CHAMBER UPDATE                           Week of September 30, 2020


Monmouth County CARES Grant:  We are incredibly happy to announce that the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce received a grant from the Monmouth County Commissioners (Freeholders) CARES Grant.  The Grant was to help cover the expenses of the Chamber business during the early 5 months of the pandemic, March to July.  It covered utilities, interest on the mortgage, security, and insurances. The grant we received was for $6,555.00. 

86th Annual Business Awards Dinner: The Awards Dinner originally scheduled for March 20, 2020 then moved to May, then to October 2020 has now been rescheduled again to Thursday, March 11, 2021.  We all hope this is the final date for the dinner.  Our honorees are Esther Cohen, Managing Partner of Cedars & Beeches Inn and Tonya Garcia, Director of the Long Branch Free Public Library will receive the Louis G Libutti Community Service Award.  Avery Grant will receive the Humanitarian Award.  Please confirm with the chamber office if you are still planning on attending.  If you wish to buy a ticket for the dinner, the price for the awards dinner is $115.00.  Call 732-222-0400 or email the office at [email protected] for more info.

Building Committee Report:  In the past newsletters we explained the need to make improvements here at the Chamber office.  The Building committee with the approval of the Board of Directors is going into contract with Robert Iamello of Iamello Architectural Studio, LLC for these needed repairs.  Mr. Iamello will write the specification of repairs that will then be sent out to bid with contractors. Please note that the architect was also selected from three other architect firms and selected based on services and fees. If you have any questions, please contact the chamber office.

Networking Event: We are hosting a Networking Event on Thursday, October 22, at The Whitechapel Projects, 15 Second Ave. Long Branch, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Please RSVP, limited space available, wear your mask, by calling 732-222-0400 or email [email protected].  

Breakfast Club Meeting:  Our next Breakfast Club Meeting is on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 8 am at Amy’s Omelette House, Ocean Blvd. Breakfast cost is $10.  The speaker is Lynne Siedentop from the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch.   RSVP by calling 732-222-0400 or email [email protected]

New Members to the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce:  Please help welcome these new members to the Chamber. Stop in an introduce yourself to them.  Welcome to the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce:

Offshore Coffee Roasters on Brighton Ave. and Patriot Financial Advisors, Atlantic Ave., both in Long Branch

Long Branch Retail Stores are Open for Business:  Retail stores in Long Branch are open for business. Please wear your face covering/mask, keep social distance, and follow the store’s guest capacity rules.  Thank you for Shopping in Long Branch and supporting our retail stores.

Long Branch Restaurants Open with Inside and Outside Seating:  Gov. Murphy has allowed inside seating of restaurants to 25% of the inside capacity.  Please follow all CDC protocols with face covering/masks and social distancing.  Thank you for supporting our restaurant businesses enjoying the outside dinning and now being able to sit inside again especially when the weather is starting to change.


Pauline Poyner,  President     Cell Number: 732-766-3330                                  

Michael Sirianni, Executive Director  Office: 732-222-0400