The 5th Annual New Year Resolution Business Networking party took place on February 3rd, 2015 at Taste in Red Bank. The series of open networking events kicked off in 2011 and is promoted by Rosa Davis and Chris Fotache through their Jersey Shore Premiere Events venture. This time, more than 200 people showed up on a cold winter day, exceeding the organizers’ expectations.
The event’s goal was to bring together local business owners from Monmouth County, as well as from Ocean and Middlesex, and encourage face-to-face networking to help entrepreneurs make new connections or continue nurturing older ones.
Attendees had lively conversations to promote their businesses or causes, they visited several vendor tables, took pictures on the red carpet, and spoke to the media and some public officials. Sponsoring the event were ServPro of Freehold/Middletown, Instinctive DJs, ShoreVacations.com and Eco Awnings.
Hosting the event were two local media personalities: Bert Baron of WCTC 1450AM, the “voice of Central Jersey”, and Emmy award-winning anchor Janine Strafaci of ShoreTV New Jersey (formerly of News 12 NJ). “What can i say?” commented Bert. “Another great Jersey Shore Premiere networking event. Rosa and Chris are the best there are at this, no doubt about it. 2015 is off to a terrific start for Central Jersey business!”
A special moment of the evening were the first round of the 2014 Jersey Shore Premiere Awards, which honor people and businesses for their outstanding involvement in the community and local events. Among the winners announced on February 3rd were ServPro of Freehold/Middletown for Premiere Business of the Year, D. Monaco Designs of Point Pleasant Beach for Jersey Shore Premiere Boutique of the Year, Carl Maiorino as Premiere Photographer of the Year, Ernest Caponegro of I&E Insurance as Networker of the Year and Bert Baron as 2014 Jersey Shore Premiere Star of the Year. The other awards will be announced at a future event next month.
One of the winners, Networker of the Year Ernest Caponegro said: “Excellent event and a good time was had by all – the best thing about a relaxed evening like this is the opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends – relationships are formed and trust is built seeing and talking face to face.“
Also attending this celebration of small business was Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. She said: “Jersey Shore Premiere outdid themselves. This most recent networking event was outstanding, giving area businesses the opportunity to come together and share ideas. These networking events are an integral part in growing the economy here in Monmouth County, and a must go for anyone in the business world.”
Part of the proceeds of the event, as well as a food drive, benefited local soup kitchen Lunch Break, which freely provides life’s basic necessities – food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need.
The next Jersey Shore Premiere networking event will be on March 17 at Gotham in Red Bank.
For more information about business networking events in Monmouth County and elsewhere along the Jersey Shore, checks www.JerseyShorePremiere.com, the Facebook page or the group. And don’t forget about the Jersey Shore Biz Fest, the area’s largest business and consumer expo, taking place on April 15 at the Sheraton in Eatontown.
If you’re looking to rent a house at the shore, check out ShoreVacations.com, Jersey Shore’s biggest vacation rentals resource. It lists hundreds of rental homes and condos from Sandy Hook all the way down to Cape May (including Belmar, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City or the Wildwoods). It’s a one-stop website for planning your Jersey Shore vacation, featuring beach information, weather updates and more! And of course, it has a full list of all the Jersey Shore events this year.