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Professional Development New Focus at Clark Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Clark Chamber of Commerce met at Kerry in April Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Meetings have been growing steadily in attendance. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Clark's Business Administrator John Laezza spoke about upcoming tax increases. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Chamber Member Glenn Zuhl spoke about the June 6th golf event. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Councilwoman Angel Albanese spoke on behalf of the Town Council and the Clark Library Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Bonnie Mingin represented the Clark BOE Credits: Elizabeth Clee

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Chamber of Commerce met in late April at Kerry Industries on Terminal Ave. Attendance at monthly meetings has been on the rise.  This month’s crowd was so large Kerry employees had to bring in additional seating before the meeting could begin. 

New to the meeting format is a segment dedicated to professional development. During this ten minute portion of the meeting, a member of the Chamber shares a concept, tool or idea they use in doing business to help other members be more productive, successful or organized in their work.  

This month’s first presentation was made by Elizabeth Clee, Publisher of TAPinto Clark and the Communications and Professional Development Director of the Clark Chamber.  Clee presented a self-management tool from Stephen Covey’s Book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  The tool allows individuals to quickly analyze how they are spending their time and if it is helping or hindering their progress toward business or personal goals. 

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“The idea to add this segment to the meeting came to me as a result of talking to so many people at chamber functions," Clee said. "There are so many successful people running successful businesses here and I just knew that they have practices and ways of working that make them thrive in their business every day.   I thought this would be a great way for us to help each other grow."

"This chamber meets to do business and to network with each other, so It seemed equally as important to take time to focus on professional growth," Michele Murphy,co-chairperson of the Clark Chamber of Commerce and branch manager and financial services officer of Columbia Bank of Clark said. "This part of the meeting is all about giving to other members; it is not used to promote any single business of the group, but to help all of us."

During the meeting, various town officials spoke about the business of Clark.   John Laezza, Clark’s business administrator spoke about the looming tax increases heading toward residents and business owners.  

Council President Angel Albanese joined Laezza in providing some of the details around the increases and then presented information about upcoming events on behalf of the Clark Library.  

Bonnie Mingin, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services/Guidance in the Clark Public Schools shared updates, achievements and upcoming events for the district.

Glenn Zuhl of 2K  Printing and Promotions and Chair of the Clark Chambers' Top Golf event reminded attendees that the June 6 golf event is open to everyone and is set to be an amazing day of fun, golf and networking.

"This is not your father's golf outing," Zuhl said. "If you haven't been to Top Golf, it's a great time and no golf experience or equipment is required."

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:

Will Adams

Patriots' Path Council BSA

Cedar Knolls

Angel Albanese

Clark Councilwoman


Paul Abramson



Matt Barbiere

Two Ton Brewing


JoAnn Boyle

Access Benefit


Nancy Burke

Union County College


Elizabeth Clee

TAPinto Clark


Vivian Colon

Homewood Suites


Denis Connell

Connell Consulting LLC


Jim Coyle

Gateway Chamber of Commerce


Steve Flood



Cindy Fresco

Cruise Planner


Carol Gabel

Gateway Chamber of Commerce


Craigleigh Hamza

Holiday Inn



Clark Library


Kelsey Herbig

Homewood Suites



Margolis Edelstein


Karen Kamichoff

Holiday Inn


Mike Kelly

Movement Mortgage & InOutDogWash


Robert Kopacz

Digitial Marketing Agency


John Laezza

Clark BA


Robert Manfredonia



John Marsh

Northfield Bank



Vigina Malik



Michele Murphy

Columbia Bank


Edna Perez

Access Self-Storage


Jo-Rose protfolio

Capital-3 Staffing Solutions LLC

Short Hills

Bidisa Rai

Gateway Chamber of Commerce


Karina Ramos

Gateway Chamber of Commerce


David Robson

RSI Bank


Wayne Zuhl

Hallmark Realtors


Glenn Zuhl

2K Printing & Promtions

Roselle Park

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