October Chamber Update

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CHAMBER UPDATE                           Week of October 30, 2020

City of Long Branch Holiday Toy Drive: The Chamber is working with the City of Long Branch to promote the City’s Holiday Toy Drive.  Toys for children ages newborn to 10 years old can be dropped off at the Long Branch Recreation Office, 231 Wilbur Ray Ave. and at the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce Office, 228 Broadway from 9am to 4:30pm. Toys will be given out at the Drive-By Annual Holiday Party in December. Date and registration to follow.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority:  The Chamber receive $2,000.00 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Phase 2.  We have also applied for the Economic Development Authority Phase 3 Micro Business Grant. 

86th Annual Business Awards Dinner: The Awards Dinner originally scheduled for March 20, 2020 then moved to May, then to October 2020 has now been rescheduled again to Thursday, March 11, 2021.  We all hope this is the final date for the dinner.  Our honorees are Esther Cohen, Managing Partner of Cedars & Beeches Inn and Tonya Garcia, Director of the Long Branch Free Public Library will receive the Louis G Libutti Community Service Award.  Avery Grant will receive the Humanitarian Award.  Please confirm with the chamber office if you are still planning on attending.  If you wish to buy a ticket for the dinner, the price for the awards dinner is $115.00.  Call 732-222-0400 or email the office at info@longbranchchamber.org for more info.

Building Committee Report:  In the past newsletters we explained the need to make improvements here at the Chamber office.  The Building committee with the approval of the Board of Directors has contracted Robert Iamello of Iamello Architectural Studio, LLC for these needed repairs. We are in the process of talking with the three bank members to see what they will offer us in line of a loan.  Our mortgage ends in May 2021.

Breakfast Club Meeting:  Our next Breakfast Club Meeting is on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 8 am at Amy’s Omelette House, Ocean Blvd. Breakfast cost is $10.  The speaker is Dana Schwartz from Schwartz Physical Therapy in Long Branch.   RSVP by calling 732-222-0400 or email info@longbranchchamber.org

Long Branch Retail Stores are Open for Business:  Retail stores in Long Branch are open for business. Please wear your face covering/mask, keep social distance, and follow the store’s guest capacity rules.  Thank you for Shopping in Long Branch and supporting our retail stores.

Long Branch Restaurants Open with Inside and Outside Seating:  Gov. Murphy has allowed inside seating of restaurants to 25% of the inside capacity.  Please follow all CDC protocols with face covering/masks and social distancing.  Thank you for supporting our restaurant businesses enjoying the outside dinning and now being able to sit inside again especially when the weather is starting to change.

Pauline Poyner, President                               Cell Number: 732-766-3330                                                           

Michael Sirianni, Executive Director             Office: 732-222-0400