Suburban Chamber of Commerce Breakfast With Mayor Bruno Shares Optimistic Outlook For Businesses

Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic, Vice Chairman of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce with Mayor Bruno. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Over 79 businesses and officials attend Chamber breakfast. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Mayor Bruno addresses the room about the continued growth of business in Berkeley Heights. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley discusses the accomplishments of the Downtown Beautification Committee and the Downtown Clock plaque sponsorship opportunities. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Dr. Patrick Smith presents Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley with two checks for plaque sponsorship of the Downtown Clock from the Berkeley Heights Charitable 5K and from Smith Chiropractic. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured from left to right: Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley; Julie Lloyd, member of Beautification Committee; Jim Ramentol of GRA Architects; Peter Twill of Ace Twill Printing. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured left to right: Pat Cicala of Atlantic Home Loans; Fred DaVeiga, Regal Wealth Advisors; Chris Brown of The Brown Policy Group; Steve Maffei of Edible Arrangements Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured left to right: Steven Guastamaccia of Yogoccino and Annie Locke and Susan Pallo of European Wax Center Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured left to right: Mara Cruwys of Weichert Realtors and Vicki Popp of Vicki Popp Salon Credits: Bobbie Peer
Chief Mathis discussed the Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy and the importance of connecting the youth to the police department.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Nick Maiorana of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, the breakfast sponsor. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured left to right: Steve Maffei of Edible Arrangements; Bobbie Peer of The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights and Fred DaVeiga of Regal Wealth Advisors. Credits: Pat Cicala

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce kicked off the year with a Breakfast with Mayor and Town Council on Friday, Jan. 31, held in the meeting room of the Town Hall.  Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic and Vice Chairman of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce welcomed over 79 businesses and officials in attendance.   

"The more connected you are to the community, and let me tell you that Berkeley Heights is a great community, the better your business does," said Smith. "Being connected helps your business, that's what we are here for today."

In addition to the networking opportunity, Smith discussed the accomplishments of the Chamber and how businesses can contribute and become more attached to the community by getting involved. The Chamber partners with many organizations in town working on projects and events that include Avenue of Patriots, revitalized Memorial Day Parade, 10th Rubber Ducky Festival, 1st Berkeley Heights Street Fair, Free Summer Concert in the Park Series, Jersey Pilot Baseball, 5K Road Races, VFW BBQ, and Clean Community Day and more. 

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The guests left the breakfast with insight on how businesses can be more involved in the many opportunities offered by the community through business spotlights on the GLTV show "This Week in Berkeley Heights"; purchasing a plaque sponsorship that will permanently memorialize a business or family on the base of the Downtown Clock to be installed by Memorial Day; participate in the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on June 29; stay connected through the new and improved township website and directory of businesses; advertise in the Suburban Chamber of Commerce publication "Collection".  In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available for the 5K races in town, the 3rd Annual Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy and the 11th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. (Contact Dr. Pat Smith for more information by emailing or phone (908)464-8899.)

"If you can dream, it can happen," said Mayor Joe Bruno, quoting Walt Disney.  Mayor Bruno has a dream for Berkeley Heights and it has materialized, he wants to keep growing.  "We are a township of volunteers who just want to make our community better.  It wouldn't be better without our businesses."   

"We certainly are excited to see NY Marts come into town.  We're excited for the potential and growth of the signature shopping area in town and the positive traffic that will help all of our businesses grow and flourish.  And that is why we are all here today," said Smith.

In response to an audience question regarding the vacant theater in town, Smith added, "The Suburban Chamber of Commerce supports the arts in Berkeley Heights. We see, if we can improve the arts footprint, it will improve business for everyone. It will draw people from outside communities and make all of our businesses stronger." 

"Use us, I want to keep everyone connected.  We are better together than we are apart." said Smith.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank was the breakfast sponsor, Edible Arrangements provided fruit platters, Seven-Eleven provided tea and coffee, Derco Office Solutions provided the event printing.

The Suburban Chamber of Commerce's next monthly meeting "First Friday" is Feb. 7 at the Grand Summit Hotel from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. with David Dietze, Founder of Summit Based Point View Wealth Management presenting "Is Your Nest Egg Poised to Profit in 2014."  

Future Chamber events include the Annual Suburban Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, a premiere networking event being held on March 26 at the Grand Summit Hotel and The Annual Suburban Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing to be held in May. 



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