Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce
February 12, 2018

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  GECC Business After Hours  
returns in February to Wei's Buffet!  
Thursday, February 22
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Wei's Buffet
711 E. 1st Avenue
Roselle, NJ 
Business Card Exchanging
Elevator Speeches
Open Networking

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EXCLUSIVE offer for members of the 
Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce    
Dear Chamber Member:
The Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and chamber member, NovoPrint USA, Inc. will be collaborating on the new community guide publication for 2018-2019.

The 2018-2019 Community Guide will be updated to reflect our growth and showcase our beautiful, progressive community! We are on the leading edge of business, education, health care, transportation and economic development. This guide is a great tool to communicate information about your business to residents, other businesses and visitors to our community.

As an advertiser, your business will reach more than 5,000 individuals through a low-cost-per-view advertising and will be positioned as a community leader and a community supporter.

In addition to printed distribution, the guide will also be available in digital form and is hosted online by NovoPrint. It will also be showcased on the Chamber's website. The digital copy will give your business added views further extending the exposure of your advertising message.

Display ad sales are underway. To find out more and to reserve your placement today contact Tim Arenz, our NovoPrint representative, at (630) 207-7899 or email him at to schedule a quick demonstration at your place of business.

Get your business noticed and keep it successful!

Thank you for your continued Chamber support.

Gordon Haas
President & CEO

Tim Arenz, Sales Representative
(630) 207-7899

Save the Date: September 29-October 4
Greater Elizabeth Chamber Of Commerce 2018 Bermuda Cruise
Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce
2018 Bermuda Cruise
5 night sailing

Anthem of the Seas sailing round trip from Cape Liberty (Bayonne) NJ
September 29, 2018-October 4, 2018
Visiting the beautiful port of
$50.00 onboard credit per cabin, Priority Check In, & Champagne in Cabin
Inside Cabin  $821.20 per person
Ocean View  $884.20 per person
Balcony Cabin  $1042.20 per person

Single and third and fourth passenger rates upon request

Prepaid gratuities of $67.50 pp can be added to the cabin price on request
The above rates are based on double occupancy and include all current port charges and government fees
and could be subject to change prior to final payment. A fuel surcharge does not apply at this present time but may be assessed should the cost of fuel increase. Once reservations are confirmed any name or category changes may result in additional fees. Purchase of cancellation insurance is strongly suggested and pricing will be provided at time of booking. All credit card payments will be accepted over the phone. Call Rich at 908-557-5222 Ext. 4096 or email to book your cruise. No cabin or pricing can be guaranteed until full deposit and names are received.
AAA Travel
2317 Route 22 West
Union, NJ 07083

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: (per person)
$250 deposit due Once Reservations are confirmed
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Messages & events from your Fellow Members
Do you have a valid Passport?
Union County Clerk Advises Union County Residents on Travel ID

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents who are U.S. citizens to ensure that their passport is up to date, or obtain a passport if they don't already have one. Passports are among the forms of identification accepted for domestic flights under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. State driver's licenses are accepted for domestic flights only if they comply with REAL ID standards. New Jersey is among a group of states that missed a 2016 compliance deadline and received  an extension until October 2018.

"New Jersey driver's licenses can be used for domestic flights until the extension runs out, but that is a temporary fix," said Ms. Rajoppi. "A passport offers the predictability and reliability of a 10-year lifespan for adults, so it's a good investment even if you don't plan on going overseas."

"Proper identification is required to board domestic flights as well as for overseas travel, and U.S. passports are accepted for both," Ms. Rajoppi added. "With a valid U.S. passport, you never have to worry about having the correct identification when flying."

Ms. Rajoppi also advised residents planning spring or summer travel to obtain a passport now rather than waiting until travel season.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders
& the Office for People with Special Needs Present:
Special Needs
January-March 2018

Click Here for full Brochure of program offerings

Learn more: 908-527-4781 * 
Union County Department of Human Services (DHS) 
In addition to the Office for People with Special Needs, 
the DHS provides an Office for the Disabled that works 
to advance independent living for Union County residents 
with disabilities through both individual and systems 
advocacy. The Office for the Disabled provides information 
and referral on a wide variety of topics, including: 
Accessibility, ADA, Education, Employment, Housing, 
Transportation, Rehabilitation and more. 

For further information, please call the 
Office for the Disabled 
Monday through Friday (8:30am - 4:30pm) 
TTY please dial 711

Think your Calendar is full? Check out ours:
Elizabeth Public Library

Calendar of Events

We have events for all ages!

Need help with filing your taxes this year?
Click here for info
*We do not expect to have tax materials for distribution
until February 15, 2018, at the earliest.

Elizabeth Public Library
Main Branch
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Tequila Bistro! 
- Tequila Bistro - 
824 Pearl St. Elizabeth, NJ 07208 
Tel: (908) 965-1002 
Union County ELC Featuring
Union County Freeholder
Chairman Sergio Granados
Friday, February 16
8 - 9:30 AM 
Holiday Inn, Clark
36 Valley Road 
Clark, NJ
Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist, was re-elected to his second term in 2016. In 2013, he became the youngest Freeholder ever elected to the board and youngest Democratic Freeholder elected in NJ.
As the Chairman of the Board for 2018, Granados announced "Moving UNION COUNTY Forward" initiatives, including first-time programs that promote advocacy and equality, volunteerism, public safety, and the environment. There are also announcements assisting seniors, families and youth.
Mr. Granados founded Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise awareness and education efforts on social justice. The organization sponsored events raising funds to assist Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, community meals for families in need, and relief drives for various disaster-stricken communities.
Freeholder Granados has served with many non-profit organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Portuguese Lions, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, New Leaders Council of NJ, and the Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce.
Freeholder Granados has been honored for service through agencies such as Community Access Unlimited, the Urban League of Union County Young Professionals, the Lions Club International, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, the Boy Scouts of America, the New Jersey Veterans Network, and the South Asian Community Outreach.
Freeholder Granados attended Union County College, and graduated from Kean University with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration.  

Visit AAA Union Travel Office for a Travel Presentation including our own
GECC Cruise to Bermuda! 
Groundwork Elizabeth Winter-Green Gala 2018
NEW DATE!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 20
6:00 PM
Hilton Newark Airport
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (6PM), we will celebrate another year of success with new and continued partnerships at the Hilton Hotel Newark Airport. During the event we will be  honoring outstanding community partners who are dedicated to helping the Elizabeth community. 
The 2018 Honorees are:

Union County Spirit of Community Award  
Sergio Granados, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders

City of Elizabeth Spirit of Community Award 
John F. Papetti, Jr., City of Elizabeth, Director of Public Works

Business Champion  
John Wohlrab, Director of Government Relations, Waste Management

Outstanding Conservation Partner 
Kathy Woodward, Immediate Past Board President, on behalf of the Friends of the Great Swamp, USFWS Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Groundwork Volunteer of the Year 
Susana Mateo, Project Coordinator, on behalf of New Jersey Youth Corps at Union County College
Union County Means Business 
Are you -ABLE 
Wednesday, February 21
8:00 am

KEan University STEM Building
Conklin - 6th Floor
UCEDC Presents:  
Next Level Business Planning   
 $75 discount off the normal $225 registration fee! Contact Erich Peter at or 908-527-1166 to learn more.  

Thursdays, February 22 - March 29
6 - 9 PM
75 Chestnut Street
Sooner or later, every business owner gets to a tipping point  where the decisions they make and the actions they take can mean the difference between failure or success, stagnation or growth.  Moving in the right direction requires a strong foundation in basic business skills and the know-how to assess and respond to current conditions and future projections.

This intensive six-week workshop will guide you in identifying the barriers keeping you from success and lead you in crafting a practical, real-world plan to overcome them.
EDC Recruitment Drive:
Construction Trades Apprentices

Project IMPACT

Saturday, February 24
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
EDC Offices - 205 First Street, Elizabeth, NJ
EDC's Project IMPACT (Increasing Minority Participation + Access to Construction Trades) will recruit minorities, women and veterans interested in becoming a union apprentice and assist them in:
  1. Obtaining the skills needed to prepare for and take the apprenticeship test-including classes and test prep materials.
  2. Preparation for the Interview after passing the test
  3. Assist with costs to take the apprenticeship test
  4. Overcoming obstacles such as a suspended driver's license, lack of a GED or lack of resources needed to pay for the test, drug test and initiation fee required to become a construction union apprentice.
  5. Finding a job site that requires local minority and women apprentices for their project.

Plumbers Union-Local 24
Apprenticeship Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 27
11 a.m. or 6 p.m.
EDC Offices - 205 First Street, Elizabeth, NJ
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Support Benedictine Academy  

Benedictine Academy Parents Association
Tricky Tray 2018

Saturday, March 3
Doors Open 5PM

VFW Kenilworth
33 S. 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ

If you attended the Tricky Tray last year, you know it was great... if you didn't, DO NOT miss it this year!

BA's Parents Association has been collecting lots of wonderful prizes - electronics, luxury bags & many other items. 50/50 too!

For tickets call:
Ana Cardosa 908-247-3220
Gabby Calderon 908-451-1613

Egglrock Nutrition
Dr. Laura Rokosz Nutritional Seminar  
Nutrition for Optimal Brain Health

Friday Mar 9, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Garden Restaurant
943 Magie Ave, Union, NJ 07083
Please join Dr. Laura Rokosz for a discussion on how nutrients affect brain health. You will learn how communication between the gut and the brain can impact risk for Alzheimer's disease, drug addiction, depression and anxiety, and even obesity.

Cost: $25.00, includes light refreshments
RSVP: or call (908)764-9062 or register directly from our Website,  

Josephine's Place  
Night with the New Jersey Devils 
NJ Devils  VS  NY Rangers
Tuesday, April 3
7 PM 

  • Specially priced group ticket
  • Group seating at the game
  • Group welcome on the big screen
  • Devil's group gift
  • Food and Beverage Voucher 
To Order Tickets Contact:
Sister Judy Mertz
Josephine's Place  
13th Annual Golf Outing  
Spring is coming...
we promise.... 
Monday, May 14 
Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club
100 Walnut Street
Livingston, NJ 07039

Details to follow!
Sister Judy Mertz
Wanted: Furniture Delivery Driver-New Jersey
Newark, NJ, United States

At Article we are re-engineering the furniture shopping experience to deliver remarkable value. Our unique, direct-to-consumer model allows us to deliver high quality original modern furniture at a fraction of the cost of traditional retailers, and this is winning us fans and customers at a tremendous rate.
We are looking for reliable, easy to work with people to join the Article Delivery Team in the Newark area. We offer a competitive salary and full health and dental benefits, sick leave, vacation pay after a 2 month probationary period.

Click here for full job posting

To apply contact:
Sam Petite
Broad Language Institute:  
Wanted: Sr. Plant Maintenance Technician
Jewish Family Service of Central N.J. (a non-sectarian agency) is seeking qualified professionals to provide in-home care to seniors in Union County
JFS Home Health Aides work closely with the Registered Nurse to provide compassionate care to our clients. Come be part of our team!

We offer:
Competitive Salary
Affordable Health Insurance
401K available
Direct Deposit

A Request from Member NJ ASDO:
ASDO promotes the benefits of aviation by matching the needs of aviation industry buyers with the expertise of area businesses located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. The Air Services Development Office was created by The Port Authority of NY&NJ and the Major Commercial Airlines to foster a positive economic environment for the aviation and business communities. We hope that your company will continue to support this vital link that has benefited thousands of businesses in metro area airport communities. Please assist our efforts and list the airport companies you did business with in 2017. Your information and E-mail address are held in strict confidence. We appreciate your time and any comments. Please call our office if you have any questions. Thanks for your time and consideration.
Newark Liberty International Airport / Bldg. 80
Newark, New Jersey 07114- 3707
Talk Line: 973.961.4278
Fax Line: 973.961.4282
Helene M. Gibbs, Program Manager 
Vic Richel Named NJ Hospital Association Hospital Trustee of the Year

Elizabeth, NJ -Victor M. Richel, immediate past Chairman (now Vice Chairman) of the Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, was named Hospital Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association during their 99th annual meeting held recently in Princeton.

Richel is a banking executive, philanthropist and community volunteer serving many organizations in Central and Northern New Jersey. After making his mark in banking and utilities, he became involved at the board level in local organizations including Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Union County College. He and his wife Andrea head the Cranford-based Richel Family Foundation. A native of Elizabeth, Richel is a long-time resident of Berkeley Heights.

Richel, who holds the distinction of being the only person to serve on the Boards of the three Elizabeth hospitals, was pivotal in the consolidation of those hospitals into the current Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Member Azuka Zuke announces Release of 9th Self-Development Book:
Azuka Zuke of Union County is releasing his 9th self-development book April 1st.

The book teaches readers how to empower themselves daily with the confidence to make positive changes in their lives to achieve success.

Zuke grew up in Nigeria, West Africa in a tough environment with limited resources and opportunities.

Azuka immigrated to America over a decade ago with $20 in his wallet and with determination and gratitude for the American opportunities have authored and published 8 self-development books on 
He is a motivational speaker and life coach.
He  travels the world speaking and motivating people to live a life of passion, determination and gratitude.

Azuka is deeply grateful to America for making him a part of the system.

He is available to speak at schools, churches, seminars, conferences and at events.

For bookings visit his website at or call 908-380-9392.
New Member Introductions and Messages
Meet New Member: Brown & Brown Metro, LLC:
Brown & Brown Metro, LLC is a full service insurance firm and the largest broker in New Jersey. With over 300 offices around the country, each office maintains a boutique family style for our clients. We specialize in the middle market (i.e $5M+ in revenue or 30+ employees) segment and service all types of clients. Our services include, Business Insurance, Health Benefits and Personal Insurance. Brown & Brown is publicly traded (NYSE: BRO) with access to dozens of insurance companies with which to generate competitive quotes. Our consultative approach ensures that we customize our quotes to each individual risk. Call or email for a free consultation: 973-549-1947

David Feuerstein
Property, Casualty, Group Benefits & Personal Lines
Brown & Brown Metro, LLC.
56 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Meet New Member: Elizabeth's Promise Awards, Inc. 
Elizabeth's Promise Awards is delighted to announce this year's honorees:

J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor, City of Elizabeth 
Dr. Dawood Farahi, President, Kean University

We are pleased to name a scholarship in their honor!

Elizabeth's Promise is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that dedicates one hundred percent of its gross proceeds to the college-related costs of deserving Elizabeth seniors. We need your help. Without the generosity of donors like you, we will be unable to provide the financial assistance necessary for our young people to further their educations.

Your gift, whether it be a recurring scholarship or a one-time contribution, will go a long way in impacting the life of a student. Your support is so much more than financial in nature. Your assistance sends a very special message to a young person, "You show promise." What a powerful message for a student to receive as he/she embarks upon one of the most important of life's journeys! And you have the power to make it happen.
We need your help to keep the promise alive - our promise to our students that we will support them in their endeavors, as well as the promise they show as young scholars entering academia. Last year we awarded 52 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.  You may support our program by either sponsoring a scholarship, purchasing tickets and/or advertising in our souvenir journal. Can we count on your support?

If you have any questions, please contact me at 908-578-3567.
Frank J. Cuesta
Elizabeth's Promise Awards Inc.
832 Bailey Ave Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Meet New Member: IRG - Intelligent Resource Group
IRG, Intelligent Resource Group, specializes in full services staffing solutions. At IRG, we have been helping our clients for the past 35 years, with stabilizing and increasing production, thus profitability. At IRG, we understand your business is unique and so are your human capital needs.

Highlights of IRG:
  • Over 35 years' experience
  • Certified Recruiters and HR Specialists
  • 15 Recruiting Centers across the East Coast
  • Serving over 1500 staff associates daily
  • Certified Minority Business Enterprise MBE
  • 12 Department of Transportation Certified (DOT) Vans.
  • 24-HR access to employees and staff associates
  • On Boarding & Recruiting Cloud Technology
  • Flexible Payroll Cycles
  • Culturally Adaptive Employees
  • Consistent Staff Associates
  • Multilingual
  • Serving the following Markets
    • E-Commerce & light Industrial
    • Professional & Administrative
    • Mail Fulfillment and Printing
    • Hospitality
    • IT and Engineering.
Our Team reflects a perfect blend of experience, humility and Technical wizardry.
Please call Juan Zapata at 201 889-7345 for more information.
Juan C Zapata
Business Development Director
IRG - Corporate Headquarters:
1480 US Highway 9 North
Suite 203
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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Meet New Member:
New Jersey Institute of Balance
New Jersey Institute of Balance offers an unparalleled diversity of services to accommodate every kind of patient: from professional athletes to senior citizens, and preteens to weekend warriors. We understand that for every body and injury type, there's a special combination of treatments we can provide to do our part in the recovery process, working in concert with a patient's surgeon, physician, personal trainer, or coach. New Jersey Institute of Balance's services are individually formulated to address and care for all varieties of injury, no matter if the impairment is a result of a chronic condition like tendonitis or bursitis; a consequence of surgical treatment; or the product of a sports injury or traumatic accident.

For more information, please visit
New Jersey Institute of Balance
216 Palmer Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202
O: (908)353-0500
F: (908)353-1505
Dr. Michael Russo 
Meet New Member
Humberto Morin, Professional Capital Partners
Ladies and Gentlemen,  
It's a pleasure to meet you all. Christopher Del Cioppo and I look forward to working with you.
Chris and I have over 40 years of financial services and mortgage experience.  
We are the solution finder to any issue...from your first Fix and Flip to any Commercial deal Pro Cap Finance has the loan.
We Pride ourselves in excellent customer service. Paying attention to details to secure the appropriate best loan for your situation.  
Our relationships determine our success. 
Please check out our website...
Humberto Morin
Sr. Loan Officer
NMLS# 403962
Cell#  (862) 201-9995
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Mark Your Calendar:

Thurs., Feb 22
5 - 7:30 PM
Wei's Buffet
711 East 1st Street, Roselle 
Thurs., Mar 1
8 - 10:30 am
81st Annual Walk to Washington Verizon  Kick-off Breakfast
Hilton Newark Penn Station
Gateway Center - Raymond Blvd Newark 
Thurs., Mar 1 -
Fri., Mar 2
Marriott Wardman
Park Hotel
Washington DC
Wed., Mar 21
5 - 7:00 PM
Business After Hours
The Lobby
821 Spring Street 
Wed., Apr 18
5 - 7:00 PM
Business After Hours
17 Broad Street
Wed., May 16
5 - 7:00 PM
Business After Hours
DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel 
128 Frontage Rd, Newark 
Wed., Jun 6
5 - 7:00 PM
Business After Hours
Host Location TBD

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Fri., Feb 16
8 - 9:30 AM
Holiday Inn, Clark
36 Valley Rd Clark 
Sat., Feb 17 
Meadowlands, Rutherford, NJ
Information: Kim Boyer 908-994-8249
Tue., Feb 20
6 PM  
Hilton Newark Airport
Wed., Feb 21
8 AM 
Kean U STEM Building
6th Floor
Feb 22-Mar 29
6-9 PM 
75 Chestnut St, Cranford 
Sat., Mar 10
10 am - 4 pm   
Elizabeth Public Library
All Branches 
Thurs., Mar 22  
Galloping Hill Caterers
Galloping Hill Rd and Salem Rd, Union 
Tue., April 3
7 PM
Josephine's Place
Night with the
New Jersey Devils
for GROUP TICKET info call 908-436-0099
Sat., April 29
11:30 am- 3 pm 
1050 Jeanette Avenue Union
Mon., May 14
Josephine's Place
13th Annual Golf Outing
Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club
100 Walnut Street
Livingston, NJ 
Info call 908-436-0099
Mon., May 21
Union County Clerk
Joanne Rajoppi's
26th Annual Benefit Golf Outing
Galloping Hill Golf Course 
Info call 908-527-4787
Sun., Jun 3
7:30 AM 
NJ Sharing Network
5K Walk & USATF Certified Walk
Info call 908-514-1761
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