Editor’s Note: Rebecca Greene, author of this article, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce.
GLEN ROCK, NJ – During their annual virtual meeting on Jan. 28, Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce members focused on positive messages as they looked forward into year two of a COVID-affected environment.
Donna Valicenti of Ramsey Graphic & Printing said she wants to “educate” her potential clients and the public in 2021. “People are often not aware of how extensive our services are,” she said. “I want to educate people with what we offer. It’s been refreshing, the amount of orders this week in which people are getting their materials out their, letting their clients know they’re open for business.”
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Mike Morea is a business attorney who helps his clients understand their responsibilities as business owners and employers. “I’m focusing on appreciation,” he said. “I appreciate my clients and appreciate how we’ve all been able to keep going during this tough time.”
Tara McKee of Creative Den said she is “focused,” focused on what works for her business after shifting the open, social gathering portion of her business toward what people want and need now; and what she, as a business owner, can offer right now.
Ellen Levine of Perfectly Kneaded said her focus is “communication.” She is looking to communicate with her clients, her employees and her business neighbors more often and better in 2021.
Ilene Kahn, Renovation Advisor, said she knows the landscaping is changing and that makes her services increasingly valuable. “People keep looking to improve their homes, and they know they can look to me to help them focus on what’s important to them,” she said. “What is the best way for them to spend their money to make them happy in their homes or spaces where they live.”
Liz Croland Sarakin Esquire said her big word this year is “gratitude.” She assists people in divorce through coaching and mediation. “I look around and I’m thankful for my clients and the support I have around me.”
Jim Morgan of the Curious Reader said he seeks to “expand” his business in ways he did not think of before. He’s looking to teachers and the new classrooms that have developed outside the traditional schoolrooms to offer the vast array of books and resources his business can offer.
Nick Stratton thanked the Glen Rock Chamber president, Felicia Halpert, for her time and effort in leading the group for the second year. “I don’t think people realize all the time and effort it takes to keep the Chamber going,” he said. “And you’re there willing to do that.”
Russ Borgman, vice president of the AM Ridgewood Rotary that encompasses Glen Rock, said he sees “sustainability” as the key for 2021. “We need to think about our resources today and see how we can sustain them into the future.”
M&T Bank Manager Gary Wiecenski said “relationships” are key for him this year. “It’s being able to talk to people and develop trust, that develops relationships so people can do business with people they know.”
Boyd Lowry, FirstLight Homecare of Bergen County–senior home care, said it’s about “service” for him. “You need to be there for people, give them what they need and go beyond. Leave them with a smile, make them happy.”
Dmitriy Yankelevich, Barnum Financial Group, said it’s about “resiliency and reset. We’re all going through this unprecedented time and every day, we need to muscle through it and help our clients get through it, as well. Some times, you just have to step away and see the bigger picture. Don’t let the emergency of the moment derail you from your goals.”
Felicia Halpert, the Chamber president and owner of Bergen IT, “technology for the rest of us,” said she sees this year as being about “collaboration. You have to recognize where your weaknesses are and seek out professionals who can help you fill those gaps. That’s how you grow your business and get better at what you do, get better at what makes you special to your clients.”