With more and more travelers staying at Airbnb listings in Brooklyn bringing increased foot traffic to every neighborhood in the borough, Airbnb and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce saw a unique opportunity to connect Airbnb hosts with local small business owners in their neighborhoods. In September 2015, a partnership was born. In addition to providing guests with a wealth of local information on Explore Brooklyn, our partnership has grown to include many events where Brooklyn Airbnb hosts and small business owners can network and brainstorm ways in which they can support each other and their local community.
We recently held our first Brooklyn Chamber small business mixer of the year at Bedford Hall, a community supported business in Bed-Stuy. Airbnb hosts and small business owners from across Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights turned out in record numbers to connect with fellow community members and hear local leaders speak about the importance of forging these bonds to bolster the local economy.
After signing in, attendees were given instructions on how to add local businesses to the online guidebooks they share with their guests on Airbnb, and picked up discounts to local businesses and invitations to future Brooklyn Chamber events.
Richard Flateau, Chairman of Community Board 3, showed his support for Airbnb’s partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber.
“As Chair of Community Board 3, I’m very cognizant of many of the hosts as well as the guests that invigorate the local economy.”
Richard Flateau, Chairman of Community Board 3
Council member Robert Cornegy, Jr. addressed the crowd, emphasizing the importance of the sharing economy’s partnership with local businesses as a means to boost the overall economy of the neighborhood.
“There is room in the economy for growth and development through the marriage between the shared economy and small businesses.”
Robert Cornegy, Jr., Council member, 36th Councilmanic District, New York City
After the series of speakers, host and local business owners were encouraged to mix and mingle. Featured above: Michael Lambert, Head of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, Brooklyn host, Shanti, and Josh Levin from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.
Small business owner, Hollis Barclay, and Airbnb community organizer, Conor.
Calvin Clark, owner of Bedford Hall, and Josh Levin of the Brooklyn Borough President’s team.
Our next Airbnb and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce small business social will be held on February 21st in Gowanus. We look forward to seeing you there!
To learn more about local partnerships in New York City, visit newyorkcity.airbnbcitizen.com.