As another new year settles in, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is promising to make this year even better than the last, and we have hit the ground running. Here’s a rundown of what the chamber has been doing, and our plans for 2017.

The Drone:  Every year for the past eight years, the chamber has shared part of the money raised at our annual street fairs with the community. This year, we proudly presented the Yorktown Police Department with a “UAV” (unmanned aerial vehicle), also known as a drone, a state-of-the-art crime fighting tool. This complemented our earlier gift of iPads containing schematics of all commercial buildings in Yorktown, to assist in emergency evacuations, search and rescues, and other police activities. In years past, we have also donated extensively to charities such as the United Cancer Society, Support Connection and others.

The Ball Drop: The second annual Ball Drop was a smashing success. With over 2,500 people of all ages in attendance, children played and adults reveled in this Manhattan-style ball drop.  Exactly at midnight, an outstanding display of fireworks completed the festivities.

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The LED Sign: In cooperation with the town of Yorktown, the chamber has cleaned up a part of a major intersection in the center of town, and will be installing a beautiful LED sign for local business advertisements and town announcements. The chamber is pleased to provide this important public service to the community, which will benefit not only our businesses, but will also be a valuable tool for emergency services and town agencies to get their message out. Look for a cleaner, more pleasant and highly useful corner in the coming weeks.

The Home Expo: On Feb. 18, at the newly renovated and beautiful Jefferson Valley Mall, the chamber will be presenting a new and improved “Home Lifestyle & Family Show.” This year, we are featuring Restaurant Row, Live Entertainment and Family Fun, as well as vendors representing a wide spectrum of home services. It’s a great and unparalleled event.

The Chamber Evolves: With the advent of 2017, the Yorktown Chamber is committed to building, improving and evolving our current way of “doing business.” With our commitment to community initiatives, and our new and improved events to help connect and drive business, you will notice that our events will be bigger and better than ever. On the networking front, we are planning a business forum, a larger event where power speakers will be brought in to discuss topics relevant to you and your business. Look for #PowerConnect. 

We are also offering monthly breakfast meetings right at the Yorktown Diner for customers and businesses alike to connect. New committees like “The Young Professionals” and “Health & Wellness” are reaching out to all corners of our community.

This spring, our annual get-together will be a more affordable, higher-value cocktail party style event, rather than the traditional dinner dance. We hope that this will encourage more people to attend and network. As always, we will be honoring an impressive panel of local businesses and organizations.

The chamber is committed to offering high-quality events across the spectrum for both business and our beloved community.  For more info please feel free to contact the chamber at 914-245-4599 or yorktownchamber.org.

This article was written by Sergio Esposito and Aaron Bock of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.