Your Advocate

As Somerset County's largest business organization, we are strategically poised to represent the interests and priorities of our members. Speaking with a "single voice, " we serve the region's business community as a powerful, unified and dynamic advocate promoting reforms that will advance their afforability and competitive positioning. 

Using INVESTMENT SOMERSET: A Collaborative Blueprint for Economic Growth as our guide, we have established the following key principles to drive our reform efforts:

Business Resources: We believe business resources and services – such as hiring incentives, job training programs, financial assistance programs, entrepreneurial resources, help for displaced workers, and energy efficiency improvement programs —should be leveraged to attract and retain industries and companies consistent with existing infrastructure, physical structures, and workforce assets.

Re-use of Significant Properties: We believe the re-use of significant properties, office complexes, and industrial facilities should incentivize the growth of targeted industries and the needs of business for competitive, efficient, and functional facilities.

Reduce the Regulatory Burden:
We believe the regulatory burden on business should be reduced through simplified, consistent, efficient, and customer-oriented permitting and approval processes.

On September 18, 2017, residents, business, education and nonprofit leaders, and millennials came together at the 2017 NJ Affordability Summit, hosted by Opportunity NJ (ONJ) and held at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing New Jersey today. Click here to view the white paper analysis released by ONJ as a strategic plan for an affordable New Jersey.

We proudly support the unified front, led by Opportunity New Jersey (ONJ), to improve the business climate for the long-term so that it is more affordable and competitive for businesses.

ONJ is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy coalition comprised of New Jersey interests representing thousands of employers, employees, businesses, trade groups, community organizations and other concerned citizens in the state. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to advocate for and support policies that encourage job growth, affordability, and prosperity in New Jersey.

To learn more about Opportunity New Jersey and how you can get involved click here or call 609-393-6998. 

For more information about the Business Partnership's advocacy, including our Legislative Affairs Committee, please contact Chris Edwards