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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 resources that support employee wellness. Workplace Wellness meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 A.M.

The four Leads Groups provide SCBP members an opportunity to openly discuss their individual businesses while sharing leads and referrals with other members. The Leads Groups meetings are arranged to avoid competing businesses in each group. Meetings at held at the SCBP the first and third Mondays of the month at 8:00 A.M; the second and fourth Mondays at 12:00 Noon; the second and fourth Thursdays at 3:30 P.M; and the first and third Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M. at 180 Mt Airy Rd #104, Basking Ridge, NJ.

The Tourism Council guides and supports activities to draw visitors to Somerset County by discussing challenges, developing strategies, marketing tourism-related businesses, learning about tourism trends, and planning sustainable economic growth opportunities. The Tourism Council meets every other month on a designated Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 P.M.

The Nonprofit Council provides a platform to support nonprofit members by serving as an informational resource, providing educational opportunities, and offering a supportive venue to share ideas affecting the nonprofit community. The Nonprofit Council is sponsored by Sobel & Co.

The Financial Services SIG provides education and information on issues affecting personal and professional financial issues relating to small- and mid-sized businesses. Group discussion focuses on economic and legislative issues that may impact business and/or personal profitability, sharing best practices, and offering educational workshops.

The Small Office, Home Office (SOHO) SIG is a forum of education and discussion that empowers professionals by creating an environment where entrepreneurs can grow their businesses quicker and with fewer hurdles. Meeting are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00A.M.

The Young Professionals SIG identifies, engages, and empowers the next generation of business professionals, providing social and business networking opportunities for members 40 years of age and under.

The Women in Business SIG is directed at the specific needs and challenges faced by women and their businesses, empowering and encouraging through events and community involvement. Focus areas include mind, family, society, body and finances.

The Human Resources Roundtable provides a peer-to-peer forum for human resource personnel and company decision-makers to learn about latest trends. The group consists of individuals who have primary responsibility for hiring, firing, providing day to day direction to employees, and are responsible to address any employee conflict or inquiries by government agencies. The Roundtable meets on the third Wednesday of every other month at 9:00 A.M.

The Legislative Affairs Committee serves as the unified voice of business in the local, state, and federal legislative process and provides members the opportunity to influence policymakers.  

The CEO Roundtable is a gathering of CEOs, owners, and managing partners to share experiences and best practices in a non-competitive, confidential, and professionally facilitated forum.

For information on the Business Partnership special interest groups contact Chris Edwards, Vice-President of Business Services at 908-218-4300 or cedwards@scbp.org.

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