Monday, February 7, 2022
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Senator Bob Smith
New Jersey’s Seventeenth Legislative District; Chair, Senate Environment and Energy Committee
Join us to hear Senator Bob Smith, Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, give an update on his priorities for his committee in the new legislative session.

Thursday, February 10, 2022
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at Filomena Lakeview in Deptford for our Gloucester County Network Connection Series Lunch to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Friday, February 11, 2022
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Matt Seidner, BS
Director of Policy Implementation, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Join us to hear from Matt Seidner who will discuss ICER’s mission and its views on creating a pathway for improved accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs.

Monday, February 14, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for small group networking!
Throughout the program we'll ask fun poll questions to help break the ice.

This meeting's theme is: Valentine's Day.

Join the meeting with a Valentine's Day-themed background!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, Mt. Laurel

Senator Troy Singleton
New Jersey's Seventh Legislative District
Please join us to hear Senator Singleton update the Committee on his legislative priorities for the new year, as well as other issues of interest to the South Jersey business community.

Friday, February 18, 2022
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Woodcrest County Club, Cherry Hill

New Jersey residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana more than a year ago and since then the business outlook for adult use cannabis continues to evolve. Please join us for an update from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which continues to refine the state’s rules governing the various aspects of the cannabis industry. Additionally, we will hear from experts as to what is required to get in the business of cannabis from a local governance standpoint, potential federal banking and accounting law changes and other legal considerations, as well as a current New Jersey cannabis company success story.

*Please note that this forum will not cover marijuana in the workplace or employment law provisions. These topics will be covered in subsequent CCSNJ programs throughout the course of 2022.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront Philadelphia

It is no secret that supply chain issues are dramatically impacting construction companies ability to do business in a timely and cost efficient manner. Please join us for a conversation with experts who will discuss the catalyst for the supply chain crisis and ways the state and country can move forward to correct the problem before it continues to worsen. Additional speaker to be announced.

If you represent a construction, engineering or architecture business and are interested in registering, please email Meredith Lorrilliere.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, Mt. Laurel
Senate Republican Leader Steven V. Oroho
New Jersey's Twenty-Fourth Legislative District
Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio
New Jersey's Twenty-Third Legislative District
Join us to hear from Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho and Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio as they discuss their thoughts on Governor Murphy’s proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget and other issues of interest to the South Jersey business community.

Thursday, February 24, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway for our Atlantic County Network Connection Series Breakfast to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Friday, February 25, 2022
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Woodcrest Country Club,
Cherry Hill
Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & 
Inclusion Division, Rowan University; Chair, CCSNJ DE+I Council
Please join us for our first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council meeting of 2022. This interactive session will include breakout groups that will discuss a series of questions regarding the many benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. Themes of building employee trust and sense of belonging, employee recruiting and retention, and overall benefits to an organization’s bottom line will be explored. Come ready to share your thoughts during the program, which will include a safe and honest conversation facilitated by Dr. Monika Shealey of Rowan University.

Monday, February 28, 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 setting.

Guest Column
It may be tough to imagine for some of us now, but before the 1980s, cash was king. Nearly every financial transaction happened in-person through the physical exchange of cash and coins. Aside from cash, there was a smaller percentage of transactions that required check writing.

One of the first modern transitions in the banking industry was the introduction of the debit card, which was also the industry’s first move away from cash. The First National Bank of Seattle distributed the first debit card to business executives with large amounts of money in their accounts. Fast forward to the mid to late 1980s, there was a fully functioning debiting system available to consumers. This was just a small taste of the convenience we now know, but even this changed the banking industry, the operations and the consumer experience in major ways.

As financial operations evolved, the need for improved security grew. Through just one card, an individual could gain access to all of someone else’s funds. Identity theft prevention, among other things, became much more important. This may be part of the reason many consumers did not embrace these advancements. However, once debit cards became widely accepted, new products like online banking were close behind.

In fact, debit cards are favored by the majority of Americans, leaving cash in the dust. While the COVID-19 pandemic expedited the shift from in-person to virtual and/or digital transactions, this trend slowly started in 1994 when Stanford Federal Credit Union offered internet banking to U.S. consumers for the first time.

What we are seeing today is vastly different from the attitude consumers had towards banking trends in the 1980s and 90s. According to research reported by Kommando Tech, 80% of Americans prefer banking virtually over visiting a bank branch in person. Considering how quickly consumers have accepted advanced banking practices, there is no mystery behind the growth of digital, often cardless, payment methods like Apple Pay® and Venmo.

The cash that was once considered a safe and trusted convenience has been deemed unnecessary by the vast majority of consumers who prefer digital payment methods. We are well on our way to becoming a cashless society. This is one of the many reasons Parke Bank has been carefully tracking the trends that make it possible for our personal and business banking customers to take advantage of these technologies.

Using Apple Pay® as an example, Parke Bank has made it simple for customers to set up this protected and convenient method of contactless payment using their debit or credit cards. With a simple download from their app store and a quick call to our Galloway branch, they’ll be ready for the cashless society we’re quickly becoming.

There are many benefits to being a cashless society: it is more convenient, manageable and flexible for individuals and businesses and it enables international transactions to be seamless. In fact, payment methods like Apple Pay ® are safer than using a physical card, or even cash.
Along with the benefits, however, come a few vital things to keep in mind. The increase of online activity requires improved security because as technology advances, the threats against it advance as well. The virtual use of sensitive banking information needs to be done through secure, protected devices to avoid being vulnerable to damaging threats like identity theft, hacking and more.

Becoming a cashless society has the potential to enhance the banking industry in exciting new ways, as long as banks and consumers are careful to improve their security measures accordingly. Parke Bank’s goal is to be a resource for our customers as the world of banking continues to evolve.
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Personally and professionally, we are all part of group emails, texts, and chats and sometimes our replies are just intended for the primary sender. Please take the extra few moments to reply back to just that person and read your response just one more time before you hit send. The other recipients may not want multiple replies inundating their inbox and replies that are just meant for the sender can go out to "all" and could cause problems down the road. Even worse, they could be re-posted, re-tweeted on social media without any context or rebuttal. Once something is out there, it is out there! So next "reply"; think, respond, review and send it only to those who you want to read it.

Vice President, Relationship Manager,
Business Banking, Santander Bank, N.A.
After historic unemployment levels during the COVID-19 pandemic heavily reduced the State’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund, employer contribution rates recently increased to begin replenishing this critical fund. To help make New Jersey more affordable for small businesses, a bill sponsored by Majority Leader Louis Greenwald would limit potential UI tax increases for employers.

From March 2020 to September 2021, 1.6 million New Jersey claimants received around $35 billion in unemployment benefits – nearly $9 billion of which came from the State’s UI fund.

The following is a statement from Christina M. Renna, president & CEO, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey:
“The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) appreciates the hard work of the Administration during Governor Murphy’s first four years in Office. We look forward to the many opportunities that the Governor’s second term presents to deliver bold reforms that can make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and work, prioritizes economic growth, and further aids small businesses in dire need of assistance. On behalf of the State’s employer community and resilient workforce, the CCSNJ stands ready to continue working with the Administration on New Jersey’s economic recovery as the pandemic persists and businesses struggle to regain their footing.”

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