EAST HANOVER, NJ- On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the East Hanover Community Partnership hosted their first ever Evening of Appreciation and Networking for small businesses in East Hanover, NJ. It was held at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover on Eagle Rock Ave. Small business owners from across the area came out to meet one another and receive the appreciation of the township for all they do.

According to their Facebook page, the East Hanover Community Partnership is a group of small business owners who “oversee the township’s Special Improvement District (SID), providing a safe and beautiful town to shop and live [in].”

As told by Artie Dorey, president of East Hanover Community Partnership, the East Hanover chapter started in 2007, but Community Partnership began 10 years ago to help improve the quality of business life. One way of doing so is with these appreciation and networking nights.

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Dorey stated that he did not know how the event would turn out (since it is the first time they are doing something like this), but he was very happy with the outcome. At least fifty business owners came out to meet one another; a great showing for this first-time event.

After everyone got to know each other and enjoy some delicious food (provided by the Hanover Manor), Mayor Joseph Pannullo gave a special address hyping how East Hanover is a business-friendly town. He assured all attendees that they have a friend in him and his counsel as they (the business owners) “are an important part of the community”. He compared the community to being a family; “We’ll be there for each other”.

He also gave the impressive statistic that Route 10 is the second busiest road in New Jersey. But before finishing, he reminded everybody that he has an open-door policy. Whether it’s for an idea or a problem, his door is always open.

TAPinto’s founder Michael Shapiro, who was the key note speaker, said it best, “A town thrives when local businesses thrive.”

This event was a great memento to the small business owners in East Hanover that they are appreciated and should work together to strengthen the, already, great town of East Hanover.

When asked if there was going to be another occasion like this, Leslie Ruth Sica, who is an event planner and helped East Hanover Community Partnership plan this, said she does not know if they will do another event like this. However, she does "know the plan is to develop a series of events both for educational and networking purposes all for the benefit of the stakeholders.”