BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights YMCA preschool students hopped on their school bus for a field trip to sing a holiday song to the over 40 business men and women that attended the monthly Berkeley Heights Chamber of Commerce meeting last Friday, December 15. After singing Jingle Bells, the students went around the room handing out candy canes to the business members.

The Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly breakfast meeting for their members to foster business to business relationships between its members in Berkeley Heights. This is in addition to their First Fridays meetings held at the Grand Summit Hotel on the first Friday of each month and monthly Wine Down Wednesdays [hosted by Chamber members]. To learn more about the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and the opportunities to get involved in the business community, visit their website The Suburban Chamber of Commerce serves Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights.

Chamber Executive Director Karen Hadley announced the honorees of this year's Suburban Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner being held on March 21 at the Grand Summit Hotel.  

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  • President's Award - Jim DiMaio, Derco Print
  • Silver Service Award - Diane Swett
  • Business of the Year - Skin Deep Salon and Spa
  • Organization of the Year - The Brooke Healey Foundation
  • Good Neighbor Award - The Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • Citizens of the Year - Julie Avelino and Drew Maldonado

Berkeley Heights Vice Chamber Chairman, Dr. Patrick Smith, outlined the year-end list of accomplishments by the Chamber, as well as successful Berkeley Heights community events that businesses have the opportunity to get involved.

  • Meet the Mayors' Meeting
  • Suburban Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner
  • YMCA Mother's Day 5K
  • Berkeley Heights Street Fair
  • Summer Concert Series in the Park
  • Berkeley Heights Charity 5K
  • Slam Dunk the Junk 277 volunteers
  • New Garbage cans and rerecepticles throughout downtown
  • Annual Golf Outing
  • Super Auction Charity Fundraiser 
  • Berkeley Heights Winter Walk
  • Berkeley Heights Battle of the Bulbs competition - vote by Dec. 20 by clicking on the TAPinto "Battle of the Bulbs" ad or visit Taylor Rental for a form.
  • Wine Down Wednesday events
  • 10 First Friday general meetings at Grand Summit Hotel 
  • 9 Berkeley Heights Suburban Chamber Meetings

In an effort to move forward in helping small businesses and shopping local, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce offers "Shop Berkeley Heights" gift certificates. Click here to learn how to purchase for the holidays.  "The more we can convince people to spend their money in Berkeley Heights, the better we are all going to be. It does work," said Dr. Patrick Smith.   

The December meeting was sponsored by the Berkeley Heights YMCA and door prizes were provided by the YMCA, Delicious Heights, Crossfit 908 and Berkeley Hardware. 

Related article: Suburban Chamber of Commerce Installs New Officers and Board at Holiday Party