Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce

119 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822

Contact: Chris Phelan, President & CEO

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Telephone: 908-782-7115

E-mail: cphelan@hunterdon-chamber.org

March 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Hunterdon County Office of Economic Development, has been working to ensure community residents, businesses and county organizations are being provided with the most recent and accurate information relative to the Coronavirus, COVID-19, as well as provide relief and resources to the business community. Chamber President, Chris Phelan states, “These are very stressful times for everyone that works and/or lives in Hunterdon County.”  The Hunterdon County Chamber has participated in conference calls with State and County Officials, local Mayors and governing bodies, and the leadership of various business organizations, etc., which have given everyone an opportunity to keep the lines of communication open and share the various resources that are available for the Business Community.

The Chamber continues to add to their knowledge bank of social media, website, and other means to disseminate information to the Business Community. You can find many resources and up to date information via the Hunterdon County Chamber website at www.hunterdonchamber.org   

Last week the Chamber hosted a Coronavirus Business Briefing for their Members. The briefing was led by Karen DeMarco, Department Head/ Hunterdon County Health Officer, Brayden Fahey, Hunterdon County Emergency Management Coordinator, and Dr. Geralyn Prosswimmer, Chief Medical Officer for Hunterdon Healthcare. They presented very useful information to those in attendance on the importance of hygiene, avoidance, and, if someone suspects they may have been in contact or have contracted the virus, what to do. 

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce set-up a Business Resources page, with the Office of Economic Development on our website which is being updated with daily information. Please check out the Resource page at https://www.hunterdon-chamber.org/covid-19-business-resources.html The site is posting important information pertaining to COVID-19 along with helpful links to access and phone numbers for people to call for additional assistance.  The website provides a one-stop for the Hunterdon County Business Community. Marc Saluk, Director of the Hunterdon County Office of Economic Development said, “we are working closely with the Chamber will hopefully greatly aid our ability to be of assistance to the business community.  This partnership is committed to providing whatever resources we can.”

The Hunterdon County Chamber hosted a call yesterday with Hunterdon County Economic Development and leadership from local Business organizations including, High Bridge Merchants Group, the High Bridge Economic Development Committee, Clinton Guild, Flemington Community Partnership, Frenchtown Business & Professional Association, Milford Merchants Association and the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce “These calls help gauge ideas, provide support and information on ways in which we might help our local communities as we move forward in the coming weeks.” The first call was held today, March 19th, and the feedback from the group, “was very positive and the calls are great resource for our local organizations to collaborate and support each other in the weeks ahead,” said Chris Phelan.

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development have created an Economic Impact survey that will be shared with the Business Community to start gauging the Economic needs of the Business Community.  The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon County Economic Development seek your help in understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy and to assess business needs.

The information provided in this survey will help us to evaluate the impacts on Hunterdon County’s employers and the Hunterdon County economy. Individual survey responses will not be released, and the information will only be conveyed in the aggregate

If possible, please respond to this survey by Monday, March 23, 2020 by 5 PM. Your quick reply will help us to assist the community without further delay:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egzbjjs3k7ytdqmq/a011zk7z7jlat/greeting

During these stressful and difficult times, we are all facing, the unexpected job loss the Chamber has also made their Job Bank available to all, not just members.  Understanding the business impact of COVID-19 on all businesses, opportunities may become available for either part-time or full-time employment needs.  If you have a hiring need or know someone that is looking for a job, please refer to https://web.hunterdon-chamber.org/jobbank.

Another means of helping local restaurant establishments, the Chamber launched the Hunterdon County Restaurant Blitz Campaign on social media.  You can access this campaign via the Chamber website or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=hunterdon%20county%20restaurant%20blitz%20-%20take%20out%20%26%20curbside%20service&epa=SEARCH_BOX Join today and join the Chamber in promoting “Buy Hunterdon – Buy Local”.

The Chamber will continue to be available to, not only members, but to all businesses, to help where possible.

If anyone has any questions or wish to contact the Hunterdon County Chamber, please call 908-782-7115 or info@hunterdon-chamber.org or directly to Chris Phelan, President & CEO @ cphelan@hunterdon-chamber.org or Ana Galietta, Vice-President at agalietta@Hunterdon-chamber.org The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, established in 1916, represents over 600 member organizations with over 15,000 employees. The Chamber serves as the advocate for the Business Community and offers a wide array of initiatives centered on economic & workforce development, leadership and business resources. For more information on the Chamber please visit, www.hunterdonchamber.org or call 908-782-7115.

Christopher J. Phelan

President & CEO