• President's Message

    Beth Mignone

    I have been hiding a secret for the last few years, and if you all promise not to tell ANYONE I’ll share it with you. I HATE small business Saturday. I would help promote it, but it never felt right.  Sure, I want Small Business to have as much attention as possible, and I know the expression any publicity is good publicity. What bothers me about Small Business Saturday is all the Newspapers, Financial Institutions, Politicians, and business organizations get together and market 1 day on a holiday weekend as the day to shop at local small businesses. They then get to wipe their hands and pat themselves on the back and go about their week. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the effort. It’s great they understand the vital impact small business has in our community and our country.

    It’s just not good enough. We don’t want the crumbs left over from Amazon, big box stores, or other mega companies. One day of attention and then go back to online ordering is not enough.

    Following a growing trend I’m asking all of Farmingdale and all of Long island to make this SMALL BUSINESS SEASON.

    I’m not asking you to shop small as charity. Shop Small because nearly 70 cents on the dollar stays in the community when you do. It means more money flows thru to the PTA, the Chamber, the Rotary, the School, etc. Small Business donates 250% more than Big Business. More importantly shop small because of Value. There is Value in knowing your seller. There is Value in buying higher quality products. That product that is 10% more will last years longer.

    If you want to do more, or maybe can’t shop as small as you would like, can I ask a favor? Post on social media reminding people to shop small and use #smallbusinessseason. With your help we can make this go viral!

    More importantly for you I wish a fun, safe, enjoyable Holiday Season filled with wonder, friends and family. 

    Joseph Garcia

    516-449-2028 cell
    516-845-4700 office

  • Ken Marcus, Outstanding Businessperson of 2021

    The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Ken Marcus was selected as our Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce 2021 Outstanding Businessperson of the Year.  

    Each year the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce encourages members to select an Honoree to receive this prestigious award.  The Honoree must meet the following criteria:

    • Active Member of the Chamber of Commerce
    • Owns or manages a business located in the community
    • Has made a significant contribution to the local economy, to the advancement of the Chamber and has made a meaningful and important contribution to the general welfare of the local community.

    The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Ken fully meets and exceeds these criteria and is proud to recognize him as our 2021 Honoree. 

    Kenneth Marcus is the owner of the Marcus Family Agency with Allstate... a full-service insurance agency that covers the entire state of New York, while specializing in addressing the individual needs of local residents.  He has a true passion for helping families in our Daler community better understand how to protect what's important to them.  

    Ken has been very active in the Farmingdale community since acquiring his office in 2013.  He is a dedicated member of the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary Club and proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce. Ken strongly believes that it is important to give back.  That is why he is also involved with sponsorships to the Farmingdale Community Summit Council, the Farmingdale Annual Comedy Night, Island Harvest, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Blessings in a Backpack.  "I love what I do and enjoy being a local business owner helping people in Farmingdale." 

    In response to his being recognized as Business Person of the Year, Ken said:  “I can’t express enough, how proud I am to serve alongside such an incredible group of people and for them to consider me as a contributing business owner in this awesome community.”

     
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  • Our Mission

    The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is dedicated to "Building a Better Business Community Together" and to serve the heart of the greater Long Island business area. The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Inc. pledges itself to the following goals.

    • To further the mutual interests of all organizations in their relationships with town, county, village and state governmental agencies.
    • To promote the passage of legislation serving the best interests of our businesses and community.
    • To promote inter and intra-area buying of products and services.
    • To promote beautification of the local industrial and commercial community.