Summer Fun ... GMCC Hosts
Networking & Axe Tossing Event
On July 17, 2019, the GMCC hosted a “Summer Fun” event at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. There was some great networking, a barbecue dinner and exciting axe tossing competition by all. Vineland architect Bruce Turner was the big winner by scoring the most points in the competition, followed closely by Mayor Michael Santiago, in photo at left, who at one point recorded five straight perfect bullseye shots.
More than 20 businesses were represented at the event/
Dr. Beebe Addresses Opioid Epidemic;
McFarland's Honored as Outstading Citizens
Dr. Jim Beebe, right, was keynote speaker at the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon on June 12, 2019 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Beebe spoke passionately of the horrible impact of the growing opioid epidemic across the nation and how this is affecting individuals of all ages.
McFarlands Outstanding! At the luncheon at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, the GMCC was proud to honor Tom and Judith McFarland as Outstanding Citizens. Their passionate commitment to volunteerism and community service is well documented and their work has had a positive impact across The Holly City.
Espoma in the Spotlight
as GMCC Members Learn About Firm's Success
On May 14, 2019 the GMCC’s Business Leaders Spotlight series took us to Espoma. During our session, we heard from Serge Brunner and son Jeremy about the history of the company - founded in 1929 - and how the Millville firm has become a brand with a national following. Attendees heard about Brunner's model of success and his insights on how to develop a winning business strategy.
The BLS series allows fellow business professionals and prospective entrepreneurs to hear and learn from the region's most successful entrepreneurs in an informal setting that allows great interaction between all attendees. The sessions are free to GMCC members. A $20 registration fee will be assessed non-members who would like to attend.
Pride in Millville Award
On May 9, 2019 the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce recognized Bob Conner, owner of Mints Insurance, as its Pride in Millville recipient, an award recognized as the city's highest honor. The event was held on the campus of Cumberland County College with a pre-event reception at the Luciano Conference Center and the awards ceremony at the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center. More than 350 people attended the event.
See the GMCC presentation video, spotlighting Conner's accomplishments at https://youtu.be/hY-jJnl0cgk
College Merger Spotlighted at May Luncheon;
Kemp Honored as Millville Student of the Year
Dr. Fred Keating, left, President of Rowan College at Gloucester County was featured speaker at the GMCC’s May 8, 2019 luncheon. Keating discussed the pending merger between RCGC and Cumberland County College and the giant benefits that will be provided students an optimum and inexpensive way to acquire a college degree in four years at a minimal cost.
Kemp Honored: Congratulations to Millville Senior High School's Kyla Kemp who was honored as Student of the Year at the May 2019 luncheon. In photo are MHS Principal Stephanie DeRose and GMCC's 1st Vice President Don Daigle.
Inspira's Yhlen Speaks About Changing
Landscape Across the Region
On April 10, 2019, David Yhlen, Chief Operating Officer of Ambulatory, Service Lines & Wellness for Inspira Health Network was our featured speaker at our GMCC luncheon at NJMP. Yhlen spoke f changes in the health care industry and how Inspira is doing some amazing things across the region.
Mike McNiss is OC: The GMCC honored yet another outstanding citizen. Mike McNiss was our honoree for his commitment to keeping our city safe and clean. Thanks Mike for all you do for The Holly City!
Ribbon Cutting: Especially Bridget's
Celebrates New Location at Village on High
On Friday, April 19, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate our newest business in the downtown area. A very special welcome to Especially Bridget's, the new shop at The Village on High. Owner Bridget Britton and shop partner Christine Dutton have some remarkable handmade items for men and women. Stop by and say hello to them and check out their inventory.
Business Expo at CCTEC
a Spectacular Success
On April 5, 2019, the Cumberland County Expo for Consumers and Businesses, hosted by the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce, attracted mire than 80 businesses and hundreds of buyers to CCTEC. Businesses from across South Jersey attended the event.
Businesses can reserve their spots for the 2020 expo by visiting the official website at www.cumberlandexpo.com.
Freeholder Director Provides County Update;
Officer Sue Taylor honored as Outstanding Citizen
At the GMCC luncheon on Wednesday, March 13, Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joe Derella provided a County Update to GMCC members and guests. Derella pointed to positive changes across the region as a source of optimism for residents of the county, the merger between Cumberland County College at Rowan College at Gloucester County. He also discussed the county's need to address the lack of broadband service across all areas as pivotal in ensuring the health and safety of all.
Taylor Honored: Millville Police Officer Sue Taylor was honored as Outstanding Citizen for her community service.
Mayor Delivers Inspiring
State of the City Address
At the GMCC luncheon on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Mayor Michael Santiago delivered an inspiring message of progress and collaboration in a new era for The Holly City. Santiago pointed to new businesses coming to town and a spirit of commitment from government, business and public in supporting a better Millville for all.
Andres Named Outstanding Citizen
Lifelong Millville resident Richard L. Andres was named the GMCC's Outstanding Citizen for February for his volunteerism and commitment to the city he calls home.
Malone Honored for 4 years at the Helm;
Hoffman Assumes GMCC President's Role
The January 9, 2018 luncheon marked a "changing of the guard" as Susan Hoffman, at right, became the GMCC's new president. During the event, Larry Malone was honored for his four years leading the Chamber with a special glass award and gift certificate. Hoffman was also introduced and provided a glimpse of her vision for the GMCC with a focus on enhanced member services, more chamber events and a commitment to be the voice of all businesses within the GMCC.
Also during the luncheon, featured speaker Al Fisher talked about his work as CEO of the Rural Development Association. The GMCC also honored Tamara Hunter-Ransom as January's Outstanding Citizen.
Millville High School Choir Provides
Awe-Inspiring Holiday Luncheon Show
In what has become a holiday tradition, the Millville High School Chamber Choir and Concert Chorale, under the direction of Mr. Howard Raudenbush and Mr. Henry Hartman, wowed more than 70 GMCC members and guests in what was an awe-inspiring performance that included classical songs and Irving Berlin's top holiday songs, all delivered by the young men and women from Millville High School.
The luncheon also included donations of toys for the Salvation Army's annual Toy Drive.
Another Successful Christmas Parade
as Holly City Residents Flood High Street
With a near-record number of participants, the annual Millville Christmas Parade was held on Friday, December 23, 2018 with the traditional march down High Street.
The parade included floats, high school bands, local dignitaries, sports teams and organizations.
Thanks to coverage from SNJToday, our broadcasting sponsor, the event was live-streamed and seen across the world.
In the annual float competition, the winners were Elaine Barber, Girl Scout Troop 52078, Verna’s Flightline Restaurant.
It's a Laughing Matter as GMCC Hosts
Comedy Show at New Jersey Motorsports Park
The laughs were abounding as the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce hosted a Comedy Night at NJMP on Friday, December 1, 2018.
The event - billed as a night to get away from the holiday season hustle and bustle - included three great performers, including:
• Mollie Sperduto, who was a finalist in the 2014 comedy competition at the Tropicana Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City;
• John Kensil, who has appeared on Comedy Central and Good Morning America;
• The Legendary Wid, the Headliner who has appeared on Stand-Up Spotlight, Make Me Laugh and Caroline's Comedy Hour.
Special thanks to Board Member Andy Lindemuth and the Events Committee for puttng together an excellent event.
Karla Rossini of CU Maurice River Details
Work, Incentives to Protect County's Eco-System
Karla Rossini, left, Program Manager of CU Maurice River, was keynote speaker at the GMCC's November 2018 luncheon at NJMP. Rossini detailed the organizations efforts to protect Cumberland County's fragile eco-system through preservation programs and the newly introduced Eco-Friendly designation for businesses across the County that make an effort to support awareness of an eco-friendly environment.
Sharp Named Outstanding Citizen
Agnes Sharp was named November's Outstanding Citizen for her work with children across the county in memory of her granddaughter Melissa Headley who died in an automobile accident in 2015.
Velazquez Outlines CCIA's Work Across Region
Jerry Velazquez, right, Executive Director of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, spoke at October's GMCC luncheon. The CCIA's work across Cumberland County is incredibly impactful in both sparking business growth but, more importantly, increasing quality employment options for our residents. Thank you for a great presentation to our members. Photo at right compliments of Jeff Schwachter
Peterson is Outstanding Citizen
Jason Peterson was named Outstanding Citizen for October for his volunteerism across the region including his work with Millville's Code Blue program.
First 100 Outstanding Citizens
Honored at Special Luncheon
On September 12, 2018, more than 165 members of the community came together to honor the First 100 Outstanding Citizens who were recognized as part of the GMCC's OC program, dating back to 2007.
The event was a tribute to volunteerism and the men, women and children who have dedicated themselves to making Millville a better place to live.
New Business Opens at Village on High
The Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce held a special ribbon cutting on August 27, 2018 to welcome our newest business into the community.
Absolutely Baloonkers, owned and operated by Patricia Pierce, is situated within the Village on High.
Pierce's goal is to attract customers to her store by providing unique balloon creations for parties and special events.
The Chamber wishes Pierce best luck for her success and suggests GMCC members check out her store to see the remarkable works of art she produces.
Downtown Car Show a Great Success
The Holly City’s downtown region was the site of the 28th Annual Millville Downtown Car Show on Saturday, August 11.
Despite threatening weather throughout the day, more than 175 vehicles lined High Street as visitors from across the tri-state area viewed the vehicles. The Cruisin’ Classics Auto Club was on hand with members proudly displaying vehicles of all makes and models.
Officials estimated more than 3,000 visitors attended the show, which also spotlighted downtown merchants and featured vendors from across the region.
“It was a great show,” said GMCC Board President Larry Malone. “The car show never gets old. People just love to see the cars and our downtown is a perfect place for this type of event.”