GTRCC Foundation, Scholarship Information

GTRCC Foundation Scholarship Raffle Here's how it works: Chose a number, or numbers, between 1 - 200 - register and pay for that number(s) $100 per ticket - open to members + future members - only 200 tickets will be sold Drawings will take place from November 2017 - August 2018 at Member Connect...Let's Do Breakfast You do not have to be present to win 1 chance to win per month for 10 months Here's what this could potentially mean for you!  If all 200 tickets are sold - $20,000 will be collected - $10,000 will benefit GTRCC Foundation & $10,000 will be put in a pot to win monthly.  $1,000 will be raffled off each month.  The more involvement we have from our community the more successful this initiative will be!  Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Foundation Tax Id#82-0898932 Raffle - License No: RL - 8207 ID No: 107-5-41798 Register here! Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Scholarship will open scholarship application mid November. Applicants must meet scholarship criteria If you have additional questions, please contact

By |2017-10-27T11:22:01+00:00February 25th, 2016|Chamber News|Comments Off on GTRCC Foundation, Scholarship Information

Minimum Wage Policy

As you are probably aware, legislation was recently introduced to raise the State’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. As a result, it is important for us as a chamber to take a position on the matter. Being able to articulate our position to our members, our board, our elected officials, and the media is critical. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce opposes an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour at this time. We believe that government should not have the right to impose wage requirements on private business owners. Our economy relies heavily on small businesses - especially those in the retail and hospitality sectors. An increased minimum wage will adversely affect those businesses because of likelihood of wage compression and hampered job creation and opportunities for young people and low-skilled workers. An increased minimum wage will also likely mean a decrease in the number of available work hours and job training. Additionally, if our small business owners incur more expenses, they may need to pass those expenses onto the consumer raising the cost of goods sold. We are in favor to policy alternatives such as a trainee wage at or below the current minimum

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 11th, 2016|Chamber News|Comments Off on Minimum Wage Policy

Want to live longer? Research shows volunteering extends life. Discover how YOU can make a difference.

If you’ve always wanted to give something back, but weren’t sure where to begin, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) is a fun and flexible way to help seniors and veterans stay independent and connected. One of our volunteers Cecile says she loves volunteering for CVCJ, “They enrich my life with the people I meet and their stories” Cecile transports seniors to and from the doctors, and remarked that the people she’s taken have been extremely grateful, because they aren’t able to drive themselves. Another volunteer, Maribeth visits Albena, who has Alzheimer’s, so that Joanne (her caregiver) is able to take a rest. She has said she feels like “part of the family,” and Joanne said “Maribeth gives me the precious gift of time to regroup so that I am better able to care for mom and keep her comfortable in her home.” It’s easy to recognize a volunteer. If you ask them what they do, you will see a sparkle in their eye and a smile on their face. The inner joy that is experienced by giving to others shines outward. If you have 5 minutes a week or 5 hours a month YOU can be a CVCJ volunteer! There is never a minimum time requirement for volunteering. Donate your time and

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 5th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Want to live longer? Research shows volunteering extends life. Discover how YOU can make a difference.

Making Memories on the Jersey Shore

Vacation time at last! While you spend some time glancing through this guide to find the perfect activities for you and your family during your time off from work or school, take a look at these 7 tips to creating lasting memories of your special time together! By spending 5 minutes reading this, you will develop skills that will enhance your ability to look back on this week (or more??) and relive it with future generations. Tip #1 – No More Vertical Video! When you watch TV, is your screen taller than it is wide or wider than it is tall? How about your computer screen? Ok, if you use a tablet, it can go either way, but most of us watch television and videos in a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. That means wider than it is tall. So if you are using your smart phone or tablet to take video, hold it so it is the same way, sideways, or wider than it is tall. Don’t hold it up & down, or your video will be shrunk down to a column in the middle of your TV or computer screen when you try to watch it!  Don’t understand

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 5th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Making Memories on the Jersey Shore

The Art of Delegating

Delegating is an overlooked, yet essential skill to master. Its purpose is to enable you to dispose of simpler tasks to free you up to perform tasks that are of greater value to your business. The truth is you probably can do most tasks better and faster than your employees. Delegate it anyway. The better your team does under your leadership, the more successful your business will be. Understand that there is a difference between assigning a task and delegating one.  If there are multiple directives, required check-ins and a significant amount of supervision time, you have merely assigned the task.  This method will cause you to become a choke point and slow down the work process. Remember, people rise or fall to the level of expectation.  Delegate tasks and hold people accountable. Use the four-step delegation process outlined below. THINK IT THROUGH. Clearly define your goals and objectives, assign the tasks and assess progress to ensure you get the end result you want. ASSEMBLE THE TEAM Identify the person(s) who can get the job done. Be sure that they: have the ability to perform the task; understand the project’s overall objective; can complete the task in the allotted timeframe;

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 5th, 2016|Business Advice|Comments Off on The Art of Delegating

Preventative Care for Animals

Dr. Rebecca Guglielmo VMD, VCA Bayview Animal Hospital, Lifestyle  It is important to remember that just like with people, good health in animals comes from preventative care.  Just as we have our cholesterol and blood pressure checked more often as we age, pets need annual exams and bloodwork as well to screen for illnesses such as diabetes and thyroid disease.  Also, many pets are on medications and need to monitor their effects on internal organs. The Center for Disease Control recommends that veterinarians check a fecal sample yearly for microscopic parasites, which are not only harmful to your pet but many are also contagious to people.  Since 1 out of every 15 dogs in Ocean County recently tested positive for exposure to Lyme Disease, annual vaccination for Lyme and other illnesses is more important than ever before. Frequent dental cleanings also help prevent periodontal disease from harming organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart.  In addition, monthly heartworm and flea and tick preventatives are an important part of wellness care and prevent diseases that can be life threatening and expensive to treat.  If you detect problems early, you can treat and resolve these illnesses with less expense and greater success.

By |2016-02-19T15:46:28+00:00February 5th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Preventative Care for Animals

How to Market Your Business Online

At SocialTrend Internet Solutions, we love to empower our clients to improve their business thru online marketing. Our goal with this article is to provide ideas for any small business owner to get started or expand their online marketing footprint. We hope to educate, inspire and support you in achieving your business goals thru online marketing. We will discuss best practices for your business website, social media tips, how to incorporate blogging into your web presence and the importance of consistency and search engine optimization (SEO). Let’s get started! First, your business must have its own website. This is so critically important – without your own dedicated domain name customers can’t find you or will deduce you are not a legitimate company. According to the Digital Influence Index, 89% of consumers today use the internet as a research tool before making a purchase. Without a website you are missing out on all those new leads! If you have an outdated or poorly built website, make this upgrade a priority. Having a hard to navigate, messy website can be worse than not having one at all if you portray an un-professional brand when new clients visit your site.  Whether you are

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 5th, 2016|Business Advice|Comments Off on How to Market Your Business Online

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lighting & Didn’t Know Who to Ask

Did you ever wonder how much money  you would  save with the new type  LED  light bulbs ? Do you ever say – you don’t like them because of their color ? Did you ever try a compact fluorescent bulb but threw it away ?  Do you think you need to call the hazmat squad if you break a bulb ?  Did you ever wonder why you like certain restaurants and places more than others ?  What effect does Light have on human health ? Do you chose light fixture for the appearance & discover you can’t see well ? Well, look no further …. Here are answers to your most asked questions about lighting – every type lighting for every one of your locations. For over 40 years I have worked in the Commercial Lighting industry and have experienced the R-Evolution of the “Light Bulb”.   Regardless of the fixture type  -  the bulb is the source of the illumination, which is why the more you understand about the bulb you choose the more you will be able to design the exact right lighting you want and need for all your uses. First , to look at your lighting needs

By |2017-01-04T20:40:42+00:00February 5th, 2016|Business Advice|Comments Off on Everything You Wanted to Know About Lighting & Didn’t Know Who to Ask