The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is founded.

FEBRUARY 6, 1918

  February 1922

The Brooklyn Chamber leads the way by opening its membership to 16 women. 

The Brooklyn Chamber produces the Brooklyn Industrial exposition vShow, held at the 23rd Regiment Armory. 

April 7, 1922 

Over 300 Brooklyn Chamber members travel 9,000 miles over nine months, to educate America about Brooklyn, on the Transcontinental Trade and Good Will Trip.



The Brooklyn Chamber becomes the second largest Chamber of Commerce in the United States.


With the onset of the Depression, the Brooklyn Chamber works to bolster Brooklyn businesses and address unemployment by developing the All Brooklyn Progress movement.


The Brooklyn Chamber’s partnerships with other borough organizations make headlines when Brooklyn Dodgers President Larry MacPhail insists that visiting National League baseball clubs stay in Brooklyn hotels while they play against the Dodgers.


The Brooklyn Chamber distributes a Passport to Brooklyn that holds a 25-cent subway token, in an early attempt to promote tourism in the borough.


The Brooklyn Chamber produces Everybody Knows Brooklyn,  a short documentary film that is broadcast at the World’s Fair in 1965.


In response to an increase in crime across the city, the Brooklyn Chamber works with Brooklyn's merchants to take unified action and forms the Livingston Street Committee, which works with local police precinct to increase officers on patrol.


Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, with the Brooklyn Chamber, pioneers first of its kind in the nation programs focusing on neighborhood services.

The 10-year-old Downtown Brooklyn Development Association merges with the Chamber, helping to grow Chamber membership.  


The U.S. Small Business Administration honors  the Brooklyn Chamber and its Minority and Women’s Business Development Committee for its efforts    


The Brooklyn Chamber launches a series of signature programs such as “Brooklyn Designs,” “Brooklyn Goes Global,” “Good Help” and “Brooklyn Eats,” which continue to this day.

The Brooklyn Chamber is named Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State.




The brooklyn chamber launches a collaboration with the 5 chamber alliance to respond to superstorm sandy


Denise Arbesu becomes the first Latina Board Chair in the Brooklyn Chamber’s history.