Established in 1992, the coalition is a not-for-profit business organization. The coalition now has a representation of 20 chambers in the Town of Brookhaven, with many who are actively involved in the BCCC. Our mission is to represent all Chambers of Commerce that are within the boundaries of the Town, and to support the vast numbers of businesses and professionals who are members of these Chambers, in a uniform voice on common issues and concerns.
The Coalition has sponsored seminars to help aid small businesses, including an employment job fair held in cooperation with the Small Business Development Corp., and two training workshops through the Corporate Center at Suffolk County Community College, on marketing strategies and public relations.
The BCCC has lobbied within the Town to strengthen the Peddlers and Vendors Laws and was helpful in updating the Town’s sign ordinance codes. For 4 years, the BCCC marketed and promoted “Celebrate Main Street America” campaign. This campaign helped stimulate local shopping in January, when it is traditionally slow.
The BCCC has continued to host a Business to Business Networking Event. This successful trade show is open to all. Additionally, BCCC took a stance on the banning of smoking in public restaurants, and presented a position paper to the Suffolk County Legislative.
Annually, in April, the Coalition celebrates honoring their choice for “Outstanding Member of the Year”, recognizing individual chamber members for their outstanding contributions, with an awards reception night.
They created a shopping decal in support of local shopping and solidarity, showing that savings, service, satisfaction and support are all valid reasons you should support your local business community.
In 2002, the Coalition created the Pasquale DeAngelis scholarship, which honors a Town of Brookhaven senior high school student who plans on continuing their education in business. The award is for $1000 and is referred to the BCCC Scholarship.
Since 2008, the BCCC has co-sponsored a small business trade show entitled “Strictly Business” with the Middle Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Miller Business Resource Center. It is held in May. By joining the internet email service Constant Contact, BCCC has created better communication with their chamber business partner leaders. In addition, BCCC’s website is now more user-friendly, and remains current. Finally, they have been recognized as a 501-c6.
2010 brought their first economic development grants for a winning chamber and small business, and saw the sponsoring of a three part series of interactive workshops on customer service.
In 2011, the BCCC updated and improved their marketing brochure, and was instrumental in helping to re-kindle ‘The Suffolk County Coalition of Chambers of Commerce.’
In 2012, the BCCC partnered with Optimum/Cablevision to host a “Technology Business Breakfast”.
In 2013, the BCCC sponsored a new program the: Triangle of Success for Businesses- how to successfully market your business. Presentations included email marketing by Constant Contact, social marketing and direct mail marketing. The program was FREE.