News from the Middlesex Chamber - March 2023

Member Spotlight: Crowne Plaza Edison

Are you looking for a great venue to host your next meeting or event? Meet with confidence at the newly-renovated Crowne Plaza Edison, featuring a brand new lobby and front desk, modernized event space and spacious sleeping rooms.

“A highlight from the renovation is the updated lobby which is now an open concept featuring different areas to work or socialize. There is seating by the fireplace, a working station and a bar,” said Debbie Austad, Regional Director of Sales. “It’s a total change from the previous lobby; it’s really become a big draw.”

The renovation started in early 2020. After delays in construction because of the pandemic, the Crowne Plaza on Lincoln Highway was finally able to host its grand re-opening in early March.

The more than 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is perfect for a wide variety of social and corporate events, with the largest room capacity at 250 guests. There are also 169 sleeping rooms, three of them being suites.

“Our event spaces are perfect for everything from a corporate retreat to a birthday party or wedding,” Austad added. “The large windows in the ballrooms provide the perfect amount of natural light for any occasion.”

Christie’s Bar & Grill, the onsite restaurant, has a new, modern feel and is open daily for breakfast, dinner and dessert. This all-American grill features a full bar and tremendous happy hour specials every day between 4-7 p.m., with food and beverages combos.

The restaurant’s namesake honors the historical significance of nearby Christie Street, which became the first street in the world to be lit by electric lights, thanks to famed local Thomas Edison.

The Crowne Plaza Edison, an IHG hotel, is an active member of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce and has been the host for past chamber events, such as the annual Emerging Leaders’ Summit.

“Membership with the MCRCC is a great way to find out who is in your area, what they do and who needs help,” Austad said. “The monthly breakfast and evening networking events create a great way to connect with your community.”

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Members Enjoy Connecting with Local Leaders at The Business of Government

An open and honest conversation was held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center on February 15 as members and guests connected with local leaders at The Business of Government.

The program featured a welcome from East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen and great dialogue from James Polos, Executive Director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority; Teri Jover, Business Administrator from Highland Park Borough Hall and Frank LoSacco, Chief East Brunswick Police Department.

The panelists discussed the day-to-day aspects of their jobs along with how they navigate the world of public service.

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Sustainable and Equitable Transportation Discussed at Mobility for All Conference

Panel 1 and Panel 2

Members and attendees learned about safe, sustainable and equitable transportation from expert panelists at the first-ever Mobility for All Conference, held on March 7 at the Professional Conference Center at ESCNJ in Piscataway.

Four panels discussed the importance of preparing and designing towns for the future with all forms of mobility in mind, transportation and climate change, and much more.

The half-day event included a special video welcome from Congressman Frank Pallone and breakfast. Thank you to our panelists!

Panel 1: Assemblyman Dan Benson and Ryan Sharp, Director of Transportation and Parking at the City of Hoboken

Panel 2: Hao Wang, Associate Professor and Graduate Director Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University and Erin Hill, Energy and Sustainability Analyst, NJ Transit

Panel 3: Karen Alexander, NJTIP, Voorhees Transportation at Rutgers and Katie Ott Zehnder, Technology Department Leader Smart Columbus

Panel 4: Dunellen Mayor Jason Cilento and Dave Lustberg, Arterial

Panel 3 and Panel 4

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Celebrate the Season at the Spring Meet & Greet

Tuesday, April 18th, 5-7 PM

Join the MCRCC for our Spring Meet & Greet on Tuesday, April 18 starting at 5 PM at Renaissance Plaza Square, 1 Richmond Street, New Brunswick.

Enjoy complimentary light fare and drinks, while you make connections, build relationships, and expand your business with the best business community in Middlesex County.

The event will also feature a tour of the beautiful property.


Member – $15

Prospective Member Early Bird Special Thru April 11 – $15

Prospective Member – $25

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2023 Community Leaders of Distinction

Nomination Deadline: TODAY, Friday, March 31st

The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to host our annual Community Leaders of Distinction Awards Ceremony this Spring! For over a decade, this event has served to honor a select group of individuals and organizations whose everyday work contributes to a forever improving Middlesex County. This celebration is an opportunity to see our community come together and to be inspired to work toward a better future. We hope you will join us in this longstanding tradition of recognizing those who make our region a great place to live, work, and play. 

Here at the MCRCC, our members are at the center of everything we do. That being the case, we want to hear from YOU! Nominations are welcome and encouraged. If you know a colleague, peer, community member, etc. whose efforts deserved to be recognized, this is your opportunity to spotlight them. Please take a moment to review the Nomination Categories below and submit your feedback by March 31st, 2023. All nominees will be considered.

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Connect Your Company to a Growing Market at the Multicultural Business Expo

The Multicultural Business Expo serves to showcase the cultural diversity that makes our region a premiere business destination!

Join us to connect your company to a growing market on Tuesday, June 27 at the Pines Manor in Edison.

  • New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards 4-5 PM
  • Multicultural Business Expo 5-8 PM

Admission is free and exhibitor tables are available for businesses and organizations of all sizes. 

Market your services, display your products, and network with business leaders from around the globe!

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Reserve Your Space Today! Discover Middlesex County 2023-2024

Mark Your Calendars

April Networking Breakfast

Join the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce for our April Networking Breakfast on Thursday, April 20th at The Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick.

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Bernie Cohn Golf Classic

Save the date for our Bernie Cohn Memorial Golf Classic and 77th Annual Outing on Thursday, April 27, 2023, 7:30 AM at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

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Membership Reflects Central Jersey’s Growing Business Community

The MCRCC is pleased to welcome new members to our ever-growing Central Jersey business community. We are also grateful to our returning partners, who have renewed their commitment to America’s greatest chamber!

Welcome, New Members!

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ERA - Expense Reduction Analyst M/C Barbara Ungar, Esq.

Paul Alton Urick Lynch Cable

Vigor Roots

Healing Touch Home Care Associates Visa TD Bank - Tinton Falls

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Casa of Middlesex County 

Welcome Back, Returning Members!

Rotary Club of New Brunswick

NJ Principals & Supervisors Association


Peak Implements Inc.

Global Internet Technologies, Inc.


Allen & Stults Co, Inc.

Glen Eagle Advisors

Lincoln Technical Institute 

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