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New Providence Business Community Holds Successful Business Bash

by Michael M. Shapiro, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Over one hundred New Providence business owners packed Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors on Wednesday night for the New Providence Business Bash, a networking event and awards presentation that also featured the unveiling of a new logo and marketing for the New Providence business community, New Providence Business:  Small Community, Big Choices.

Summit Medical Group was presented with the Corporate Neighbor Award while Investors Bank was named Business of the Year.  The New Jersey Sharing Network won Humanitarian Business of the Year.

Michelle Brugger, President of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, told the attendees, “you are what helps make New Providence a great place in which to work, live and have fun!”

She noted that the New Providence Business & Professional Association provides scholarships at New Providence high school, and organizes and funds the summer concert series, Farmers Market, and Independence Day fireworks and festivities, among other contributions.

Gary Kapner, founder of the New Providence Business & Professional Association and Councilman in New Providence said, “I am thrilled to see how many people turned out for tonight’s event.  It shows just how involved our business community is in our town and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In unveiling the new logo and marketing for the New Providence business community, Barbara Singer of Different by Design, who designed the new logo, said that the concept is to shop locally and come to New Providence while also attracting new businesses to New Providence.  She said that the logo and marketing is about linking the community to the business community.

Jimmy Vardas, President of the New Providence Downtown Improvement District and owner of the Prestige Diner, said “Besides the unveiling of our new logo and the awards given out, tonight’s event proves the great relationships between New Providence business owners. It was almost like attending a friend’s party where all knew each other and the “new” guests were welcomed as part of the family. It all proved that we a true Business Community and not just business owners in a great town.”

Elefante Music supplied the entertainment for the event while Paolo’s Kitchen catered it and Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors hosted it.

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Community Wellness Awareness Day April 27, 2013


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On Saturday, April 27 (from 9 am to 2 pm), Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club will host a Community Wellness Awareness Day!

This day is designed to promote community interaction and recreation as well as wholesome wellness and prevention. There will be many vendors and local businesses on hand to promote wellness and prevention at the Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club facility for a family fun day of entertainment, healthy food and drink, and lots of information and seminars on what total wellness looks like! This includes recreational activities and extracurricular activities for children. It is also an Open House event for the club, completely FREE services, including group fitness classes, body assessments, and more.

Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club is located at 593 Central Avenue in New Providence and will be holding events both indoors and outdoors.

Join us in a celebration of community and wellness!  Come see other local businesses that are involved, support your community, and enjoy a family fun day of health and wellness!

Please mark your calendars and set the date for Saturday April 27 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

To all New Providence Business & Professional Association Members who wish to participate: You choose how involved you wish to be!

By choosing to be a participating business, your logo will be added to the event’s flier. These fliers will be distributed to our 15,000 plus database via email blast, to all participating vendors/businesses, as well as email blasted to all participating vendors/businesses databases. Marketing is well underway and I believe this event will not only be great for the community, it will be great for the growth of our businesses!

Contact Betsy Shinkle at, 908-665-1141 if you are interested in becoming a represented business/vendor at our event!


All New Providence Businesses Invited to Attend Business Bash on May 1st

The New Providence Business Community is proud to sponsor a Business Bash on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  All New Providence business owners, operators, or managers of both large and small business and corporations are encouraged to come and enjoy some refreshments, meet other local business owners, and learn more about the New Providence Business Community and what it can do for you and your business.  The Business Bash will begin at 5 PM at Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, 560 Central Avenue in New Providence.

The New Providence Business Community serves its members and supports the local community by funding and operating numerous community events and activities.  They also hold membership meetings to inform, educate, and create a forum for members to exchange ideas and experiences in order to build a proactive and vibrant business community. If you are a New Providence business owner or employee who would like to be more involved, or for more information, visit


2012 New Providence 5K Race

This year’s 5K Race is scheduled for Sunday, June 10

Dear NPBPA Members:

As many of you already know, this year’s 5K Race is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th at the Sharing Network Headquarters on Central Avenue.  Last year was a huge success, as more than 4,000 runners/walkers participated in this event, which is hosted by the NPBPA.

As a special fundraiser, we are offering the opportunity to NPBPA Members to advertise their business by either purchasing a Race Marker, or by setting up a table at the event, under the NPBPA tent or both.

To advertise your business in the community – and be seen by more than 5,000 people, please download the registration form and mail it to the NPBPA with your check as instructed on the form.

If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions about the event or about advertising, please contact me directly.

Thank you for your support!!!

Peter E. Rovtar
President of The Lantern Agency Insurance & 5K Race Chairman for the NPBPA

Important to all members:

Even if you do not wish to purchase a marker or table, please come out the day of the race
to show your support of this NPBPA event!

More about the 5K Race  |  More about sponsorship opportunities

December General Meeting

Dear Members,

Join us on December 1 at 5 pm when the NP BPA will host its general membership meeting.

The Power of Engagement Marketing: Email and Social Media Strategies to Grow Your Business

Is your company or organization looking for a better way to reach your target audience–at a fraction of the cost of conventional advertising? Whether it is to generate new sales or to follow-up with existing customers, “E-marketing” gives businesses of all sizes access to mass markets at an unbeatable price! This seminar covers the basics of email and social media marketing, why it works, and how to use it to get results for your business.

Our presenter is Wendi Caplan Carroll of Constant Contact. Wendi is a marketing expert with over 20 years experience developing and implementing marketing strategies for businesses and organizations spanning a variety of industries. Wendi uses her expertise to provide coaching for small businesses and organizations on best practices of email marketing, designing strategic marketing initiatives and developing creative approaches to marketing with the use of online tools.

A popular speaker and educator, Wendi delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results immediately! And although the topics and strategies may be cutting edge, it doesn’t take an interactive guru to “get it.” Wendi simplifies the information and provides essential basics, secrets, and shortcuts that make it easy for seminar attendees to get on their way fast.

Wendi gives her groups the KnowHow to boost business, awareness, and customer loyalty.

Email us for more information! 

Use the electronic link above, send us an email at

Please join us for an informative meeting, as we kick off the Holiday Season.


Martha Jaynes, Program Chair


Michelle Brugger, President

New Providence Business and Professional Association




Dear Members,

You’re invited ….






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6:30 – 9:30 PM



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Jersey Fresh/Suburban Chamber of Commerce Networking Event


Join us at 12:30 pm

Wednesday August 24th at a


(rain or shine)

at the New Providence Farmer’s Market
360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence

Sponsored by:


A sandwich and salad lunch will be provided to all who register!

Bring plenty of business cards and a hearty appetite!

Registration cost is $10 for members — $40 for soon to be members.

Click here to register online, or email or phone 908-522-1700.

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