Bryan Piskorowski, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League, our Police and Fire Commissioners and Brian Conybeare, the Tappan Zee Bridge liaison. Another member-supported event is the Annual Golf Outing, Cocktail Hour & Dinner, attended by golfers and non-golfers alike for the social networking opportunities. Additionally, the Chamber hosts a formal, gala Annual Dinner and inducts four businesses and honorees into the Business Hall of Fame.
Women In Business Committee
Formed decades ago in recognition of women as leaders in business – and of problems unique to women in the work force – this group has grown to influence all the Chamber does and to provide assistance in all areas of business life. The major event of the Women in Business Committee is the annual March "Women of Excellence” Luncheon, at which the Chamber honors four outstanding individuals who exemplify excellence and service to our community. Additionally, Committee created The Virginia Eyler Scholarship Fund in honor of one of its founding members, for qualified young women from the Yonkers Public Schools. These exceptional students receive a $500 scholarship at the luncheon. The Women in Business Committee is a growing presence in the community, with projects that benefit the Westchester Food Bank, the Pajama Program, Habitat for Humanity and the Furniture Sharehouse. In addition, toys are collected each year for the needy children at Leake and Watts and the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.
A newspaper published three times per year by the Chamber, distributed to 45,000+ homes in Yonkers, The Yonkers Progress was developed to help our members promote their businesses and develop new customers via maximum exposure at a minimal cost. Special editions include Women in Business, Best of Yonkers/Back to School and our Business Hall of Fame/Holiday issue. Each issue of this unique publication also highlights news and information about Chamber members, with loads of pictures and activities. New members are featured in each edition of the Progress and are invited to submit an article and photo promoting their business.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the Chamber’s policy-making body, with up to 50 members reflecting a wide cross-section of the business and professional community. Each year half are elected for a two-year term. No director may serve more than three consecutive terms of office. The Chairman presides over all meetings of the Board, which meets monthly except for July and August.