Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce
September 9, 2019

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Annual Dinner Cruise Wednesday, Sept 11  
The Board of Directors and Staff of 
The Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce 
would like to thank all our Generous Sponsors
without whom this event would not be possible:
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Boarding, Departing and Returning to the

Elizabeth Marina

at the Foot of East Jersey Street, Elizabeth

Boarding at 5:00 PM 
Departing at 6:00 PM Sharp
Tickets: $150 per guest!

If you have any questions or would like to confirm your  attendance, please call our office at 908-355-7600.    
Union County Means Business Business Expo!
Wednesday, September 18; 5 - 7:30 PM 
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Vendor Tables Just $100!

If you have any questions or would like to buy a table or attend this expo, please call Deana 908-659-7412.
Being a Greater Elizabeth Chamber member means you save big at Office Depot!  
Start saving today when you signup through our exclusive Office Depot business account:  Click to Learn More 
Click here to sign up and shop with your National Chamber Program Discount   
Retirement Diner Tickets on sale now!  
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Help contribute to the evening festivities by taking an Ad in the Journal and/or submitting your favorite memory to share with Gordon in his Commemorative Book:
  • Be a part of the Retirement Commemorative Book, a gift to Gordon. Send your company logo, personal message and/or favorite memory, photo or phrase of Gordon Haas.
  • Be a part of the Evening Program Journal to be distributed to attendees. ($150 Donation. Checks payable to GECC)
Please email your print-ready artwork no later than September 30th to Laurie Paolella in the Chamber Office:

QUESTIONS: CALL 908-355-7600

Messages & events from your Fellow Members
Join us Tomorrow:   
Google photographers are coming to Elizabeth adding the inside of local businesses to Street View!  

This lets people walk through the inside of your business using Google Street View technology.  It's great way to give potential customers a great first impression.  
Here are a couple examples of other businesses that we have done. (Click the business name to see inside, drag the screen to move around.)
Our current schedule, (which is subject to change) has us in Elizabeth from Thursday, August 22 - Wednesday, September 18.
If you want to add the inside of your business to Street View, just send us an email and we'll do our best to get you on the schedule.  
Please include the following:
Business name, contact person and phone number.
We will call to arrange a date and time.
Warm regards,
Josh Rixey (
Scheduling Coordinator/Photographer
UCEDC Seminars to help you Grow your Business

Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm  
75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Liberty Hall Corporate Center
1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
For more info about UCEDC programs contact 
Rogers Ramsey  908-527-1166  
Bid Response Training for
Terminal One Redevelopment Project
There will be two 4-hour sessions at the Terminal One Community Outreach Offices:

Saturday, Sept 14, 2019 from 8am - 2:30pm at the Newark Outreach Office
Saturday, Sept 21, 2019 from 8am - 2:30pm at the Elizabeth Outreach Office
Those interested in participating should RSVP to by September 12 for the first workshop and September 18 for the second.    
With the goal of assisting local minority, women-owned  and disadvantaged firms navigate through the complexities of the agency's construction projects, these sessions provide an overview for developing effective:
  •     cost estimates
  •     review of contract documents
  •     resource management
  •     insurance requirement
  •     safety requirements
  •     site logistics
  •     analyzing baseline schedules
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Mark your Calendar: September 14
6th Annual Independent Authors Book Expo
Join us September 14
2019 Ira Geller Memorial Walk-A-Thon
Hosted by Community Access Unlimited 
Saturday, September 14
Registration starts 11:00 AM
Walk Begins 12:00 PM 
Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Road
Clark, NJ 07066
Join us for Music, Food, Community and Fun!
How Can You Support This Great Event?

Admission is FREE and includes a ticket to our picnic!
Tickets to participate in family-friendly games and activities are available at the event

Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged. 

The event is named in memory of Ira Geller, a CAU member who worked tirelessly to raise funds for this annual event, always facing the adversity of fundraising with a positive approach. His devotion to raising funds on behalf of supports and services for people with disabilities and his commitment to people with special needs lives on through the Annual Ira Geller Walk-A-Thon.  Proceeds from this event support the supports and services available to members of CAU.

Monday, September 16
RWJ Rahway 36th Annual Golf Classic
Monday, September 16
Echo Lake Country Club
515 Springfield Ave
Union County ELC is back: Friday, September 20!
Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM EDT

Holiday Inn, Clark
36 Valley Road
Clark, NJ 07066
Kevin S. Corbett was appointed Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT in February 2018. As of June 2019, his title is President & CEO. As President & CEO, Mr. Corbett leads the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 252 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and the agency's Access Link paratransit service.
Mark your Calendar: September 20
NJ Connects-
2019 Garden State Minority, Women and Veteran-owned Business Summit
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For More Information contact
Emogene Mitchell at   

SAVE The DATE: September 25  
Benedictine Academy's
14th Annual Golf Outing 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Maplewood Country Club
Maplewood, NJ

We invite you to join us as we raise funds to support academic and athletic programs for the Academy. Our goal for this event is the same as always: to keep building golfer and sponsor involvement and help us raise much-needed funds to educate BA students; in 2018 we netted over $50,000 after expenses!    
Please join us on September 25th for a great outing.
We'll be honoring Rev. Edwin Leahy, OSB '63, Headmaster of St. Benedict's Preparatory School since 1972.  He has been an advocate for Benedictine education at St. Benedict's Prep and now at Benedictine Academy.  Together we strive to instill our Benedictine values within the students, faculty and administration.
For more information, to purchase player packages or to be a sponsor, please CLICK HERE!
Questions? Call 908-352-0670 x106.  
SAVE The DATE: September 25  


6:00 P.M. -9:00 P.M.

Sponsorship and Advertisement Opportunities Available!

To discuss your advertisement opportunity, contact
Maira Santana at 908-289-0262 
SAVE The DATE: September 25  
United Way of Greater Union County Inaugural
Ladies That Give a Hoot Dinner  
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Shackamaxon Country Club
Scotch Plains, NJ

The Ladies That Give a Hoot Dinner is dedicated to improving maternal and child health across Union County by raising support for our Nurse Family Partnership Program. This program allows specially trained nurses to visit at-risk first-time mothers 64 time over 2-1/2 years. With your support, we hope to transform the lives of first-time mothers and their children.     
For more information, to purchase tickets or to be a sponsor, please CLICK HERE!
Questions? Call 908-353-7171.  
Join in the fun OCTOBER 7
On Monday, October 7, 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County will be hosting our 6th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser event at Suburban Golf Club in Union, NJ from 10:30am-8:00pm.
For more information, to purchase player packages or to be a sponsor, please CLICK HERE!
To learn more about sponsorships or event details, please contact Joe DeMaio at (908) 687-2697 ext. 115 or 
Summer or Fall EXCLUSIVE Vacation Opportunity for Chamber Members!
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Call 908-557-5222 ext 4096 or 4076!
YWCA Union County's Celebrating Empowerment:
99 Years on a Mission
Cocktail Reception 
Thursday, October 10, 2019
6 to 9 PM
The Westwood
438 North Ave, Garwood 
Kean University
The Housing Authority of Elizabeth
Westfield United Fund

See our Sponsorship Opportunities and ticket options , please  CLICK HERE!
To learn more Contact: (908) 355-1995 ext. 119
Mark your Calendar: Saturday 10/19 
Prevention Links(PL) is a non-profit organization that has taken a leadership role in the prevention of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and substance use related issues in Union County for nearly 50 years.  
We are asking community members and families to join us in this fight by registering a team to come to the walk, as well as aid in fundraising efforts. This is a fun and unique opportunity for friends and family to work together to make a difference in turning the tide of the addiction crisis facing our community. Your support would mean a lot to us! The Red Ribbon Walk will also have  a Family Fun Day, which includes a costume contest, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, kids crafts and more!  If you are interested in registering yourself and your family please visit:
If you are not available to participate in the walk and would like to donate, you can visit our donation page:
Every little bit helps, even donations as small as $5.00 will go a long way in helping prevent and treat addiction!
Please direct questions to Sean Foley, 732-381-4100 ext. 139: 
Save the Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019       
For more information contact Maureen Briody 973-681-3488 or  
Register Now!!

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SAVE The DATE: October 28   
Some exciting news about Taste of Elizabeth!!  
Monday, October 28th 2019
5 - 8:30 pm 
Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
Elizabeth, NJ 
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 An award-winning production company and major cable network are partnering with a world-renowned chef and culinary director of a global hospitality group for an upcoming television pilot. In this exciting new project, we've designed a three-day chef boot camp in NYC to take underperforming chefs from F to A game. Combining state-of-the-art training and a little tough love, this boot camp will revitalize your chef's culinary prowess in order to win back your approval.   
If you want to see your chefs return to their rockstar selves, see below for details and apply today!  
The Details:
  • Filming will require a 4-night stay for chefs and 2-night stay for restaurant owners in NYC.  
  • Hotel and ground transportation will be provided for selected chefs and owners as needed.
  • Chefs will receive compensation for their participation. 
  • Participants must be available the week of 10/28/19. 
In the market for some new furniture?   
Find everything you need to create a happier life at home in the 2020 IKEA Catalog... Click here to view online or request one sent to you! 
Please Help the Institute of Music in their Annual Fund Drive  
Wow...what a summer! The Institute of Music for Children served more than 200 children during this year's Summer Arts Institute, and ten of the students identified special learning or emotional needs to us.
I was lucky enough to sit in on Public Speaking one morning and was paired with one of the special needs students who struggles to connect with others. Together, we created a humorous news story and he chose the role of interviewer. In front of the entire class, he opened our segment loudly and clearly and interviewed me, as we'd practiced, about my Nigerian adventure with an elephant who didn't like my haircut.
The Institute of Music for Children offered 29 scholarships this summer, ensuring that no child is turned away from a meaningful camp experience.
Tuition accounts for only a third of our overall revenue, so we desperately need your support as we seek to replenish the $15,000 in scholarship funding we provided this summer in preparation for our fall term.
Please make a donation to support the Institute today. Help us to extend the arms of our Institute family to even more children this fall. Your investment in our program is a direct investment in a local child.
With much appreciation,
Jennifer North
Director of Development
Click here to go directly to the donation page 
Union County College Industry Business Institute  
We bring laptops onsite for our computer skills classes at your place of business. Version: MS Office 2016.
We can hold classes for up to 18.
We bring soft skills classes to your place too.
Ask us!
Class times are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
MS Office Applications at Basic and Intermediate Levels! Learn Those Skills You Need to Work with Efficiency.




New Soft Skills Schedule for Fall!
Class times are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

These are offered through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development to employees of New Jersey Businesses or non-profit organizations (non-government). You are eligible if you work more than 20 hours per week and have employer permission.  Self-pay option is also available. Ask us!

For assistance, contact
Denise Petrosky (908) 965-2359 or
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