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Belmar Business Partnership Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Fresh Faces, New Ideas

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Just in time for the holidays, the planters in Belmar’s central shopping district have been filled with foliage for the season —a project of the Belmar Business Partnership. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Cruise Nights, held twice every summer, is a popular event sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Business Partnership recently sponsored the Belmar Kite Festival, attracting thousands to the beachfront for a day of high-flying fun. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Business Partnership is putting out the call to individuals who want to make a difference in bolstering the borough’s growing business district.

With elections to its board of trustees slated for later this month, BBP is seeking increased participation from business or property owners, or anyone with a business interest in Belmar to bring their expertise and talent to its volunteer ranks.

“BBP gives local merchants and property owners a greater voice in things that matter when you do business here in Belmar," said Gail O’Reilly, treasurer of the nonprofit group. “We are working together to create a vibrant business district.”

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In addition to funding projects to improve the town's appearance, “BBP supports events in the business district, and we work hard to promote our local stores and restaurants,” she said. “All of Belmar benefits from these efforts.”

Belmar Business Partnership’s next board of trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in its second-floor offices at 708 10th Avenue, Belmar.

Major BBP-sponsored events include the ever-popular Cruise Nights in the summer, as well as the Belmar Kite Festival, which has grown to attracted thousands of spectators to the beachfront each fall, and the Pirate Walk, held for the first time in this past spring.

In the central shopping district, the partnership has livened Main Street and 10th Avenue with welcoming banners and large planters that are filled with foliage of the season.

BBP also provides façade improvement grants to assist Belmar businesses to improve the appearance of their businesses and fit-out grants to help new retail and food businesses offset the interior modeling costs, including the purchase of fixtures and lighting. For more information on these programs, click here.

BBP also offers the opportunity to serve on several committees, including visual improvement, branding and marketing, and business development.

Its executive committee is directed by a volunteer board of trustees that consists of a cross-section of commercial property owners and business owners. Its members include: president Sal Marchese, owner of Salon Marsal; secretary Norman Einhorn, director of the Center for Visual Rehabilitation, treasurer Gail O’Reilly, property owner; and the following trustees: Brian Hadden, property owner; John Sabia, owner of Socialitize; Kate Walters, owner of Sweet Tease Café & Bakery; Pat Tecza, owner of Nostalgic Nonsense; Jennifer Nicolay, Belmar Borough Council liaison; and Tom Burke, community representative.

Created by Belmar to manage its Special Improvement District, BBP is the nonprofit district management corporation whose mission is to foster the economic development and revitalization of the Belmar business district through private/public partnerships.

Its operations are primarily funded through an assessment on all commercial properties in Belmar, along with some sponsorship and other additional income sources.

For more information about BBP, visit its website or call 732 894-9022. 

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