Here's What's Happening December 14, 2022

Weekly submission deadlines are Tuesdays at noon - email your sales, specials, events, etc to [email protected]

Chamber Office Closed December 23 - January 2

Please be advised, calls and emails will be returned on January 2.

Welcoming The County of Salem & Economic Development As Our Newest Chamber Member

Chamber Names Lee Ware 2022 Distinguished Citizen of the Year

The Chamber was pleased to recognize and honor Lee Ware as the 2022 Distinguished Citizen of the Year recipient. Ware was honored on December 7 at the banquet held at The Grove at Centerton.

Nearly 250 Chamber Members, family, friends and residents attended. Mike Gorman, President of Salem Community College, Dave Bailey, Jr., CEO for Ranch Hope and Mark Edwards, President of Franklin Bank - all longtime friends, presented accolades for Mr. Ware's longtime service to our community.

Recognizing Our 2022 Banquet Sponsors - Thank You For Supporting All Businesses in Salem County

We recognize and show sincere appreciation to our 2022 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Banquet Sponsors for their continued support of this event and all Chamber Members. As a Non-Profit 501c6, The Chamber is not eligible to apply for grants. This banquet is our primary fundraiser each year and helps us accomplish our mission in serving all businesses in Salem County.


Platinum - $1,000


Atlantic City Electric



Eric Krise Services

Franklin Bank


PSEG Nuclear

Ranch Hope

Salem Community College


Gold - $500


C & H Disposal Services

First National Bank of Elmer

Fulton Bank

Green Technology Services

Mannington Mills, Inc.


Silver - $250


BR Williams, Inc.

Christopher’s Organic Botanicals

Deepwater Industries Federal Credit Union

Henry D. Young, Inc. – Insurance

NFI Industries

Salem County Recyclers

Williams Auto Parts


Bronze - $125


Heart Felt Designs Country Shop

Lou Joyce, Professional Planner

Salem County Office of Veteran’s Affairs

Zarin & Associates, CPA’s

Congratulating Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer on New Office Grand Opening

Assemblywoman Sawyer's new office is located at 700 2nd Street, Suite E, Swedesboro.

Dec. 15 NJEDA Manufacturing Voucher Program Pre-Qualification Application Process Opens

 Program offers grants of up to $250,000 to enable purchases of equipment to improve productivity and efficiency

TRENTON, N.J. (December 13, 2022) - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced it will begin accepting pre-qualification applications for the New Jersey Manufacturing Voucher Program (MVP) on Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. Funded at $20 million, the New Jersey MVP will provide grants to support the purchase of equipment to help manufacturers improve their operations.

A link to the pre-qualification application will be posted at at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and will remain open until December 22 at 11:59 p.m. Pre-qualification applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, NOT first-come, first-served. Interested manufacturers must pre-qualify to access the full application that will be made available at a later date. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.

The New Jersey MVP will focus on New Jersey manufacturers within targeted industries that will purchase equipment to integrate advanced or innovative technologies, processes, and materials to improve the manufacturing of their products. The MVP will offer grants valued at 30 to 50 percent of the cost of eligible equipment, including installation, up to a maximum award amount of $250,000.

The program will offer stackable bonuses for certified woman-, minority-, or veteran-owned businesses, businesses in Opportunity Zones, and businesses purchasing manufacturing equipment in New Jersey, as well as bonuses for companies that have a collective bargaining agreement in place. It will also provide higher award percentages for small businesses with fewer than 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

The NJEDA held an information session about the New Jersey MVP, which included details of the application process and a pre-qualification checklist. A link to that recording can be found at

Both for-profit and not-for-profit companies are eligible, not including home-based businesses. Only applications for future purchases will be considered. Therefore, interested applicants should not purchase equipment prior to submitting the full application at a future date. Projects where a contract has been signed, a purchase order has been placed, or a deposit has been made in advance of submitting an MVP application will not be considered for funding.

Complete eligibility criteria can be found at

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit 

Open Houses at Kimberly English Art Begin This Weekend

Vote For Education Technology Professional in Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards

Fellow Chamber Members Education Technology Professionals are in the running for the Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards, please take a moment to vote for them in Category 9:

For more information about Education Technology Professionals

Voting ends December 18

December 15 - County of Salem Hosts Vaccine Clinic

Italian Kitchen Holiday Menu Options

As Holidays are approaching, We put together a Holiday Menu, I would like to share with you. 

Italian Kitchen Pie List

Italian Kitchen Holiday Menu

Full Catering Menu:

 I attached Our menus, please let me know if you have any questions

or How can I better assist you.

I Look forward to working with you and making your holiday parties extra special and taking some stress out of your life ! :)


Jennifer Allen

Event Coordinator

Italian Kitchen

339 North Hook Rd.

Pennsville, New Jersey

Phone: (856) 678-2098

Fax: (856) 678-4156

Atlantic City Electric Offers Winter Storm Preparation Advice

Atlantic City Electric prepares year-round to make our grid smarter, stronger, and more resilient, but some major storms may still require us to restore power. Don’t get caught unprepared in an emergency. Here’s a quick checklist to help you stay connected to us when severe weather strikes

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Hampton Inn December & January Specials

Penns Grove Rotary Santa's Little Helper Raffle

Countdown to Christmas at South Jersey Eye Associates


COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS! Starting Thursday, December 1st, South Jersey Eye Associates will begin its Countdown to Christmas with discounts on designer eyewear being offered every business day throughout the season.

Be sure to check back to our social media for each day's announcement stating the designer and the percentage off for that day only.*

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Restrictions apply. Speak with our friendly and knowledgable opticians in our Eyewear Center (Bridgeton location only) for more information. Eyewear selection may vary from images shown.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center Seeks Board of Trustee Nominations

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center is currently seeking nominees for its Board of Trustees. Appel Farm is a regional non-profit arts education organization located in Elmer. With a $2.8M annual budget, Appel Farm reaches more than 30,000 kids, teens, and adults each year through its many programs, providing opportunities for people throughout the South Jersey region to explore the arts, strengthen community, and find joy. The Board meets every other month to support the work of Appel Farm by providing mission-based leadership to strategically advance the organization in three critical areas: Governance and Oversight; Fundraising, and Positioning. Ideal candidates will possess extensive professional experience with leadership accomplishments in one or more of these sectors: Business, Education, Government, Healthcare, Legal, Finance, Philanthropy, or Construction & Engineering. To learn more, please visit

American Red Cross Blood Drive Locations


Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Salem County with available appointments include:


Tuesday 12/27/2022 from 2 - 7 p.m. at VFW Post 1952, 171 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070


Wednesday 12/28/2022 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 117 South Main Street, Woodstown 08098


Tuesday 1/3/2023 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove 08098


Friday 1/6/2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Penns Grove Masonic Lodge, 330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069


To make an appointment to donate blood, go to and enter the zip code of the desired donation location.


With sincere thanks to the Salem County Chamber of Commerce members for their generous and ongoing support,

Cindy McManus

American Red Cross - Community Volunteer Leader - Salem County

cell: 856 217-4986


Special at Barney Loves Books

Farmers & Bankers Brewing Events

Farmers and Bankers Brewing in Woodstown, NJ is a great place to host your next gathering or celebration. We are currenlty booking dates into 2023. If interested, you can fill out this form or email Megan Brown [email protected]


[Santa] Santa is will be visiting Farmers & Bankers Brewing in Woodstown, NJ (8 North Main Street) for DIY photos on December 6 (6-8 pm) and December 11 (11am - 1pm). Families and furry friends alike are welcomed!


[Lipke] Andrew Lipke is a Philadelphia-based, South African born composer, producer, arranger, conductor, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator active in many styles across multiple genres. He has worked with artsits such as Amos Lee and toured with the Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get the Led Out. Lipke is coming to Farmers & Bankers Brewing on Thursday, December 8 from 6-9 pm to help us celebrate our Brewer's birthday. Come enjoy great live music and give a little toast to the man that makes it all happen. Email [email protected] for more information.


December 16 Ranch Hope Drive-Thru Live Nativity

January 10 - 1pm Grand ReOpening & Ribbon Cutting at Hampton Inn

January 12 Chamber Coffee & Connections Networking hosted by Ross Enterprises - 8:00 am - 9:30am

Register here

March 18, 2023 Save The Date - Habitat for Humanity's Pocketbook Bingo

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