SI Chamber to embrace non-members and general membership during annual meeting

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –Local business owners and professionals are invited to attend an important free event: The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Membership Meeting.

And here is a valuable secret: You don’t have to be a Chamber member to take full advantage of the invitation.

Alan Iny, co-author of “Thinking in New Boxes,” will be the keynote speaker at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce's Annual Membership Meeting.


Sponsored by Northfield Bank, the breakfast gathering will take place on  Sept.18, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.

Registration is a must!

The meeting will provide informational and networking opportunities for members and non-members alike, while alerting unaffiliated business owners about the many advantages of belonging to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. This year’s gathering marks the first time that the Chamber has opened the meeting  to non-members.

Following a full breakfast, Alan Iny, co-author of “Thinking in New Boxes,” will be featured as the keynote speaker.

The innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps:

• Doubt everything. Challenge your current perspectives.

Probe the possible. Explore options around you.

Diverge. Generate many new and exciting ideas, even if they seem absurd.

Converge. Evaluate and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results.

• Reevaluate. Relentlessly. No idea is a good idea forever.


The morning’s agenda also will include a presentation by Stana Nakhle, Regional Coordinator, Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) of the New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace.


The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Membership Meeting to update its membership on new initiatives, and provide them with an opportunity to hear from distinguished guest speakers delving into business development, technology, and other business-related topics.

The meeting will additionally feature a town-hall style session with the Chamber’s Executive Board, who will address questions and concerns of local entrepreneurs and business executives.


Registration is a required, and may be arranged online at, or via phone at 718-727-1900.

For more information about this event or any of the Chamber’s upcoming events, “Call the Chamber” at 718- 727-1900, or email