From the Desk of the President
It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and that we’re already heading into 2020 and the start of my term as your President. Thanks to leadership of our outgoing President, Brendan J. Flynn, Jr., the Board has spent a great deal of time this past year evaluating our direction and reinventing some of our signature events in order to focus more on services that provide direct opportunities & benefits for our businesses and non-profits. With our staff, we have consolidated many office tasks by streamlining various systems and have reduced overhead costs significantly
As I come in as President, I know we are ready to implement a revised direction, one that refocuses and directs our primary efforts towards core membership benefits, such as networking, business skills development, and pairing up business-to-business partners. One of my goals for the next year is to develop strong relationships with our membership and communicating all the value they can get from what the Chamber offers in terms of benefits. We hope you will all join us on at our General Membership Meeting on February 25th so we can share more about all of this with you.
One of the topics we will discuss is our new website, which launches later this month; it includes not only an enhanced membership portal, but also a community calendar where members can publicize their events. With an improved directory of members and this calendar, it will be a public resource that connects our residents and visitors with our members.
Also, in October of 2020 we will release an updated and FREE community profile magazine that features our business community and the area’s advantages to residents and shoppers. More information about that is coming soon.
We also have a few new events up our sleeves, and hope to announce them early in 2020. We will look to all of you to help make these a success, and by focusing on how they benefit you as well, we know they will be something you will want to invest your time and resources into.
The bottom line is that through our efforts over this past year, the Chamber is now stronger than ever, committed to serve, and in a solid position to meet our members’ and our community’s needs.
Your continued support of the Chamber is critical to accomplishing everything we plan to do, and we hope that you will renew your membership knowing that it brings you a variety of direct benefits, including, but not limited to:
FREE inclusion of your flyer or promotion in our weekly “news & offers blasts” sent via email to our 5000+ mailing list and via our Facebook page
FREE participation in the new resident “Welcome” program
Eligibility to participate in members-only events like Metuchen Country Fair & Restaurant Week, and accept Chamber GCs at no cost to you or your customer
FREE registration for the Annual Town Wide Garage Sale
Deep discounts – 40%-65% off – booths at the Spring Street Fair which brings over 20,000 customers into our downtown, AND in the forthcoming community profile magazine.
Business -to – Business Discounts, such as 10% at Carpet Maven II (flooring, window treatments) and 25% off Constant Contact
FREE Networking Events and Membership Meetings & Presentations
FREE Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses & those celebrating re-launches of milestone anniversaries
FREE listing on our website and office referrals
FREE Notary services at the Chamber Office
Enclosed is a membership invoice for 2020, but if you would like to your pay dues online via credit card, please email us for an online link, or visit the “Membership” section of our website.
Once again, thank you for your commitment to the Chamber and I look forward to working with you in 2020.
President-Elect, Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce