Monday, December 20, 2021
Upcoming Events
Thursday, January 6, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for Virtual Speed Networking - the quickest way to expand your network!

Connect one-on-one with other CCSNJ members in a fast-paced environment.

Thursday, January 13, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel for our Burlington County Network Connection Series Breakfast to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Friday, January 14, 2022
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel
Sports betting has been a boon for the Garden State taking Nevada’s title of the biggest sports betting market in the U.S. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for almost all businesses, esports – competitive video gaming – has expanded significantly as people across the world spend more time at home and more social interactions move into virtual spaces. Join us to hear from experts from Stockton University on how sports wagering and esports continues to grow in popularity, as well as how a number of initiatives supported by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), including legalized betting on esports competitions and a first of its kind college esports league, is positioning the state to take the lead as the U.S. epicenter of these rapidly growing industry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill
CCSNJ is led by the “who’s who” of the South Jersey business community, more than 60 of the region’s most influential business leaders. Get to know the current and former members of the CCSNJ Board of Directors during a panel conversation with Michael Angulo from Stockton University, Anthony Bawidamann from Comcast, Rob Curley from TD Bank and Deborah Hays from Archer & Greiner, P.C., about their careers, leadership styles, how they empower and motivate others, and why they volunteer their time to the Chamber and other community organizations.

Thursday, January 20, 2022
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tavistock Country Club, Haddonfield
Engage in a roundtable discussion with South Jersey’s leading family-owned business advisors on best practices to avoid awkward or stressful holiday dinners with extended family. Join us for a Q&A-driven panel discussion with attendee participation encouraged. No lectures, no slides and no case studies, instead we’ll hear real life stories about ownership transitions gone bad and rogue family employees disrupting culture. Along the way, we’ll deep dive on how to avoid and resolve conflict, both human and legal, to ensure your family-owned business remains in the family for generations to come. Let’s put the fun back in family dinner.  

If you represent a family-owned business and are interested in joining this council, please email Meredith Lorrilliere
Thursday, January 27, 2022
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood for our Camden County Network Connection Series Lunch to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Guest Column

What to Do When Employees Resign

Counsel and Chair, Employment and
Labor Department, Parker McCay P.A.

We have been hearing a lot about the “Great Resignation,” and the number of employee resignations continues to rise. As a result, now is a good time to review some of the things that employers need to remember when employees resign. If your business does not have a clear procedure, consider the below, and then think about updating your existing employee handbook or other employment policies.

An employee gives you notice that they are leaving and offers the professional two-week notice period. What’s next?

It is up to the business to decide if it wants the employee to continue to work through the two-week period. Depending on the person, the position, and the access, it is important to decide if there is any risk to the employer in having the employee stay. Remind the employee that they cannot delete any company information from the network or their devices before they leave.

Check your files. Does the employee have a restrictive covenant, a non-disclosure agreement, or a non-compete agreement? If so, remind him/her of the obligation and provide a copy of the agreement. Provide the employee with information regarding his or her benefit plans and send a COBRA notice when appropriate.

Be sure to pay the employee all amounts owed for days worked on the next regular payroll. Check your policy regarding accrued vacation, sick, other paid time off, and even bonuses. If your policy requires that you payout certain earned benefits upon termination, do so. The last thing you want is to be fighting a wage and hour claim with a former employee. Remember that you cannot withhold money from an employee’s final paycheck unless he or she agrees in writing that you can do so.

Remove access to any company files and collect all company property – computer, phone, keys, access cards, etc. – the moment your employee leaves and is officially terminated. 

If part of your protocol includes an exit interview, I recommend that you use that meeting to gain valuable information about why your employee decided to leave. This information should be captured and reviewed to identify any patterns that could be addressed in future policy updates or other organizational changes.

For questions, contact Susan Hodges at
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Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business program is designed to help early - stage women, minority, and immigrant entrepreneurs working to build and sustain food - related businesses in emerging neighborhoods in New Jersey. The 12-week, fully virtual program runs from April 19th – the end of June, 2022 and is completely free. The program provides industry-specific education, networks, and mentoring, along with the opportunity to apply for capital grants for your business. Applications are due January 28, 2022.

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Building your network is very important. Every meeting you take shouldn't be about selling. Instead of always saying "this is what I offer", ask "how can I help you". The more you give and stay humble, the easier it is to ask.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney touted the progress that South Jersey has made as a region, and pledged to continue to work in a bipartisan manner to make the state affordable and prosperous in the years ahead.

"Our economic prosperity and competitiveness as a region and as a state will be based on our ability to make it affordable for our families to live here, for our kids to go to college here, for our seniors to retire here, and for our businesses to thrive and grow..." Read more>>
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