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Clark Chamber of Commerce Members Learn Benefits of Being a Lonely Entreprepreneur

Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Police Chief Pedro Matos addressed CCOC members Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Council President Angel Albanese addresses members of the CCOC Credits: Elizabeth Clee

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Chamber of Commerce meeting drew record numbers of attendees again in May.  The meeting was hosted by the Holiday Inn of Clark. Business owners and other professionals gathered to hear updates from the town, learn some professional tips and network with each other. 

During the professional development section of the meeting, attendees were treated to an overview of Six Sigma presented by Clark Council President Angel Albanese. Six Sigma is a process designed to help organizations analyze and improve processes leading to better quality and outcomes.

In addition Michael Dermer, author of The Lonely Entrepreneur: The Difference between Success and Failure is Your Perspective, shared some insights with meeting participants. Dermer talked about how an individual entrepreneur may not have the capital and resources of a larger organization, so they have to learn to think differently. “You have to think, how do we stand out from everyone else? You can’t go where everyone else is going, find a different playground,” said Dermer. 

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Dermer cited the latest craze in bourbon-based cocktails as an example of one manufacturer taking their spirits to a playground unoccupied by competitors. The playground was women. Their entrepreneurial efforts to think different lead them to build a line of spirits, cocktails and excitement tailored toward women, a formerly underserved market for bourbons.

During the meeting various township officials spoke about the happenings in Clark. Chief of Police Pedro Matos shared there has been an increase in the number of adult arrest in town. “I believe this has everything to do with bail reform laws. Nine out of 10 people arrested, instead of going to county jail are out the door in no time unless the arrest was for a high-level felony,” said Matos.   

Matos also shared that the department had taken on their first college senior who will be interning with them through August. “We are learning from him while he gets an opportunity to see what it is like to do our job and learn from us too,” said Matos.

Finally Matos talked about the new C.L.E.A.R initiative being put in place across the county to make drug arrests less about pressing charges and more about getting people the help they need during this major opioid addiction crisis.    “Enforcement is not going to do it alone, we want people to be able to get the help they need,” said Matos.  

Bonnie Mingin, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services/Guidance in the Clark Public Schools shared updates, achievements and upcoming events for the district, including and invitation to the continuing Parent University series.

Rounding out the township reports was first time attendee and  new Clark Library Director Megan Kociolek.   Kociolek reminded the audience that the library is ready to serve the business community with a wealth of  resources  including free wifi, business databases, language programs, technology,  meeting rooms and much more.

The Clark Chamber of Commerce is part of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce which boasts membership of over 1,200.   Meetings are held monthly in Clark.  Visitors are welcome.  For more information about attending the next meeting, contact (908) 352-0900 or send an email to

Businesses of all sizes and disciplines join local town officials in monthly meetings.  Here are just some of the recent attendees:

Ingrid Andrade Columbia Bank - Linden 908-925-1111
Paul Abramson Solarkal 917-226-2595
Vincent Avantagiato TransAmericaFin. Adv.  Inc 973-769-0075
Matt  Barbiere Two Ton Brewing  908-917-0242
Alvin  Barr Clark Councilman 732-574-2519
Anthony  Battaglia Kad Associates 917-566-6183
JoAnn  Boyle Access Benefit 201-556-4563
Stuart  Bulch Marketway 908-346-3038
Margaret  Chaplin Eversight New Jersey 732-850-7273
Jim  Coyle Gateway Chamber of Commerce 908-352-0900
Carol Davey Clark Rehabiliation 732-396-7100
Kim Decker Fanwood - SP YMCA 908-889-1999
Michael Dermer The Lonely Entrepreneur 201-686-9684
Linda Ershow-Levenberg Fink, Rosener Ershow-Levenberg Attorneys 732-382-6070
Diana Falzone Mass Mutual 908-451-2179
Steve Flood Scomage 908-458-9200
Peter Floersch PKF O'Connor Davies LLP 973-985-8978
Carol  Gabel Gateway Chamber of Commerce 908-420-3844
Craigleigh Hamza Holiday Inn 732-587-1052
Charlene Hayden Clark Library 732-388-5999
Kelsey Herbig Homewood Suites 908709-1809
Lori Hyman Holiday Inn 732-587-1050
Dawn Jenkin Clark Public Library 732-388-5999
Mike  Kelly In/Out Dog Wash and Movemenet Mortgage 973-632-0714
Danielle LaBarbera NY Life 732-713-3415
June  Lazaro Primerica 908-930-8310
Renee Lopes Atlantic Federal Credit Union 908-347-8909
Karen Marino Smart Shopper Direct Mail 908-347-8909
Virginia Malik MarketAmerica 908-720-1863
Mario  Martinez NJ Solar 908-379-3736
Jill Merriman Jill Merriman Enter 732-708-2899
Phil  Michel St. Joseph Social Service Center 848-250-0070
Janet  Miller  Cox Printers 908-928-1010
Donna  Mulvihill Garretson Financial 732-713-0881
Michele Murphy Columbia Bank 732-381-5515
Bidisa Rai Gateway Chamber of Commerce 908-352-0900
Karina Ramos Gateway Chamber of Commerce 908-352-0900
Gina  Ramirez Healthy Living  Inside and Out LLC 908-265-4564
David  Robson RSI Bank 732-587-1509
Carolanne Romeo-Grazil Relay for Life/Amer Cancer Society 908-868-2296
Gary  Ruane The Gran Centurions 732-887-7641
Micheel  Ruiz Kerry 908-721-5000
Clem Sanguiliano SBDC at Kean University 908-737-4220
Alan Tennant Edward Jones 732-742-8730
Cindy  Tomasso Michael Tomasso Contracting 732-381-2002
Jeff  Walter Inteligent Payment networks 201-590-2504
Jody Weinberg Two River Community Bank 908-301-9742
Carol White-Garrett Atlantic Federal Credit Union 908-245-1750  x7512
Wayne Zuhl Hallmark Realtors 908-917-4189
Glenn Zuhl 2K Printing & Promtions 908-675-6347

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