Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce
Press Secretary: Erin Franco


Jamaica, New York- The Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new initiative to help small businesses and churches to get much needed exposure. “South Side on the Rise, & Stay Open or Sell” is a web series and documentary project of the struggles and triumphs of African Americans, as well as minority business owners and church leaders who live and work in America’s ‘South Side” districts.

Businesses and churches featured will get a much-needed dosage of publicity to drive traffic to their establishments as well as a chance to win $10000 to support their business or ministry. In addition, experts are lined up to help coach these small businesses with marketing, social media, hiring and new ideas to stay afloat in these treacherous times.

Victoria Schneps, president of Schneps Media empire will co-host the web series lending her considerable business acumen and charisma to the program. Realtor Sonia Thompson is also on the series to help businesses decide if they should stay open or sell.

Dr. Roxanne Simone Lord, prominent pastor, naturopathic doctor and president of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce who recently launched an inspirational documentary about Southeast Queens and natural health, Dr. Lord & The Queens Renaissance, feels that this new national initiative will help shine the spotlight on struggling small businesses and the health crisis among minorities that live in Southside communities across America. “By documenting the everyday challenges faced by business owners and pastors nationally who live and work in traditionally African American neighborhoods, gives us a chance to learn from each other and to unite. Our intention is threefold: to help small businesses stay open; to highlight community heroes and leaders to get the recognition that they deserve and to help repair economic disparities in communities of color,” says Dr. Lord.

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