By Rennie C. Weber
Too often shopkeepers and restaurateurs get so caught
up in looking after their own businesses, they neglect to reach
out to their neighbors who may share the same concerns and face
similar challenges. So at the April 19th meeting of Turtle Bay Business
Associates (TBBA) instead of featuring an invited speaker, the focus
was on members connecting with each other and sharing information.
Meanwhile, Turtle Bay Newsletter took the opportunity to reach out
to business owners and find out how they felt TBBA was important
and how they benefited from the meetings.
Artie DelNegro, owner of the popular Turtle Bay Grill and Lounge
and host of the meeting, pointed out that interaction between owners
would help insure that the area continues to be a place where business
Charles G. Ruvolo of Metro Copy and Duplicating, acknowledged the
benefit of connecting with the community through TBBA: "I like
to build relations with current owners to expand my networking and
knowledge of what's happening in the community. This is a great
way to do it."
Tina Theodorou, owner of Ekavi, the elegant dress shop at 866 Second
Avenue, commented, "I like what the Association has done to
keep the area clean and attractive. I want to do my share as a merchant
to make sure this continues. I want Turtle Bay to be a place people
like to visit because of its attractive residences, shops and restaurants."
Pauline Evans, a realtor with Brown Harris Stevens, nodded affirmatively.
"I believe in supporting the community where I do business."
Gerald Purcell, who operated the former Paparazzi restaurant in
Turtle Bay for some thirty years and continues as president of Gerald
Purcell Industries, stated, "It's a worthwhile endeavor...We
can't be complacent. We've got to keep this community clean, attractive,
modern and aware."
So what are you waiting for? If you're doing business in Turtle
Bay, why not join this highly motivated group of TBA members at
their next meeting at the Turtle Bay Grill and Lounge on Second
Avenue? Call the TBA office to find out more.
Five Benefits of Joining Turtle Bay Business Associates
1. Clout: present a united voice to NYC agencies to optimize city
2. Collective bargaining power: cut costs, get better deals
3. Networking opportunities: make connections, build relationships
in the community
4. Information exchange: be in the know; information is power
5. Community service: find out how your business can be a good neighbor.
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224 East 47th Street, New York City 10017
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