Event promoting business to be held
Charting the course is the title of the even that is too be held. .

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Event promoting business to be held

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
2/16/2017


Suffolk County Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) plans to hold a Charting the Course -Seeding Success event to help promote businesses by providing information about what the county has to offer as well as the keys to success.

According to Calarco, the event has been an initiative of DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County presiding officer since last summer, in conjunction with the county’s alliance of chambers and has already been hosted in several districts including Bridget Fleming’s 2nd Legislative District out east and William Spencer’s 18th in Huntington. Currently serving as the deputy presiding officer, Calarco has decided to bring the event to Patchogue slated for June 19.

David Kennedy, Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director and secretary of the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers board, explained that the event will focus and highlight on Patchogue success stories. “We want to spread that to other businesses and show them what we have done here,” he said. “We are really excited for this event.”

Dennis Smith, executive director of Patchogue Village’s Business Improvement District, also has a hand in organizing the event. According to Smith, the venue has been secured as well as three meeting rooms at the Patchogue-Medford Library. 

“We love our village and love what we do, so anytime we can share that with someone to help and lend a little of our experience we’re always open to that opportunity,” he said.

As of now, the event is in the planning stages, but what is known is that it will be held at the Patchogue Theatre with a 9 a.m. opening panel of local business owners, someone from the private and public sector, and an environmental representative and then move to the Patchogue-Medford Library for a few smaller “breakout” sessions. The panel, breakout sessions and details haven’t been finalized. However, Calarco hinted at the possibility of session topics to include: how to start a small business; how to get financing; how to be more sustainable/green, and how to find employees. He hopes to have a variety of local businesses for reference, such as a restaurant owner, small shop owner and a representative from a not-for-profit.

Each session, Smith explained, will be about 45 minutes; three will be held at the library and one will be held at the theatre between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. “There will be four breakout meetings with subjects that pertain to doing business and growing a village, which is what we have done in Patchogue,” added Smith. 

“It’s an opportunity for us to get the word out for those looking to open a small business in my district, what services and help the county offers,” explained Calarco. “Patchogue has become sort of a model for other places. But the event is not just for Patchogue businesses; we want to encourage business from all over to come learn what the county can do for them.”

During the event, Calarco also plans to have Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri speak about his approach to economic development and what has made businesses successful in Patchogue. Pontieri said he is in full support of the event and looks forward to attending. 

“This is going to give us a chance to showcase the village and how progressive our downtown revitalization has been,” he said.

The event will be free and open to the public with a Taste of Patchogue luncheon to be held after until about 2 p.m. in the theatre lobby. Registration will be held in the morning before the panel begins and breakout sessions will follow.

“It’s a little early,” added Calarco. “We are trying to get all our ideas together, but depending on the success and number of participants, we may try to host it again in the future, possibly every other year.”