NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Bruce Heyman, owner of Fabricland on Route 22, and Pete Eddy, owner of Eddy’s Kitchen, held the first meeting of the newly reformed North Plainfield Business Association (NPBA) on March 29. North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano, along with members of the town council, police and fire departments and the library, attended along with representatives from numerous interested borough businesses.
“Bruce has a lot of energy to get the association going,” said Eddy. “Our purposes are to help local businesses, network with each other and learn about what each other’s business.”
The mission statement of the NPBA is to promote the economic, professional and civic welfare of the North Plainfield. Tuesday’s meeting, which took place at Fabricland, kicked off with Eddy discussing the history of the NPBA and how it became dormant for a number of years. Heyman outlined how they would like the NPBA to succeed and what to expect going forward, seeking feedback from attendees about what they would like.
“We were delighted with the turnout of almost 30 people at our first meeting,” said Heyman. “The support and enthusiasm from local businesses and representatives of the township was very encouraging. Our goal simply is to help local businesses become more profitable. That could be through sharing leads, knowledge or just getting the word out about their business.”
Eddy and Heyman, who will serve on the board along with Johanna Salvemini (Johanna’s Creation) and Danny Dominguez (International Club and Sports Bar) would like for each member to host or sponsor the association’s monthly meetings at their place of business or in a local eatery. Meeting sponsors will pay for the finger food in lieu of paying a monthly fee to belong to the NPBA.
“The sponsor of the monthly meeting will be entitled to a 10-minute commercial about their business,” said Heyman.
The newly reformed NPBA plans to be visible and active within the community and would like all businesses to be represented. Additionally, representatives from borough departments are encouraged to attend meetings as well. “We will be part of the organization and keep the businesses informed of what is going on in town,” said North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti. “I am always available by phone, or email for the community and looking forward to working with the group.”
Mayor Giordano added, “The North Plainfield Business Association was great in promoting North Plainfield businesses.” I’m very pleased to be here tonight and look forward to seeing and working with a rejuvenated North Plainfield Business Association in the future.”
The mayor also offered a NPBA member at seat on the borough’s Economic Development Committee; the representative would be recommended by Heyman once NPBA’s new board is in place.
Also present was Johanna Salvemini from Johanna’s Creations, the treasurer of the former NPBA and a current member of the Tri County Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in Somerset, Middlesex and Union Counties.
“The former NPBA was a great way to get know other merchants in town,” said Salvemini. “As the new NPBA gains traction, I hope that all businesses new and established will take the opportunity to meet, network, make new/renewed connections and help generate business.”
All NPBA meetings and upcoming networking events will be advertised in TAPinto North Plainfield and The Pride of North Plainfield. Meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Upcoming events/meetings are as follows:
Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Fabricland, 855 Route 22; hosted by Fabricland
Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at International Sports Club, 403 Somerset Street; hosted by Sign-a-Rama of North Plainfield
Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at International Sports Club, 403 Somerset Street; hosted by Avis of NJ
All members of the North Plainfield business community are invited. There are no fees to attend the meetings and no dues to join NPBA. Additionally, Heyman and Eddy are looking for members to sit on the associations and advisory committees. For more information or to join the North Plainfield Business Association, email Bruce Heyman at firstname.lastname@example.org