Hamilton Business Month Looks to Expand Economic Opportunities
Opportunity is knocking in Hamilton Township and Mayor John Bencivengo, the Township’s Economic Development Advisory Commission, the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Partnership are once again teaming up to promote the economic opportunities available in “America’s Favorite Hometown.”
Building upon last year’s first-ever Hamilton business week, this June will be another first – the first-ever Hamilton Business Month.
Hamilton Business Month is designed to assist both existing and potentially incoming businesses. The first event will feature a kick-off Luncheon hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce featuring Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who will discuss the hospital’s new initiatives, projects, and developments. Later in the week, Hamilton’s 2nd Economic Development Bus Tour will showcase available commercial properties to out-of-area investors and entrepreneurs. Other events that will take place during the month are the popular “Taste of Hamilton” featuring samples of some of the community’s finest dining establishments, the annual Township Job Fair the Mercer Regional Chamber’s Spring Expo and the Hamilton Partnership’s special business breakfast meeting which will focus on tourism potential in the township. There are also, some exciting business seminars and workshops being planned.
“There are many economic opportunities in our community; and Hamilton Business Month looks to promote these opportunities to new and existing business,” explains Mayor John Bencivengo. “By working together with our Economic Development Advisory Commission, the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton Partnership as well as our local businesses, we can achieve positive results for our residents and local economy.”
Hamilton’s Economic Development Bus Tour, scheduled for June 6th, will invite leaders in real estate, private investment and other business movers-and-shakers from outside of Hamilton for a guided tour of what its business community has to offer. Attendees will be given informational packets that list the economic benefits of doing business in Hamilton, useful demographic information, lists of available commercial properties, as well as property realtor information and detailed explanations of the approved uses in Hamilton’s major business zones. Following breakfast, attendees will climb aboard a tour bus graciously provided by Starr Tours of Hamilton, and take off on an excursion to see some the available properties and other community assets – first hand.
“Our economic development bus tour is a proactive approach to help encourage investment and utilization of underutilized or currently available commercial properties in our community,” says Hamilton Director of Economic Development Michael Angarone.
The Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spring Expo, scheduled for June 12th at Cedar Gardens, will again help provide Hamilton businesses a chance to network with other local businesses that can use their services. But in the afternoon, this year’s Spring Expo will feature a new twist – as the Expo will open to the public so local business can showcase their products and services to local consumers.
“At the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, our motto is that we ‘A.R.E. Your Business Connection’. We do this through Advocacy for local business, Relationship building for our members and promoting Economic growth in the central New Jersey region,” says Robert D. Prunetti, President & CEO, Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and former Mercer County Executive. “Hamilton Township is most certainly at the center of our central New Jersey region and holds an important role in the region’s economic future.”
The Hamilton Partnership’s breakfast meeting set for June 20th at Rats at the Grounds For Sculpture, will focus on the potential that Hamilton possesses for tourism that features the arts, culture, history and much, more.
“Hamilton Township has more history and historic sites than most locations across the entire nation, although it remains a relatively unknown fact,” says Hamilton Partnership Executive Director and former Hamilton Mayor Jack Rafferty. “Combined with a gem like Grounds For Sculpture, there is certainly a future for tourism that Hamilton can capitalize upon.”
Two popular events sponsored by Hamilton’s Economic Advisory Commission, Hamilton’s annual Job Fair – scheduled for June 19th at Nottingham Ballroom – and the popular “Taste of Hamilton” – set for June 26th at the Grounds For Sculpture will round out Hamilton Business Month. The Job Fair is free to attendees (there is a table cost for business exhibitors) and will feature local employment opportunities, along with seminars to assist residents seeking employment. At the “Taste of Hamilton”, attendees can enjoy a tapas menu of various food offerings from some of Hamilton’s finest dining establishments, for a cost of $35.
“Whether it is assisting residents in search of job opportunities or our local restaurants with finding new customers, Mayor Bencivengo and our entire Economic Development Advisory Commission are here to help,” explains Commission Chairwoman Denise Murphy of PNC Bank. “We are very excited for a successful and productive Hamilton Business Month.”
Residents and business leaders can stay up to date with the latest information about “Hamilton Business Month” by visiting either the Hamilton Township website (www.HamiltonNJ.com), the Hamilton Business Partnership website (www.hamiltonpartnership.com) or the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce website (www.MercerChamber.org).
Hamilton Business Month Schedule of Events
All events may be subject to change
Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Hamilton Chapter Luncheon – Kick off Hamilton Business Month
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Spigola’s Restaurant
Speaker and Program: Anthony “Skip” Cimino, CEO of RWJ Hospital Hamilton to discuss hospital’s new pediatric wing
$35 in advance, $40 at the door
Sponsors: Nottingham Insurance and American Placements
Economic Development Bus Tour
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Beginning at the Hamilton Golf Center, located at 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way
Contact Loretta Mattonelli at 609-890-3519 for more information.
Tour Bus provided courtesy of Starr Tours, Hamilton
Sponsored by Hamilton Township
Spring Business Expo “Double Header”
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Business to Business
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Business to Consumer
Workshops at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Location of Expo and Workshops: Cedar Gardens, Route 33
Sponsors: First Choice Bank, PSE&G, St. Francis Medical Center, TD Bank
Hamilton Township 4th Annual Job & Career Fair
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cedar Gardens Banquet, 661 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ
For more information, please call Dan Graziano at 609-587-8679 or Loretta Mattonelli at 609-890-3519
Sponsored by: HTEDAC and Hamilton Township
Hamilton Partnership Breakfast Meeting
Discussion tourism potential in Hamilton
June 20th (Tentative)
8:00 a.m. (Tentative)
Location: (Tentative) Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ (at Rats Restaurant)
For more information, please contact Arlene Olla at 609-581-6820
Sponsored by the Hamilton Partnership
Taste of Hamilton
This year’s theme will be International Tapas Affair
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Price of Ticket is $35.00
Location: Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ
Sponsorships still accepting, please call Loretta Mattonelli at 609-890-3519 for more information
Sponsored by HTEDAC & Hamilton Township