Here's What's Happening January 26, 2022

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Welcome South Jersey Real Estate Academy

We welcome Chris Scruggs Hooks and Joseph F. Pino and South Jersey Real Estate Academy as our newest Chamber Member! With the real estate market hot right now, it's a great time to invest in a new career!

For Complete Details Click HERE

January 28 "Rewarding Employees & Boosting Morale" Business Education Workshop via Zoom

January 28 - 8am - 10am via Zoom

The Chamber’s Business Education Committee has been busy planning terrific workshops to assist you and your employees.

Join us on January 28 for a panel discussion with area experts who will provide positive practices to help retain and recognize your Top Talent through work recognition programs.

Our panel includes:

Emily Bruley, Director of Human Resources, Ranch Hope
Sherry Leary, Chief Operating Officer, Morris James Law Firm
Maria Schaffner, Director of Human Resources, Heritage’s Dairy Stores

The event is free of charge thanks to our generous sponsor, Atlantic City Electric.

To register, contact or call 856-351-2245.

Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2022 Unification of Salem County School Districts Public Meeting

Welcoming ShayLa Salter to the Chamber Board of Directors

ShayLa Salter, Atlantic City Electric External Affairs Manager, has been with the organization for 10 years, specializing in various areas of the business such as customer service, billing, engineering, construction, and project management. Her commitment to strategic planning and business improvement has led to countless innovations and development in training/knowledge management.

Salter also maintains focus on fostering a healthy and sustainable environment, supporting energy efficiency programs that benefit the communities across the service area.

 Giving back is a top priority for Salter, spending her free time coaching her local township’s cheerleading squad, helping the leaders of tomorrow build the confidence they need to succeed. She also plays an active role supporting nonprofit organizations such as March of Dimes and American Heart Association.

Parker Jewelers Sparkle Club

Parker Jewelers Sparkle Club

1 pair of earrings a month for 12 months

Pick up in store or have them delivered

Monthly drawing to win an extra pair

Special surprise on your birthday

Earrings for all styles and ages

One time fee of $120 (additional fee for shipping)

For more about Parker Jewelers Click HERE

**As a side note, I love my monthly Sparkle Club earrings so much, I gave my daughter a Sparkle Club Membership for Christmas. We love all the designs, and the quality is wonderful. -- Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, Salem County Chamber

Natalie Serwan Photography Valentine's Day Specials

Natalie Serwan Photography
Celebrate your sweetest love with these two Valentines photo sessions!

·        Two dates, 2/5 and 2/9!
·        10 minute session

·        Two affordable package options
·        Adults and pets are also welcome!

This will also be my studio's GRAND OPENING so there will definitely be some goodies for everyone who attends either date!

A Moment of Zen - All Heart Shaped Items on Sale!

For more information about A Moment of Zen

Salem River Dredging - Kudos to The Chamber's Government Relations & Economic Development Committee

Salem River Dredging is a cause The Chamber's Government Relations & Economic Development Committee strongly supported working with Congressman Van Drew. Good news!

Congressman Van Drew Secures $20 Million in Funding for Major New Jersey Dredging

Washington, DC - This week, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced over $20 million in dredging projects for South Jersey.

Over the next year, the Army Corps will invest $14.3 million in the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway. This funding will be used to dredge at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and in the back bays of the Cape May, Atlantic, and Ocean County barrier islands. The announcement also includes $7 million for dredging Salem River and $550,000 for Cold Spring Inlet in Cape May. This dredging is imperative in making our waterways safer, strengthening the coastal economy, and conserving the environment and wildlife habitats.

This follows a 2021 announcement that the Army Corps would be investing $4.1 million to dredge the Mouth of the Maurice River in 2022. This investment is critical to the economic revitalization and coastal resilience of the Bayshore communities.

"I made a promise that I would help build a stronger shore by investing in resilience, safety, commerce, and conservation; I am keeping that promise," said Congressman Van Drew. "I am proud to have secured these dredging projects for the South Jersey community and I am actively engaged with the U.S. Army Corps to ensure that our community's needs are being met. These projects are only the beginning of us building a Stronger Jersey Shore and Bayshore."

We always welcome volunteers to all Chamber working committees. These are the folks that help make things happen. Our Government Relations and Economic Development Committee includes:

Lou Joyce, LCJPP, LLC - Committee Chair
Luis Andrade, Owner, Sandpiper International
Mike Gorman, President, Salem Community College
Andrew Lindemuth, Western Pest
Tammy Maciocha, Manager of Major Accounts, South Jersey Gas
Doug Painter, Owner, Astro Sign Company
Harvey Saunders, President, Calvary Community Development Corp
Theresa Widger, Stakeholder Outreach Specialist, PSEG Nuclear
Dave Yhlen, COO, Inspira

Winter Warning: How to Avoid Slips and Falls During Icy Weather

The snow and ice bring with it hazards like slips and falls. Get tips on how to steady yourself this winter. 

For full article Click HERE

Charles Schwab Spotlight Series

You’re invited to join our Schwab Spotlight Series, featuring conversations with financial experts to help you make the most of your financial strategy.

This all-new series was created to provide you with relevant insights and timely commentary across a diverse range of topics. And to let you take part in the discussion.
Please note that these are webcast events, so you’ll need a computer or a tablet to participate.

Each webcast will focus on a different topic, so feel free to join the ones you’re interested in or attend them all if you like. Some of the topics we’ll be exploring include:

·    Navigating today’s U.S. market
·    Discussing the implications of the political landscape
·    Examining global market trends
·    Developing a fixed income strategy

We hope you’ll join us for these conversations Click HERE to Register

Donald Daigle
Independent Branch Leader

New Salem County Hometown Collection from Kimberly English Art

New Salem County Hometown Collection featuring artwork by Kimberly English and home goods featuring local towns and recognizable landmarks. 

Shop In person: A Whole New Light • 328 Harding Highway • Elmer, NJ 08318

Kimberly English

February 15 EPA Brownfield Grant Application Webinar

Start early finish strong: Getting Started on Your EPA Brownfield Grant Application Free Webinar

Thinking about applying for an EPA brownfield grant?
it's never too early to start developing a winning strategy!
February 15, 2022;  10:00 - 11:00 AM

NJIT TAB will present:
- An overview of EPA bownfield grants and solicitation cycle
- Why starting early is important
- Specific early actions that serve as the foundation of a successful application
Here is an overview of EPA Brownfield Funding Opportunities

From Bill McGowan at RCL Solar

The Newest From Creek's Edge Pizza & Grill

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Southwest Council's Tuxedo Card Contest

Participate in our Annual "Tuxedo Card" Contest!! Now until March 2022!!!
Please join the Salem Cumberland Regional Action Toward Community Health (SCRATCH) Coalition in our annual 

"Tuxedo Card" Contest. SCRATCH is encouraging teens to design a positive message about staying safe during prom
and dance season by not drinking alcohol. 

For more information: Michael Regenelli, or 856-794-1011 x315

South Jersey Eye Associates Coat Drive Now Through February 4

For more information about South Jersey Eye Associates

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives

The need for blood doesn't take a holiday. The Red Cross needs the help of donors in our community to help ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood & platelets amid its lowest blood supply in 10+ years. Schedule your appointment to #GiveWithMeaning:
Upcoming Salem County blood drives include:
Friday February 4, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Penns Grove Masonic Lodge, 330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069
Tuesday February 8, 12 - 5 p.m. at the Pedrictown Industrial Complex, 76 Porcupine Road, Pedricktown 08067

February 4 - Morning Coffee & Connections Networking at Salem County Historical Society

February 4, 2022
8:00 am – 10am
Morning Coffee
Networking at Salem County Historical Society

*Masks will be required for guests unless eating or drinking

Located at: 83 Market Street
                     Salem, NJ 08079

Join us for morning coffee, refreshments and networking hosted by Salem County Historical Society. Remember to bring plenty of business cards and business brochures to share with new contacts.

The wonderful folks at Salem County Historical Society will also treat attendees to a facility tour and peek at their newest displays.
To ensure adequate refreshments, please RSVP your intention to attend at  or call 856-351-2245 BY FEBRUARY 1.

Mentally Healthy in 2022

At the beginning of 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global mental health crisis.

The Organization projected that, by 2030, lifestyle and stress-related illnesses will surpass communicable diseases such as chicken pox, Hepatitis B and C, and the Flu.

Behavioral Health Director Catherine Meliniotis, RN — who oversees the 26-bed psychiatric unit — said staying mentally healthy is just as important as being healthy physically.

“By utilizing mindfulness, getting proper sleep, exercising and being aware of several other healthy strategies, we can keep our minds happy and healthy,” said Meliniotis.
Try these tips for a mentally healthy new year:

  • ·        Practice Mindfulness: Be present in each moment, practice positivity, avoid rash judgements and recognize that most negative situations aren’t permanent.
  • ·        Prioritize Sleep: A good night’s sleep is essential for good mood, concentration, and overall daily functioning.
  • ·        Don’t Self-medicate: Craving alcohol, drugs, caffeine, or sweets to escape reality, numb your feelings, or raise your energy, could be a sign that dopamine and endorphin levels are low.
  • ·        Clean Eating: The ingredients in processed foods can interfere with a healthy brain and body. Local, in-season fruits and vegetables and pure, natural foods — not manufactured foods — can maximize overall health.
  • ·        Explore the Arts: Listening to and making music, singing, dancing, and being creative can lift the spirit. Creative outlets and activities can enhance everyday life.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, call 856-299-3200. For general information on inpatient services, call 856-339-6282. Visit to learn more.

February 24 - State of the County Address Luncheon - NOTE DATE CHANGE

March 1 - Best of Salem County Voting Begins

The 2022 Best of Salem County contest voting begins on March 1 and runs through March 31 at 5pm.

A draft ballot will be distributed shortly for all Chamber Members to view and provide input. Your feedback is incredibly important.

Only Chamber Members will appear on the ballot.

The Best of Salem County Celebration event will be held May 5, 2022 5:30 pm - 8pm at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

The Event Planning Committee is currently working to solicit bids for the event meal from Members who provide catering services.

We're planning a casual fun event, picnic style. We hope to avoid last year's bad weather and hold the event in the stage area. The great thing about the Fairgrounds is we do have covered building options in case of bad weather.

Look for more detail in the coming weeks.

The Planning Committee includes:

Chair - Sue Ann Leighty, Habitat for Humanity & The Leighty Team
Dawn Ellis, Salem Branch Manager, Franklin Bank
John Campbell, Director of IT, Mannington Mills
Rob Bender, SVP, First National Bank of Elmer & Chair of The Chamber Board

The Chamber's Marketing Committee is designing a new event logo.

March 3 - Morning Coffee & Connections Networking at Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation - NOTE DATE CHANGE

March 3, 2022
8:00 am – 10am

Morning Coffee
Networking at The Offices of the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation

Located at: 205 E. Broadway
(Fenwick Plaza)
 Salem, NJ 08079

Join us for morning coffee, refreshments and networking hosted by The Forman Acton Educational Foundation. 

Come out for great networking and learn more about their program. Remember to bring plenty of business cards and business brochures to share with new contacts.

To ensure adequate refreshments, please RSVP your intention to attend at  or call 856-351-2245

April 7 Bag Up NJ Networking Event at Salem County Utilities Authority

Please be advised, on May 4 the NJ Non Reusable Bag Ban becomes law.

The Salem County Chamber of Commerce participated with 50 other NJ Chambers through the Chamber Alliance to oppose the bag ban because we all understand how this new law will impact our small business retail and restaurants. We were not successful in our opposition, but Salem County Improvement Authority to the rescue!

Reusable Bag Networking Event
April 7, 2022
4:30 pm - 6pm

Hosted and Sponsored by Salem County Improvement Authority

36 McKillip Road
Alloway, NJ 08001

Salem County Improvement Authority is our host for The Chamber's April 7, 2022 Networking Event. To prepare local businesses for NJ's Reusable Shopping Bag mandate, SCUA will give away100 reusable bags to each business that attends the event.

Join us for great networking, refreshments and a leg up on free reusable bags!
To ensure appropriate refreshments, please RSVP your intention to attend by contacting or call 856-351-2245

April 23 Salem County STEAM Fest Volunteers Needed

 Salem County Chamber of Commerce ||