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Ensuring the Economic Competiveness of New Jersey

New Jersey is in a tough position.  As with every other state throughout the country, we are consistently fighting for growth.  This means fighting for new businesses, while at the same time trying to hold onto businesses currently operating in the State.  Over the past few months, there has been an active debate regarding New Jersey’s use of business attraction and retention incentives, specifically the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program (Grow NJ).  While the current Grow NJ program is certainly far from perfect, with some minor changes, it can and should remain an important part of the State’s economic development toolkit.  In a perfect world, New Jersey would be competitive without the need for business attraction and retention incentives.  Doing business here would be economically efficient, the cost of living would not be as high, and it would be 70 degrees and sunny all year around.  Imagine the possibilities—it would be easy to attract and retain businesses.  New Jersey wouldn’t have to fight tooth and nail, just hoping...

Paul Grzella

Business Partnership to Honor Paul Grzella as 69th Somerset County Citizen of the Year

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has announced that Paul C. Grzella, recently retired General Manager/Editor of the Courier News, Home News Tribune, and mycentraljersey.com has been selected as the 69th Somerset County Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year award, given annually to Somerset County’s premier civic and business leader, is the county’s most prestigious individual award recognizing a single person for community and professional activities that have contributed to making Somerset County a special place. The dinner honoring the Citizen of the Year continues the seven-decade long tradition of bringing the community together to honor an individual’s volunteer efforts in support of the County and provides the opportunity to reflect on Somerset County’s rich history and the people who have provided the leadership that has contributed to that success. Grzella will be honored on Thursday, May 2, 2019, beginning at 5:00 P.M. at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Past recipients are individuals who have dedicated...

Business Partnership Special Interest Groups Provide Business Strategies & Information

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – To help Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) members interact on business-related issues, Special Interest Groups (SIG) have been established that provide opportunities for business people to come together from all industries and professions to network, exchange ideas, gain new business strategies, and contribute to the SCBP’s agenda. SIGs are a member benefit that meet in the Conference Room at the Somerset County Business Partnership, 360 Grove Street in Bridgewater, New Jersey and other major locations in Somerset County. The Sustainable Somerset SIG plans and develops programs focusing on clean energy, energy audits, and the legal aspects of “green”, while working with the Somerset County Energy Council.  Sustainable Somerset meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 A.M. and is sponsored by Reflective Energy Solutions. The Workplace Wellness SIG focuses on raising awareness about the benefits of employer-based wellness programs and provides information to employers on the availability of community...

NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney says it’s time to ‘fix New Jersey’

SOMERVILLE - For state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3rd District), New Jersey needs to change its ways before it's too late. "We're in a fiscal crisis," Sweeney told the Somerset County Employer Legislative Committee at a luncheon meeting Friday at Verve Bistro. "We're in trouble. It's scary." If nothing is done to hold down the cost of public employees' pensions and health benefits and public education, there will be "not many people left" in New Jersey, he said. Sweeney said he has been visiting county and municipal officials throughout the state to warn about the state's perilous fiscal condition and what needs to be done immediately to "fix New Jersey." "It's time to have a serious dialogue about how to solve this," he said. "It's not a Democrat or Republican issue," he continued. "It's a New Jersey issue." In August, the 25-member Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup issued a comprehensive report with 200 recommendations on how to save...

Annual Meeting

Register for the Somerset County Business Partnership Annual Meeting

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership has announced that the 2018 Annual Meeting & Celebration of Success, annually the most important gathering of the Somerset County business community, is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey. The day’s celebration will begin with a networking reception at 11:30 A.M. followed by the luncheon at 12:15 P.M. The SCBP Annual Meeting attracts more than 500 people from the private and public sectors who gather to mingle while enjoying the food and ambiance that make The Palace one of the area’s top venues for celebrations.   This year the Business Partnership will tell the story of the Somerset County rise in economic prominence by recognizing our 2018 Economic Vitality Award recipients. “The Business Partnership Annual Meeting is Somerset County’s largest and most important gathering of the business community. It allows leaders from...

Senate President Sweeney

NJ Senate President Sweeney to Meet with Somerset County Business Community

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC) will host New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-3) at a luncheon scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018. The luncheon meeting will take place at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main Street in Somerville from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  Senator Sweeney will discuss his proposals to fix New Jersey’s economy based on the conclusions of the “Path to Progress New Jersey” prepared by the NJ Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup. The Workgroup was charged with a broad mission to “identify ways to address soaring pension and benefit costs, hold down property taxes, make state and local government and school districts more efficient, assess the equity and efficiency of the state and local tax structure, leverage the value of state assets, and mitigate the negative impact of the federal tax law that targeted high-cost states.” Sen. Sweeney currently serves as...

How to do business with pharma & medical technology companies

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Continuing the initiative to build a stronger and more vibrant connection between the business community and New Jersey’s pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP), in partnership with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Life Sciences Vendor Alliance, and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) will present their annual ”How to Do Business” conference on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The conference will take place at Porzio Life Sciences, 100 Southgate Parkway, Morristown, New Jersey. New Jersey’s biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies purchase more than $6.2 billion worth of goods and services from thousands of local New Jersey suppliers. These purchases support more than 350,000 jobs throughout the state and more than $60 billion in indirect economic activity. The SCBP, the Morris Chamber, HINJ, and the NJ Vendor’s Alliance will present an event that...

Forum – The new tax law impact on small business

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) will present another timely and informative “Business Builders Breakfast” on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 500 Promenade Boulevard, Bridgewater, New Jersey. In addition to a delicious breakfast and a networking opportunity with leaders of business of all sizes, the “New Tax Law Impact on Small Businesses” forum will address the recent sweeping tax overhaul that will have impact ranging from a lower corporate tax rate to tax savings for asset purchases and the disappearance of some deductions and other breaks. Presenter will be Karen Artasanchez, CPA, MST of Wilkin Guttenplan, P.C. She is a of the firm with more than 25 years of public accounting experience. She is a tax professional with extensive expertise in providing tax consulting and compliance services. Sponsors of the forum include the Hilton Garden...

SCBP Annual Meeting

Somerset County Business Partnership Announces Economic Vitality Award Recipients for 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) will recognize LabCorp of Raritan, New Jersey, the Somerset County Planning Board, and Linda Dousis of Administrative Services and Consulting, LLC as recipients of the 2018 Economic Vitality Awards, recognizing their leadership in enhancing the economic competitiveness of Somerset County. The Economic Vitality Awards will be presented at the Somerset County Business Partnership Annual Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey. The day’s activities will begin with a networking reception at 11:30 A.M. followed by the luncheon at 12:15 P.M. • LabCorp is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, with a mission to improve health and improve lives by delivering world-class diagnostic solutions, bringing innovative medicines to patients faster, and using technology to improve the delivery of care. LabCorp’s award recognizes a significant...

Leonard Lance

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) to meet with Somerset County business community

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC) will host New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) at a luncheon scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2018. The luncheon meeting will take place at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main Street in Somerville from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Congressman Lance is expected to discuss his Congressional priorities and how his efforts will support the growth and sustainability of the Somerset County business community. Lance’s 7th Congressional District extends from the Delaware River into Union County and from Mount Olive to Montgomery. He serves as Vice-chair of the Communications and Technology Committee and serves on the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee and the Health Committee. “Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for Somerset County for decades, both in the New Jersey Legislature and now in Congress,” commented Carol Bianchi, co-chair of the Somerset County ELC. “His insight into Congressional...