Our Mission

We create vibrant connections among our public/private partners, members and the business community that will enable us, together, to build a prosperous and sustainable future.

Our Vision

Somerset County is recognized as one of the premier counties in the nation in which to live, work, play, visit, learn and find talent.

Our Strategy

Deliver a tourism/economic development program

that promotes and strengthens Somerset County as a business hub that attracts talent and recruits public and private investment:

  • Implement a Digital media marketing campaign to attract talent to Somerset County
  • Conduct a series of “roundtables” with the business community, Commissioners and municipalities to update our CEDS
  • Work with our County, Municipal and community partners to align marketing messages to boost efficiency and impact
  • Promote visibility of and advocate for enhancing Somerset County’s natural resources, e.g. film commission
  • Help foster ecosystems (innovation, talent attraction, workforce development) within Somerset County
Promote and support the start-up and growth of small businesses
  • Provide best-in-class educational, networking, and informational business resources that help our members and communities thrive
  • Collaborate with higher education members and SBDC to provide “incubator” and innovation support for emerging entrepreneurs
  • Organize cooperatives of related businesses
  • Provide venues to facilitate interaction and collaboration among businesses of all sizes within the county
Advance diversity, inclusion and equity in Somerset County
  • Engage minority business owners and highlight/promote their successes
  • Collaborate/partner with minority organizations, e.g. Hispanic Chamber
  • Actively recruit minority businesses and solicit their guidance in how we grow and improve minority involvement
  • Provide our Diversity and Inclusion report to all businesses in Somerset County
Be an “all in”/holistic public-private partnership

with the Commissioners, municipalities and business community to develop common policies and coordinate joint growth

  • Create and coordinate a “think tank” (e.g. Monthly Town Hall: Share Your Voice Somerset) for planning and forecasting, developing policies, coordinate joint strategies, develop programs to meet changing demographics
  • Organize regional groups to work closely with municipalities
  • Increase community awareness of SCBP by participating in local programs, e.g. high school career days. Promote resources that are available
  • Seek commitments from municipalities and large investors
Promote and help

to create a worry-free, healthy, resilient, connected and beautiful environment, solidifying our reputation as a statewide leader in sustainability and wellness

  • Provide resources for all businesses navigating a post-pandemic workplace
  • Create workplace safety criteria (i.e. certification programs) for businesses
  • Develop safe & fun networking events for all, including WFH community
  • Collaborate with local governments, SCBP members in the technology sector to increase access to high-speed internet for county residents and businesses
  • Create appropriate platforms, e.g. virtual shopping, virtual networking
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