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									                             Chamber Briefs
                             Where Business and Opportunity Meet                                                              Fall • 2008

In This Issue                GOLF OUTING A HUGE SUCCESS
                             The 17th Annual Mahwah Regional Chamber of                 A special thank you goes to The Tuxedo Club for its
                             Commerce Golf Outing, held on September 15 at the          gracious hospitality, fine food, and excellent venue.
2                            Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo, NY, was more profitable than
                             any other Golf Outing in the Chamber’s history. Why
                                                                                        Please mark your calendars for next year’s Outing:
                                                                                        The Tuxedo Club on September 21, 2009. s
Chamber News Briefs          such success? Besides perfect weather, Golf Commit-

                             tee Chairman Stuart Rosenberg attributed the success
                             to the Tuxedo greens, advance preparation, and mem-        DOCKERY TO BE HONORED
                             ber support.
We’d Like To Hear                                                                       AT 2009 GOLF OUTING
From You                     Work on this year’s event actually started one year
                             ago, the day after last year’s Golf Outing, with over      Joseph T. Dockery – entrepreneur

5                            40 MRCC members working behind the scenes –
                             from the Committee Chairpersons, to the office per-
                                                                                        and founder of several auto dealer-
                                                                                        ships in Mahwah-Ramsey – will be
Seminar Features Women       sonnel (Sharon, Connie, Maureen), to the 14 commit-        honored at the 2009 MRCC Golf
Executives                   tee members, to the Chamber members themselves             Outing for his community service
                             who worked tirelessly to gather door prizes and spon-      and many philanthropic works. A
6                            sorships. “I would like to express my appreciation to
                             our Golf Committee, the Chamber staff, and our many
                                                                                        portion of the proceeds from next
                                                                                        year’s Golf Outing will be donated              Joseph T.
New Members                  dedicated volunteers for all their hard work,” said        to a charity or scholarship of his               Dockery
                             Rosenberg.                                                 choice.
8                            “My sincere thanks to MRCC’s members and friends
                             for their generosity,” said Rosenberg, “which is so im-
                                                                                        In addition to his professional success, Joe has worked
                                                                                        with many organizations to improve the quality of life
Chamber Events
                             portant in making this annual event a huge success.”       for everyone in the communities in which he lives and

10                           Premium sponsors this year were Beverly Hills Hand
                             Car Wash & Detailing, HSBC Bank, USA N. A., and
                                                                                        works. He is on the Board of Governors of the Hack-
                                                                                        ensack University Medical Center and the Board of
Midsummer Fun                TD Banknorth, N.A.                                         Trustees of the Hospital's Foundation. Joe is also on
                             Key prize winners were Howard Brachfeld, putting           the Board of Trustees of the Winchendon School and

10                           contest; John Pak, chipping contest; Kelli Lafferty,
                             ladies’ longest drive; Andrew Diamond, men’s longest
                                                                                        Gilda's Club of Northern New Jersey. He was also
                                                                                        Vice Chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation
Website Tips                 drive; Jamie Panariello, ladies’ straightest drive; Eric   and is a member of the Michael Wolk Heart Founda-
                             Tommasi, men’s straightest drive; Tom Grissom of
                             UPS, closest to the pin; John Pak, Bill Sullivan, Will     Joseph Dockery has been honored many times over
                             Rutkin and Pom Ryu, lowest score foursome.                 the years, including Man of the Year 1995 by the West
Why I’m A Member                                                                                      Bergen Mental Health Association. He

                                                                                                      was also recognized as Man of the Year
                                                                                                      2004 by the Hackensack University
                                                                                                      Medical Center and Citizen of the Year
Contact Information
                                                                                                      2006 by Ramapo College. Joe is also a
                                                                                                      2008 Inductee of the Foundation for Free
                                                                                                      Enterprise Hall of Fame. s

SAVE THE DATE!                                                                                       Left (l to r): Foursome leading off hole num-
                                                                                                     ber one included MRCC Golf Chairman Stu-
                                                                                                     art Rosenberg, Beverly Hills Hand Car Wash
 December 10, 2008                                                                                   & Detailing; Paul Simon, BMW of Manhattan,
      Holiday Luncheon                                                                               Inc.; Andrew Paul, Open Road Audi of Man-
     & Awards Recognition                                                                            hattan; and, Mark Forhayz, Mercedes-Benz
                                                                                                     of White Plains.
     Sheraton Mahwah Hotel                                                                                                  More photos on page 4.
UPCOMING                                                 CHAMBER NEWS BRIEFS
                                                         • Adastra West, Inc. of Mahwah is celebrat-      telecommunications services – the highest
Oct. 7        Luncheon: Apolo’s, Ramsey. Spon-           ing its 20th Anniversary this year. Congratu-    level of sales/service achievements awarded
                                                         lations to Maja Britton and company!             by Toshiba.
              sored by HSBC Bank, USA, N.A.
                                                         • Barnett Design, Inc. of Ramsey received        • Fieldstone Fine Art Gallery of Ramsey
Oct. 8        Speed Networking with multiple             three awards in the 2008 American Graphic        celebrated Ramsey’s Centennial by hosting
              Chambers: Garden State Plaza Food          Design Awards Competition. The award-win-        an art exhibit by Ramsey artists, who donat-
                                                         ning pieces will be published in The 2008        ed 20 percent of the purchase price of their
              Court, Paramus
                                                         American Graphic Design Awards Annual            works to the borough’s grassroots organiza-
Oct. 14       Wine Tasting Reg. BCE: Gary’s Wine         and will be displayed on the Graphic Design      tion, Ramsey Responds.
              & Marketplace, Wayne                       USA website.                                     • First Metropolitan Mortgage of Mont-
                                                         • The law firm of Botta & Carver, LLP of         vale has partnered with, a non-
Oct. 16       Bridging Borders B-to-B Expo: Park                                                          profit organization that helps military,
                                                         Ramsey has been renamed Botta & Associ-
              Ridge Marriott, Park Ridge MRCC            ates, LLC. The full-service law firm repre-      government, healthcare, and emergency re-
              Sponsors include HSBC Bank, USA,           sents individuals, businesses, and public        sponders purchase or refinance a home with
              N.A., and
                                                         entities in civil litigation and transactional   huge discounts. First Metropolitan has also
                                                         matters involving commercial, corporate,         expanded its team to nine loan officers to as-
Oct. 21       Young Professionals Network: Dave &        employment, family, real estate, and land use    sist with residential, commercial, and reverse
              Busters, West Nyack, NY                    law.                                             mortgages.
                                                         • The Center for Food Action will open its       • Gayle M. Gruenberg, Chief Executive Or-
Oct. 22       Business Card Exchange: Mahwah
                                                         new 5,200-square-foot facility on Ridge          ganizer of Let’s Get Organized in Park
              PNC Bank, Mahwah                           Road in Mahwah this fall. The building will      Ridge, is featured as an expert in The Next
Oct. 29       Professional Development Seminar:          house a food depot, classrooms, and adminis-     Home Design Handbook, published by the
                                                         trative offices.                                 editors of Her organizing tips
              Women in Transition, Chamber
                                                                                                          on setting up a home appear throughout the
              Office, Mahwah                                                                              guide.
Nov. 4        Young Professionals Network: Lucky                                                          • Long Island University-Rockland Grad-
                                                                                                          uate Campus in Orangeburg, NY, will host
              Strike Lanes, West Nyack, NY
                                                                                                          its annual Graduate Open House on Tuesday,
Nov. 13       Business Card Exchange: WaterLeaf                                                           November 4, from 5-7:00 pm. To reserve for
              LLC, Ramsey                                                                                 the Open House, contact the Admissions Of-
                                                                                                          fice at (845) 359-7200, ext. 5403. The regu-
Nov. 18*      Non-member Open House: Sheraton,
                                                                                                          lar application fee is waived for all Open
              Mahwah. Sponsored by Sheraton                                                               House attendees.
              Mahwah Hotel                                                                                • Lucky Strike Lanes of West Nyack, NY,
                                                                                                          will open a new location in October at 42nd
Nov. 19       Holiday Shopping Expo & Luncheon
                                                         • Commerce Bank of Ramsey recently do-           Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan.
              with multiple chambers: Fiesta,            nated $10,000 to the Fund-A-Dream Project        • Bruce Whitaker of the law firm McDon-
              Wood Ridge, NJ                             of the Boys and Girls Clubs of NJ. The bank      nell and Whitaker in Ramsey has been hon-
                                                         is dedicated to partnering with organizations    ored by Pony Power Therapies for securing
Dec. 2        New Member Orientation: Chamber
                                                         that enhance the quality of life for the com-    the organization’s permanent home at Three
              Office, Mahwah                             munities in which their employees and cus-       Sisters Farm in Mahwah and its subsequent
Dec. 10*      Holiday Luncheon & Annual Awards           tomers work and play.                            permission to build a covered riding arena.
                                                         • Sophia Heftler, founder of Distinctive         • Pony Power Therapies, Inc. of Mahwah
              Recognition: Sheraton Mahwah Hotel,
                                                         Care, a geriatric care management practice in    received unanimous approval from the Zon-
              Mahwah                                                                                      ing Board for construction of a 6,000-square-
                                                         Ridgewood, has received her certificate in
For more details and online registration:                Geriatric Care Management from Kaplan            foot riding pavilion and 1,420-square-foot
                                                         University. Also, the National Association of    stable canopy at Three Sisters Farm on
                                 Professional Geriatric Care Managers             Ramapo Valley Road.
                                                         (NAPGCM) Board of Directors has chosen           • Joseph Puro, VP of Precision Abrasives
Business Card Exchange hosted by member noted            Sophia to become a member of the Book Re-        and Tools, Inc. of Ramsey, announced that
*Sponsorships available. Please inquire at the office.   view Subcommittee for Inside GCM.                the company will now be doing business as
                                                         • Entel Systems, Inc. of Pompton Plains, a       Precision Cooperative Purchasing and will
Payment is due with event reservation.                   full-service telecom & data company and          offer a new Light Bulb Sales and Recycling
                                                         NJ’s largest distributor for Toshiba, has re-    Program, as well as Green Seal Certified®
Online reservations close at 4:00 p.m. on the day
                                                         cently earned Toshiba’s TAIS TSD Profes-         cleaning products.
preceding each event. Walk-ins are permitted if          sional Certification – Platinum Level in         • Ramsey Press, Inc., originator of High-
space allows, but will incur a $5.00 processing fee.                                                      Definition Printing™, announced that it has a

WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU…                                                                           Message from
• Has your company become incorporated, become an LLC, or changed its name?                           the President
• Did your company move, merge, and/or change address?
• Have you acquired new facilities or established a new branch location?
                                                                                                      It is hard to believe
• Did a top performer in your business get a promotion or change titles?
                                                                                                      that we are ap-          MRCC President
• Is your company having a historic anniversary this year?                                                                     Thomas O’Brien
                                                                                                      proaching the end of
• Did you hire a new partner, CEO, or administrator?
                                                                                                      our 51st year as a
• Has someone in your organization delivered a paper at a conference, published a book, or
                                                                                                      Chamber. The old adage that “time
   appeared on TV or radio?
                                                                                                      flies by when you are busy” certainly
• Did you or your business receive an award or special recognition for community service?
                                                                                                      rings true. At the beginning of 2008,
• Has your company received professional certification of any kind?
                                                                                                      the poor economic outlook promised to
We’d like to hear about it. Please call or email the Chamber with your “news brief,” and we’ll        make this a difficult year for many of
try to include it in the upcoming issue. There is no charge for any news that gets printed.           our members and their businesses. In
The maximum number of submissions per year is two per business.
                                                                                                      light of that, the Chamber focused on
                                                                                                      increasing opportunities for our mem-
new partnership with Earth Enterprise, Green Earth Enterprise, and Priority Enterprise.
                                                                                                      bers to market their business, to form
GREEN High-Definition Printing™ neutralizes printed material carbon footprints and is only
                                                                                                      new relationships, and to give other
available at Ramsey Press, Inc.
                                 • SnapSports TriState of Upper Saddle River pulled                   support and assistance where possible.
                                 through in a pinch for CBS’ “The Early Show” by providing            Optimism is not high that the worst is
                                 a Duracourt tennis surface for their August 22 interview with        behind us. The Chamber has and will
                                 tennis Olympic Doubles Gold Medalists, Venus and Serena              remain strong, continuing to provide
                                 Williams. “Thomas Petersen worked with his crew quickly
                                                                                                      additional services and assistance to
                                 and professionally, accepting the last-minute challenge, and
                                 created the set beautifully                                          our members and the community. Our
                                 for the on-air presentation,”                                        growth over the last year is a clear in-
                                 said Deborah Mitchell, Pro-                                          dicator, with membership approaching
                                 ducer of “The Early Show.”                                           500. The frequently heard phrase com-
• Waterleaf, an environmentally conscious boutique in                                                 ing from our new and older members
Ramsey, celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 17. Fes-                                          that “the Mahwah Regional Chamber
tivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Ramsey                                               of Commerce is the place to be” is re-
Mayor Christopher Botta (photo at right). s
                                                                                                      warding to hear.
                                                                                                      These results do not happen without
                                                                                                      the significant time and effort needed
                                                                 Below: Dan Veilleux of GolfTEC       to develop new programs and increase
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                                                                 Young Professionals Network          work. I want to thank all the volunteers
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                                                                                                      their outstanding support.
                                                                                                      As we move into the planning stages
                                                                                                      for next year, you can be confident that
                                                                                                      the Mahwah Regional Chamber of
                                                                                                      Commerce will be there for you.
                                                                                                      I wish you and your families a happy,
                                                                                                      healthy, and safe Holiday Season.

                                                                                                      Thomas O’Brien
                                                                                                      Chamber President                     3

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR                                                 Come "Hitch-A-Ride"...
TO FEATURE FEMALE EXECUTIVES                                                     ... in the Chamber’s monthly mailer envelope.
                                                                                 We’ll send your promotional material to ap-
Women in Transition
Monday, October 29, 6:00-8:00 pm                                                 proximately 1,000 local businesses
Chamber Office                                                                   for only $225.00!
$25/members; $35/non-members – includes refreshments
                                                                                 Does Hitch-A-Ride work?
Addressing life’s financial challenges and helping to make the appropriate
choices is a dynamic process that changes as women “transition” into different   Here’s a comment from one of our members,
stages of life. Bring your questions and enjoy the panelists as they discuss,    Marlene B. Pissott, President of
“What are the various resources available and how do you use these resources?”, Inc:
Moderated by Maria Nigro of CitiSmith Barney, the distinguished panel in-        “Mahwah Medical became a client of ours
cludes Renee Rubino, Esq. of Rubino Law Group LLC, Lois Campagna of
                                                                                 after Hitching-A-Ride with the Chamber the
Campagna CPA, and Joy Koch of Coldwell Banker Realtors.
                                                                                 very first time!”
For further information or to register, please call the Chamber office at
201-529-5566. s
                                                                                 Future flyer deadlines are:
                                                                                 November 19
                        Plans are underway for our
                                                                                 December 17                SUPPOR
     2009 Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide                                   January 21                        T
    Advertising Contracts will be mailed to all members in November.                                         MRCC

    NEW MEMBERS                      The Chamber is pleased to welcome the following new member businesses.

Alpha Moving & Storage, Inc.        Beauty By Lana                      Cartridge World Ramsey                  Frungillo Caterers
Paul A. Duggan                      Lana Roeser                         Sam Sher                                Ron Roskilly
6 Senate Place                      164 Grandview Lane                  875 Route 17 South                      90 Route 46 West
Jersey City, NJ 07306-5104          Mahwah, NJ 07430-2057               Ramsey, NJ 07446-1658                   Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046-1717
201-656-0312                        917-445-0456                        201-934-0020                            973-335-5300                                                                
                                    Bovino Companies LLC
American Heart Association          Frank Bovino, Sr.                   Charles T. Saldarini Group              GolfTec
Karen Winick                        600 E. Crescent Avenue              Chuck Saldarini                         Tom Howard
4 Garret Drive                      Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-1846   15 Hopper Court                         240 Route 17 North, Unit 5
W. Paterson, NJ 07424-2767          201-934-4550                        Mahwah, NJ 07430-1337                   Paramus, NJ 07652-2925
973-569-3686                            551-804-0180                            201-450-9940                                              
                                    Burgdorff Realtors ERA                                                                                         
                                    Kathleen Antti                      Citibank, N.A.
American Red Cross of Northern NJ   31 N. Broad Street                  Josephine Rosa-Gunther                  H&R Block
Nancy Kennedy                       Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3801            80 Ridgewood Rd.                        Dennis Oehm
74 Godwin Avenue                    201-251-6665                        Washington Township, NJ 07676-5135      100 N. Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3706              917-453-3688                            Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3212
201-882-3705                                 201-444-7722                                                                              
                                    Carlisle Collection                 Coffee News of                                                                                   
                                    Carole Valera                       Northern New Jersey
Ameriprise Financial                722-24 Devon Street, Apt. 7         George Gerney                           Hokees Mediterranean Gourmet Inc.
Amanda Goldberg                     Kearny, NJ 07032-3021               350 Ramapo Valley Road                  Victoria Gurunian
Park 80 West, Plaza Two             201-998-6601                        Suite 18-140                            26 Franklin Turnpike
250 Pehle Avenue, 5th Floor                Oakland, NJ 07436-7300                  Waldwick, NJ 07463-1737
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663-5803          201-819-1544                            201-444-5750
                                                                                                                HSBC Bank, USA, N.A.
                                                                        Comfort Suites - Mahwah                 Robyn Hopper
                                                                        Frank F. Nazem                          185 Arch Street
                                                                        220 Route 17 South                      Ramsey, NJ 07446-1947
                                                                        Mahwah, NJ 07430-1734                   201-934-1461
                                                                                                                Kinetic Physical Therapy
                                                                        Crossroads Florists                     Elite Athletic Performance Institute
                                                                        Tom Kenison                             Brian McGowan
                                                                        One International Blvd., Suite 204      171 Lake Street
                                                                        Mahwah, NJ 07495-0025                   Ramsey, NJ 07446-2089
                                                                        201-529-0660                            201-327-1990
                                                                        Dry Clean Spa                           Lutra Technologies LLC
                                                                        Alex Saghei                             Susan Bovino
                                                                        30 Franklin Tpke., Suite A              600 E. Crescent Avenue
                                                                        Waldwick, NJ 07463-1737                 Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-1846
                                                                        201-251-1255                            201-934-6066
                                                                        Ethos Fitness & Day Spa                 Maywood Mitsubishi
                                                                        Camille Munro                           Todd Van Duren
                                                                        85 Godwin Avenue                        137 Route 17 North
                                                                        Midland Park, NJ 07432-1970             Maywood, NJ 07607-1017
                                                                        201-251-4500                            201-587-7770
                                                                        Exclusive Auto Collision Center, Inc.   Merrill Lynch
                                                                        Tony Lake                               Robert Robles, III
                                                                        75 South Franklin Turnpike              7 Roszel Road, 4th Floor
                                                                        Ramsey, NJ 07446-2545                   Princeton, NJ 08540-6287
                                                                        201-785-1116                            609-243-7842

    Moe's Southwest Grill                  Ramsey Mitsubishi                       Snap Fitness                        Wayne Tile Co.
    Lee Diprizito                          Todd Van Duren                          Jed Regen                           Donald Westra, Jr.
    380 Ridge Road                         365 Route 17 South                      115 Franklin Turnpike               50 Spring Street
    Mahwah, NJ 07430-3614                  Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2307       Mahwah, NJ 07430-1325               Ramsey, NJ 07446-1131
    201-529-2003                           201-327-3377                            201-491-4259                        201-825-8000                                                  
                                           Ramsey Nissan                           SnapSports TriState
                                                                                                                       WSI Internet Consulting
    Ramsey Auto Group                      Drew Van Duren                          Thomas Petersen
                                                                                                                       and Education LLC
    Todd Van Duren                         401 Route 17 South                      8C Industrial Avenue
                                                                                                                       Jim Rothstein
    585 Route 17 South                     Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2307       Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2302
                                                                                                                       151 Fisher Road
    Ramsey, NJ 07446-2047                  201-825-4040                            201-760-1284
                                                                                                                       Mahwah, NJ 07430-3215
                                           Ramsey Subaru                           Stifel Nicolaus & Company 
    Ramsey Chrysler Jeep                   Arthur Picciano                         Vito Bianco
                                                                                                                       Yellow Pages.Com
    Todd Van Duren                         905 Route 17 South                      107 Spring Street, Suite 100
                                                                                                                       Cheryl D'Elia
    1555 Route 17 South                    Ramsey, NJ 07446-1606                   Ramsey, NJ 07446-1189
                                                                                                                       17 Crocker Mansion Dr.
    Ramsey, NJ 07446-2810                  201-327-0070                            201-669-3030
                                                                                                                       Mahwah, NJ 07430-2547
                                           Ramsey Volvo                            Supreme Security Systems  
    Ramsey Galleria/Gallery Interiors      Arthur Picciano                         Jamie Panariello
    Karen J. Russo                         585 Route 17 South                      1565 Union Avenue
    74 E. Main Street                      Ramsey, NJ 07446-2047                   Union, NJ 07083-4770
    Ramsey, NJ 07446-1901                  201-327-5105                            908-810-8311                        The Mahwah Regional
                                                                                                                       Chamber of Commerce
    Ramsey Infiniti                        Servpro                                 The Dackk's Group                   is now serving
    Ray Van Duren                          Jennifer Kievit                         Karen Amy                           over 480 members
    535 Route 17 South                     P.O. Box 88                             PO Box 702
    Ramsey, NJ 07446-2014                  Dumont, NJ 07628-0088                   Ramsey, NJ 07446-0702               from over
    201-327-5100                           201-244-0100                            201-236-9001                                85 communities!           
    Ramsey Mazda                           Shaklee Independent Owner
    Arthur Picciano                        Rochelle Dykstra, R.N.
    436 Route 17 North                     1619 Ratzer Road
    Ramsey, NJ 07446-2013                  Wayne, NJ 07470-2437
    201-825-4444                           973-464-7181                            Below:                       New members recognized at September Breakfast: (l to r) MRCC Director                          Bob Cella, Jaguar Land Rover; Aurora Pederson and Martin Murphy,
                                                                                   Center for Classical – Five Element Acupuncture; MRCC Director Mark
                                                                                   Fairman, New York Life Insurance Co.; Michael Martinez and Michael
                                                                                   Swan, MicroV Technologies Inc.; Lee Daniels, PostNet; and, Aimee
                                                                                   Demilia and Thomas Peterson, SnapSports TriState.

MRCC President Tom O’Brien         New members Kevin M. Vernieri
presents membership plaque to      of Northwestern Mutual (l) and
staff of Restaurant L in Allen-    Frank F. Nazem of Comfort
dale, hosts of our July Lun-       Suites – Mahwah.

                                                                                                  CHAMBER EVENTS

Above: A panel addressing Governor Corzine’s “Shared Service Program” was held at the
Hilton Woodcliff Lake on September 9, 2008. Panel included local mayors (l to r) Mayor
Roger Fyfe of Montvale; Mayor Richard Botta of Ramsey; Tom O’Brien, MRCC President
and moderator; Mayor Richard Martel of Mahwah; and, Mayor James T. Tedesco, III of

                                                                                                  Above: Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey hosted
                                                                                                  a Regional Event for member chambers in August. The event was
                                                                                                  sponsored by the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights. (l to r) Millie Federi-
                                                                                                  co, Executive Director, Greater Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce; Al
                                                                                                  Handi, General Manager, Hilton Hasbrouck Heights; Debra Ro-
                                                                                                  mano, CIANJ V.P. of Programs & Events; and Tom O’Brien, MRCC

Above: Dinner by Design hosted our September 24th Business Card De-
sign offering samplings of their fine foods. (l to r) Vernon Bell, proprietor;
Connie McGinty, MRCC Chamber Administrator; and, Maureen Fernan-                 Below: Lovina Schoenmakers, LES Associates; Richard Soleimani, PNC Bank; and
dez, Dinner by Design.                                                           Amelia Puro, Precision Abrasives & Tools, Inc. enjoy the CIANJ Event.

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                                                                    WEBSITE TIPS
                                                                    Using Your Web Site to Convert Leads to Opportunities
                                                                                                                                         by Matt Galemmo

                                                               Once your web site is ready to maximize         Include Items of General Interest
                                                               exposure by recording leads, it is time to      Whenever possible, a business should try
                                                               focus on generating opportunities. In           to include topical information related to
                                                               most industries, one exposure is not suf-       their industry. This can be original, or
                                                               ficient for generating a sale, and a            syndicated from articles anywhere on the
                                                               method of follow-up is needed. A well-          web, provided the article is properly
                                                               constructed web site will include mass          credited and linked. By using general in-
Above: “A Midsummer Networking Dream” held in July             email tools customized to meet the busi-        terest, the recipient feels as though they
was sponsored by the Hilton Woodcliff Lake. Three short
                                                               ness’s needs. The content of the emails is      get value out of reading the emails, and
vignettes were presented by many wonderful member
volunteers. Above King Dave Treadwell summarizes the           dependent upon the business’s model;            this will help to increase open rates and
“do’s and don’ts of networking etiquette,” with Jester An-     however, some typical models include:           decrease opt-outs.
nette Freund waiting for her cue to introduce the next act.    Event Model                                     Consider Automation
                                                               For sites in or related to the tourist indus-   Services like Constant Contact and
                                                               try, membership organizations, or other         MyEmma provide mass email services
                                                               such sites, mass emails focused on up-          independent of a web site, but this is not
                                                               coming events draw a positive response.         optimal. Such services require informa-
                                                               Emails should highlight a number of             tion be entered manually, but having a
                                                               events with brief information and links         tool incorporated into a web site allows
                                                               to the web site where details can be ob-        an automated option. Organizations
                                                               tained.                                         should look to develop an email template
                                                               Case Studies Model                              that will use data from the web site, such
                                                               For sites that provide services, case stud-     as a list of upcoming events, automati-
                                                               ies provide the most benefit. Potential         cally, thus improving efficiency and
Above: Act III All’s Well That Ends Well starring Matt         customers should be apprised of the             maximizing the cohesiveness of the
Fromowitz, Dara Myers, and Aaron Galileo (rear).
                                                               work such companies are completing.             campaign.
                                                               Those that are active in announcing their       With a consistent effort to communicate
                                                               successful projects can expect to close         with leads, a business can convert those
                                                               more deals.                                     leads to opportunities. Our next install-
                                                               Specials Model                                  ment will discuss web site tactics for
                                                               For retail, sales are always popular. In-       capturing sales.
                                                               dustries that are strictly retail do not need
                                                               to be shy about placing their products in                          Matt Galemmo is the Di-
                                                               front of customers. If customers did not                           rector of Internet Services
                                                                                                                                  at Deluge Interactive, a di-
                                                               want to know about special offers, they                            vision of Delaney Comput-
                                                               wouldn’t have opted-into the distribu-          er Services, Inc., specializing in web
Above: MRCC’s own “Networking Idol” was a huge suc-
                                                               tion.                                           development and marketing applications for
                                                               Knowledge Base Model                            small business. Hundreds of companies in
cess. Several brave souls stood before our Idol judges,
                                                                                                               Northern NJ and Rockland County, NY rely on
Randy – Mitch Schaefer, Paula – Lisa McNicholas, and           Businesses related to consulting can use
                                                                                                               Deluge Interactive and the Internet to achieve
Simon – Dave Treadwell, and gave a brief introduction of       bits of their expertise as email content.       their goals.
their business. Prizes were awarded to the top three con-      Brief teasers, with links to the web site
testants and fun was had by all.
                                                               work best.

                                                              Right: Karen Winick
                                                              of the American
                                                              Heart Association
                                                              introduced herself
                                                              and organization at
                                                              the MRCC New
                                                              Member Orientation
                                                              held on September
         The audience showed their appreciation at the        29 at the Chamber
         end of the program and the networking event          Office.

                                                                                CHAMBER EVENTS

Above: The panel addressing “Going Green” at our September Professional
Development Seminar includes: MRCC Director Andy Sulzer, moderator, Mil-
ton Terry Associates; Sri Rangarajan, PhD, P.Eng., D. WRE, HydroQual, Inc.;
Joseph Puro, Precision Cooperative Purchasing; Richard Davidson, R.A., P.P.,
Rothe Architects-Planners, Inc.; Rochelle Dykstra, R.N., B.S.N., Shaklee; and
Glenn Marthens, Milton Terry Associates.

Right: “Going Green” audience introduced themselves and was an integral
part of this seminar.

Above: MRCC Director Mark Fairman of New York Life Insur-
ance Co. marches in the Mahwah Day Parade with family
members Hunter and Lupe.

Above: The Mahwah Courtyard by Marriott hosted MRCC’s
August Business Card Exchange Barbecue with over 60 in
attendance. (l – r) Marriott staff members include: Bobby
Bellinger, Operations Specialist; Dan Borger, Sales Intern;
Wendy Aguila, Account Executive; and Nathan Gullo, Ac-
count Executive. Sam Cohen of Genworth Financial Long
Term Care Insurance (far right) compliments the hosts.

President                                                                             WHY I’M A MEMBER
  Thomas O’Brien
  T. O’Brien Consulting Services, LLC

Senior Vice President                   Anyone who meets Rena Rothman of The Cleaning               my business through the Chamber website,” said Rena.
  Dr. Annette S. Freund                 Authority, Midland Park, NJ, will notice her friendli-      As a member of the Chamber’s volunteer Reserves,
  Freund Associates                     ness. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why she       Rena enjoys helping out with short-term tasks: “I’m
  Technical Communication
                                        joined the Chamber: “When I joined in 2002, I wanted        not just an outside member who shows up now and
Treasurer                               to meet other business people and become involved in        then. I’ve made some good friends, so when I see them
  Daniel J. Hope                        the community. The Chamber has helped me accom-             again at a Chamber event, I know who they are. They
  Stryker Orthopaedics                  plish both.”                                                know me. I feel like I belong.”
Executive Director                      As a franchise owner serving Northern Bergen County,        Rena’s involvement in the community is further
  Sharon Rounds
                                        Rena appreciates how much she has learned about mar-        evidenced in her partnership with Cleaning for a
                                        keting, advertising, and public relations from her in-      Reason, a nationwide non-profit foundation that pro-
Vice Presidents                         volvement on the Taste of the Region committee. “You        vides the gift of a clean home to women undergoing
  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT                                       learn how the process works,           treatment for cancer. If you know of a woman in need
  Susan Lord
  Hughes Environmental Engineering
                                                             which can help you in your busi-       of help during this difficult time, contact Cleaning for
                                                             ness,” said Rena. “You really get to   a Reason at or call
  Kathleen Mainardi                                          know a lot of people, and you have     877-337-3348.
  Ramapo College Foundation                                  a voice.”
  MARKETING                                                  Being a Chamber member also
  Thomas E. Grissom
  RVP Digital Printing
                                                             gives Rena’s business more credi-      The Cleaning Authority is a national franchise specializing in
                                                             bility. “There’s somebody saying,      residential cleaning. The company is committed to providing
  MEMBERSHIP                                                                                        top-quality cleaning in your home and to protecting the envi-
  Bruce Barrett
                                                             ‘I know who you are, and you’re        ronment by using Green Seal Certified® housecleaning prod-
                                        Rena Rothman,        not a fly-by-night operation.’ A
  Aflac Insurance                                                                                   ucts, HEPA vacuums, and microfibers.
  PUBLIC RELATIONS                      The Cleaning         few of my customers even found         Visit s
  Maja Britton                          Authority
  Adastra West, Inc.
  Daniel J. Hope
  Stryker Orthopaedics


  Will Adamo
  Sheraton Mahwah Hotel

  Robert Cella
  Jaguar Land Rover

  Richard Delaney
  Delaney Computer Services, Inc.

  Mark Fairman
  New York Life Insurance Co.

  Matthew A. Fromowitz
  1st Metropolitan Mortgage
                                        Above: MRCC Senior V.P. Annette Freund
  Hanna Fronius                         presents a certificate to Eagle Scout James
  Wachovia Bank
                                        M. O’Connor, while MRCC Directors Stuart
  John G. McGorty                       Rosenberg and father Jim O’Connor look on.
  Super Signs & Banners, Ltd.

  Lisa McNicholas
  Meizner, Inc.

  Joe Mikulka
  Metro Pest Solutions

  Maria Z. Nigro                                         MAHWAH

                                               Chamber Briefs
  Citi Smith Barney

  James M. O’Connor
  Check-M-Out Security Services,
  Investigations, LLC                          IS PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE

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