CNBA Business Association Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Colts Neck Library

Glen Dalakian called meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. and welcomed everyone.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tom Hennessy.

Glen thanked George and Savis from Perkins for their support of coffee and donuts at every meeting.  He also thanked Bob Gassaway for picking them up and setting them up for every meeting.

Tony Abbatiello made motion to approve January minutes.  Bob Gassaway second.  Motion was passed.

Dave Sokoler gave Treasurer’s report – CNBA currently has a balance of $2,889.61 in Money Market (scholarship account), $12,744.93 in PNC Operating Account and $7,318.70 in PayPal Account – Total $22,953.24. A motion was made to approve Treasurer’s Report by Mike Tormey and second by Bob Gassaway. Motion passed.

Officers introduced themselves.

Glen asked if anyone knew of any new businesses that were in town. He said we have a welcome committee headed by Leanne Lucarelli.  Glen received a call from someone out of state that was interested in opening up an Olive Oil store in town.  There is also a new doctor in town next to Huddy’s Restaurant. 

The next card exchange will be held on Monday, April 22 at Ashford and Grace Jewelers in the Orchards plaza from 7 – 9 pm.

Glen spoke about Operation Provide Comfort and that CNBA donated $1K at the CNBA luncheon.  Community Magazine did a great spread in their April issue about the luncheon.  Ashford and Grace Jewelers matched the $1K that CNBA donation and delivered the check last Monday.  There was also a “Tack a Ten” fundraiser done where you attach $10 or more to a piece of sheetrock.  This was done at four locations in town and raised $7K.  Glen also got an email from a church in Short Hills that did a fundraiser and was donating $6K.

The Colts Neck Fair “Neighbors helping Neighbors” will be held June 28 and 29.  CNBA will be doing a dunk tank again. Jill Valentino is heading up the committee with assistance from Pastor Chris and Jean D’Alessio.  Glen said this event made CNBA money last year.

Don Norkus, head of Economic Development Committee, spoke about doing something different at the Colts Neck Fair this year.  The suggestion was to add something fun and eye catching rather than just business related.  CNBA members can have tables near the dunk tank and have a game, prizes or a novel idea.  See Don if interested in a table.  The CNBA kiosk is currently at Becker’s Hardware and we are looking for more locations.  Glen said that it will be brought to Town Hall next.  Andrea suggested that it should also be in the High School lobby.  Glen agreed and said we should put it there during their awards ceremony. 

The July 16th,  6 – 9 pm networking event will be at Pebble Creek and in partnership with Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and Eatonton Industrial Business Association.  There are approximately 12 vendor tables available for $150 each.  You must be a CNBA member to have a vendor table.  The event is free for members and $20 for non-members.  150 people are expected to be in attendance. See Anna if interested.

Jill Valentino will do name badges for members for $6.00 per badge.

Colts Neck day at BlueClaws will be on August 24, 7:05 pm game.  Last year’s event sold 500 tickets.  We are partnering with the High School PTO and Sports Foundation.  Tables on the concourse are available.  See Kevin, if interested.

Joann Callella from The Journal spoke about the Excellence Awards.  The event is at the PNC Arts Center.  The presenting sponsor is Investors Bank (Cathy Murray was thanked).  There are six different categories and they are asking for nominations with the focus on Hurricane Sandy Recovery.  One half of the proceeds will benefit Operation Provide Comfort and Holmdel Helps.  Tickets are $45 per person.

The Town Hall meeting will be in October.  A committee of 2 – 3 people is needed.  See Glen, if interested.  It will be a meet and greet with politicians in addition to networking.

Elections are coming up in September.  New people are needed to run for Executive Board positions.  Glen asked everyone to consider nominating someone or run themselves. The criteria are to live in or own a business in Colts Neck.

Glen said that we all need to do more referring from our group and to also use our website to refer.  He said it is important to be a resource for people.

Glen discussed our Added Value Project.  We collect business cards of members and, on a quarterly basis; we pick one winner that receives products and services from CNBA members in addition to $500.00.

Technology – Patty is re-doing the website and asked for feedback.  We are putting out (to members) an RFP for bids to completely revamp entire website. 

Educational – Dave is looking for meeting speakers that are business related.

Membership – Mike reported that we have 148 members. He said that 55 have not re-signed for this year.  Dues are $50.00.  Last year there were just under 200 members.  If your name is not on the website, it will go up after you sign up as a member.  You do not have to go on the website, you can check box on the application form if you prefer not to be on the website.  We do not send out invoices.  We send email reminders once a week.

The maps are out and Glen asked everyone to take some and distribute to businesses.  The mailer was sent out.  The next one is in June. 5000 are printed every quarter. These are great for referrals. You must be a member to be in the mailer.  Glen thanked Sue, Sal and Andrea. 

Mike said the pig roast will be on the 2nd or 3rd week in September.  There are usually 120 people in attendance.

The speaker is Helen Idhe.  She spoke on the Freehold Regional High School Workplace Training Program.

All in attendance introduced themselves.
Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Monica Vermeulen
Recording Secretary

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