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Fall is awards season. No, I’m not talking about the Emmys that just aired on TV last month or any of the other entertainment-oriented programs we all know and love. I’m talking about awards for business.

On Oct. 29, NJBIA will host its Awards for Excellence reception, in which we will honor companies and business leaders in six categories for their contributions to the economy and their communities. (If you’re a member of one of our ChamberLink chambers of commerce, you are welcome to attend at NJBIA-member prices even if you’re not a member of NJBIA.)

But we’re not the only ones honoring businesses.

The Edison Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Meeting/Awards Reception at the Pines Manor on Oct. 10. Each year the chamber honors more than a dozen businesses, individuals, nonprofits, and teachers who have made a difference in the lives of Edison residents.

The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce will present 11 awards at its Oct. 16 Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner. Award winners include the McMahon Insurance Agency as Member of the Year; Karen Dickinson of the Cape May County Herald and Camille Fitzmartin of Van Note – Harvey Associates as Volunteers of the Year; and Ford Scott & Associates LLC as Business of the Year.

The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce will hold its 55th Annual Awards Reception Oct. 17, presenting awards to Dana Lanecellotti as Distinguished Citizen of the Year; Design 446 as Business Partner of the Year; BHI Insurance as Distinguished Organization of the Year; Narcissus Florals as Groundbreaking Business of the Year; and David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation as Nonprofit of the Year.

The Somerset County Business Partnership recently announced its Economic Vitality Award Winners for 2019. They are the global biopharmaceutical company Pfizer, the Somerset County YMCA, and a top family restaurant, the Chimney Rock Inn. The awards will be presented Dec. 9 at the organization’s annual meeting luncheon.

The Hudson County Chamber won’t celebrate its LEGENDS 12 award winners until Dec. 12. “We invite you to celebrate our LEGENDS who contribute immensely to Hudson County and personify our Mission, ‘We Make It Happen,’” the chamber’s website says.

Great Networking Opportunity Oct. 15

I would be derelict in my duties if I did not mention the great networking event NJBIA will be holding with the Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 15. It will be in the morning at RWJBarnabas Health, Fitness & Wellness Center in Hamilton. Come out and see firsthand what we have to offer your business.

In the meantime, businesses have plenty of other opportunities to get out and be seen from our 22 participating chambers of commerce. For full access to what’s going on in your neck of the woods, visit our ChamberLink page.

For the uninitiated, ChamberLink is a partnership between NJBIA and 22 local business organizations for the mutual benefit of our member companies. We coordinate our activities, join together in advocacy, and offer member pricing to our events for our partners.