Getting To Know The Chamber President

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The Chamber of Commerce recently met with the North Shore Soup Kitchen. From left: Dr. Arnold Goldberg, Carmen Martinez, Carol Nelson, Mary Stanco, Tom Bunger (Back), Lisa Cohn (president), Maddy Rubinstein (NS Soup Kitchen) Check Recipient Estelle Moore (NS Soup Kitchen) Check Recipient, Dr. Max, Jerry Farrell, Dr. Eve Lupenko-Ferrante. (Photo courtesy of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce)

The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business needs of Glen Cove and its surrounding communities since 1920. The Record Pilot spoke with chamber president, Lisa Cohn about the chamber, Cohn’s nonprofit organization, the city of Glen Cove, as well as the chamber’s upcoming events.

Cohn has been a resident of the City of Glen Cove for 40 years. She contributes Glen Cove’s small town feel, the invaluable connections she has made with those in the community and the close-proximity to the water as her reasons for remaining in the city all these years.

“Glen Cove’s got that small town aspect,” Cohn said. “I like the fact that I’ve gotten to know so many people throughout the years, I see the same people—it happens again and again.”

Amongst her work with the chamber, Cohn is also the executive director of Living Water for Women, a transitional home for women overcoming addictions, many of whom may have been incarcerated. Cohn founded Living Water for Women in 2010 and currently oversees the daily operations of the homes. She helps to run various programs which are aimed to teach the women how to live a more structured lifestyle.

Cohn said being the president of the chamber helps her to develop connections with members of the Glen Cove community, which in return helps the women living at the transitional home. Many members of the community have helped Cohn to secure necessary items for the women, many of whom come to the home with no possessions of their own.

“For me personally, the chamber has helped me to help the members of the house here, get them volunteer opportunities or jobs in the area,” Cohn said. “It’s all about the invaluable connections.”

Currently, Cohn is working to secure a new roof for the transitional homes, as well as a vehicle to help with transportation.

Prior to becoming the president of the chamber, Cohn served on the board of directors as the vice president for many years and was also awarded the Community Merit Award.

“The chamber’s mission is to “enhance the health and profitability of its member businesses by helping to develop, encourage, promote and protect the commercial, industrial, professional, financial and general business interests of the City of Glen Cove and its economic region,” their website states.

The chamber offers numerous benefits to members in the community including networking and advertising opportunities, special events for businesses to introduce themselves to the community, seminars to provide valuable information and business tips to business owners. The chamber also gives out scholarships to high school students in the city every year as well as donates to local charities in the community.

Many chamber events and programs involve the communities participation. Coming up on Nov. 2, the chamber will be hosting their 16th annual gala, “A Night Full of Stars” from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove. Each year the chamber honors a number of locals at their gala.

“The chamber is here to support the business community. By keeping the business community healthy, it keeps the entire city of Glen Cove healthy,” Cohn said.

For more information on the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce or to view a list of upcoming events hosted by the chamber, visit www.glencovechamber.org.

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