December General Membership Meeting

December 2016 Meeting

Please join us at the next membership meeting of the New Providence Business Community. We will be having a “lunch and learn” style meeting at Orangetheory Fitness in the Village Shopping Center. See you on Wednesday, December 7  from 1 – 2 PM.   PLEASE RSVP so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone attending . See you on the 7th!

 

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.

Free Reference USA Small Business Program

The NP Business Community is invited to a free Reference USA Small Business Program.  The Library Directors of the 20 Union County public libraries are inviting all members of the Union County business community to a program that features a valuable business resource, the Reference USA database. It is free and includes continental breakfast. It will be on Tuesday, Dec. 6th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am, in the Cranford Community Center, in Cranford.

See the flyer for details and registration information.

 

Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness – Wellness Concierge/ Customer Service Associate

Excellent opportunity to join a growing team of wellness Professionals in a beautiful wellness/fitness center. Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness is currently seeking a guest service associate who is friendly, well spoken, detailed oriented, computer savvy, and can work in a multi tasking position (sales experience is a plus). This position is responsible for running the front desk operations of a small health and wellness center/boutique.
Qualifications:

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Exceptional customer service skills, over the phone and in person with our clients
  • Strong organization skills and follow up
  • Administrative Skills
  • Must be computer savvy
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Be available to work either shift: mornings 7:30 to 3:00 or evenings 3:00 to 9:00
  • Flexible to work weekend hours 8:00 to 5:30 if needed

Benefits:

  • Free yoga and fitness classes on off hours
  • Discount on massage services
  • Attendance to workshops and events
  • Hourly wage plus performance incentives

Please send resume and contact information to kathy@providencehealthandfitness.com

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.

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