BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has announced that the 2020 “BizFest,” for Somerset County small businesses and residents will be held virtually on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. This will be the SCBP’s first major virtual event in its history.

To continue the tradition of Somerset County's largest business trade show and networking event, the “Virtual BizFest” will offer a full day of networking, educational, and webinar-based events.

Business owners, employees, and residents are invited to join the virtual “BizFest” to learn about products and services available from Somerset County Business Partnership members. Members will present a 30-minutes “virtual trade show booth” that may include a webinar, provide product or service overview, or offer a Q&A with attendees.  Attendance is free with registration required at

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The schedule features:

8:00 A.M to 8:30 A.M. - Tips to Make You Smile While Working Remotely                      

Join Delta Dental and Uncle Larry for a fun and engaging session on best practices working from home and hosting Zoom meetings; importance of being positive and smiling; and how this is connected to one’s oral and overall health.

8:30 A.M to 9:00 A.M. - Environmental Due Diligence & Remediation in the World of COVID Using Smart Science to Close Cases & Create Business Opportunities

Real estate purchasers and developers; commercial and industrial real estate, legal, lending and investment, insurance, engineering, and construction professionals will hear about the various tools and ‘smart science’ that supports property transactions and redevelopment projects.

9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. – How to Cash in on Your New Hires

Ken Brice, President of, will show why the featured program is something that every company should take advantage of, citing examples of hundreds of companies that saved over $23,000,000 in taxes over the years.

9:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. – Affinity @nywhere

“Affinity @nywhere” will touch upon the following topics:

  • Coping with Financial Stress                                    
  • Why Affinity?
  • Cashback Checking/Smart Start Savings                 
  • Q & A 

10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. – Senior Living Options in a Post COVID-19 World

Health Village Retirement Community representative Melissa Nichols, will discuss the different senior living options that exist and the benefits and disadvantages of each in a post-COVID-19 world.  

10:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. – Saving Money with Solar on Your Commercial Building: The New Rules for 2020

New Jersey has recently changed the rules for solar installations and has created new opportunities for significant savings on the electric bill. An Advanced Solar Products representative will explain how the program works, saving money at no cost.

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. – Bring Me Back to the Ballpark with the Somerset Patriots

Somerset Patriots broadcaster, Marc Schwartz, will talk Patriots baseball, their work with the community during this difficult time, and some exciting upcoming special events at TD Bank Ballpark.

11:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon – Raritan valley Community College Workforce Training Center

The Raritan Valley Community College Workforce Training Center (WTC) offers short-term, hard-hitting, and state-of-the-art training programs in response to the growing

talent needs of the local economy.

12:00 Noon to 12:30 P.M. – US Census Presentation

A US Census representative will explain how the data obtained by the Census helps make data-informed decisions on important topics and programs that form everyday


12:30 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. – NJ Life Sciences and the Fight Against COVID-19

Learn about New Jersey’s life science companies’ efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including the development of new medicines and vaccines and donations of medicines and supplies to help patients and first responders.

1:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. – Cake Decorating Class by Candyland Crafts

During these challenging times, employee morale and team relationships are especially important.  Virtual cake decorating “classes” are fun, relieve stress and anxiety, and are great for connecting with your team. Candyland Crafts offers a variety of team bonding events from cake and cupcake decorating, to cookie crafting and chocolate making. Events can be structured to corporate needs.   

Participants will learn how to create buttercream flowers. The event is free – if you have supplies, great! If you need supplies for the event – we are offering kits with everything needed to make six (6) creative cupcakes. Kits are $10 for attendees (and friends) — a $20 value!

1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. – How Technology Can help Businesses Adapt to the New Normal

AT&T will be leading a presentation featuring what they have planned to help businesses in changing times.

2:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. – Partnering with Youth and Investing in Our Future

Middle Earth has been able to mobilize a mostly forgotten segment of the population to be prepared for and join the workforce. Learn how to provide volunteer and job shadowing experiences for these young people to train students in workforce-related fields and give the local businesses access to untapped talent.

2:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. – Staying Top of Mind with Bridgewater Lifestyle

Effectively re-engage potential customers post-lockdown and learn why it's critical to communicate safety at the forefront of your marketing message. 

3:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. – Presentation by Atlantic Health

Details to come on this timely presentation.

3:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – How You Can Protect Yourself from Hackers and Cyber Criminals

Cybercrime has dramatically increased during the pandemic, costing businesses billions in lost productivity, lawsuits, data destruction, and tarnished reputations. Participants will learn who the bad guys are, what they are doing, and 25 things to do to protect data at work and at home.

4:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. – No Money Down Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs

The session will show how to significantly improve a building’s energy efficiency and reduce costs without tapping into cash or credit reserves by addressing a range of financing options, including on-bill repayment. Mid-sized or larger buildings can get a free energy audit and a guaranteed bid for a turnkey, design-build-finance solution.

4:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Using SkillUp Greater Raritan to Advance to Goals of Your Business and Employees

SkillUp Greater Raritan is a free e-learning portal for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties that offers 24/7 access to thousands of training courses that focus on

a number of timely business topics, including virtual, PPE use, Pandemic Flu awareness and more.

5:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. – Partner with Profile by Sanford

Profile by Sanford is the nutrition, activity, and lifestyle health coaching program created by doctors and researchers from Sanford Health. The program is designed to take the guesswork out of healthy living by offering a turnkey wellness solution for employees.

5:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Creating Engaging Virtual Meeting & Events

Many companies and organizations are repurposing their fundraising, sales calls, production launches, training & certifications, event marketing, and conferences to entirely online. With the rise of virtual engagement, AlphaGraphics representatives will outline how to build a sense of engagement, value-added, and energy in the new virtual environment. 

6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. – Post-Event Networking

The virtual networking session, led by Jim Barnoski of Sandler Training, will provide an opportunity to meet and greet networking partners, potential clients, and other contacts. Register early as limited space is available. 

“Biz Fest has traditionally been the largest business trade show in Somerset County and provides an opportunity to learn about the products and services available locally while creating awareness for small businesses,” commented Chris Edwards, President/CEO of the SCBP. “We fully expect the Virtual Biz Fest to have positive results for participating businesses and visitors, providing a platform for fresh, new ideas as we venture into a post COVID-19 world.”

The SCBP will offer a traditional, in-person “BizFest” in combination with the annual Somerset County Wellness Expo on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Premier sponsors include Atlantic Health, Delta Dental, Hunterdon Healthcare, Sandler Training, and Wells Fargo.

For more information call 908-218, 4300 or visit