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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.