Here's What's Happening September 28, 2022

Happy Fall, Lots of Fun Locally

Welcoming Beth Sawyer, NJ State Assemblywoman

Welcoming Kristen Oravec, Realtor

October 1 Giant Pumpkin Carve at the Salem County Fairgrounds


Help Meals on Wheels of Salem County celebrate the 25th Annual Giant Pumpkin Carve this Saturday!

Purchase event tickets here:


American Red Cross Blood Drive Locations


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

Saturday 10/1/2022 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Woodstown Masonic Lodge #138, 32 Auburn Road, Woodstown 08098

Monday 10/3/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Hardingville Bible Church, 979 Whig Lane, Monroeville 08343

Wednesday 10/5/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 117 South Main Street, Woodstown 08098

Tuesday 10/18/2022 12 - 5 p.m. at the Pedricktown Industrial Complex EAC Building 545, 76 Porcupine Road, Pedricktown 08067

Thursday 10/20/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Salem County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6, 693 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070

Tuesday 10/25/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove 08098

Wednesday 11/2/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, 2 Lamplighter Drive, Woodstown 08098

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

Norman's Hallmark - Are You Ready for Some Football?


Are you ready for some Football? Norman's Hallmark is with brand new #Tervis insulated tumblers and water bottles! Keeps your drinks cold (or hot) for the entire game. Nobody likes a lukewarm beverage! Other teams available in select stores. Stop in our Woodstown location ( Acme Shopping Center) #normanshallmark #phillysports #philadelphiaeagles #sundayisforfootball #shoplocalpa #shoplocalphilly #shoplocalnj #shoplocalmd

Carolyn Crisafi

Store Manager I Norman's Hallmark

Store 103

NJEDA Opens $20Million to Help Microbusinesses

 NJEDA Opens $20 Million to Help Microbusinesses (with Less than 10 Employees)

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will start accepting applications for its Main Street Micro Business Loan program starting October 6, 2022. Eligible microbusinesses in New Jersey with 10 or fewer full-time employees and no greater than $1.5 million in annual revenues can apply for financing up to $50,000. The loan will have a standard 10-year term and the interest rate will be two percent, with no interest and no payments due for the first year.

Funds will cover future operating expenses such as inventory, certain types of equipment and working capital. The NJEDA has removed the requirement for personal guarantees from owners of microbusinesses. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and past recipients of the former Micro Business Loan Program.

An online information session will be hosted by NJEDA today (9/26) at 2 p.m. EDT. To register for this online session, click here. The session will also be posted on their YouTube channel afterwards.

Apply Now

Salem County Humane Society Fur Ball


We can't thank our supports and volunteers enough for the generous donations we've received for our Fur Bal Silent Auction and Raffles.

The Fur Ball will be held this weekend at the Salem County Sportsman's Club.

October 1 at Bethel Bible Church

October 4 Business After Hours Networking at Seventy West Main LLC

October 4 - 5pm - 6:30 pm

at Seventy West Main LLC

70 W. Main Street

Penns Grove, NJ 08069

Join us at 70 West Main St, Penns Grove for great networking at Salem County’s newest furniture and home décor shop. This new location specializes in vintage furniture and custom items. They have an array of household accessories and a large collection of outdoor specialities including gazebos, benches, doors and architectural art.

Please RSVP 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 10th Habitat for Humanity 40th Anniversary

There are a few tickets left - come celebrate Habitat's 40th Anniversary - $40 - venmo or check or paypal via our website

Oct 13 PRAC of Southern New Jersey Gala - Sponsorships Available

Chamber 2023 Networking Dates Seeking Host


It's looking like a great 2023 Networking line up, so many businesses have already signed up to host. Thanks to all who reached out!

We do have a few dates available for 2023, if you are interested in having our Members for Business After Hours or Morning Coffee Networking let us know by calling The Chamber Office at 856-351-2245 or emailing

September 14 – Thursday - Networking

October 12 – Thursday - Networking

December 14 – Thursday - Networking


Salem County Historical Society Opens New Exhibit

Step Into Our Canvas: 200 Years of Salem County Art Opens October 14


The Salem County Historical Society is opening an art exhibit featuring Salem County artwork including artists recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their skills. Ranging from the late 18th century to the present day, the subject matter includes portraits, landscapes, structures, still lifes, illustrations, and many more in a variety of mediums. This new exhibit of the Historical Society’s visual art collection aims to perpetuate Salem County’s heritage and enhance awareness and appreciation of its artistic roots. Some of the artists to be included are:

George Grier Bassett

George Washington Conarroe

John M. Dunn

Lucy Holme

Ron LeHew

Morris Hall Pancoast

Amelia Rumsey Patterson

George W. Pettit

And More!


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

Congratulations Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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

Sponsored by Salem Community College

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

November 16 - Chamber Business After Hours Networking at Appel Farm

November 16, 2022

5pm - 6:30 pm

At Appel Farm

457 Shirley Road

Elmer, NJ 08318

Custom Wine Glass Marbling Experiential Networking Hosted by Appel Farm

Join us for light food and drinks, networking, and custom wine glass marbling art. Participants will receive a complimentary Appel Farm wine glass to take home - but first, you can use your creativity and make it your own! 

Pictured is an example of what we'll be creating.

To ensure adequate refreshments and art projects for everyone, please RSVP your intention to attend at 856-351-2245 or

Congratulating Salem Health and Wellness Foundation on their Anniversary

Salem Health and Wellness Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Funds over $58 million of Grants to Area Nonprofits Since its Inception


CARNEYS POINT, NJ - In 2002, Salem Health and Wellness Foundation was founded on the principle of promoting the health and wellness of Salem County residents. Fast forward to 2022 as the Foundation marks its 20th anniversary milestone and community impact: 350 grants totaling $58 million to local nonprofits throughout its history.


“As we look back on the impact the Foundation has had on our Salem County community, we realize it has been nothing short of significant,” says Brenda Goins, executive director. “We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve developed with incredible nonprofits in the education, healthcare and social service realm who strive to help make residents’ lives better. With the help of the grants, they accomplished incredible life-changing work!”


The Foundation supported the valuable work of nonprofit partners including nursing scholarships at Salem Community College; providing meals to homebound seniors and the disabled through the Meals on Wheels of Salem County program; the establishment of onsite medical services, client and staff support at Bancroft; mental health services for school-aged children and their families as well as counseling services for adults through Acenda. The Foundation has also established school gardens in several Salem County schools with the help of Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences; supporting Habitat for Humanity’s wheelchair ramp program and helping them establish a home repair program for the disabled homeowner. The Foundation supported Salem County Department of Health and Human Services with medical transportation for county residents and community health screenings; and the establishment of the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative with a focus specifically on childhood obesity, and risky behaviors in teens, just to name a few.


“Additionally, an extremely impactful investment was made to Salem Medical Center. With the Foundation’s support, Salem Medical Center was able to make essential upgrades to infrastructure and medical equipment which allowed for improved services to our residents as well as a financial bridge to their new partnership with Inspira Health Network,” said Ralph Thomas, chair, board of trustees.


Lesser known but equally impactful to its nonprofit partners is the Foundation’s capacity building program, Rebound to Resiliency. This program provided nonprofit leaders with a self-assessment tool so they could discover areas within their organization that needed additional support. The Foundation then provided support through funding expert training and workshops addressing improved board governance, fundraising capabilities and creating strategic plans.


“Participants deemed this program invaluable to the work they do,” said Brenda Goins, executive director.



Additionally, in an effort to increase philanthropic giving, the Foundation established the Matching Gift Program in 2010. This program matches dollar for dollar all donations made - up to $20,000 for each organization. Individual donations combined with the Foundation’s match has totaled over $2.5 million. Unlike typical grant funds, these dollars are unrestricted.


The Foundation has also been instrumental in bringing awareness of the work of Salem County nonprofits to other funders in the state. Through its collaborative relationships across the state, the Foundation ensured other funders were aware of the great work being done in Salem County. For example, partnerships with the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, New Jersey Health Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Community Foundation of South Jersey, Community Foundation of New Jersey and others helped to infuse additional funding support going towards the remarkable work of our partners.


For more information, visit

November 18 IN PERSON Business Education Seminar "Your Business & Tomorrow. Are They Compatible?"

November 18 - 8am - 10am at Salem Community College

Join us live and in person for an interactive exercise in evaluation & planning for your business. Presented by Mike Gorman, EdD, President, Salem Community College. FREE thanks to a grant from Atlantic City Electric

Seminar to be held at Salem Community College’s Main Campus. Actual building and room number to be announced soon.

To register, contact

December 3 Salem City's Yuletide Tour - 35th Year

December 7 Save the Date - Chamber Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Banquet Honoring Lee Ware

December 7, 2022
5:30 pm

$60 per person

The Grove at Centerton

Tickets are available now and may be purchased at Click HERE

Sponsorships are also available, all Sponsorships include event tickets. To download the Sponsor form Click HERE

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