Business Profiles: Local Businesses Benefit Queens Community

A number of businesses took on sponsorship roles during the Queens Tribune’s Small Business Achievement Award breakfast presentation at Queens College on May 20. These businesses have taken on roles as community partners, looking to help the area through their investment in programs and services.

Investors Bank is an independent, full-service community bank, serving a wide range of customers since 1926. The bank is known for serving business, commercial real estate, nonprofit and local government customers. At Investors Bank, business bankers understand the unique challenges and opportunities associated with managing a company in today’s market.

Investors Bank is experiencing significant growth while remaining financially strong and well capitalized, having more than $16.4 billion in assets and a network of more than 125 branches. Investors deliver a full range of deposit, lending and cash management services to keep companies moving forward. In addition, its Charitable Foundation supports local and statewide organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities the bank serves.

The bank focuses on “putting the community back into community banking.” The mission of Investors Bank is to make available excellent products and services in an authentic, reliable and up-front way. Their vision and mission is built on four values: cooperation, character, community and commitment.

Investors strongly believes that every business should have a bank that provides superior service. It promises attentive business bankers that will respond to the company’s immediate needs and work to deliver what is best for the long term success of each company. Sandler O’Neill + Partners named Investors a Bank Thrift Sm-All Star for the third year in a row; Forbes placed Investors on its “Best Banks in America” list in both 2012 and 2013 and Fortune Magazine included Investors on its “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies” list for 2012.

Investors Bank strives to provide banking in your best interest. Investors Bank is a Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. For more information on Investors Bank, call 855-iBank4U or visit

As a New York-based company, EmblemHealth has been serving local businesses for more than 75 years. EmblemHealth respects their community’s demand for affordable, high-quality health coverage. They are strongly committed to providing value to New York’s small business customers.

EmblemHealth is an innovator in developing new programs and resources that result in improved care coordination, better health outcomes, higher member satisfaction and lower health care costs. Their Net Promoter Score (NPS) – a measure that indicates how willing a customer is to recommend EmblemHealth to family and friends- is more than double the health care industry average.

EmblemHealth is creating a customer service and health care experience that is uniquely New York and uniquely EmblemHealth. That is why EmblemHealth is more than a health insurer, it is New York’s Health and Wellness Company.

Health Republic Insurance of New York is a not-for-profit member-driven plan designed to expand affordable health care coverage options and provide members a real voice in their health plans. As the country’s largest and New York’s only Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (Co-Op), their mission guarantees members are at the center of everything they do. Their members set policies, influence decisions and vote for their leadership. Health Republic is committed to driving innovation in everything they do and to deliver the best services and solutions for all of their members.

Health Republic insurance offers a variety of affordable plans that are ideal for small businesses, including independent contractors and budding entrepreneurs throughout New York State. They provide individuals and small businesses like the Queens Tribune with access to a wide variety of over 70,000 quality providers including hospitals, neighborhood doctors and specialists to meet their individual health care needs. Since Health Republic does not have shareholders, they are able to reinvest profits back into the company to keep members’ care as affordable as possible. They help small businesses who have faced challenges in the past finding affordable access to health care.

Health Republic is leading the way in member-led healthcare. Their not-for-profit member-led model is unparalleled and revolutionizing healthcare in NY. Their forward-thinking wellness initiatives, such as e-visits with doctors and access to alternative medicine, are helping change the face of health care now and for future generations.
To learn more, visit their website at

New York Community Bank (NYCB) ranks among the largest thrift savings bank in the nation. As of March 31, 2014, NYCB has assets of $47.6 billion. NYCB is one of the leading thrift depositories in most of the markets they serve. Although the bank has grown from being a single branch bank in 1895, NYCB still maintains the feeling of a community and values each customer.  New York Commercial Bank has 272 branches throughout the New York City metro area and in New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and Arizona, including New York Commercial Bank.

NYCB offers services to individuals as well as small and mid-size businesses. Services include personal banking, business banking and investments, mortgages and insurance.

NYCB’s mission is to excel in everything they do for everyone they serve. NYCB is committed to providing all of their customers with exceptional service and convenience, and a full-service menu of products to meet a broad range of financial needs. NYCB offers 24-hour banking online, by phone and at 259 ATM locations. The goal of NYCB is to make banking easy for all of their members. The bank also offers merchant services, lockboxes and all the types of accounts that small business owners need to support their company’s operations.

Customers can learn more about NYCB and its divisions at

– Esther Shittu