OUR HISTORY HAS BROUGHT US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY
The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce has come a long way since our incorporation in the spring of 1956. Our organization originally consisted of a handful of members, a part-time secretary and a desk in a member’s office. Our membership has steadily increased over the years and in 1965 our membership numbered 68. In 1991 we were at 310 members and currently we are over 600 members strong. Interesting to note is that according to Business News NJ, we are the largest Chamber of Commerce in the State representing a single municipality.
In order to serve our expanding membership, our office has moved into increasingly larger space and we now enjoy a central location in the Civic Plaza on Chambers Bridge Road.
We are fully equipped for the variety of services that the Chamber provides. More often than not, our beautiful conference room has an activity taking place. And our professional, full-time staff coordinates the plentiful and varied programs and services of our very active coalition of business people.
We have a strong history of community involvement and have been a part of fairs, parades and special events throughout the Township's history. The Chamber of Commerce organized the Township's Founders' Day celebration for fourteen years and held an Antique Automobile Show for many years to raise funds for scholarships. The business community here is an extremely generous one as is evidenced by its involvement in the Township's diverse educational and leisure activities.
The Chamber's Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships, a program enthusiastically embraced for several reasons: the business community recognizes the need to ensure an educated workforce and also supports this program to give back to the community. Since its inception in 1990, the program has awarded thousands of dollars to deserving students for continuing vocational and academic education and in 2010 exceeded $100,000 in giving.
A formal annual event that the Chamber organizes is an awards dinner that recognizes local "heroes." The Distinguished Citizens Awards given by the Chamber of Commerce have come to be an eagerly awaited event in the community. Other community projects of the Chamber of Commerce include the publication of a map of the Township and a Brick Lifestyles Resource Guide.
The work, dedication and vision of many people have made our progress and accomplishments possible. Our volunteers give their time to work on committees for special programs. Our Board of Directors, all volunteers, show leadership, strength and vision. Our dedicated staff members "give it their all" to help us move forward. The strength, leadership and talent of these individuals have helped to mold the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce into the large and multifaceted organization that it is today.