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Note: The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, more people may be struggling financially and looking for help to pay their energy bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for the current heating season. LIHEAP helps low-income residents with heating bills, medically necessary cooling costs and weatherization services.
Customers do not have to be behind on their energy bill to receive LIHEAP and only the last month of income determines eligibility. Homeowners should also apply. For more information, or to download applications, customers can visit pseg.com/help or pseg.com/ayuda (Spanish).
Customers can also visit energyassistance.nj.gov to fill out an online application, or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-800-510-3102 or ‘211’ seven days a week.
We encourage you to spread the word that energy assistance is available. Feel free to share this important information through your township’s website, Facebook page, newsletter, council meetings, municipal TV channel, etc.
At New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), we know these are challenging times and some of our neighbors and customers may be facing financial hardship — perhaps for the first time. Whether faced with a temporary situation or on a limited income, there are free grants available to help our customers pay their energy bills (terms and conditions apply).
NJNG’s Energy Assistance page provides valuable information, including how to apply, on energy assistance programs implemented through state-designated Community Action Partnership or CAP agencies. Both income- and need-based energy assistance grants are available. In fact, many may not realize they meet the income guidelines.
Also, NJNG is working directly with our customers to ensure they remain comfortable in their homes by connecting them with vital energy assistance programs and offering flexible, interest-free payment arrangements. NJNG customers can:
• Call 800-221-0051 and at the prompt say “energy assistance.”
• Visit our Energy Assistance page.
• Log in to My Account at njng.com and look for Deferred Payment Arrangements under Billing and Payment Options.
In addition, during this difficult time, NJNG will suspend service disconnections until further notice.
The Morris County Economic Development Corporation is committed to assisting businesses succeed by adhering to our mantra, to create, innovate, and grow. The EDC hosts a monthly roundtable with diverse entrepreneurial business owners that share their business experiences, challenges, successes, and first-hand advice on how they are navigating successfully through these uncertain times. The roundtable is a private group where business owners can be vulnerable and have a safe place to share, where the group is a source of help by providing sound advice that comes from their first-hand business’ experiences.
We also offer one on one consultation with our Director of Business Resources and Professional development to help your small business succeed. If you need help setting up your accounting systems, software, chart of accounts, registering your business, developing a marketing strategy, or even if you need HR Advice, the EDC is able to help. We are even in the process of developing a virtual mall where small businesses will be able to enter the digital world of e-commerce. We are determined to help the small business owner, minority owned, Hispanic and Black owned businesses, by leveling the playing field, through our diversity and inclusion initiatives which help businesses become more visible, and competitive, virtually and physically in the consumer public square. One of the greatest resources for the EDC is the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, as we can recommend essential resources needed by all businesses, for example we have experts in business law, accounting, marketing, digital marketing, insurances, banking, advertisement, coaches, consultants, professional development experts, real estate, and so much more.
The EDC is currently creating a new platform called the EDC Learning Management System, (LMS). This will enable the entrepreneur take courses from the privacy of their home, sharpening their sills in, sales, marketing, public speaking, accounting, social skills, to include the importance for managers and leader’s today to grow in Emotional Intelligence. We also offer great information concerning reopening in New Jersey and different resources that may be valuable to your business. Please visit our resource page at https://www.morrischamber.org/reopening--business-resources.html
Here at the EDC we value our business relationships and are always looking to partner with organizations like the New Jersey Business Action Center, which provides the following services to businesses of all sizes in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey:
The Morris County Economic Development Corporation is here to serve every business in Morris County. We have a passion to serve and to see our business community succeed and thrive! Please do not hesitate to give us a call if we can be of service to you! Though we are currently working virtually, we are always an email or phone call away. To get in contact with me personally please email me today at: Eramirez@morriscountyedc.og or call me at: 973-539-8270
Edward Ramirez, ED.S., M.S.O.L
Director of Business Resources and Professional Development
Mike Stanzilis, VP Membership and Government Affairs, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
People like to complain. A lot. It is human nature.
They complain about what’s going on in Washington, Trenton, their local municipality, the county they do business in, the economy, and the pandemic. The list goes on and on. I totally get it, there’s a lot to complain about.
Welcome to my first blog for the Morris County Economic Development Corporation and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce! On this page I will be addressing legislative issues that impact the local business community. Today I am addressing how to complain. It might sound strange but there is a purpose behind this statement.
It’s easy to complain and be against something. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to know anything about the issue. You just need to be upset over any given issue. I get to hear a lot of complaints in my capacity at the Chamber and as a Mayor of a small town. I get it; When people are frustrated they need to vent. But, when receiving complaints I often ask people the following:
Most people do not know the answers to these questions. Here is how to get a complaint to the right place and move towards a solution:
Step One: Educating yourself on who is making decisions that impact your business and your life is a first step if you want to effect change. I can guarantee you that your representative in Trenton will respond to your call or email if you request a response.
Second Step: Instead of just complaining and being against an issue, take a stance and be FOR SOMETHING. Tell your legislators what your issues are and then tell them how you would like it to be fixed. (As I stated earlier, it’s easy to complain and be against an issue, but being for something can be very powerful.)
Here is an example of an effective way to complain:
Recent events have indicated that the NJ state government is a living, walking dinosaur when it comes to using modern technology. This was brought to the forefront when the Department of Labor could not, in a timely manner, process the onslaught of unemployment claims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. As it turned out, they were using a decades old operating system. In fact, they were having a hard time finding programmers that knew COBALT, an ancient programming language. Not getting the unemployment checks on time had a negative impact for a lot of NJ residents.
As you can imagine, the complaints started to roll in. In this case, it was easy to complain, and it was definitely justified. I called my representative in Trenton about this issue. After giving him a brief earful I proposed a solution:
“The Technology Modernization Act”
My suggested solution was: Every year when the various departments and bureaucrats come to the legislature for budget approval they have to submit a technology review and assessment. This assessment will highlight any gaps in their technology use and processes- including discontinuing the use of Fax machines! My representative loved the idea and went to work on it right away. I’ll keep you posted if the idea gets legs.
Your voice matters. Be heard. Be part of the solution. If you are interested in getting involved with the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee please reach out to me at Mike@morrischamber.org.
The Leadership Alumni Achievement Awards are given annually, usually in April, to alumni who have been deemed by the Council to have fulfilled the vision of Leadership Morris in providing exemplary community service and leadership as well as demonstrating outstanding professional career achievement.
While our annual awards breakfast is on hold until we can officially recognize our winners for their outstanding achievements, let’s take a look at this year’s achievement award recipients: Karen Jean Feury and Terry Crummett.
Karen Jean Feury, RN APN, Injury Prevention Coordinator
Karen Jean Feury is the Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Surgical Critical Care, Trauma & Injury Prevention Service of Morristown Memorial Hospital. KJ received a diploma in nursing at St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York. She continued her education and obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the College of Staten Island, a Master of Science Degree from the New School for Social Research, and Master’s in Science from Rutgers University College of Nursing as a the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
Throughout her nursing career, KJ has held various staff, administration, and clinical positions. As the Injury Prevention Coordinator has enabled her to take a leadership role in developing Morristown Medical Center as a Regional Trauma Center committed to injury prevention.
The establishment of Northern New Jersey Safe Kids / Safe Communities has been one of the projects of which KJ has been most proud. The programming began in 1998 and has continued as a community-based Injury Prevention Coalition. The foundation of this program is the Child Passenger Safety Program which now houses 5 Car Seat Inspection Stations and assists nearly 3000 families each year in the installation of car seats.
Northern NJ does not only encourage safety for children, but covers teens, adults, and our senior populations with injury prevention programs at Home, on the Road and At Play. KJ has also a coach for the Denville Dawgs Youth Rugby Program and Coordinator for Morris Rugby and is the current President of Rugby New Jersey.
KJ lives in Denville with her husband Tom. She has raised 3 children. Blaze who lives in Colorado with his wife Colleen, Jake who lives with his partner Melissa Clelland in Ringwood and Tess who is a Pediatric ICU Nurse at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
Terry Crummett, Retired Colonel, USAF, and Retired Project Manager, Chugach Industries
Upon high school graduation, Terry enlisted in the U. S. Air Force as an avionics electronics technician and served 38 years of continuous active duty. In 1979 he earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville and then attended Officers Training School.
In 1988 Terry earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, Boston. During his career he served at various bases in the United States and abroad, managing all facets of base operations and engineering support. His final assignment was as Commander of the 36th Mission Support Group, 36th Air Base Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The group provided essential mission support to the largest air base in the pacific, including more than 9,000 active and retired military, civilian and dependent personnel. The group maintained an infrastructure of engineering, communications, and information, contracting, logistics readiness, mission support (personnel), security forces and community services.
When Terry retired from the Air Force, he joined Chugach Industries as a project manager for support of infrastructure services at Picatinny Arsenal. Capitalizing on his years of experience in Air Force Leadership, he developed a team that was consistently recognized for contributions to supporting the mission at Picatinny. He encouraged a variety of activities to support the community including food drives, renovation of Camp Marcella, New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, support of Army Morale activities and maintenance of the NJ Fallen Service Member Memorial. He was a valuable mentor to other emerging leaders.
As a private pilot, Terry is passionate about flying for Angel Flight. He has flown over 600 Angel Flight Missions for Angel Flight Northeast. Angel flight pilots provide free compassion flights for children and adults who need specialized medical care.
For the third consecutive year, Leadership Morris is supporting Trees for Troops, a project hosted by Cerbo’s Greenhouse and Garden Center. Special thanks to Leadership Morris Alumni Board member Vicki Harte who is the liaison for this project.
Each year Cerbo’s collects donations to buy Christmas trees that they deliver to active military families. This means families of our servicemen who are still serving and possibly deployed over the holidays will have a fresh Christmas tree. To date, Cerbo’s Trees for Troops program has donated 130 trees to military families.
On December 5, Cerbo’s is hosting hands-on festivities at their garden center, which in the past included loading and tagging trees. Previously, WDHA was on site with their live broadcast and the Mayor of Parsippany joined in the festivities. Vicki Harte said, “Leadership Morris has been honored to work with Tyler Cerbo for the past three years and during the holiday season of giving, Trees for Troops is a wonderful way to make a service family happy.”
Through Leadership Morris, Trees for Troops is one of the easiest ways to support a family with a military family. For just $30 you can help make a veteran’s family have a merry Christmas. And don’t stop there! For $60 you can make two families happy. Most of all, you will feel great about giving back to those who serve and after all, isn’t December the season of giving? Contact Colette at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce to make your donation and support our troops. 973-539-3882. Cerbo’s is located at 440 Littleton Road, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ. You can reach them at 973-334-2623.
As we all redefine our own personal normal in the wake of this Covid– 19 pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to not only thank my fellow Alumni Council members but also to thank you as Leadership Morris Alums for your continued support of this fine organization. Now more than ever, organizations such as ours can play a vital part in our collective ability to adjust to the ever-changing world around us. Whether it be through moral support, charitable support, or as a vehicle to take our minds off current issues to help us maintain some level of sanity. Whatever the motivation, it is important that Leadership Morris remains relevant throughout this crisis and beyond. Socially Responsible Leadership ALWAYS has a place in our society. It may often be under-appreciated or taken for granted, but it is an important part of what makes us who we are as a society.
I encourage ALL of you to remain connected to Leadership Morris. Beyond the meetings, beyond the networking and beyond the social events, there is one fact that unites us all as LM Alum: our desire to make a difference in our community-as a leader! We do more than participate, we help lead the effort. Taking on challenges, finding solutions and encouraging others to do the same. “Leadership with a Purpose”
As you read through this newsletter, you will find examples of your fellow alums in action, doing exactly what I have mentioned above. As committee chair, I would like to thank each of them for their leadership. It is efforts such as this that makes our organization unique. It also illustrates why it is important that we stay focused.
I would also like to challenge our alumni base to join us. We often talk about, “What is the value of your Leadership Morris experience after graduation”? I submit that a large part of it has been alluded to here in my remarks: LM represents an opportunity for you to make a difference. It’s a resource available to you in support of a cause that you are passionate about. A place for you to turn to when you need some advice or help. Leadership Morris is ALL of that and more. It’s up to you to take advantage of it…
Michael F. Lupton LM’12
Please Note: The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
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