NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In tough economic times, maintaining a successful business is a challenge and, in New Providence, one organization that does its best to help local businesses thrive is the New Providence Business and Professional Association. Since it began in 2006, it has helped the downtown grow and flourish and on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Town Council reorganization meeting Assemblyman John Bramnick recognized these efforts with a resolution from the State of New Jersey.
Bramnick, who attends meetings often in the 16 towns in his district, said he was quite impressed with the work done by the NPBPA.
“In New Jersey we really encourage these kinds of business organizations to work with local businesses,” he said. “They’ve done a terrific job.”
The work that Michelle Brugger, the President of the NPBA, and Jimmy Vardas, a board member of the organization and President of the DID in New Providence, do is phenomenal, he said. The assemblyman said he enjoys going to their meetings because it is important to find out what is going on locally, hear their concerns and do his best to support them.
In his 10 years as a legislator, there is nothing he loves more than helping people, he said.
“The closer you are to the ground, the better you are as a legislator,” Bramnick said.
Vardas, who is the owner of the Prestige Diner, accepted the resolution and was elated the NPBPA was honored. While he knew Bramnick was going to recognize them, actually receiving the accolade was a great feeling, he said.
Everyone in the organization has worked hard to be where they are today, Vardas said. Downtown New Providence is growing and improving each day, he added. Anyone that shops there can see its beauty and he hopes this award will cause more people to get involved.
“We have done a lot,” he said. “We work together; we have common goals and everybody’s behind the community.”
Brugger could not contain her excitement. “I think this is amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud to be president.”