Here's What's Happening July 20, 2022
A Message from Gerace & Sons Auto Body Shop, LLC

Gerace and Sons Auto Body Shop, LLC announces the retirement of owner/operator Alan J. Gerace effective July 29, 2022. Doing business as The Auto Body Shop at 475 Harding Highway in Carneys Point NJ, Alan and his family have been at this location for 20 years.

After fulfilling a dream to build and operate his own state-of-the-art facility, Alan ends a career of well over 50 years in the automobile body repair and restoration business. He is thankful to his family, friends, customers and associates for their support and patronage over the years.

Looking forward to a retired lifestyle, Alan and Linda await the many opportunities the future holds.

“When one door closes, another one opens…” - Alexander Graham Bell

Congratulations to Alan and Linda on over 50 years of excellent service to our community. Wishing them well earned R & R!

Kutting Edge Cleaning, LLC

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Vera Bradley Sunflowers at Norman's Hallmark in Woodstown


Sunflowers Galore! Vera Bradley’s newest pattern is one of our favorites so far this year! Stop by and check it out! It will definitely bring some sunshine to your day! Selections may vary. #normanshallmark #verabradley #sunflowers🌻 

Norman's Hallmark

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NJCEP Small Business Stimulus Program


On behalf of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), I’m continuing to keep Salem County Chamber of Commerce updated on the Small Business Stimulus Program that is available to women and minority-owned small businesses. This program offers up to $500,000 to improve indoor quality, energy efficiency and water conservation to eligible small businesses with a commercial storefront. The program covers up to 75% of the cost of projects to:
  • Repair/install HVAC to improve air quality/airflow and ventilation in a commercial facility and;
  • Bring up to modern standards plumbing fixtures (toilets, showers) and appliances (dishwashers, clothes washers, ice makers).
Please share within your network, newsletters, and website our upcoming webinar in which a small business owner will discover how to provide a safer and healthier business environment while saving energy and money.
In addition, I am available to host/provide custom educational webinars or presentations about this federally-funded stimulus to your organization and your members as well as other components of the state-run Clean Energy Program.
Thank you and I’m looking forward to continue partnering with Salem County Chamber of Commerce to connect women and minority-owned small business owners.
Kind regards,
Lori Carlin
Community Outreach Account Manager
TRC on behalf of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program 
317 George Street, Suite 520, New Brunswick NJ 08901
C 732-259-4938

July 27 Salem Community College Offers In-Person Admissions Open House


Salem Community College will hold an admissions open house on Wednesday, July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point, N.J.
During the Open House, students and families can:
·        Learn about SCC's programs of study, financial aid and Mighty Oaks Athletics.
·        Speak to an academic advisor.
·        Tour the campus.
·        Meet the faculty, staff and coaches.
·        Learn about SCC’s nursing programs during a Nursing Information Session.
·        Watch live glass demonstrations and visit the state-of-the-art Glass Education Center.
·        Attend a Financial Aid workshop to receive assistance with developing a financial plan to fund your education.
SCC’s fall semester starts September 6 with on-campus and online classes to allow students maximum flexibility in creating course schedules. For details, email or call 856.351.2716.  

Rotary Club of Woodstown Summer Concert Series 2022


NJ Wind Port Achieves Key Milestone

 NJ Wind Port Achieves Key Milestone with Board Approval for Major Land Purchase
TRENTON, N.J. (July 18, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Board (NJEDA) has approved the purchase of a 109.4-acre property which will enable the planned expansion of the NJ Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County. The approval took place during last week’s Board meeting.
The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. At full build-out, the Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth back into the New Jersey economy.
Phase 1 of the Wind Port broke ground in September 2021 with marshalling activities due to commence in early 2024. The purchase of the 109.4-acre property from NDEV LLC, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, will enable Phase 2 of the project as proposed, expanding the Port’s total footprint to over 220 acres and enabling it to support marshalling of two wind projects concurrently as well as up to three co-located manufacturing facilities.
“Today’s approval is another major step forward for the New Jersey Wind Port and for delivering on Governor Murphy’s goal of making New Jersey the engine room of the U.S offshore wind supply chain,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The ability to marshal two projects at once, with additional space for component manufacturing, will turbocharge job creation, opportunities for small businesses, and all forms of ancillary economic activity both locally and across the state.”
Sullivan added that expanded marshalling capacity will also help to alleviate the current shortfall in fit-for-purpose port capacity across the region, helping states up and down the U.S east coast to deliver on their wind targets on time and cost-effectively.
The 109.4-acre property is set directly north of property the NJEDA is leasing from PSEG Nuclear to develop Phase 1 of the NJ Wind Port. It is currently permitted as a confined disposal facility (CDF), with the permitting process to enable the Port’s expansion due to commence shortly. The purchase from NDEV LLC was for a negotiated price of $24.25 million.
The State of New Jersey is committed to constructing the New Jersey Wind Port using union labor and requires developers and contractors to pay prevailing wage. The State is also committed to setting a new standard for inclusion of women- and minority-owned businesses during construction of the New Jersey Wind Port. The NJEDA has established a requirement that at least 25 percent of subcontractors for the port construction are small businesses and at least 15 percent are women-, minority-, or veteran- owned. The project also includes worker diversity goals of 18 percent people of color and 6.9 percent women.
NJEDA expects to commence tenant selection for parcels of the property in the coming months.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Locations


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

Friday July 22 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Penns Grove Masonic Lodge, 330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069
Tuesday August 2 2 - 7 p.m. at the Salem County Fraternal Order of Police, 693 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070
Tuesday August 2 12 - 5 p.m. at the Pedricktown Industrial Complex, 76 Porcupine Road, Pedricktown 08067
Tuesday August 2 2 - 7 p.m. at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove 08098
Wednesday August 10 1 - 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 253, 20 Phillip Drive, Salem 08079
Thursday August 25 1 - 6 p.m. at the Elmer United Methodist Church, 19 South Main Street, Elmer 08318
Wednesday August 31 2 - 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 1952, 171 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070
Sign up at Home Page and use the zip code for your desired donation location

If you have never donated blood before but want more information, go to: Eligibility Requirements

August 4 11:30 am Congressional Update with Hon. Jeff Van Drew

Congressional Update Luncheon
August 4, 2022
11:30 am - 1:30pm

$30 per person

Menu includes:

Mixed Green Tossed Salad w/ Dried Cherries, Candies Walnuts & Goat Cheese

Rigatoni w/ Crushed Tomatoes, Wilted Spinach, & Basil Ricotta

Eggplant Parmigiana
Italian Roasted Chicken

Vegetable Risotto (Gluten Free)
Roasted Potatoes

Assorted Mini Pastries

Coffee, Assorted Soda, Bottled Water

The Inn at Salem Country Club with Catering by DiPaolo's

Join us for lunch with Congressman Jeff Van Drew as he shares an update of his activities on our behalf in Washington.

To Reserve with payment



August 13 Woodstown Community Fun Day


Amazon Drop In Interviews

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Meals on Wheels of Salem County Seeks Sponsors, Vendors & Food Trucks for 2022 Giant Pumpkin Carve Event



Labor Day Weekend - 50th Anniversary of the Salem County Bluegrass Festival

At the Salem County Fairgrounds


September 10 & 11 South Jersey Apple Fest

Presented by B & K Enterprises at the Salem County Fairgrounds

Salem County, NJ; The South Jersey Apple Fest, a fourth annual apple theme event, is coming to the Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Hwy,

September 22 Business After Hours Networking at Dempsey, Weiss & Associates

September 22 - 5pm - 6:30 pm

Dempsey, Weiss & Associates
418 Route 77
Elmer, NJ 08318

Join us for Business After Hours Networking at the newly updated offices of Dempsey, Weiss & Associates.

For more about Dempsey, Weiss & Associates Click HERE

So our hosts may prepare, please RSVP with your intention to attend to

October 8 & 9 19th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show

Presented by B & K Enterprises at the Salem County Fairgrounds

The 19th annual South Jersey Pumpkin festival returns to the Salem County Fairgrounds on October 8-9, 2022, 735 Harding Hwy, New Jersey. Families are invited to attend in support of small and local businesses.  

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show has become one of the best ways to welcome the autumn harvest with kids and parents alike. Festival goers visiting will enjoy pumpkin desserts, over 150 vendor booths, Fall Home Show, fun contests, give-a-ways, wine sampling, food court, Amusement Rides, Fun Haunted Barn, pony rides and hayrides around the fairgrounds. The festival will host a variety of live musical acts daily. The giant Pumpkin Pyramid, filled with pumpkins, and mums, represents everything beautiful about the fall harvest. Each year dozens of the participating vendors compete for prizes for the best Fall Scarecrows. Visiting festival goers are invited to help pick the winners.

Saturday activities includes the Adults Pumpkin Toss and the Pumpkin Dessert Contest with free sampling. Saturday will showcase a reading of the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the arrival of the Headless Horsemen at the graveyard. The Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treat Stroll for kids ages 4-10 begins at 6pm.
Sunday events will start with the All-Breed Fun Dog Show at noon & Little Miss Pumpkin Show Queen Pageant at 2pm. Come search for one of our Halloween Painted Rocks and win amazing prizes. The Salem County Fairgrounds is located just a few miles from Delaware Memorial Bridge. Admissions is free, parking $5.00 a carload. Portion of proceeds to benefit a Salem County nonprofit group.

Event runs rain or shine. Visit the website for details and updates at Vendors and sponsors being sought. All NJ State & CDC COVID 19 regulations will be in place. Call 856-765-0118 with questions

October 24 Get to Know Your Candidates Forum

October 24 - 5:30 pm

At Salem Community College's Davidow Auditorim
460 Hollywood Avenue
Carneys Point, NJ 08069

Join us in person at Salem Community College's Davidow Auditorium to meet the Candidates and hear their platform.

Candidates for elected offices include:

Salem County Board of Commissioners
United States Congress

This event is free and organized by The Chamber's Government Relations & Economic Development Committee. 

Please RSVP to or by calling 856-351-2245

October 28 Annual Leadership Breakfast - Leading With Empathy

October 28 - 8:30 am

Salem County Vo-Tech
880 Woodstown Rd (Rt 45)
Woodstown, NJ 08098

$25 per person

Presented by Mike Gorman, Ed.D., President of Salem Community College and Kim Gattuso, Owner & General Manager, Dry Guys Basement Systems
Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of priority in today’s times. Far from a soft approach, it can drive significant business results for your company.

New research demonstrates the importance of empathy in everything from innovation to employee retention. Great leadership requires a fine balance of skills to create the conditions for employee engagement, happiness, and performance. Empathy tops the list of what today’s leaders must get right.

Full gourmet hot breakfast catered by the Salem County Vocational Technical School’s Culinary Arts Students.

To RSVP With Payment Click HERE

October 28 - Salem City's Annual Walking Ghost Tour

Save the Date - Chamber Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Banquet

December 7, 2022
5:30 pm

The Grove at Centerton

We are currently in the process of planning the Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Banquet.

We've booked The Grove at Centerton.

More detail to follow including pricing, Citizen Nomination form, etc.

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