News From The Middlesex County Chamber-November 2018

Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce


It Was a Packed Night at the 2018 State of the County

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Members gather in the ballroom as they prepare to hear the annual State of the County address.

It was a night to remember as The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MCRCC) and Middlesex County held the annual State of the County Address on Tuesday, October 9.

The night started off with members enjoying an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. As members made their way into the ballroom for dinner, they were welcomed by MCRCC Chairman Bill Neary.

Speeches followed by John Pulomena, County Administrator for Middlesex County; John Fitzgerald, President & CEO of Magyar Bank; Sarah Chaplin, President & CEO of the State Theatre and finally the State of the County Address delivered by Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

Members learned about progress on key programs and initiatives in Middlesex County. It was another ideal opportunity for members to connect with local business leaders and engage with elected officials throughout the community.

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It was all Business, and Fun, at the Business to Business Meeting

Sure it was all business, well at least 75 percent. The other 25 percent was filled with casual networking among members and a delicious breakfast by the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal.

The B2B meeting was hosted by The South Brunswick Economic Development Committee (EDC), which introduced each panelist from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the New Jersey Department of Labor, the State Economic Training Commission and executives from local businesses.

Before the panel discussion, members heard from South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka and Lt. Eugene Rickle about business safety and crime prevention.

Then, the panel discussion outlined opportunities and programs that could be added to members' existing tool kit to help further develop and grow their businesses.

Panelists included: Paul Ceppi, Director of Business Banking and Community Development, New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Dennis Bone of New Jersey's State Economic and Training Commission.

Throughout the breakfast, members connected with business leaders and elected officials; heard from local business community success stories, were updated about key programs and initiatives and took some time to network with other local business leaders.

Attendees enjoy breakfast at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal as they network.

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New Jersey Women, (and Men) Flock to the 17th-Annual Women's Leadership Summit

Attendees listen to panelists share their "purpose."

Attendees heard from panelists Yezenia Ramos, Senior Manager of Employee Engagement for North America for Johnson & Johnson; Kenia Nunez, Amazon best-selling author, speaker and a certified health coach & yoga teacher and Liz NolleyTillman, author of "Great Work, Great Rewards: 7 Secrets for Breaking the Performance Punishment Cycle."

Attendees listen to a morning panel session featuring Yezenia Ramos, Kenia Nunez and Liz Nolley Tillman. "

Roundtable discussions were also held in the morning and afternoon by Kathleen Cashman, President of Cashman Consulting, LLC; Liz Nolley Tillman, Terry Adams, Founder of Adams Consulting Group, LLC.; Paula Rovinsky, Your Holistic Nurse-RWJBarnabas Health and Sue Weston, Director of Diversity Programs at IW Consulting Group.

There was also: Clarisa Romero, CEO & Founder of Mindful Consultants; Susan Favale, Owner of Honor Yoga in North Brunswick; Elayne P. McClaine, Regional Director of NJ Small Business Development Center at Rutgers-New Brunswick and Shivani Shah, CEO of Beyond The Plateau Personal Leadership Coaching.

The event also featured Dr. Patricia Morton, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Project.

Finally, Penelope Lattimer, Ph.D, Executive Director of the New Jersey Development Council, served as keynote speaker.

A wave of inspiration and motivation took over the room as attendees heard from all of these strong female leaders and their stories of how they learned "purpose" in life.

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Put Some Time Aside to "Meet The Mayors, Part 1"
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Here's your chance to get to know your mayor as the MCRCC prepares for our annual, ever-popular four-part series of "Meet The Mayors," Wednesday, November 28 at Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18 south, East Brunswick from 8-10 a.m.

Connect with the Middlesex County mayors as they share economic development opportunities and the latest county happenings that can help your business. As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities with community and business leaders who are making a big difference.

Topics to include:
- Arts & Culture
- Travel & Tourism
- Going Green / Sustainability
- Economic Development

We promise you'll be fully entertained by our moderator this year, Bert Baron of WCTC in New Brunswick.

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It's the Holiday Season, & Your Chance To Network At the WIB Holiday Breakfast
Calling all ladies (and gents): Come join us for The Women's Networking Holiday Breakfast, Friday, November 30 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe from 8:30-11 a.m.

You can count on a good time, delicious food and a ton of networking opportunities as we clink coffee cups to toast the holiday season.

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Get To Know Douglas Martin
Douglas Martin has been the Artistic Director at the American Repertory Ballet (ARB) for nine years and a performer for the American Repertory Ballet for 25 years.

Martin has premiered a new production of Nutcracker (which has been performing at the State Theatre New Jersey for 40 years) and choreographed several new works including Ephemeral Possessions, Pathways, Rite of Spring, Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pride and Prejudice.

The ARB will be moving into a new home next September in New Brunswick and sharing the new complex with the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads and Rutgers Opera.

Right next door to the State Theatre New Jersey, the new complex will have two different theatres for performances, one that will hold 500 people; the other for 200 people. When the main performing groups will not be on stage, other performing groups will be welcomed to come in and use the complex.

"When you invest in art, it means you are investing in business," Martin said. "This project has been in the works for decades. The new complex will bring more arts to New Brunswick and that will expand the relationship between art and the Hub City.

"American Repertory Ballet has been a traveling performance company," Martin added. "It's nice to know we will have a home now for people to visit whenever they want."

The ARB has been members of the MCRCC for four years.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to network with other members of the chamber who also do business in Middlesex County," Douglas said. "We are able to develop valuable relationships, which, in the end, helps grow our business and expand our reach to hopefully connect with potential audiences.

"Over the years we've made valuable connections by being members," Douglas added. "I feel being a member has also enhanced ARB's visibility in the community, which is now more important than ever with the opening of our new home at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. We look forward to seeing you all there!"
Douglas Martin, Artistic Director at the American Repertory Ballet

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