As we come to the close of another year it is a great time to reflect back on all or our accomplishments, all the hopes we had from the beginning of the year and begin to think anew for 2014. I must say that this has been a very busy year for the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. At the very heart of the Chamber’s Mission, no matter what the project, initiatives, event, meeting or partnership, we have been engaged on is the core value of “creating a climate that enhance growth, prosperity and the quality of life, that if individuals and business choose can become a catalyst for their own success.”
The Chamber graduated our second class of our Leadership Hunterdon program this past June. The Class produced another stellar white paper, specifically on issues that impact the entire business community on Economic and Workforce Development. Through their interview process and months of research, they brought to light issues that need to be addressed both on a municipal and county wide level. Their observation of having to become known for being a place where we are open to business is critical for the future economy of this county. I can’t encourage you enough to visit the Chamber website and read these white papers.
The events that the Chamber holds each month and each year are designed to provide opportunities to grow your business, be a valuable tool for professional development and support the mission of the Chamber throughout the year. The Chamber is filled with so many diverse offerings, programs and initiatives that provide the unique opportunities to make a difference on individual businesses and our communities. The Chamber’s offerings from our Annual Meeting, Bridal Showcase Expo, Health, Wellness & Family Fair, Annual Golf Classic, HunterdonFest, the Business Expo, Hunterdon Business Awards and the Hunterdon Holiday Parade are the ones that steal the spotlight annually. Each of these large scale events are showcases of our members and our volunteers and captures the very spirit of our Business Community today.
The other programs of the Chamber from our breakfast programs like our monthly ELC, Employer Legislative Committees bring a wealth of information and engagement local with key leaders in business and government throughout the state, right here in Hunterdon County. Whether the topics this year have been on transportation, employment or red tape regulations, our business community does have a voice that is heard and if you haven’t yet participated, I welcome you to start.
The partnerships the Chamber continues to cultivate, working with organizations such as Raritan Valley Community College, the Somerset- Hunterdon Workforce Investment Board, the Small Business Development Center, New Jersey Business and Industry , the Flemington Business Improvement District and the State Chamber are real examples of moving our economy forward on a long term basis. We work on issues that deal with our current workforce and future workforce impact business today so that we can have the best employees and allow our organizations to grow and thrive.
The Chamber could not be successful without the support both financially and in the countless hours that our Board of Directors, Committees and members dedicate month to month. I am grateful and thank you for all that you do. As we enter this Holiday Season I wish all the best to you, your families, and colleges for a very safe and prosperous New Year.
With best regards,
Christopher J. Phelan
President & CEO