RETAIL ANNOUNCEMENT from a Chamber member:
"Marafiki Fair Trade
closes this week. We still have several pieces of retail furniture available for sale at fantastic prices, including slat wall display units, card racks, and a cash register station. Stop by 20 New Street, Metuchen, to have a look or call (732) 902-6300 for more information."
Marafiki Fair Trade is currently transitioning to a Home-Based Business.

They're actually following a majority trend of the U.S. economy -- nearly 60% of established businesses are home-based and this percentage increases every year ... it's estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau that every 11 seconds in America, someone becomes an owner of a Home-Based Business.
*** Are you a Home-Based Business?

If so, the Chamber has several seminars that will be of significant interest to you.


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen. Sponsored by Metuchen Savings Bank. Hear from Borough officials and local business owners on making a smooth start. Admission-free, open to the public. RSVP to: (732) 548-2964 or
6:00-8:00 p.m. Two Chicks with Chocolate, 387 Main Street, Metuchen. Hospitality expert Lisa Todaro offers marketing tips for food-service businesses. Admission-free, open to all area food businesses. RSVP to: (732) 548-2964 or
9:00 a.m-12:00 noon. Susan Wilcox of e-Dynamic Marketing delivers a 3-part education series designed to help business owners take full advantage of social media, email marketing and online promotions to generate sales and grow their business. YMCA Office, 483 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen. No fee for Chamber members; non-Chamber members $15. Must register at (732) 548-2964 or   
Apr. 26: Your Business Needs an Emergency "Ready" Plan.
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen. Presented by SERVPRO of Edison. Free to Chamber members; non-Chamber members $15 donation to Friends of the Metuchen Library. Must register:  (732) 548-2964 or

The Chamber has a special membership category for Home-Based Business.

Click here for full details and application form.

AND, from now throu gh March 1, 2016, any new or renewing memberships to Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce can schedule a specially produced 1-minute video spot highlighting your business created by award-winning advertising media Image Up Studios.

It's a $$ multi-thousand dollar value for FREE ... and very useful for a new business wanting to get instant mass-audience recognition. Details here. 

From the looks of the general economy, supporting a home-based business may well be in your future.

It surely is in ours here at the Chamber. 

Larry McCullough, Executive Director
Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce

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