SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township became the first municipality in Union County to achieve 'Veteran-Friendly' status after passing a resolution complying with new standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff Cantor, a retired Army colonel and founder and CEO of the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, presented the resolution to Mayor Smtih and Councilman Roc White (a retired U.S. Marine) at Tuesday evening's Council Meeting. 

The criteria to be designated "Veteran-Friendly" — helping to boost veteran-owned businesses — include:  

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  • Proactively notifying veteran-owned businesses registered with the State of New Jersey of each public bid opportunity;
  • Making a good-faith effort to award 6% of the total contract dollars to veteran-owned businesses in the procurement of goods and services;
  • Hiring employees and making a good faith effort to achieve a hiring goal of a minimum of 5% veteran workforce; and 
  • Establishing a minimum of three veteran-only parking spots in municipally-owned parking lots.

The NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce is open to all veteran-owned businesses with a mission focused on education, veteran business advocacy, networking, and procurement and supplier diversity events. Its goal is to make New Jersey’s economy fairer to veteran owned and service connected veteran owned businesses, as well as veteran job creation. The Chamber conducts events throughout the year to enhance procurement and contracting opportunities for veteran-run enterprises. For more information visit is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.