BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The first public meeting in the newly announced collaboration between the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP), the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC), and the Somerset County Governing Official Association (SCGOA) is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main Street in Somerville.
Featured presenters are Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23).
The new collaboration will provide an even stronger voice for the Somerset County business community by more effectively representing and advocating for the business community by working together on a strategically planned speaker program for 2017.
Sen. Bateman serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Environment Committee, the Joint Committee on Public Schools, and the Joint Committee on Housing Affordability. He  also serves as the Deputy Conference Leader.
Assemblyman DiMaio serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure.
“Kicking off the collaboration with two of central Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators sends the signal that Somerset County business means business, “commented Takeena Deas, Director of Community Affairs for the Business Partnership. “Having received commitments for upcoming meetings from 3 announced gubernatorial candidates it is obvious that the voice of Somerset County business will be heard.”
Registration is $30 and may be accomplished online at or by submitting a check or voucher in the name of Somerset County ELC to the Somerset County Business Partnership, 360 Grove Street, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807, Walk-ins the day of event are welcome.

Scheduled speakers include gubernatorial candidates Assemblyman John Wisniewski (February 24, 2017); Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (March 24, 2017); and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (April 28, 2017).
The statewide ELCs were established by NJ Business and Industry Association in 1959. SCGOA serves as a forum for exchange of ideas among elected, newly elected, and appointed municipal officials. The SCBP serves as Somerset County’s regional Chamber of Commerce and the essential partner for doing business in Somerset County.
For information on the activities of the collaborative organization contact Takeena Deas at 908-218-4300 or email