New Providence Business Wraps Up Another Generous Year

The New Providence Business Community ended 2016 with record donations to our local community.  In addition to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and funding large community events like the July 3 Celebration, Summer Concert Series, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Contest, the Farmers Market, the Street Fair, and the Annual Christmas Walk, individual businesses stepped up and supported many, many local fundraising activities.  They donated to local charities and civic organizations.  They provided food, entertainment, and gifts for borough events and sponsored local recreation and sports teams.  They helped fund the Hometown Heroes Veteran banner program and sponsored senior programs.

Most people don’t realize just how much these businesses give.  While each individual solicitation from a local business may not seem like much to ask, people do not think of how many others are asking the same businesses to give, as well.  In our town we have pre-schools, elementary schools, a middle school and high school, multiple religious and after school organizations, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, non-profit organizations, charitable foundations, soccer teams, softball, baseball, t-ball, football, lacrosse, swim teams, cheerleading, tennis, and basketball teams.  Our businesses support medical research, food drives, school improvements, families in need, and beautification efforts.

In total, New Providence businesses gave well over $250,000 in 2016! Some individual businesses in town donate nearly $2,000 a month year in and year out, and ask for nothing in return except for your patronage and loyalty.  Our merchants are proud and happy to support our community.  They are reluctant to say no to someone seeking a donation, even when it is difficult financially for them to continue giving. They care deeply about our community and want to contribute whenever possible.  Let’s show them our gratitude and appreciation by frequenting their establishments often and telling our friends and families about them, too.  They can only continue to support us if we continue to support them!

Yoga Essence Studio

We are looking to hire an energetic, lighthearted and trustworthy individual to join our growing team. Must be available to teach at least twice per week, weekday mornings 9:30-10:45 AM. We are open to discuss which days and disciplines you will teach. We are looking for someone who is open to substituting evenings and weekends as well. Please email us at yogaessencestudio@gmail.com so that we can discuss the next steps.

Lantern Hill – All Job Openings

Do you have the talent, motivation and drive to join Erickson Living’s growing team? Do you want the excitement of a startup but the satisfaction of making a true difference in people’s lives? Are you committed to excellence and passionate about the work you do? Lantern Hill is a brand new, Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in New Providence, NJ.   We opened our Independent Living apartments in June 2016 and looking forward to opening our Continued Care building in early 2017. Our employees experience an exceptional work environment, competitive pay, and comprehensive benefits.

At Erickson Living we strive to be the most valued and trusted leader in senior housing and services through operational excellence, integrated senior health and wellness, and a commitment to the Erickson Way culture and values. Some of the many resident amenities include three onsite restaurants, fitness center, transportation, 24-hour concierge services, secure underground parking and a theater.

We are looking to hire extraordinary candidates in the following departments:

-Dining

-Healthcare

-Housekeeping

-Hospitality, Communications and Resident Services

-Security

-Transportation

-Sales

Please visit our website at jobs.ericksonliving.com to view and apply for our current job openings.

New Providence Business Urges Customers to Be Kind Online

In the past few years, New Providence has seen a growth of small businesses, which is great news for not only the business owners, but also for our residents and visitors.  Local businesses support community events, such as the Independence Day Celebration and Summer Concert Series, contribute generously to school and civic fundraising activities, and help keep our downtown safe and vibrant.

Since our community reaps the benefits from having local businesses, we should do everything we can to help them thrive and grow. This includes shopping in our local stores instead of their big box competitors, recommending New Providence stores to friends and neighbors, and developing relationships with the owners and staff.   With the evolution of the Internet and business review websites, such as Yelp, Yahoo, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and Facebook, people have been given the power to influence local businesses to a degree that has never before been available.  Online reviews provide a powerful tool for consumers, but it’s one that should be used judiciously.

Customers and clients should take a moment to reconsider before posting harsh comments online. These reviews can be the death of a small business.   It is very tempting to go online and blast a business if something wasn’t handled in a way that we would like, but there are more productive ways of handling those situations.  Mistakes do happen.  Often, the business owner is unaware of a particular situation or incident, and would like nothing more than the opportunity to correct it.  By speaking directly with the business owners, you can help them better understand the issue at hand, give them an opportunity to rectify the situation, and allow them to train their staff on how to handle those situations differently.  In the end, that provides a more satisfying long term solution to the problem and preserves the hard earned reputations and integrity of our local businesses.  Customers are more satisfied, staff is better trained, and our local business community thrives.

“One of the goals of New Providence Business is to foster a thriving local business environment in town,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community Spokesperson. “This goal can’t be achieved if people use online resources to criticize our local businesses. These business owners are our residents, our neighbors, and most importantly, our friends.  They are deeply invested in our community and want to provide the best service possible.  In return, they deserve our respect and regard.”

Please take a moment to consider the impact that a negative comment or review can have on not only the small business, but also on the larger business community.  A strong local economy helps build community cohesiveness and provides more local jobs for our neighbors and kids.  The same people who complain online about local businesses are often the first ones to then complain when there are empty storefronts. So the next time you have an issue, pull the owner or manager aside to try to resolve the situation before you go online to complain.  And when you do have a great experience, go ahead and give them a shout-out online.  We will all benefit.

2016 Summer Concert Series

New Providence Business is proud to present four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts will include many fun activities for the whole family, as well as free hot dogs provided by Prestige Diner, free Italian ice from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream, and free water from Acme!

Concerts are held on Thursday nights, starting at 7 PM, in Centennial Park.   This year a fourth concert will be added on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, which coincides with the National Night Out program.  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.

Concert Schedule:

Thursday, July 14 – 1910 Fruitgum Company

Thursday, July 21 – Cindy Gelormini

Thursday, July 28 – Asbury Fever

Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Elefante Family Band/ National Night Out

These concerts were made possible by generous sponsorships from Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, Prestige Diner, Elefante Music, Lions Club International, the Downtown Improvement District, Acme, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.

2015 Farmers Market Opens Wed., June 10

The New Providence Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from June 10 – Oct. 28, 2015.  The market hours are noon – 6 PM.  The market is located in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Springfield Avenue and South Street in downtown New Providence.  In addition to Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find prepared foods, dried nuts and fruits, olive oils, cider, baked goods, and more.

New Providence: Highest Ranked: Union County

NewProvidenceby Vicky Valet, njfamily.com

New Providence is a place where schools consistently rank among the state’s best, neighbors are friends, commuting is painless (especially if you’re employed by one of the Fortune 500 companies here) and recreation is a priority.

With an ice skating rink, an Olympic-size pool, three parks, eight athletic fields, eight tennis courts and a community calendar dotted with fun family events like the annual Fishing Derby and Independence Day Celebration, it’s easy to see why New Providence is a great place to raise a family.

The downtown area, which recently completed a $1.5 million revitalization, is filled with local independent businesses, like Barth’s Market, a third-generation German butcher, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream, a family-owned ice cream shop (where you can pick up NJ Ice Cream Festival’s award-winning flavors), plus popular restaurants, like the 48-year-old Prestige Diner.

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