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♦ In 1943, a group of business owners got together to develop the first organization dedicated specifically to serving business in Salem City. Today, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce boasts roughly 380 members comprised of large corporations, manufacturers, small businesses and community leaders county-wide. We have a supportive, active Board of Directors, professional staff, and over 340 active members. Although much has changed in the past several decades, our mission has remained the same. We are still a group of business people dedicated to making Salem County a better place to live, work and do business.

 

 

The Latest News:

If You Oppose An Increase To Minimum Wage – ACT TODAY

If you oppose an increase to the current $8.38 an hour minimum wage we need you to take action today.

Encouraging ALL business folks to voice their opposition by calling Todd W. Moore, NJ State Assembly Labor Committee Aide at 609-847-3845 or send comments via email to OLSAideALA@njleg.org TODAY so your response makes it prior to the Assembly Labor Committee hearing on Thursday, May 19.

To voice your opinion via email: Click HERE

The above link takes you to the Assembly Labor Committee’s Aide.   Our elected legislators need to hear from folks, this is where numbers count.

If Bill S-15 (minimum wage increase) passes both the Senate and Assembly, the Governor promises to veto it.  However, this issue could end up as a constitutional amendment on the next election ballot.  It’s imperative that our legislators hear from us. 

Don’t wait, call or email NOW.

 Jennifer A. Jones, Executive Director

$15 Minimum Wage Increase Passed Senate Labor Committee 5/16

The $15 minimum wage increase was passed by the Senate Labor Committee yesterday. So, the next hearing is Thursday in the Assembly Labor Committee. Encouraging ALL business folks to voice their opposition by calling Todd W. Moore, Committee Aid at 609-847-3845 or send comments via email to OLSAideALA@njleg.org TODAY so your response makes it prior to the Assembly Labor Committee hearing on Thursday.

Our Chamber’s presentation to the Senate Labor Committee was presented yesterday.  It is attached below:

Click HERE for Chamber Opposition Letter

Jennifer A. Jones, Executive Director

Unprecedented Commitment To Growing NJ Economy

Governor Christie Highlights The Largest Cut To Unemployment Business Taxes In Modern History

Today, Governor Christie is announcing that the growing health and solvency of the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, with a balance of $1.8 billion, will allow for unprecedented tax relief for New Jersey employers. On top of the $200 million tax cut he announced in April, the governor is announcing today that private-sector businesses will find another tax cut of $180 million. The total savings, effective July 1, 2016, is now $380 million, the largest cut to unemployment business taxes in modern history.

Past administrations crippled the Trust Fund with $4.6 billion in diversions over two decades and multiple tax table adjustments. It went broke in March 2009, as laid-off workers filed for unemployment benefits during the Great Recession and the state was forced to borrow money from the federal government to make those benefit payments.

The fund reached a peak deficit of $2.1 billion.

Through reform efforts, including an award-winning anti-fraud initiative, the Christie Administration brought the Trust Fund back into full solvency by 2014, two years ahead of schedule and just in time to spare New Jersey employers a $213 million tax hike under the Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax Act (FUTA). Countless people also were spared from losing their jobs, as Governor Christie worked with the Legislature to eliminate $1 billion in threatened tax hikes on state businesses between 2010 and 2013 that would have been triggered under state laws designed to replenish the troubled Trust Fund.

Governor Christie’s administration will continue its steadfast pursuit to make New Jersey a more affordable place to create jobs and grow businesses, so residents have greater opportunities to support their families, advance their careers, and enrich their communities. read more…

ALERT: $15 Minimum Wage Increase Hearing

 

It is not often that we send out a “call-to-arms” but this is certainly one of those issues that will impact our members collectively — raising the minimum wage to $15.

The bill (S-15) is scheduled for a vote this Monday, May 16 (see attached agenda & documents)

Click HERE for May 16 Agenda

I will be attending to voice The Salem County Chamber’s opposition to this proposed increase.  I strongly encourage that you come to Trenton to voice your opposition to this measure.

Please let me know if you can participate in the hearing.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and engagement.

Jennifer A.  Jones, Executive Director
Salem County Chamber of Commerce

2016 Citizen of the Year Announced

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The Chamber is pleased to announce Rob Hans, Founder, Salem County K-9 Association will be recognized as this year’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award Winner.

Hans founded the Salem County K9 Association in April of 2009 to assist with funding for the K9 unit in Salem County.

The K9 Association raises money for equipment, veterinary bills, and all the necessities that keep the K9s at the top of their game.

The Salem County K9 Association also assists municipal police department K9 units in Salem County and the region. For example, when Vineland and Gloucester County K9 officers were killed The Salem County K9 Association sent them donations to assist in replacing the K9 officers. Hans has also assisted other K9 groups start associations around the entire United States. So the dream to help local K9 units has grown to help law enforcement across the country!

The Salem County K9 Association just purchased two new dogs to replace K9 Titan and K9 Frodo who will retire at the end of this year. Replacing Titan and Frodo costs $19,000+.

Sgt Hans will be honored at the 2016 Spring Banquet, April 21 at Centerton Country Club.

We are thrilled to be able to recognize Sgt. Rob Hans this year!

Preliminary Strategy to Oppose Minimum Wage Increase

Friday, March 4, Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Executives met at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey to discuss concerns and develop a preliminary plan of action to oppose the proposed minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. Kim Gattuso, Director of Marketing for Dry Guys Basement Systems and I represented The Chamber. Included in the meeting were reps and Members from the following Chambers:

  • Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
  • Salem County Chamber of Commerce
  • Cape May Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce

CCSJ provided us their documents and position statements from the last two increases. We all shared feedback we received from our own Memberships.

Christina Renna from CCSJ stated right now the S15 bill is log jammed as the Assembly Speaker has not added it to be heard in Assembly. Gov. Christie said he would veto the bill if it comes before him. If the Senate and Assembly can agree on the bill, it will be added to the election ballot as a constitutional amendment in 2017. This would allow the voters to decide on the proposed increase. Christina also made us aware the original effort to increase minimum wage came from a State study conducted on the poverty levels in NJ. So increasing minimum wage is a quick fix to address the State’s current poverty level.

After much discussion, preliminary strategy is as follows:

  • Each Chamber and business should speak directly with their legislators to make their opposition known
  • Each participating Chamber will work together to prepare Op Eds and Editorial Board presentations to discuss the ramifications to consumers – an increase will cause significant inflation aka. Currently a $45 basket of groceries will cost $75 after the increase.
  • Social media blitz’s – CCSJ will compile notes and conduct additional research and keep us all informed. We all agreed to work together on the project as it evolves.

Legacy Planning for Your Family and Your Business

It’s important for you, your family and your business to plan your legacy now.  This Business Builder will teach you the key points and help you develop a legacy plan that will keep your family and business stable.
 
Our presenters: John Carr, Esquire / Joe Lessman, CPA / Jack Dempsey, Partner, Dempsey & Weiss Associates

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Download RSVP / Payment form

Friday
April 29, 2016
8am – 10am

LOCATION: Salem Community College Tillis Hall, Room 123, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. ⇒VIEW MAP HERE

RSVP – April 22, 2016
$20 Chamber Member
$50 per Potential Chamber Member

$25-Webinar

 

NJ MINIMUM WAGE HIKE PROPOSED TO $15 PER HOUR

voteAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblyman John Wisniewski announced Wednesday that they plan to introduce a bill that would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill is being presented on Thursday, February 11.

The Chamber is opposed to this drastic increase because we understand it will be devastating to our Members.

There is real influence in the power of a unified voice.  The Chamber’s Government Relations committee meets Monday to draft a plan for outreach to Assemblymen Prieto and Wisniewski and our Third Legislative District Representatives.

Look for more information on the plan of contact on Monday late morning. 

Know that your Chamber has your back!

A Word from the Director

Jennifer Jones Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!  It’s a new year and we have several opportunities this month for you and your staff to make new contacts through networking, build new skills via The Chamber’s Business Builder Workshops and meet the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Annual State of the County Address.

Invitations for all three are included in this correspondence.  We hope you will take full advantage of the Benefits of Membership by becoming more involved this year!

Jennifer A. Jones, Executive Director

Chamber Business Builders Announced

bizYou asked, We listened! Special thanks to all the folks who answered our Business Education Survey last month. As a result, the Business Education Committee has revamped and renewed our monthly workshops to make them more powerful and more meaningful for Members.

Business Builder Workshops will be held at Salem Community College’s Tillis Hall in the Business Resource Center, ground level at the Carneys Point Campus, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point. From 8am – 10:30 am Registration begins at 8am with complimentary coffee.

We’re still offering each Business Builder live or via live webinar. Here’s what we have planned for 2016:

Click HERE For Workshop Descriptions and Dates

We are also in need of presenters for these topics, so if you are interested contact Jennifer Jones at 856-351-2245 or via email at Jennifer@salemcountychamber.com

 

SALEM COUNTY
Chamber of Commerce

Salem Community College
Salem Center – Room 109
174 E. Broadway, PO Box 71
Salem, NJ 08079

Jennifer Jones: 856.351.2245
Karen Finlaw: 856.351.2244
Fax Number: 856.351.2243

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