New For 2014!! Member - To - Member Savings
New For 2014:
Member- To- Member
We're excited to announce the launch of a new program this year that's exclusive for
our members! The program will advertise your business to fellow members to get them
in your door AND will save you
$$ when patronizing fellow members a definite win-win!
The details are simple...
Send us an email outlining what you would like to offer (examples: a specific
percentage discount such as 10% off all services, a discounted flat fee for a specific
service, buy one get one free/half off, etc.). The offer has to have a real special value
for the members in other words, if you offer everyone a free evaluation of some kind, it
isn't exclusive for our members. We understand that some of our members will be
unable to offer a discount because of the nature of their business.
But all of our members will be able to take advantage of the discounts offered.
Your questions answered...
Can I change what I offer?
Yes you can, but for the sanity of our web developer, we'd prefer that the offer
be for a full year. For greater flexibility you can offer something like..."10% off
all services, ask about even greater seasonal discounts."
Sounds good, but how can I verify that someone is a member?
They'll have a membership card (see sample below). Membership cards
have been mailed to all members who are current in their dues.
All our members are listed alphabetically on our website.
I'd like to shop with fellow members, but how will I know what the offers are?
All offers will be listed on our website under the heading Member To Member Savings.
Have a different question?
Call us at 732-477-4949 and we'll answer it!
2014 Dream Dollars Raffle
Visit our Educational Foundation page or to get your ticket and more information, click here.
Are You In The Bag?
Reaching thousands of new residents has never been easier!
Contact the Chamber office to learn how.
Business of the Month Joe’s Service Center
Business of the Month
Joe’s Service Center
584 Mantoloking Road in Brick
We love the story of a small business that grew because of the hard work of the owners who are invested in their community. The following spotlight is on a family owned and operated business that is exactly that.
Joe’s Service Center has been taking care of the automotive needs of Ocean County residents since 1958. Joe Bevacqua originally opened as Breton Woods Gulf, later became a Mobil dealer and then in 1986 changed to their current name. For many years he worked seven days a week to build a business that is now owned and operated by partners Jeff, Lisa and Billy.
Joe’s son, Jeff grew up in the business and began running it 23 years ago. As a teenager, he pumped gas, cleaned the station and the mechanic’s tools, took out the garbage and basically learned the business from the bottom up. His partner (and brother-in-law) Billy began working there when he was 16 and has been there ever since. Lisa (Bevacqua) Wheeler does “behind the scenes” work to keep the office running smoothly.
The full service station, in addition to selling gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and propane, prides itself on mechanics who repair all makes and models of cars and light trucks. They do everything from oil changes to major engine work and also offer towing and tire sales.
Jeff says that they have “built their business on honesty and always being as fair as we can be.” And since they’ve been helping neighbors for 56 years that seems like a very sound philosophy!
Brick Event Collects 400 Pounds of Food As Thanksgiving Collection Effort Continues
An ongoing effort to collect food for the needy of the local area got a boost to the tune of 400 pounds thanks to a Brick Township event.
Community Hope of Ocean County, an organization started by Wingman Planning and Tri County Agency of Brick, two Brick businesses, has been leading the effort to support the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties’ Thanksgiving drive throughout the fall. At a Nov. 1 event at the Brick PAL, the New Jersey Miss Amazing Pageant donated nearly 400 pounds of food through the organization.
“We can’t thank the New Jersey Miss Amazing Pageant enough for their outstanding support of our efforts to stock the shelves of The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said Jacki Frank, Community Hope’s co-organizer.
Miss Amazing Inc. is a nonprofit organization that gives women of all ages the chance to shine, the Community Hope organization said. Miss Amazing pageants operate in 20 states, including New Jersey. The pageant has an interview portion, evening wear and an optional talent section, and it gives women with disabilities an opportunity to boost their self-confidence.
The New Jersey Miss Amazing Pageant was held at the Brick PAL Nov. 1, and pageant organizers asked participants to bring in canned food to support Community Hope of Ocean County and the FoodBank. The Brick event had seven “Amazing Women” entrants and they, along with their families and friends, donated 398 pounds of food.
There is still time before Thanksgiving for everyone in the community to add to the progress already made, according to organizers, as Community of Hope Ocean County has been working with 13 local businesses to get the word out to the local community about the items most in need for the food drive and to make food donation convenient in the Brick and Toms River areas.
Collection of non-perishable food for the FoodBank continues at the 13 local businesses acting as drop-off points for donations:
• Barlo & Associates, 92 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 08723, www.barloarchitecture.com
• Briarmill Pharmacy, 1820 Lanes Mill Rd, Brick, NJ 08724
• Brick Chamber of Commerce, 270 Chambers Bridge Rd #6, Brick, NJ 08723, www.brickchamber.com
• ERA American Towne Realty, 1848 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753, www.eratomsriver.com
• FastSigns of Brick, 1743 New Jersey 88, Brick, NJ 08724, www.fastsigns.com/484-brick-nj
• Flowers by Addalia, 1565 Rte 37 W, Toms River, NJ 08755, www.flowersbyaddalia.com/
• Howard Johnson Hotel Toms River, 955 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753, www.tomsriverhojos.com/
• Investors Bank (Brick branch), 639 Brick Boulevard Brick, NJ 08723, www.myinvestorsbank.com/home
• Jersey Coast Appliance, 18 Route 37 East, Toms River NJ 08753,http://www.jerseycoastappliance.com/
• Joe’s Service Center, 584 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 08723, www.joesservicecenternj.com
• Mulberry Street, 474 Brick Blvd, Brick, NJ 08723, http://www.mulberrystreet.net
• Tri County Agency of Brick, 1875 New Jersey 88, Brick, NJ 08724, www.tri-countyinsurance.com
• Tuscan House, 1250 Hooper Ave., Toms River 08753, http://www.tuscanhousenj.com/
2015 Scholarship Application
For more information on our Educational Foundation, click here.
Download the 2015 Scholarship Application
Message to Membership
I am so honored and excited to serve as your president for 2015. I was so pleased that my husband, children and parents were able to join me at our Distinguished Citizens event, which was a warm and welcoming holiday gathering. It also gave me platform to thank my parents for instilling in me the value and importance of “giving back”.
I joined the Chamber 7 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was immediately connected to the Brick business community. Those connections have become friendships with many outstanding role models, that continue to inspire me today.
Membership has provided me with many opportunities to meet and work alongside with some amazing people and business leaders, all while “giving back”. Whether by volunteering on a committee, participating on a project or even attending our events, there are so many ways to get involved and make a difference.
So, as I pledge to continue our mission to “give back” I encourage all of you to think about how you can contribute this year by either:
- Joining a committee
- Volunteering on a project
- Attending our events
- Inviting another business owner to join the chamber and help strengthen and support the community we love to do business in.
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
Brick Chamber of Commerce Community Profile®
View our Brick Lifestyles publication by using this link www.villageprofile.com/newjersey/bricktownship
. We are delighted to share some of the highlights that our community offers residents and visitors alike. In the last section you will find a valuable “Resource Guide” to help you access any goods or services that you need. And we encourage you to visit the businesses that have supported this publication with their advertisements.
The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Brick Lifestyles, app is now available!
Whether just visiting or a resident, this is the app that will help you find everything you need!
Download the app today!
for Android devices, Click HERE
for iOS devices
$25,000 in Scholarships Being Awarded to Celebrate 25th Anniversary!
The Educational Foundation of the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 25th anniversary of giving this year and in recognition of that milestone is awarding $25,000 in scholarships! We will be holding a special networking cocktail party to congratulate and introduce our eighteen (18) 2015 scholarship award recipients on Wednesday May 27th at the Crystal Point Yacht Club 3900 River Road, Point Pleasant from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Helping to make this special event possible are Honor Society Sponsors who are: Assured Mortgage Bankers, Brick Police Athletic League, Drs. Ricki Krantz and Todd Sirota, FASTSIGNS of Brick, OceanFirst Bank, Rich and Lisa Lau, Tri-County Insurance Agency, and Wingman Planning.
The Brick Twp. Chamber of Commerce has awarded scholarships continuously for post-secondary education for twenty-five (25) years and in that time has made awards of close to $200,000. This year’s awards mark the greatest dollar amount given in a single year.
Lincoln O’Hare, owner of FASTSIGNS and president of the Foundation, which is an unpaid volunteer position, says that a number of the awards being given were made possible because of the generosity of Chamber of Commerce members. O’Hare says that, “Several of our members have been very generous by donating money for career specific awards.” There are nine (9) donated and career specific awards which are:
- The Anthony Emma Memorial Scholarship donated by Encore Dental Associates for a student concentrating their studies in the areas of science and or math.
- A Princeton Dental Associates Scholarship which is being given to a student going to school for health related studies.
- Barlo and Associates Architects/Abatare Builders created an award for someone studying architecture, interior design, engineering or construction
- FASTSIGNS of Brick will assist a student pursuing a career in graphic arts.
- Richard and Lisa Lau donated two awards for health related, science or math studies.
- The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational for general studies and “Waves of Support,” for students whose educations were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Please click here for reservations.
70 New Members Welcomed in 2015!
We continue to grow because our members continue to refer us to their friends and associates as a great business resource. This year we’ve already welcomed 70 new members to our Chamber family.
To see who they are click here.
Special thanks to the following members who did a friend a favor by telling them about us!
Paul Barlo, Barlo & Associates
Jeff Bevacqua, Joe’s Service Center
Michael Conti, Assured Mortgage Bankers Corp
Norman Freidman, Cartridge World
Jacki Frank, Tri-County Agency of Brick
Mary Kay Kmit, PNC Bank
Sharon Labash, OceanFirst Bank
Rich Lau, Briarmill Pharmacy
Tom Mirabella, Wingman Planning
Lincoln O’Hare, FASTSIGNS of Brick
We’re Ending 2015 the Way We Began It – Busy!
If you check our December calendar you’ll be able to find three events that we’re sponsoring... morning, mid-day and early evening. However busy you are, hopefully you’ll be able to fit in at least one of these. All will feature networking, food (of course!), and friendly members to welcome you.
Almost 60 Years Old – Woohoo!
In 2016 we’ll be celebrating the BIG 60 and we’re mighty proud of it! We’re already planning a year that will be full of special member benefits, celebration, fun (business does NOT have to be dull or boring!) and a few surprises. We’ll give you a sneak peek as we get a little closer. For now all that we will say is get ready for a terrific year ahead!
Message from our Executive Director
2016 marks our 60th anniversary and a Diamond Anniversary is certainly a milestone worth celebrating! In February we held a “Denim and Diamonds” party to kick off the year and it was absolutely wonderful...and fun! I shared some comments with our guests about the roles we play in the community and those remarks appear below. You can click here
to visit the Photo Gallery to see some of what took place.
We always love hearing from our members. Please stop by, call, email – however you like best to communicate. Let us know what programs you would like to see, how we can serve your needs, what’s going on in your industry or just to say hi. The only “business as usual” here is that we continually strive to exceed your expectations!
60th Anniversary Reflections
If asked for a two word description of who we are, the obvious answer is ... a business organization. And of course we are. We work to support business. And our businesses are the backbone of the community, very important to its overall health. We have many programs in place and offer vital services to support and strengthen business. Advertising, networking, education. The list is a long one.
As important as the obvious functions and roles we play, there is another description I would give when asked who we are and what we do. We create synergy. Steven Covey says: "There is synergy in the aspen grove. The trees are connected by a system of roots; each tree draws strength from the others. The grove is much more than the sum of its individual parts.” And that is really what we excel at. We create synergy.
We are much more than the sum of our individual members or our programs. We bring people together. We stimulate new ideas. We support the non-profits in our community, and help them make connections so they can succeed. We serve as a fulcrum, a center, a gathering point.
A diamond, in addition to representing a 60th anniversary, is the perfect gemstone to serve as the symbol of who and what we are. It is reflective of what we bring to the community. A diamond is strong... it endures...it is precious. And so are we. In good economic times and not-so-good economic times. When our community is tested, as it was with Superstorm Sandy.
We always stand strong. We are always present. We make essential connections possible.
We have done so for the last 60 years, and we will continue to do what we do best...for our businesses and our community.
Thank you to all of you who have helped bring us to where we are today and to where we will go together for the next 60 years!
Join Us as a 60th Anniversary Partner!
As part of our 60th anniversary celebration we’ve created a fabulous advertising program for our members that bring tremendous visibility at extremely cost effective pricing! For information about joining us as a 60th Anniversary Partner please click here.
Welcome New Members!
A Message From Our New Executive Director
Happy New Year! I’m sending this note to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce. As you may know, Michele Eventoff has retired after 25 years of leading the Brick Chamber. I am privileged to have been brought in to work with you in 2017!
I hope to spend the first few months in my role focusing on a few things, but most importantly, getting to know you, your business, and understanding how the Chamber can help to better support you.
Our goal at the Brick Chamber is simple: to make it EASY. Easy for you to market your business more effectively to the right audience. Easy to connect with other local business owners and create lasting and worthwhile partnerships. Easy for you to understand what the Chamber can do for you, and provide you with valuable ways to make the most of your membership. That’s what we’ve always been about, and we know 2017 will provide plenty of opportunity for us to be successful together.
This year, we’ll be looking to serve you and your business to a greater capacity than ever before. We will be rolling out a new membership package with bigger benefits and more ways for you to make the most of your investment. You will see new types of events throughout the year, and new ways for you to get involved with the Chamber and support the local community.
We will be working our hardest this year, and every year following, to bring you the things that only your local Chamber can provide, but I’d like to ask for you to help us too. I know, someone new coming in and already asking you to do something...it's easy, I promise:
Reach out to us! Let us know how we’re doing. Where have we succeeded? Where can we better support you? Your feedback helps to form the Chamber programs and the support we provide. Without your input, we can only do our best to offer what we think will be helpful. Have an idea that has never been done, or have you experienced something you liked elsewhere? Tell us all about it! We want to bring you only the best programs, and your input in paramount in developing them.
Be honest! You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If you like something, great! If we haven’t met your expectations, let us know! We are here to serve you, and honest feedback can only make us better.
Bring us your buddies! Every member of the Chamber is an ambassador for the Chamber. Have friends that own businesses? Bring them to an event, or sponsor their membership! We provide membership referral incentives, and you’ll see your friends at Chamber events, so you benefit in more ways than one! Shy about coming to one of our networking opportunities? Bringing a friend helps to break the ice, and you will feel more confident entering the doors. Once you’re in, you’ll see how warm and embracing we are, and that you had nothing to worry about!
Most importantly, get involved! Come to our Networking Breakfasts, our happy hours, after hour events and special events like golf and Chamberfest. Want to be on one of our committees? Just ask! There are seats open, and we’d love to have your expertise at our table!
You will be hearing from me over the next few months, but until then, give me a call, stop by, or if you see me at an upcoming event, say hello!
Cheers to an excellent 2017, new friends, new partnerships, and all the things that make life joyous!
Brick Township Chamber of Commerce