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Member Testimonials

Members talk about the value the Chamber has brought to them and their business.

Joe Wesley, JCL Creative Tours

"Close to two years ago, I presented at one of the It's Not Just Lunch events. My topic was Event Planning 101 and I shared that I was available to work at private functions. Just recently, I was hired by a woman in Montclair who said her husband knew me. When I arrived, I was surprised to find I did not recognize the husband at all. Later in the evening, he explained that he had gotten my card at that lunch 2-years ago. It took them that long to decide they needed help at their house parties but now I’ve gained a regular client.  Thank you for all you do to help local businesses connect!"

Laura Jennings

"Joining the North Essex Chamber has helped me meet a lot of local people. By attending various events with 25-30 people you really get to know each other. The connections I’ve made have helped me get referrals and give referrals. Since we joined, our law practice has had inquiries from contacts I’ve made and from the Chamber website. The events, like speed networking, are fun too. The people are nice and genuine."

Mara L. Dooskin, Esq.
Cipirano Law Offices, P.C.

"I find the NECC to be a great organization to meet new people that I can collaborate with and learn from. If it leads to new business, all the better, but I find it so much more than that. I enjoy the social aspects of meeting other business owners who share similar challenges surrounding running a business. The events are fun and interesting and I try to at least meet one new person I can follow up with later or learn one new thing at every event."

Gene Sower
Samson Media

“Joining the chamber has been an extremely positive experience for launching my new business. The immediate exposure brought a great value and a genuine opportunity to develop contacts, referrals and new clients. It does require to be involved, attentive, and receptive to others in the business community but the benefits that the Chamber provides have been highly valuable in exposing and growing my business in the Essex county area.”

Eric Y. Francais
e-outbox LLC Website Design & Digital Marketing

"Getting involved works. As a member of the NECC marketing committee, I help members navigate the Member Portal and work with members to take advantage of advertising on the NECC website and NECC emails. Subsequent to working with a member by phone and email, I had the opportunity to meet them at a Business Resource breakfast. When they found out that my business was to help companies grow through marketing, they were interested in meeting with me. They are now a client. Getting involved in NECC committees really helps people to get to know and trust you."

Nina Tucker
Noesis Marketing LLC

"North Essex Chamber of Commerce has positively impacted my business, has increased relationships with like-minded professionals in the Essex County area and has increased my company's brand awareness in the Essex County area. I got involved very early on, joining the membership committee, going to as many events as possible, as well as going to other members events for support. I have since been able to offer an additional networking event to NECC members that have been gaining traction. Michael, Barbara and the rest of the executive board are always available to help in any way that they can. If you put in the effort, go to events and get to know other members, you will get a return on your investment."

Jake Kohler
Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance

"The NECC Member Directory was a great resource for me with a personal matter. I realized that I had a hornet’s nest at home and had no idea how to take care of it or who to turn to. After the pest control companies that I reached out to through online searches didn’t respond satisfactorily to my inquiries, I realized that I could use the NECC Member Directory to find a member who could help me. J. D'Ambrozio Pest Management Services was a pleasure to work with. They took care of the matter in a timely, professional and cost-effective manner. It is worth it to go to the NECC Member Directory first for help."

Jenny Chon, ASA, EA, MAAA, FCA, MSPA
CBO Pension Actuaries

" has been a member of NECC for years. It was not until I got involved as a board member and as a committee volunteer that I experienced the benefits of my membership. Working with professionals from other business sectors, I learn other perspectives and sharpen my personal business acumen. Meeting with business leaders in a social setting puts me in touch with the right person within a company that I want to do business with, making the connection a meaningful business lead. Participation in development of NECC programs provides a gratifying opportunity to give back to the community."

Annette Batson
Director of Advertising Sales, Baristanet

"Membership in the North Essex Chamber has proven to be a very worthwhile with lots of knowledgeable and helpful professionals in a variety of fields."

Bea Chaiklin
Senior Loan Officer, NJ Lenders Corp.

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