Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
On Friday, Oct. 16, Mary Stanco will be presented with this year’s prestigious Outstanding Small Businessperson Award given by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.
A breakfast reception is being held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This award is selected by the Chambers of Commerce across Nassau County.
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Mary Stanco can easily walk down any street, recognizing every passerby, each greeted cheerfully. Throughout the community, most residents have come in contact with a Stanco family member. Whether it is one of her eight siblings or extended family members of uncles, aunts or cousins, there is a Stanco everywhere! Ms. Stanco grew up in this community where so many neighbors were relatives and those who were not, became “adopted” family. With such a surrounding of familiar faces around her, Ms. Stanco’s comfort zone is friendliness and an outgoing contagious spirit. She draws you into her circle of friends with warmth and always extends a helping hand. It is no wonder why the Chamber has awarded Mary Stanco with the 2008 Leadership Award.
From an early age, Ms. Stanco can remember her dad’s advice: “It’s all about the community.” She has continued to take her father’s advice by giving back to the community of Glen Cove. From a paper route to being the first girl making pizza in Glen Cove, Ms. Stanco learned of business early in life. Excelling, she was handed the keys from the pizzeria at 14 years of age so that she would open and close the store on weekends. It was always with full energy, a commitment to responsibility and selfless giving that she demonstrated with every employment opportunity. In fact, while she was putting herself through college, Ms. Stanco worked both full-time and part-time jobs. Then when changing to a full-time student, she reduced her schedule by holding a full time position simultaneously until her graduation with a business management degree. Ms. Stanco never limited her days by the number of hours!
Her first full-time position was with a major supermarket in our area and she rose quickly into a management training associate and opening and closing new stores throughout Long Island. For the past five years, Ms. Stanco has carved a new career in mortgages and real estate while devoting herself to many charitable causes throughout our community. She currently serves on the board of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, participating in every event and meeting. She is also a member of The Sons of Italy, Loggia 1016, heading the membership Committee and again involved with every function. Ms. Stanco has volunteered at The Regency at Glen Cove, St. Christopher Ottilie’s, St. Patrick’s and for such charitable functions as Dress For Success, National Night and The Food Pantry. Wherever there is an honorable cause you can bet Mary Stanco will be there volunteering with a smile on her face!
Her sense of fulfillment to find the dream house for her clients combined with the pleasure of volunteering for so many worthwhile causes is what Mary attributes her happy demeanor and friendliness to all in our community. As Ms. Stanco herself states, “It’s all about community…and how you can give back to make it a better place for all of us to share and live in this City of Glen Cove, a place we choose to call home.”
At its general meeting on Sept. 30, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce presented a program on marketing strategies. The meeting was hosted by North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove, a Chamber member. As part of the program, Mark Snider of Maptoons, Inc. was on hand to roll out its collaborative project with the Chamber. Maptoons is a cartoon map version of Glen Cove depicting the locations of Chamber members who purchased ad space on the map. This was the first-time that Maptoons had offered this advertising vehicle for Chamber members. Shortly, every resident in Glen Cove will receive a copy of this map as well as participating businesses.
Not only was this a different way for Chamber members to advertise their businesses but it was also a way for the Chamber to reach out to businesses who had not yet joined the Chamber. To date, the Chamber now boasts over 250 members. It is constantly working to find ways to enhance the profitability of its member businesses. During these difficult times, networking with other businesses is even more important and the Chamber is always working for the benefit of its members.