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February 2016 Membership Meeting

Our next meeting of the New Providence Business Community is Tues., 2/23 from 6:45-8:30 pm at Sproutlings Childcare Center on Central Ave. There will be time for networking. We’ll get a tour of Sproutlings’ state of the art facility and we will have time to discuss all that’s been going on in New Providence over the past few weeks. See you there!

New Providence Business Community Hires Director

Reis headshotAs part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the downtown and promote economic development, the New Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) announced that Cindy Reis has recently accepted the position of Business Community Manager.   In this new position, Cindy will assist with new membership efforts, facilitate interactions among local businesses, promote business community events, manage the business community website, and spearhead shared services among downtown businesses.  She will be the key contact for existing and new businesses, and will report to the DID Board of Directors.

Cindy is a familiar face in New Providence because she has also served as the Public Information Officer for the borough for the past 11 years, working closely with the Business Community to develop and promote various community events and programs, obtain event sponsorships, and produce the downtown banner campaign.   In a unique shared service arrangement, Cindy will continue her responsibilities as the Public Information Officer, and also assume additional responsibilities in her new role with the Business Community.

“We are thrilled to have Cindy working with us in an official capacity,” said Jimmy Vardas, President of the DID.  “Because she served as a liaison between the borough and the business community for so many years, she is very familiar with our organization and has the skill set to help us move forward with a number of new projects.”  “Cindy has been a great asset to the Business Community,” added Michelle Brugger, President of New Providence Business.   “She is well respected and a pleasure to work with.  We are very happy that she has accepted this new position.”

“When the DID approached us about the possibility of developing a shared service agreement for their Business Community Manager position, it really made sense from our perspective,” according to Mayor Al Morgan.  “Cindy had already been working closely with the DID on many of our economic development initiatives, so having her expand that role is a win-win for the borough and the DID.”

Cindy is a seasoned marketing, advertising, and communications professional, with experience in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining the Borough of New Providence, she held various management positions at major multinational corporations, including MasterCard International, Citicorp Investment Bank, and Swiss Bank Corporation.  She holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

“I am looking forward to working with all of the businesses in town. It’s a very friendly and active business community and I know that we will accomplish great things together,” said Cindy.  She can be reached at 908-665-1400 ext. 232 or through the Contact Us links on this Business Community website and the borough website, www.newprov.org.

2015 Summer Concert Series

Thank you for making the 2015 Summer Concert program a success!   New Providence Business is proud to sponsor community programs like the summer concert series.  Please join us on November 1, 2015 for the New Providence Street Fair on Springfield Ave. between South Street and Livingston Ave.  There will be fun for the whole family!

 

Advanced Financial Federal Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years

This year Advanced Financial Federal Credit Union is celebrating 50 years in business. On June 18, 2015 we hosted a customer appreciation and anniversary celebration at our Main office at 785 Central Avenue, New Providence. Employees of Summit medical group, Summit Speech therapy, Lexis-Nexis, and many other companies joined our celebration. Many of our New Providence residents who are Members joined our outdoor barbecue, as well.

Advanced Financial has proudly served the community for 50 years and we are looking forward to serving Union County for many more years. We are open to anyone who works or lives in Union County.

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New Providence Businesses Have Donated More Than $100,000 Locally in 2014

PrestigeDiner2014-08-09by Michael M. Shapiro, TAP into New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – During the last year, businesses in New Providence donated more than $100,000 to sponsor local events and provide funding to organizations and charities in the borough. By supporting the merchants who give back to the borough, New Providence residents enable money to stay within the community, creating a virtuous circle benefiting the entire community.

Jimmy Vardas, owner of the Prestige Diner and president of the Downtown Improvement District, has taken the circle one step further by using as many local businesses as possible for the needs of the diner.  Zita’s supplies the ice cream for the diner.  The Prestige Diner’s bagels are purchased from the Bagel Café in New Providence.  Vegetables are sourced from Murph Farms.  The diner’s website was done by local web designer and resident Karin Souren.  Even the diner’s renovation was designed by a local architect.

“If within the community, we can work with each other, we can create a thriving business environment,” said Vardas.  “By supporting the merchants who give back to the town, the money stays in the community, creating a virtuous circle of support within the community.”

Vardas concluded, “So, while you do your shopping this holiday season remember to shop New Providence and support the local businesses that have been donating to so many charities, foundations and events throughout 2014.”

2015 Summer Concerts – Kicks off July 16

SummerConcertsNew Providence “Family Fun Night” Summer Concerts Return

New Providence Business is proud to present four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts will include face painting and magician Simon Mandel to entertain the kids, along with free hot dogs from The Prestige Diner and free ice cream from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream for all to enjoy.

The concerts will kick off on Thursday, July 16 with the always popular and famous Tim Gillis Band.  Thursday, July 23 will feature the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Asbury Fever, and Thursday, July 30 will showcase local favorite Cindy Gelormini.   This year a fourth concert will be added on Tuesday, August 4, which coincides with the National Night Out program, and will feature the wonderful Elefante Family Band and include additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments.

The first three concerts will be held on Thursday evenings and the fourth concert on Tuesday evening in Centennial Park starting at 7:30 PM, rain or shine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the evening. If rain prevents an outside performance, it will be held inside in the municipal gym.

 

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