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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” –Henry Ford

New Jersey small businesses need all the help they can get.  ChamberLink was born out of that idea. We realized that the events and programs we put on could better serve our members, and the business community at large, if we worked collaboratively with local chambers of commerce and combined our resources.

ChamberLink is about making the most of our collective resources. Sharing information with NJBIA members and nonmembers alike and bringing people together to speak with a unified voice will make all of our organizations stronger.

Offering member prices to each other’s member companies was just the start. This year, NJBIA plans to build on that partnership to make us all more effective advocates for our members and offer better events and programs by working together.

For one thing, NJBIA intends to partner with more local organizations on networking events for 2020, and that begins on Monday, Jan. 27. NJBIA will join the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for a networking happy hour called Connections and Cocktails at Baker’s Water Street Bar and Grille, starting at 5:30 p.m. It’s free to get in with a cash bar.

Attendees probably will not notice anything different from other networking events—plenty of time will be set aside for working the room, swapping business cards, and finding new clients. But underneath it is an important mind shift: Instead of competing with each other, friendly as the competition is, we’re pulling together for the mutual success of both our members and our organizations.

Speaking of our organizations, we have a new one! The Morris County Chamber of Commerce has decided to join our merry band.

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce bills itself as the business epicenter of the Morris County region and “the ultimate arena where businesses of all sizes and from all sectors work together for mutual success.”

“Our goal is to create opportunities for our members to come together, network, relationships, develop skills and give back to the community,” said Meghan Hunscher, chamber president. “The more they participate, the more they benefit.”

I’ll drink to that.

Now on to a busy week of networking events. Remember that as an NJBIA member, you are entitled to member pricing for events by our ChamberLink partners.