April Luncheon Meeting Cancelled

Due to the Stay in Place order effective through April 30th, this month’s luncheon meeting has been cancelled.

The Active Shooter Presentation presented by Suffolk County Police Department Shield Program will be rescheduled.


IMPORTANT: Stimulus/Small Business Disaster Loan Relief

Congressman Lee Zeldin held a Small Business Telephone Town Hall Meeting Thursday, March 26th. Below are the key points from this call:
Stimulus / SBA Loan:
– The vote has passed the Senate and is going for vote in the House on 3/27. If it passes the House it will be going to the White House to Sign.
– Further updates will be provided as this progresses the channels.
– There will be a special page that they come out with on Lee Zeldin’s website
– There is no section in the application for a specific dollar value request. The value will be based on the documents submitted.
– Money, if approved, will be disbursed in increments and based on the documents submitted with the filing.
Website for Submittal / Review – Disaster Loan Assistance
Should you apply?
APPLY, APPLY, APPLY – Get your User ID and get in the system now.
– Applications can take ~21 days to be accepted
– No matter what, you should apply for the SBA (If you are interested)
— Before it goes through final processing, you can ‘opt-out’ and deny the loan if something else comes out better
– Even if you are a new business / not profitable business, as long as you are making sales and headway, this loan is still an option and is not an automatic disqualification
Forgiveness / Payback
– The /entire/ loan can’t be forgiven, but there will be a portion that may be: payroll, utilities, rent, can be forgiven, up to a maximum of 8 weeks.
– All payments are deferred for 6 months
– Applies to all business that retain employees up until June 30th, 2020
– This is based on headcount (If someone leaves, you could replace with another person and it still counts)
Robert J. Piechota
Branch Manager- Long Island, NY Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
(631) 454-0762
(516) 672-6387 Cell

Stay informed – Helpful Links

Please refer to these links as needed. Once we have more specific info to share, we will post it on our website, our group facebook page and via email. Please sign up for our facebook page if you have not done so.

US Offices:

US Chamber of Commerce –

Department of Labor

US Small Business Administration Covid-19 information –


NYS Offices:

NYS Department of Health Covid-19 Info-

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo (Executive orders) –

NYS Small Business Development Center –

NYS Unemployment –

Suffolk Country Offices:

Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit –   Call 311 or email

Congressman Lee Zelden –


Helpful information on dealing with the pandemic

The US Chamber of Commerce has published several helpful articles for businesses dealing with the
COVID-19 Pandemic.

Visit for more info.


A letter from Lenore Paprocky re. COVID-19 Crisis

To All Members, Business Leaders and Residents,
During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we are faced with many challenges. Our small businesses are dependent on our local community and likely face some very challenging times ahead.  We must do everything we can, as a chamber and as a community, to combat and mitigate these effects. We can accomplish this by doing our part to shop local when feasible. Many small businesses are making changes to adapt to this crisis, like offering free delivery or curb side pickups.
If you are doing something unique or different to help make things easier for our local community to do business with you, please feel free to share with us on our Greater Middle Country Chamber Facebook page.
We will be posting other information on our Facebook page and on our website, as it develops.
The Greater Middle Country Chamber is only strong together.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions

March Luncheon Meeting Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic, we will be cancelling our March Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, March 17th. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will notify you if there is any change to our April Events Calendar. Please understand that everyone’s health and safety is of our utmost concern. Thank you.


Active Shooter Presentation – Tuesday, April 21st

Please join us for this timely presentation. Please note this meeting will run a full 2 hours. More info to follow.


The Power Hour – March 10th

Join us at the next Power Hour, Tuesday, March 10th, 9-10am at Hand in Hand OT. Limited to first 20 registrants.

RSVP to .  Click for more info: HandinHand[13928]



March 17th General Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting at MCPL at noon.

Join the Miller Business team as they demonstrate some of their favorite online resources, mobile apps, and more that are beneficial for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Lunch will be catered by our new member, Strong Island Deli.


2020 Awards Dinner and Board Installation

On Tuesday, January 21st we held our Annual Awards Dinner and 2020 Board Member Installation at the Elk’s Club Lodge in Centereach. The award recipients honored at this event were: Chamber Member of the Year – Keith Groshans, Rocket Juiced, Inc; Man of the Year – Gus Catechis, Developer and Owner of the New Village Plaza in Centereach, which houses Brownstones Coffee, Swolehouse, PACFE Nails & Spa, Cabo Fresh, AT&T, Wingstop, Arby’s, Voodoo Crab and ProHeath Care; Community Service Award – Susan Delgado/St. Cuthbert’s Food Pantry and also Gian Fanelli/Jaxson’s Automotive in Centereach.