Saturday, June 13
Hunterdon County Community Day
12:30 - 6:30 PM
County Fairgrounds
South County Park, Ringoes

President`s Message

February 2015

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”—Thomas Edison

How often in business and life that this dilemma can play out and we sit back and wonder, "what if"? In today’s business world the difference between success and failure can be this close. Organizations and individuals are facing the demands of a smaller workforce, influences of technology, balancing personal obligations and a world that is less forgiving then in the past. What does this mean for all of us who commit to making our businesses and organizations the best that they can be? What does this mean in real time when the pressure is on?

A couple of thoughts come to mind when contemplating this. At first, it takes real commitment that leads to perseverance. Perseverance is skill, but it is also an innate mindset that takes fortitude to see goals through. Like any dimension in our lives, we need to set clear goals that lead a road map on where we see ourselves and our businesses headed. When we commit to these goals and hold ourselves accountable, that is when change begins to happen, and we pick-up momentum that pushes us forward. This does not always guarantee success, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

In 2015, The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce entered its 99th year of service to the business community. We are an organization that is led by individuals and supported by a diverse membership base, who have committed to our core mission; “To enhance an economic climate that advances growth, prosperity and the quality of life for all who live work and visit Hunterdon County.” The mission of the Chamber is manifested through the wide variety of work that we engage in year to year. The advocacy works of the Chamber helps individual businesses with challenges they may be facing locally, or in Trenton, are leveraged by our relationships. The work of our Business & Government Committee, researches and takes on legislation in Trenton which has a direct impact on our Business Community here in Hunterdon, and are such a useful resource to tap into.

The programs, initiatives and events that the Chamber sponsors help promote one of the most important drivers in business, and that is power of your relationships. Our monthly programs, like our Employer Legislative Breakfasts at Beaver Brook, provide invaluable information on what is happening in Hunterdon County and throughout the State of New Jersey. But more importantly, how you can use this information to benefit your business, and in turn, create a great chance of future success. Initiatives like our Leadership Hunterdon bring you to a whole new level of knowledge for both your business, organization and your own professional development. Over the course of the program, you meet key business leaders in this county and build relationships that help you grow.

The Chamber’s signature events throughout the year provide excellent marketing platforms, and when utilized effectively, can be a catalyst to reach even greater heights. I hope that this reflection might be something you consider this year as you begin to establish and implement your goals. Know that the Chamber is here to encourage and support our membership in the best way possible. The Chamber wants to see all of our businesses succeed in 2015, and it is our hope, that we can play a part in that equation. If you are already engaged with us; I thank you for your involvement. If you are not, I invite you to consider becoming engaged, and please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

With best regards,

Christopher J. Phelan

President & CEO
Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce