SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership has joined with the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee and Somerset County Governing Officials Association to provide an even stronger voice for the Somerset County business community.

The goal of the alliance is to more effectively represent and advocate for the business community by working together on a strategically planned speaker program for 2017.

“By bringing together the strength of the three organizations we expect to be able to attract the highest level of New Jersey government leaders to inform us of activities in Trenton and subsequently take our concerns to the state,” said Carol Bianchi, co-chair of the ELC.

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The business coalition will host a gathering at Verve Bistro, Bar & Lounge on Friday, Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers are State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23rd).

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 is also the Deputy Conference Leader.
DiMaio serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure.
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.

Other scheduled speakers include gubernatorial candidates Assemblyman John Wisniewski Feb. 24; Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, March 24, and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, April 28.

The statewide ELCs were established by NJ Business and Industry Association in 1959 as independent, local organizations representing each county. ELCs meet monthly with legislators, cabinet members, and local officials to discuss important issues pertinent to business.

SCGOA serves as a forum for exchange of ideas among elected, newly elected, and appointed municipal officials, meeting monthly and offering programs that inform and educate members about local, county, and state issues.

“We are putting together a line up of key players in government and business,” added Ed Zimmerman, Executive Director of Somerset County Governing Officials. “Somerset County has a strong reputation as an advocate for business that is unmatched in New Jersey. This new program will provide our businesses even greater knowledge and influence.”

For information on the activities of the collaborative organization contact Takeena Deas at 908-218-4300 or email