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Jets and M&T Bank To Award A Local Business With $100,000 Sponsorship As Part Of A Small Business Showcase

The Small Business Showcase is Presented by M&T Bank, the Official Community Bank of the New York Jets and will begin accepting applications on May 3, during National Small Business Week May 3, 2018 – The New York Jets are calling for all eligible* local small businesses to enter the first ever New York Jets Small Business Showcase presented by M&T Bank. Following the application period, five small business finalists will be invited to attend Pitch Night at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center during the week of July 9th, where they will present to a panel of Jets and M&T Bank executives for final consideration. The winning small business will receive a $100,000 sponsorship with the New York Jets for the 2018 football season. “With the support of our partner M&T Bank, we look forward to implementing the first ever New York Jets Small Business Showcase,” said New York Jets President Neil Glat. “This program will provide a local small business access to an NFL team and its unique resources. We are excited to share this opportunity with small companies in our community and look forward to meeting some of the special individuals that lead these businesses.” Eligible small

By | 2018-05-14T14:08:48+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Jets and M&T Bank To Award A Local Business With $100,000 Sponsorship As Part Of A Small Business Showcase

Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge

      Contact:  Stacy Proebstle                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Information Officer                                                                         Friday, March 23, 2018 Township of Toms River (732) 341-1000 Ext. 8234   Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge (Toms River, NJ) Love the outdoors?  Whether you enjoy playing sports, the water or simply taking in a breathtaking view, you can do it all at Toms River’s beautiful parks. From March 30 – April 8, the Toms River United Sustainability Team (TRUST), is challenging residents to get out and get active in six of Toms River’s beautiful parks. The Toms River United Sustainability Team is proud to partner with Keller Williams Realtors “The O’Shea Group” and Dakan Homes to provide over $450 in prizes.  Awards will be provided for Best Individual Photo, Best Video, Best of All 6 Parks (photo or video), Fan Favorite (most likes) per age category for elementary, middle and high school students.  In addition, prizes for all around categories will be awarded for Best Promoter (most tags back) and Best Group/Team Picture. To join the challenge and be eligible for prizes, go to the TRUST Facebook page @sustainableTRNJ, and sign up for the event by clicking “going” on the event page.  Then

By | 2018-03-26T19:07:18+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge

Ocean County Mall Statement Regarding Sears – update

SIMON BEGINS TRANSFORMATIONAL REDEVELOPMENT AT  OCEAN COUNTY MALL Toms River, NJ April 9, 2018 —Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, has announced a transformational redevelopment for Ocean County Mall. The plan includes more stores, dining and fitness for Ocean County Mall with construction to start this fall with completion by early 2020. “We are excited to redevelop the former Sears store with uses that will benefit the community and the existing retailers in these properties,”said Michael E. McCarty, Chief Operating Officer, Simon Malls. About Ocean County Mall Ocean County Mall, located in Toms River, NJ, is the area's ONLY indoor shopping mall. Whether you're a fashionista, an electronics nut or you need something for the kiddies, we've got you covered with our 120 specialty stores. Hungry? We can help with that too, whether you want to bring the family to Applebee's, Ichiban, Bahama Breeze, Stewart's or just grab a coffee at Starbucks. About Simon Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of

By | 2018-04-16T21:11:25+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Ocean County Mall Statement Regarding Sears – update

A Commerce Wish List on Minimum Wage Issue

Higher minimum wage is coming; the question is how gradually it will be phased in, and whether some seashore tourism businesses will be exempted, commerce leaders said at a recent seminar. From the national and state chambers of commerce, area businesses heard the latest on that and other upcoming policies that will potentially impact small businesses. Thomas M. Sullivan, vice president of Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the luncheon held by the Ocean County Commerce Coalition and sponsored by TD Bank. A delegation from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was at the event, held in Toms River. “We have a governor who campaigned heavily on a $15 minimum wage,” Bracken began. “I don’t want to speak for the room, but I think it probably scares the majority of folks sitting in this room who look at their business models and say, ‘What do I do with a $15 minimum wage, and how am I going to have to raise prices or who am I going to have to lay off?’ “Minimum wage is going to change; there is no two ways about it,” he

By | 2018-03-07T13:43:14+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Business Advice, Chamber News|Comments Off on A Commerce Wish List on Minimum Wage Issue

Freeholder Director Little Thanks Local Congressmen For Their Efforts To Stop Gas And Oil Drilling Off The New Jersey Coast

IT LOOKS LIKE Ocean County dodged a bullet, thanks in part to the efforts of US Representatives Chris Smith, Tom MacArthur and Frank LoBiondo, all R-NJ. “Recent press reports say that the Department of the Interior is no longer interested in pursuing off-shore drilling off of Southern New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. Little said the Congressmen met recently with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who indicated that drilling at the Jersey Shore is no longer a priority. According to published reports, the delegation was confident that New Jersey would be removed from the list of potential drilling sites, with Smith going as far as to say, “I think for all practical purposes we won’t be seeing oil drilling off the coast of New Jersey." The Freeholders praised the Congressmen for their willingness to fight for the Shore. “There is no need to tell you about the environmental and economic benefits of the coastline,” the Freeholders said in a letter to each representative. “Tourism is an annual $4.6 billion industry in Ocean County alone. Our sandy beaches and pristine waterways are the reason so many people choose to both visit and live in Ocean County. Protecting these resources has

By | 2018-03-07T13:38:24+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Freeholder Director Little Thanks Local Congressmen For Their Efforts To Stop Gas And Oil Drilling Off The New Jersey Coast

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform

If you are following the news in recent weeks, there is no doubt that you have heard details outlining the pending tax reform legislation. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce business community supports tax reform, but we cannot support the proposed legislation in its current form.   While the proposal may result in a net positive for the Country, that would not be the case at the State-level for people of New Jersey. Some of the direct downsides of the proposed legislation include the elimination of state and local tax deductions and limiting the property tax deduction to $10,000 (per the House GOP proposal - the Senate is looking for a plan that eliminates credits and deductions altogether).  Additionally, there are various business industries that would, specifically, be harmed by the proposed legislation including the healthcare and higher education sectors.   One of the largest, indirect, downsides of the proposed legislation is the continued, and potentially increased, outmigration that we are seeing  Outmigration results in the loss of jobs, economic activity, labor income, and household income.  Already staggering statistics put New Jersey near the top of the list for the highest, domestic, outmigration in the United States year after

By | 2017-12-11T22:45:41+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Business Advice, Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey

Get to know our #WeAreTR Award Recipient CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY “Caring For People by People Who Care” Barbara Devlin, and her husband Jack, returned home to Toms River after visiting her father in West Virginia.   Barbara was full of enthusiasm about an interfaith  volunteer program in her father’s community that helped those who could no longer drive by taking them to medical appointments, shopping for their groceries, visiting the lonely and providing respite for the family caregiver. They approached Monsignor Ladzinski at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Toms River with this interfaith concept.  He recognized the needs in our community to help the elderly homebound and was anxious to start a program here in Ocean County.  In January, 1993, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey opened their first office in Beachwood. A quarter century later, we now have 60 interfaith congregations in our coalition and over 1,200 volunteers in 23 municipalities of Ocean County.  In March, 2016 our agency opened  in Monmouth County. We now serve 13 municipalities  with more than 120 volunteers, and we continue to grow.  Collectively, these volunteers reach out their hands and help more than 2,000 elderly, disabled, veterans, lonely and homebound, and provide

By | 2017-12-06T13:08:21+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Featured, Non-Profit|Comments Off on Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey

NJBIA’s Outmigration by the Numbers: How do we Stop the Exodus?

On the heels of the first Affordability Summit where serious issues about New Jersey’s economic future were presented, Opportunity NJ (ONJ) has released its white paper analysis of the event to the state’s gubernatorial candidates, Legislature and current Administration with an urgent call for a comprehensive state strategic plan for a more affordable New Jersey. For a copy of NJBIA’s outmigration report, visit https://www.njbia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/njbiaoutmigrationreport.pdf.

By | 2017-10-26T17:42:44+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Business Advice, Featured|Comments Off on NJBIA’s Outmigration by the Numbers: How do we Stop the Exodus?

“What SUP?” BBP Re-donates Funds to Texas Estuary Programs

Mary Judge, BBP Program Assistant, took the photo (right) of Jim Vasslides, BBP Program Scientist, as he paddled “SUP the River.” Karen Walzer, BBP Program Outreach Coordinator, snapped the pic (below) of a group of paddlers launching out into the “deep.” The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Annual SUP the River 2017 Fundraiser on Sept 16 at the Toms River Country Club. A portion of the proceeds was originally earmarked to benefit the BBP. However, due to the catastrophic damages suffered by coastal Texas after Hurricane Harvey, BBP opted to forward these funds on to its sister National Estuary Programs, with $500 going to the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (Corpus Christi) and $500 to the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Houston) to help with the massive recovery efforts.  (Estuary programs also generously contributed to BBP post-Hurricane Sandy.) “For the second year in a row, this event was blessed by great weather and an incredible turnout. What a fantastic way to kick-off National Estuaries Week on the Toms River, one of the major tributaries to the Barnegat Bay. Thanks to the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for organizing such a great event. We appreciate the generous donation by BHI

By | 2017-10-24T19:39:29+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Chamber News, Events, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “What SUP?” BBP Re-donates Funds to Texas Estuary Programs
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