From the Desk of the President
2017 was a year full of success and change for the Chamber, and we’re looking forward to everything 2018 promises in terms of opportunity for our businesses and community. This past year we were joined by several new Board members who bring new strengths to our organization. We’ve continued our administrative improvements to enhance the efficiency of the office. Our staff moved into a larger suite – in the same building – that allows them to better serve and accommodate visitors from the public. We added initiatives like the Gift Certificate Redemption Drive, brought back old ones like the Scarecrows on Main, and continued with extremely successful new ones like Restaurant Week. We began sharing weekly/biweekly email blasts about your offers and events to our mailing list of over 3000.
This past year we also reissued the “Metuchenopoly” game which not only promotes our businesses and increases community pride, but helps to financially underwrite all that we are doing. Our three staff members became Notaries Public in order to help our members with paperwork processing. We compiled and distributed approximately 200 “Welcome to Metuchen” guides & packages to new residents to acquaint them with our community and member businesses. Our Country Fair was bigger than ever, as was the Winter Festival Parade, and our membership numbers have grown significantly in the last two years; we’ve just hit our goal of 320 Members as of this November. The strength of our growing business community is reflected in the fact that we hosted 19 new business Ribbon Cuttings in 2017!
Membership in the Chamber has been – and will continue to be – a very important element in this progress, as it is with our members’ support that we are able to offer the myriad of events and initiatives that we undertake each year. We thank all our members for their commitment to the Chamber and we look forward to working together with them in the New Year.
Brendan J. Flynn, Jr.