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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
|Vincent||Avantagiato||TransAmericaFin. Adv. Inc||973-769-0075|
|Matt||Barbiere||Two Ton Brewing||908-917-0242|
|Margaret||Chaplin||Eversight New Jersey||732-850-7273|
|Jim||Coyle||Gateway Chamber of Commerce||908-352-0900|
|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|
|Peter||Floersch||PKF O'Connor Davies LLP||973-985-8978|
|Carol||Gabel||Gateway Chamber of Commerce||908-420-3844|
|Dawn||Jenkin||Clark Public Library||732-388-5999|
|Mike||Kelly||In/Out Dog Wash and Movemenet Mortgage||973-632-0714|
|Renee||Lopes||Atlantic Federal Credit Union||908-347-8909|
|Karen||Marino||Smart Shopper Direct Mail||908-347-8909|
|Mario||Martinez||NJ Solar Pros.com||908-379-3736|
|Jill||Merriman||Jill Merriman Enter||732-708-2899|
|Phil||Michel||St. Joseph Social Service Center||848-250-0070|
|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|
|Carolanne||Romeo-Grazil||Relay for Life/Amer Cancer Society||908-868-2296|
|Gary||Ruane||The Gran Centurions||732-887-7641|
|Clem||Sanguiliano||SBDC at Kean University||908-737-4220|
|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|
|Glenn||Zuhl||2K Printing & Promtions||908-675-6347|
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