See how being a part of the SCBP has helped our members build connections, gain visibility and grow their business.
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Chris Cabel, IT Solutions Architect
As someone who lives and works in Somerset, being a member of SCBP is as enjoyable as it is lucrative. As a millennial involved in tech, it is easy to forget how important face-to-face interaction truly is. The ability to collaborate with other members has drastically increased my network and skill set.
Tim Dempsey, Project Manager
JM Sorge Inc.
The Partnership’s Sustainable Somerset Committee provides me with a venue to meet and network with other local like-minded business leaders and community members who take our environment seriously. The monthly meetings offer educational programs on relevant topics that highlight creative ways for businesses like JM Sorge to be sustainable while also increasing profitability.
As leaders in green design, SSP Architectural Group is proud to support an organization that understands the importance of energy and environmental reforms and advocates for giving Somerset County businesses a competitive edge. It has been exciting to participate in Somerset County Business Partnership’s advocacy subcommittees including Sustainable Somerset. SSP’s long-standing partnership with SCBP has allowed us to share our knowledge, resources and energies to help build connections and formulate leadership initiatives that are influencing public policy and impacting long-term economic development. SCBP marches in step with the changing world of business and its advocacy for growth and profitability through sustainable business practices contributes to the well-being of the community at large. We know that the relationships we are forging through the Partnership are integral to our growth as a firm and our success as a leader in high performance architecture.
Jim Laskey, Esq., Partner
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater
As Somerset County’s largest law firm, we have found our membership in the Somerset County Business Partnership to be extremely valuable. The Partnership allows us to build and maintain important relationships with other leaders in both local businesses and government. It also provides many resources which are helpful to our employees, and it provides an excellent platform to create visibility and awareness for our firm.
Traci Blank, CMS-CHt, FIBH, CPC
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach
Tracing Your Path, LLC
Like many service businesses, hypnotherapy is best marketed face to face so I can tell people about it as well as allow them to get to know me. In my opinion, the Somerset County Business Partnership is the best place for networking, professional education, and more in the area. The combination of events allows me to network any time of day with a diverse array of businesses from small shops to large corporations while getting to experience some of the great locations throughout the county. Many of my clients have been members of the partnership I met at various networking functions. My business continues to grow due to the helpful guidance and support of members who have really taken an interest in me and my business. It truly is a partnership where members want to genuinely help each other. Because of this supportive environment I recently because an ambassador to the SCBP where I help new members become acclimated to the group and get the most out of their membership. This comes so easily to me because I constantly bragging about how great the business partnership is. I highly recommend joining the partnership.
I am often asked what I think of chamber memberships. My answer is always the same. You will get out of your membership, what you put into it. BUT, not all chambers or business associations are created equal! Mike Kerwin and his team of professionals are dedicated to you, the member. As a staff member of Carrier Clinic, a non-profit behavioral health facility, I work to bring our mission and messages to the community. The SCBP has helped me to meet my professional and business goals, and has helped me to place my organization in front of more than 600 member businesses. The SCBP is involved at every level within Somerset County, dedicated to making this the best place to live, work, and play. Whether you are interested in helping your workforce to become healthier or you are looking for ways to go a little “greener”, the Business Partnership is there for you. When you join the Partnership, you get just that, a partner interested in the success of your business.
Charlene Brown, VP NJ External Affairs, AT&T.
"The Somerset County Business Partnership helps foster economic growth in Somerset County by tackling issues that are important to businesses in the county. The partnership also recognizes the need to maintain and enhance innovation in the state and has developed programs that foster collaboration among large and small business and institutions of higher education. The Partnership’s work helps make Somerset County a great place to live, work, learn and raise a family."
Joe Costello, Financial Advisor. Royal Alliance Associates - Member FINRA/SIPC
"Becoming a member of the SCBP is one of the smartest business choices I have ever made. I have seen tremendous growth in my business and it has helped me really become a part of the community both personally and professionally.”
Laura DePrado, Final Touch Plantscaping LLC.
"Be a Player, not a Spectator. Are you interested in attracting growing your business? Are you interested in keeping clients? If you answered "yes" to both questions, then you are a player in the Somerset County Business Partnership. Your membership, and involvement puts you right in the middle of all the action. That's an exciting place to be. You see all the players. They see you. Camaraderie is a natural outcome. When an athlete scores or there is an exciting play everyone around you including you is high-fiving each other. This makes for something memorable. You replay for family, friends, colleagues, and so on. You look forward to the next game. Membership is a win-win. You do not have to look far or pay a lot for a premiere seat an get involved in your Partnership Community. What are you waiting for? The action is all around."
Philip Decker, Broker, The John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Inc.
"The SCBP offers a wealth of opportunities to participating members to grow & enhance their business as well as contribute to the vitality of Somerset County. As a member for many years under a large corporation and then transitioning to a small business, the Partnership gave me the tools to maintain relationships and reinvent my career without losing a step. My involvement in the SCBP has been rewarded in multiple ways – an invaluable benefit of membership."
Dennis Edwards, Houlihan's Bridgewater.
"The Somerset County Business Partnership has enabled Houlihan’s to get back on top as one of the leading businesses of the hospitality industry in the area. We have developed a strong relationship with the SCBP in a short time; which is evidence of their commitment to growth and development in our business community.
I have taken advantage of everything the SCBP has offered my business including the social networking opportunities, the promotional tools included with our membership and the informative sessions that other members provide for ongoing education and training. We have experienced an increase in our business by word-of-mouth attraction throughout the business community with in the first year of joining, and our staff appreciates all the effort the SCBP has contributed. Our company has recognized the success of joining the Business Partnership in Somerset County and is now requiring our other restaurants in New Jersey to do the same. We highly recommend that other hospitality businesses join the SCBP and take advantage of the programs offered to develop your business."
Michael DiBianco, CPA, Accounting Alternatives of NJ, Inc.
"As an SCBP member for 20+ years, I have participated in numerous events and have developed many solid business relationships. When I look at my client list and my network of professionals, I see connections to the SCBP throughout. I’ve participated in other county/local chambers of commerce and none have offered the quality and quantity of resources that SCBP has in supporting its membership including frequent networking events, business support services, and proactive communication with all levels of government. Any business in the Somerset County would be well rewarded to go beyond just joining SCBP and to PARTICIPATE."
Linda Dousis, Administrative Services & Consulting
"“I attended my first Somerset County Business Partnership Business Card Exchange September 2006 - which was the official start-up of my business. Since that time, I have benefited tremendously from my association with the Partnership. The networking socials provide a relaxed, informal setting for making connections with dynamic, growing businesses in Somerset County. I currently have over 100 clients - and I can attribute the large majority of them to my membership in the Partnership. In addition to great networking opportunities, membership in the Partnership offers me excellent workshops and seminars, such as the educational breakfast forums, and provides an excellent source of information necessary for the small businesses of the 21st Century. In addition to the direct benefits of membership, the Partnership has allowed me to "give back" - I now serve as Chairman of the Ambassadors and Member Value & Engagement Team as well as Member-Champion of the SOHO (Small Business/Home Business) special interest group."
Walter Hanson, ATON Computing
"Being involved with the Business Partnership for more than twelve years is one of the best things I could have done as President of ATON Computing. My involvement in the Business Partnership has helped me grow my business, develop a network of valued peers whose advice I rely on and interact with our governing officials. Most important of all, the Business Partnership has provided me a forum through which I can influence the quality of life in Somerset County. Everyone I know that has invested a little time in the Business Partnership has received much more in return. I strongly urge anyone thinking of joining the Business Partnership to do so. It is well worth the effort."
Morgan McLachlan, McLachlan Insurance Affiliates, Inc. "Being a member of the Business Partnership has let me meet people I'd never meet otherwise. The networking potential is in itself a reason to join, but the Business Partnership offers so much more than that! The receptions, business card exchanges, golf outings and seminars offer both fun and education. The Business Partnership keeps me up-to-date on local events, fights for my business with the New Jersey Legislature, and has all the information that I need to do business in Somerset County."