“It’s a very important milestone for business, the township of East Brunswick and everyone who lives here,” said Frank Baeli, Chamber president. “The Chamber was just chartered in 2017 and we’ve spent several months laying the foundation for our work and vision. We’re extremely grateful for the forward-thinking leadership of the township. They are the driving force that launched the Chamber.”
Focusing on community and diversity, the Chamber will organize and host community events, educational forums, networking hours, fundraisers and collaborative efforts that unite citizens with business and government. Nearly 100 members strong and growing rapidly, recent events are enjoying excellent support and attendance, signaling a strong outlook for future success.
“Nearly 150 attended the gala celebration in January when the roll-out of the Chamber was announced,” Baeli said. “We invited a representative of Middlesex County government and East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen as guest speakers. Most of the conversation that night themed around economic development and creating programs that will bring more businesses to the community.”
Much more is in store. In the fall, the Chamber will be front and center at the annual East Brunswick Township Day celebration.
“We have negotiated a good partnership with the township to serve as the headline sponsor for the event,” Baeli said. “It’s an outdoor event at the East Brunswick Community Art Center. Local businesses set up exhibits at the vendor’s fair, youth councils hold fundraisers, and there’s food and entertainment and a host of activities and performances. Everyone comes out to enjoy the day.”
The Chamber is gearing up to find the perfect office space, hire a small staff and grow its membership base. As momentum gains steam — revitalizing and strengthening the community — members will have opportunities to grow too, putting their names, products and services in the spotlight whether advertising in Chamber newsletters and marketing materials or serving as sponsors and hosts at special events, and ultimately getting involved in Chamber committees and leadership.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for businesses to get involved and stay proactive,” Baeli said. “In partnership with government and nonprofits, the Chamber and its members are keeping compass pointed in a pro-business direction.” n By Cathy Cuthbertson