VERONA, NJ - The Verona Chamber of Commerce held their first meeting of 2020 this past week at the Verona Community Community Center Annex Building.

The Chamber discussed ways to increase visibility of small businesses in Verona. New 2020 window clings that designate a small business as belonging to the Chamber will be distributed. Wayfinding signs to help residents and visitors to town will be coming this year, with possible sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. The Chamber is also looking into banners that would hang across Bloomfield Avenue. Steve Neale, township liaison, is continuing to follow up on insurance concerns and partnering with building owners.

Steve Neale also introduced information about a facade grant program and potential town beautification program he is researching to promote “sprucing up” storefronts. Chamber members discussed the benefits of connecting with other chamber members on LinkedIn and other platforms to help support each other’s businesses and additional networking.
Upcoming events include a networking event hosted by AKB on Thursday, January 30, at 5pm. There will also be a social media lunch and learn at 12pm on February 10, sponsored by Cheryl Brown of TAPIntoVCG and hosted by Kerry Metzger of Hearth Realty.  

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Attendees at the meeting were:

Syl and Jonathan Gonzalez- The Guac Spot
Nancy Silver- Empyrean Massage & Body Work
Rich Blaney- Beechwood Financial
Kerry Metzger- Hearth Realty
Cheryl Stoner Brown-TAPInto Verona-Cedar Grove
Jack McEvoy- McEvoy Home Inspections
Rich Blaney-Beechwood Financial
Kristen LaPorta-North Point Realty
Anne Lisa-Hearth Realty
Steven Neale- Township of Verona

Katia Dahan-Prospective Member
Roman Martens-Prospective Member