In today’s uncertain economic times, one thing for certain is that the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to deliver the platform for you and your business to network and grow. It is even more important to take advantage of the relationships, programs, comfort and camaraderie that the Chamber can bring to you and your business during these challenging times. Under the leadership of our Interim President and CEO Adam Perle, and our outstanding staff, Lorraine Holcombe, Controller; Cheri Durst, Special Events Manager; and Deborah Kilmer, Director of Communications; we will continue to deliver on our mission to speak for business, serve our members and promote an environment for business growth.

We wish the best to our Past President and CEO, Karen Colimore, as she starts her new position as Senior Director of Development at the New York University Langone Medical Center. We appreciate the strong financial and operational position she has helped us achieve over the past two years, and hope to build on this strong foundation to be of even greater service to you and your organization.

Please take advantage of many exciting upcoming events:

Our next “Business After Business Networking Reception” will be held by the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, October 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Eden Family of Services at 2031 Old Trenton Road, Princeton Junction, will be our host for another festive Business After Business Networking Reception on Thursday, November 13th from 5 to 7 pm.

You’ll want to hear from David T. Abalos, Visiting Professor of Politics at Princeton University, on the topic, “The Impact of Hispanic Immigration on the Economy of the Princeton Region” at our “Business Before Breakfast” networking on Wednesday, November 19, from 7:30 to 9:15 am at the Nassau Club in Princeton.

There will be limited seating at our monthly Membership Luncheon on Thursday, November 6, at the Marriott Princeton Hotel & Conference Center as we welcome Coach C. Vivian Stringer, head coach of the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team and John Chaney, Hall of Fame basketball coach who will give a special introduction. Complimentary copies of Vivian Stringer’s remarkable book, “Standing Tall” will be given to all attendees!

A special thank you to book sponsors, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, First Choice Bank, Gold’s Gym at Lawrenceville/Hamilton, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and PSE&G. Thank you to Lindt Chocolate for providing samples of their delicious chocolates for our guests.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s “Business Leadership Awards” and thank the Award Sponsors. The Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Bank of America) Jack Morrison, President JM Group; Leader of the Year (sponsored by Tyco), Janet Vergis, President, Janssen, McNeil Pediatrics, & Ortho-McNeil Neurologics; and Innovator of the Year (sponsored by NRG Energy), Kurt Landgraf, President & CEO, ETS.

Join us for the Business Leadership Awards Gala on Wednesday, December 3, at 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Tournament Players Club Jasna Polana, as we honor these most worthy community leaders.

So remember, if you participate in Chamber activities and utilize your Chamber benefits, the Chamber will work for you by continuing to deliver supreme member services and by giving you the comfort and platform to work with your local colleagues as you promote and grow your business.

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