Monday, April 19, 2021
CCSNJ Announcement
The CCSNJ is proud to announce the promotion of Stefanie Sutton and onboarding of two new staff members!
Stefanie Sutton has been promoted to manager of special events and will have increased responsibility to ensure that CCSNJ's in-person events and virtual programs are executed at the highest level of excellence. Ms. Sutton was hired at the start of 2020 as an events coordinator and was instrumental in the transition of our programs to a virtual space at the height of the pandemic, while also taking on the role of elevating the Chamber's social media presence. Please join us in congratulating Stefanie!
CCSNJ is pleased to welcome Mackenzie Taylor as our new special events coordinator! Mackenzie will be responsible for producing CCSNJ's in-person events and virtual programs for the Southern New Jersey business community and will oversee pre-planning and day of logistics per event to ensure that exceptional standards are met.
CCSNJ is also pleased to welcome our new communications associate, Cristina Cooney! Cristina will support the CCSNJ’s digital communications efforts to promote events, programming and benefits, and work with members to promote their own initiatives through the organization’s digital communications, website and social media channels. 
CCSNJ Policy Report
The CCSNJ is proud to share our policy report “Preparing for the Next Normal: Recommendations for Supporting New Jersey’s Business Community and Reopening the Economy” which was submitted to NJ policymakers today. The report, which was derived from extensive feedback from CCSNJ members, includes creative new assistance programs, legislative actions and policy recommendations for state government officials that can help NJ’s struggling business community as the state continues to reopen. Please read, share and provide us your feedback and thoughts!

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Please join us for a conversation with the Executive Directors overseeing the Legislature’s partisan offices on the FY2022 budget, continued COVID-19 relief for businesses and other issues of interest to the South Jersey business community.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for Speed Networking - the quickest way to expand your network! Connect one-on-one with other CCSNJ members in a fast-paced setting.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, a new round of $85 million in grant money for a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19’s impact. Tune in to learn about the eligibility requirements for the grant, as well as the pre-registration process, when the application period will open and how best to prepare to apply.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join members of Burlington County Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) & CCSNJ for a joint virtual networking opportunity. Make new connections! Breakout room networking to build relationships. Share your power partners and ideal introductions.

Thusday, April 29, 2021
Program: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
*NEW* Post-Event Networking:
11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

The last year has brought unimaginable challenges to organizations and businesses across all industries and the world, while also creating a landscape for advancement and innovation to meet the ever-changing conditions. Join us for the next event of this series focused on how telehealth has advanced to the forefront of healthcare delivery, how healthcare organizations have adopted the technology during the pandemic, lessons learned and the road ahead in a post-pandemic world.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ron Jaworski's Running Deer Golf Club, Pittsgrove

$50 for Cocktail & Awards Dinner ONLY

Golfer Spots are SOLD OUT! To join the waitlist, contact Stefanie Sutton.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available at Every Level!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

You are cordially invited to attend our complimentary member orientation. Join us online to learn about the benefits of membership and how the Chamber can help you grow your business!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Difficulties and struggles are unavoidable in life, but a person has complete control over one’s personal response to the situation. Our brain’s default setting is negativity. However, optimism overpowers that negativity or tendency to be mediocre. Join us to hear from Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDP, international speaker and diversity/inclusion strategist and author of “Optimists Always Win! Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite”, as she discusses the life events and lessons conveyed in her book and how others can obtain a level of happiness, peace, wisdom and growth in all areas of their lives.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Join us for a conversation with Jane Cohen, Executive Director of the newly established Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy in the Office of Governor Phil Murphy. Additionally, there will be time allocated after the formal presentation for an environmental legislative and regulatory update from Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP.

Network with fellow CCSNJ members in a fun and relaxing virtual atmosphere!
Friday, April 23
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | REGISTER
Monday, April 26
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | REGISTER
Friday, April 30
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | REGISTER

Guest Column

Working Together to Bridge the Digital Divide

By: Joseph Divis
Interim President - AT&T New Jersey
This past year crystalized the importance of connectivity – for teaching and learning, healthcare, work, socializing with family and friends, and even legislating. It also reminded us that we have much work to do to bridge the digital divide so that New Jerseyans of all ages have access to broadband connections.

Achieving our shared goals will require a commitment to ongoing collaboration among the private and public sectors – state and federal. 

One of the ways AT&T works to achieve this goal is by investing in our network in the Garden State. From 2017 to 2019, we invested more than $1.3 billion in our wireless and wired networks in New Jersey. These investments improve availability, reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses in the state. Another way we are working to achieve this goal is through a $2 billion, three-year national commitment we announced earlier this week to help bridge the digital divide through low-cost broadband offers, participation in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, and community investment.

The American Rescue Plan, combined with last year’s COVID stimulus legislation, is delivering a significant infusion of federal funding to close the broadband availability gap – and further close the digital divide. Lawmakers can take action to ensure those funds are used to bridge the digital divide -- effectively and equitably.

The CCSNJ remains committed to our new strategic vision launching two new Business Councils, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and the Women’s Council, as well as conducting a two-day virtual Diversity Forum entitled Equity Across Our Communities and an expanded two-day virtual Women’s Conference.

However, our work is just beginning. We are requesting that CCSNJ members take five minutes to answer a short eight question survey, which will identify opportunities to enhance the CCSNJ’s efforts in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion while also provide guidance in developing the goals of future CCSNJ programming and resources associated with its CCSNJ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and Women’s Council.

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Legislative Updates
With the start of the new year and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect all aspects of life, the New Jersey Legislature stayed busy with virtual hearings focused on business and resident assistance and the state’s economic recovery, as well as taking up many non-COVID-19 related issues. The CCSNJ has remained active and engaged during these virtual hearings on behalf of our members and the entire South Jersey business community.

Take a look at the issues we weighed in on during the First Quarter of the new Legislative Session.

Resource Center
On April 14, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here. Read more>>
On April 6, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that applications are now open for the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP). The $15 million pilot program will provide vouchers for up to $100,000 to businesses and institutional organizations in the greater Newark and Camden areas to support the purchase of new, zero emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) such as pickup trucks, vans, busses, and box trucks. Read more>>
CCSNJ in the News
A large offshore wind energy project planned off the coast of New Jersey will connect onshore to two former power plants, and cables will run under two of the state’s most popular beaches, officials said Tuesday. Read more>>
Nonpartisan legislative report says revenues better than Murphy predicted as lawmakers ramp up budget review. Special to This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. Read more>>

Don’t be fooled by its size; there is a lot happening in the 3,700 square miles of South Jersey, and people are taking notice. Enormous offshore wind projects, the Glassboro-Camden Line (GCL), and a booming industrial presence are among the facets supporting new growth in the region. Read more>>
New Jersey needs “a coordinated and collaborative approach” to make sure it prudently uses the billions in federal dollars it is poised to receive, the head of a business association said on Monday. Read more>>

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