|IACC Executive Director Federico Tozzi Presents at Sud e Futuri Symposium in Castellabate, Italy
America Buys Italian – October 3-5
U.S.-based grocery retail buyers and Italian food and beverage producers are invited to join the IACC in Brescia, Italy, from October 3-5 for “America Buys Italian,” a top-tier B2B summit connecting local Italian food and beverage producers with leading buyers and purchasing managers from major U.S. grocery chains. Buyers and purchasing directors have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local companies, discover and source products and make new and profitable connections with Italian specialty food producers.
Italian producers, on the other hand, will meet with and present their products to representatives from major U.S. grocery retail chains such as Lowes Foods, Sendik’s Food Market, NS Grocery, Busch’s Fresh Food Market and Buehler’s Fresh Foods, providing them with a unique and targeted opportunity for market entry in the following states: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, California and Oregon.
Marketing Strategies with Neuromarketing Concepts – October 18 @ 12 p.m.
During this fascinating workshop co-organized with the Small Business Administration (SBA), participants will delve into the emerging field of neuromarketing, the study of the brain to predict and potentially even manipulate consumer behavior and decision making. SBA Economic Development Specialist Man-Li Lin will help participants gain a greater understanding of how neuromarketing efforts can help inform creative advertising, product development, pricing, and other marketing areas.
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Luxury Summit – November 8
Plan to join us on November 8 for the IACC’s annual Luxury Summit, sponsored by KPMG. This year’s summit explores the ever-changing luxury market through the lens of ESG and analyzes how economic and political environments have affected the evolution of luxury over the last fifty years.
Do you have a brand or product you would like to promote at the event? Sponsors of our Luxury Summit receive tremendous visibility, both during the event as well as on the IACC’s website and social channels. To learn more about our robust offering of sponsorship opportunities, please contact our offices.
We would like to thank our sponsors KPMG, Tesisquare, Tucano, Martinoia Pasticceria and La Compagnie.
PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited; RSVP today to guarantee your place. This event will also be live-streamed.
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WEBINAR: Grants for R&D: SBIR and STTR – November 15 @ 12 p.m.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
On November 15, members are invited to join Man-Li Lin, Economic Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration (SBA), for an informative workshop during which participants will learn about several aspects of the SBIR and STTR programs, including: the funding phase process, eligibility requirements, the SBA’s role, participating federal agencies, online tutorials and the tips of proposal writing.
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New Member Cocktail Party – November 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
Join us on November 15th for a New Member Cocktail Reception at Fantini USA’s A&D Building showroom on 58th Street. We will explore the benefits of IACC membership and share detailed information on the services we offer, while creating the perfect platform for new members to connect. Introduce yourself and your business to other new members and share your ideas and business objectives with our staff!
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WEBINAR: DIY Building a Blog for Your Business – December 6 @ 10 a.m.
A solid blog strategy is a great way to establish trust and showcase your knowledge in your industry. It can drive great traffic to your website and act as a springboard for content you can share on your social media platforms. But where to begin?
Join us on December 6 at 10:00 a.m. for “Building a Blog for Business,” a DIY workshop led by Man-Li Lin, Economic Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration. During this hands on session, you will learn how to use blogger.com to build a blog step-by-step and will be introduced to tools, platforms and strategies that can be used to monetize blogs and drive revenue to your business.
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Annual Holiday Cocktail Gala – December 13
The IACC is excited to announce that its 2023 Cocktail Gala will take place on December 13 at Spring Place. Mark you calendar and join us to celebrate the holiday season while networking with prominent members of New York’s Italian business community in an elegant and festive setting.
Do you have a brand or product you would like to promote at the event? Sponsors of the Holiday Cocktail Gala receive tremendous visibility, both during the evening as well as on the IACC’s website and social channels. To learn more about our robust offering of sponsorship opportunities, please contact our offices.
We would like to thank our sponsors La Compagnie, Certified Origins, Sunglass Hut and Tucano.
PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited; RSVP today to guarantee your place and take advantage of early bird pricing.
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WEBINAR: Employee Retention Credit – September 7
The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) – sometimes called the Employee Retention Tax Credit or ERTC – is a refundable tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that were affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, Michelle Schneider, Tax Principal at IACC member Grassi Advisors & Accountants, provided an in depth overview of this pandemic relief program and explained the requisites businesses need to qualify for the tax credit to seminar participants across a variety of industry sectors. Thanks to Michelle and Grassi for sharing their expertise with us!
Meet the Member: Rimadesio USA – September 19
A lovely evening was had by all who attended our September 19 Meet the Member event at Rimadesio’s elegant Madison Avenue showroom. Guests had the opportunity to browse Rimadesio’s high-end furniture and design accessories and learn about the brand while networking with fellow members and friends.
WEBINAR: Writing Business Plan – September 20
A good business plan guides you through each stage of starting and managing a business and serves as a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your business. Participants who joined us on September 20 for “Writing a Business Plan” were privy to a step-by-step primer on business plan basics presented by SBA Economic Development Specialist Man-Li Lin. During this practical session, attendees learned how to structure a compelling business plan and received valuable information about the resources and assistance available to small businesses through the SBA’s resource partners: SCORE, SBDC and WBC.
Aperitivo Italiano at Spring Place – September 27
Members gathered at Spring Place on September 27 to mix, mingle and get to know other IACC members over drinks at Tribeca’s hip members-only club. Thanks to all who attended as well as to our gracious host, IACC member Spring Place, for an elegant and enjoyable evening of cocktails, conversation and networking!
We would like to thank Ponti USA for their in-kind donation of products.
Sud e Futuri – September 28-30
IACC Executive Director Federico Tozzi traveled to Castellabate, Italy, to take part in Sud e Futuri, a 3-day symposium organized by the Magna Grecia Foundation. Now in its fifth edition, Sud e Futuri brings together scholars and experts in a variety of fields to explore the future of Southern Italy through an in depth examination of the strategic sectors that are crucial for economic growth in the South. Federico was a featured speaker a panel discussion entitled, “Investire nel Sud Italia,” which highlighted opportunities for investment in Southern Italy, with a focus on emerging areas of opportunity for U.S. investors.
NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS
EYE Intern “Spotted” at Università Cattolica Alumni Event
|Chiara Mascitti has an EYE toward success! Chiara is currently taking part in our Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program as an intern at Sally Fischer Public Relations, an international boutique-style public relations firm in the lifestyle arena. IACC Executive Director Federico Tozzi caught up with Chiara at a recent Università Cattolica alumni event at NYU’s Kimmel Hall. Chiara told us that her work at Sally Fischer has given her hands-on experience with the American approach to media relations, publicity, social media, special events, marketing, and brand management. She’s looking forward to applying her new skill sets and cultural competencies when she returns to Italy to continue her career in PR.
|IACC Joins Forces with National Grocers Association
The IACC has entered into an official partnership with National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry. The partnership between NGA and the IACC will include participation in conferences, professional development opportunities, and sharing of knowledge and expertise in the fields of specialty food/beverage and grocery retail.
The IACC’s partnership with NGA opens exciting new avenues, not only for our two associations, but for the members, grocers and local producers we represent. With this strategic alliance, we are essentially creating a direct line of contact between the U.S.’s leading independent grocery retailers and local Italian suppliers, providing retailers and producers alike with the opportunity to make inroads into previously unexplored and untapped markets. NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara and five NGA member retailers are currently in Bresia, Italy, taking part in the second edition of the IACC’s America Buys Italian B2B specialty food summit.
|Lewis Brisbois Shares Expertise on Proposed New York Limited Liability Transparency Act
|IACC member Frank Cerza, Partner and Co-Chair of Real Estate & Land Use at Lewis Brisbois, recently authored an informative article on the proposed New York Limited Liability Transparency Act which would require the disclosure of the beneficial owners of both domestic and foreign LLCs that are registered to conduct business in the State of New York.
While there is no certainty regarding Governor Hochul’s endorsement of the LLC Transparency Act, LLCs already operating in, or intending to do business in New York should be prepared for this potential reporting requirement. By engaging in proactive planning, LLC owners can be better prepared for compliance and the potential chilling impact resulting from the enactment of the LLC Transparency Act.