Your Success is Our Business!
In 1943, a group of business owners got together to develop the first organization dedicated specifically to serving business in Salem City. Today, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce boasts roughly 380 members comprised of large corporations, manufacturers, small businesses and community leaders county-wide. We have a supportive, active Board of Directors, professional staff, and over 340 active members. Although much has changed in the past several decades, our mission has remained the same. We are still a group of business people dedicated to making Salem County a better place to live, work and do business.
The Latest News:
The Chamber is pleased to announce Rob Hans, Founder, Salem County K-9 Association will be recognized as this year’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award Winner.
Hans founded the Salem County K9 Association in April of 2009 to assist with funding for the K9 unit in Salem County.
The K9 Association raises money for equipment, veterinary bills, and all the necessities that keep the K9s at the top of their game.
The Salem County K9 Association also assists municipal police department K9 units in Salem County and the region. For example, when Vineland and Gloucester County K9 officers were killed The Salem County K9 Association sent them donations to assist in replacing the K9 officers. Hans has also assisted other K9 groups start associations around the entire United States. So the dream to help local K9 units has grown to help law enforcement across the country!
The Salem County K9 Association just purchased two new dogs to replace K9 Titan and K9 Frodo who will retire at the end of this year. Replacing Titan and Frodo costs $19,000+.
Sgt Hans will be honored at the 2016 Spring Banquet, April 21 at Centerton Country Club.
We are thrilled to be able to recognize Sgt. Rob Hans this year!
Friday, March 4, Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Executives met at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey to discuss concerns and develop a preliminary plan of action to oppose the proposed minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. Kim Gattuso, Director of Marketing for Dry Guys Basement Systems and I represented The Chamber. Included in the meeting were reps and Members from the following Chambers:
- Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
- Salem County Chamber of Commerce
- Cape May Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce
CCSJ provided us their documents and position statements from the last two increases. We all shared feedback we received from our own Memberships.
Christina Renna from CCSJ stated right now the S15 bill is log jammed as the Assembly Speaker has not added it to be heard in Assembly. Gov. Christie said he would veto the bill if it comes before him. If the Senate and Assembly can agree on the bill, it will be added to the election ballot as a constitutional amendment in 2017. This would allow the voters to decide on the proposed increase. Christina also made us aware the original effort to increase minimum wage came from a State study conducted on the poverty levels in NJ. So increasing minimum wage is a quick fix to address the State’s current poverty level.
After much discussion, preliminary strategy is as follows:
- Each Chamber and business should speak directly with their legislators to make their opposition known
- Each participating Chamber will work together to prepare Op Eds and Editorial Board presentations to discuss the ramifications to consumers – an increase will cause significant inflation aka. Currently a $45 basket of groceries will cost $75 after the increase.
- Social media blitz’s – CCSJ will compile notes and conduct additional research and keep us all informed. We all agreed to work together on the project as it evolves.
“Marketing Your Company brand & visual promotion – from your Business card to your business displays in house or at events.”
Now you have your logo-This business builder will help you to best market your company brand and logo from your business cards to your advertising. Learn the how-to for your marketing concerning both in house and at events.
Our presenters: Kim Gattuso, Dry Guys, Directory of Marketing, Meghan Lafferty, Director of Regional Sales, Delco Development.
Location: Salem Community College Tillis Hall, Room 123, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ
RSVP – March 18, 2016
$20 Chamber Member – $50 per Potential Chamber Member $25-Webinar
Your Success Is Our Business!
Kick off the morning right at this informal gathering of Salem County business men and women. Chamber Mixers are just the place for Business folks to talk, exchange ideas and in- sights, create new business connections and renew relationships.
Henry D Young Inc – Insurance, 216 East Broadway
It’s important for you, your family and your business to plan your legacy now. This Business Builder will teach you the key points and help you develop a legacy plan that will keep your family and business stable.
Our presenters: John Carr, Esquire / Joe Lessman, CPA / Jack Dempsey, Partner, Dempsey & Weiss Associates
April 29, 2016
8am – 10am
LOCATION: Salem Community College Tillis Hall, Room 123, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. ⇒VIEW MAP HERE
RSVP – April 22, 2016
$20 Chamber Member
$50 per Potential Chamber Member
April 5, 2016 – 8:30am – 10am
at A Moment of Zen
Please bring plenty of business cards!!
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblyman John Wisniewski announced Wednesday that they plan to introduce a bill that would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill is being presented on Thursday, February 11.
The Chamber is opposed to this drastic increase because we understand it will be devastating to our Members.
There is real influence in the power of a unified voice. The Chamber’s Government Relations committee meets Monday to draft a plan for outreach to Assemblymen Prieto and Wisniewski and our Third Legislative District Representatives.
Look for more information on the plan of contact on Monday late morning.
Know that your Chamber has your back!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016! It’s a new year and we have several opportunities this month for you and your staff to make new contacts through networking, build new skills via The Chamber’s Business Builder Workshops and meet the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Annual State of the County Address.
Invitations for all three are included in this correspondence. We hope you will take full advantage of the Benefits of Membership by becoming more involved this year!
Jennifer A. Jones, Executive Director
You asked, We listened! Special thanks to all the folks who answered our Business Education Survey last month. As a result, the Business Education Committee has revamped and renewed our monthly workshops to make them more powerful and more meaningful for Members.
Business Builder Workshops will be held at Salem Community College’s Tillis Hall in the Business Resource Center, ground level at the Carneys Point Campus, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point. From 8am – 10:30 am Registration begins at 8am with complimentary coffee.
We’re still offering each Business Builder live or via live webinar. Here’s what we have planned for 2016:
We are also in need of presenters for these topics, so if you are interested contact Jennifer Jones at 856-351-2245 or via email at Jennifer@salemcountychamber.com
View the list of winners here.
|Accountant||Warner & Company CPA’s|
|Antique Shop||Royal Port Antiques|
|Arts||Kimberly English Art|
|Asian Food||The Orient|
|Attorney||John Jordan, Esq.|
|Auto Detailing||JAG Glass & Towing|
|Auto Dealership||Bobbitt Auto|
|Auto Parts||Williams Auto Parts|
|Auto Repair||Hassler Repair Garage|
|Bank||Fulton Bank of New Jersey|
|Body Shop||The Auto Body Shop & Carneys Point Collision **TIE|
|Burgers||Lapp’s Olympia Diner|
|Cards & Gifts||Donna’s Hallmark|
|Carpeting & Flooring||Matteo Family Kitchens|
|Caterer||Lapp’s Dutch Market|
|Chiropractor||Dr. Geoffrey Ellington|
|Coffee Shop||Java Dog|
|Consignment Shop||A Pretty Penny|
|Corn||AT Buzby Farm|
|Country Shop||Heart Felt Designs|
|Dairy||Myerwood Farms – Kevin Eachus|
|Dance Studio||Adams Dance Academy|
|Day Spa||Salon di Bellezza|
|Daycare||It’s My World Too|
|Dentist||Rapone Family Dental Care & Dr. Joel Richterman **TIE|
|Destination Spot||Fort Mott State Park|
|Diner||Point 40 Diner|
|Dog Breeder||Helen Loveland Border Collies|
|Dollar Store||Dollar Tree|
|Dry Cleaners||Lem’s Dry Cleaners|
|Electrician||Eric Krise Electric|
|Electronics||Dave’s Radio Shack|
|Farm Market||Moore’s Farm Market|
|Fastest Take Out Delivery||Pat’s Family Restaurant, Salem|
|Feed Store||Alloway Village Hardware & Feed|
|Financial Planner||Dempsey & Weiss|
|Fishing Supplies||Shag’s Bait & Tackle Shop|
|Fitness Center (Co-Ed)||Cross Fit (No Pressure)|
|Fitness Center (Women’s)||Lady Fitness|
|Florist||Garden of Eden|
|French Fries||E.M.S. Café|
|Fuel Oil Company||Ross Fogg & Son Oil Company|
|Garden Center||Costello’s Garden Center|
|Golf Course||Town & Country Golf Links|
|Grain Farm||Charles & Jason Myers|
|Graphic Design||Designs by Dar|
|Hair Salon||Salon Lox|
|Hoagies/Subs||Italian Kitchen Sub Sales|
|Hobby Shop||Alloway Trains & Things|
|Home Improvement||Dry Guys|
|Honey – Locally Harvested||Frog Ocean Honey|
|Horse Farm||Mannington Meadows|
|Hunting Supplies||Salem Boat Exchange|
|Ice Cream||Cream Vally Dairy|
|Iced Tea||Pattycakes Concessions|
|Insurance Agency||Henry D. Young Inc – Insurance|
|Karate||River’s Edge Karate|
|Laundromat||Suds Yer Duds|
|Lawn Maintenance||The J Boys|
|Livestock Farm||Sickler Brothers Farm|
|Local Food Fundraiser||A Taste of Salem County – Family Promise|
|Lumber Yard||Smick Lumber|
|Machine Shop||Williams Auto Parts|
|Massage Therapy||Anita Lark Wood|
|Nail Sculpture||Salem Nails|
|Online Business||News of Salem County|
|Painter||JF Elk Painting|
|Parade||Alloway Halloween Parade|
|Pet Grooming||Aunt Sandy’s Pet Grooming|
|Pet Kennel||Joyful Acres|
|Pet Shop||PV Pets|
|Pet Rescue||Maddie and Friends|
|Physical Therapy||Boston Rehabilitation Associates|
|Physician Group||Woodstown Family Practice|
|Pool Supplies||Harmony Pool & Spa|
|Printer||The Printers of Salem County|
|Realtor||River Beach Realty|
|Restaurant – Italian||DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante|
|Restaurant – Seafood||Riverview Inn|
|Roofing||Fisher’s Roofing & Seamless Gutters|
|Shoe Repair||Anthony’s Specialty Shoes|
|Shoe Store||Anthony’s Specialty Shoes|
|Sign Company||F & W Graphics|
|Specialty Sandwich||New Dodge’s Market|
|Sporting Goods||Rudy’s Sporting Goods|
|Spring Water||Glen Summit|
|Tack||Lisa’s Tack Shack|
|Tanning Salon||Quick Tans|
|Tavern||The Corner Bar|
|Tea Shop||Ginger Cake Café|
|Tire Center||RB Tire|
|Tomatoes||Pennsville Farm Market|
|Travel Agency||Patten Travel|
|Tree Service||Bergholz Tree Experts|
|Trucking Firm||SJ Transportation|
|Vegetable Farm||AT Buzby Farm|
|Veterinarian||Tri County Veterinary Hospital|
|Webmaster/Design||Green Technology Services|
|Western Wear||Cowtown Cowboy Outfitters|
|Wine Selection||Auburn Road Vineyards|