LIA launches assist program for East Finish companies


A brand new effort is underway to assist East Finish companies which are members of the Lengthy Island Affiliation, the area’s largest enterprise group.

The LIA is launching a program to attach these companies – giant or small – with the group’s sources. The LIA’s East Finish Enterprise Assist Program contains alternatives to foster enterprise relationships, promote the businesses by the LIA’s digital communications and occasions, and join with  key authorities and non-government companions and sources.

The LIA introduced the brand new program Thursday at Atlantis Banquets & Occasions in Riverhead at a luncheon referred to as “The Way forward for Enterprise on the East Finish.”

“The LIA’s objective is for the entire companies on Lengthy Island to have the ability to entry our community of assist – from Floral Park to Montauk, and in all places in between. That’s why we’re bringing the LIA to the East Finish to proceed to develop its various financial system,” Matt Cohen, president and CEO of the Lengthy Island Affiliation, mentioned in a press release.

The LIA additionally introduced the creation of an East Finish Committee for its members to be co-chaired by LIA Board members Kristen Reynolds, president and CEO of Uncover Lengthy Island, and Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Group Financial institution. The committee will maintain its conferences on the East Finish, fairly than on the LIA’s workplaces in Melville, and can look at points associated to the expansion of the East Finish financial system.

Companies working within the 5 East Finish cities (East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton, Southold, and Shelter Island) with 10 or fewer workers can obtain a complimentary six-month LIA membership in the event that they join previous to Aug 31. Companies also can entry details about the East Finish Enterprise Assist Program by visiting the brand new LIA webpage, which additionally lists companion organizations that assist the East Finish’s financial growth.

“As an LIA Board member and a consultant for Lengthy Island’s tourism trade, I applaud this new LIA initiative that spotlights native companies and the necessary impacts of the tourism financial system on the East Finish,” Uncover Lengthy Island President and CEO Kristen Reynolds, mentioned in a press release. “I’m honored to co-chair the LIA East Finish Enterprise Committee, and I sit up for amplifying the wants of this crucial financial driver.”

“I’m extraordinarily excited to be co-chairing the LIA’s East Finish initiative with Kristen Reynolds, which shall be making skilled sources extra accessible to East Finish companies,” Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Group Financial institution, mentioned in a press release. “Because the CEO of on group that has a 100-plus 12 months historical past of supporting neighborhood companies, Dime Financial institution shall be actively selling LIA’s new program and membership choices to our native buyer base,”

Stakeholders gave the LIA’s new program excessive marks.

“Agriculture is a crucial driver of Lengthy Island’s financial system, and we on the division work onerous to create and assist applications that increase these native meals and beverage companies and assist join them with new alternatives,” Richard Ball, New York State agriculture commissioner, mentioned in a press release. “The work of the East Finish Enterprise Assist Program aligns intently with our mission of selling native producers, and we commend the Lengthy Island Affiliation for serving to to make sure that Lengthy Island’s agricultural neighborhood can proceed to thrive.”

“The City of Riverhead is actually the gateway to the East Finish and in recent times has develop into a prime vacation spot, not solely to go to however to conduct enterprise,” Connie Lassandro, president of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, mentioned in a press release. “These companies are the very spine of our downtown and the encompassing cities. Riverhead is a neighborhood wealthy in range with an abundance of wineries, breweries, waterways and eating places. These belongings together with nice management present great alternative for companies, entrepreneurship and residents to prosper,”

“As Lengthy Island and specifically the East Finish continues to evolve it’s nice to see the LIA evolve and convey the precious and wanted sources to our East Finish companies,” Juan Micieli-Martinez, president of the board of administrators of the Lengthy Island Farm Bureau, mentioned in a press release.

“Our household of eating places is worked up to be part of the growth of the LIA. We’re wanting ahead to serving to join the hospitality trade on the East Finish with LIA members and sources for a extra fruitful tomorrow,” Tora Matsuoka, a companion of Seasoned Hospitality, mentioned in a press release.

Thursday’s occasion additionally a featured on  a presentation from Newsday on development alternatives type industries in aquaculture, fisheries, marine building, maritime transportation, offshore wind, marine analysis, and tourism and recreation.”Our in depth analysis supplies a brand new means for Lengthy Island to develop its financial base, particularly on the East Finish, by utilizing the waters that encompass our island,” Rita Ciolli, the director of Newsday’s nextLI undertaking, mentioned in a press release.

The occasion included a dialogue on agriculture, meals and beverage, tourism and small enterprise.


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