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July 2020

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Hires Dennis C. Miller Associates Inc. for President/CEO Search

Princeton, NJ – July 23, 2020 – The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber [PMRC] announced today that they will engage the services of Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc. in the search for a new President & CEO to replace Peter Crowley.  Crowley announced his retirement last month, effective December 31, 2020.  Crowley has been in his current role since January 2008.

During Crowley’s tenure as President & CEO, he transformed the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber [formerly Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce] into one of the largest chambers in New Jersey, with a reach that includes more than 12,000 contacts and 1,600 members. As a champion for business, Crowley also introduced innovative programming and events to help members connect with one another and grow their businesses. In 2018, he was part of the leadership team that successfully merged the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce into the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce creating the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber.   The uniting of these two chambers resulted in a single, powerful regional business advocate, and a savings of more than $1 million, for its members.

“Peter has dedicated the last twelve years to this Chamber and the greater Mercer County business community. He has built valuable partnerships and initiatives that will serve our region for many years to come,” said Brenda Ross-Dulan, Chair of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber.  “We have begun a search to identify his replacement, someone who can build on his legacy as a dedicated, innovative and member-focused executive.  I am truly grateful for Peter’s service and will leverage his wisdom as we select a dynamic executive to lead the Chamber through its next phase.”

Dennis Miller, President of Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc., is a nationally recognized executive search consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis is also an expert in board governance, leadership development, philanthropy and succession planning. Dennis’ experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations has provided him with the knowledge and insights to understand the competencies required of today’s nonprofit leadership. His firm recently led the search and recruitment of the new President & CEO of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, also one of the largest Chambers in New Jersey.

The application period will be open on Friday, July 24 and close on Friday, August 28.  Applications received after that time may not be reviewed for the position. All interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Michele Hickey, Executive Vice President of Dennis C. Miller Associates Inc. at michele@denniscmiller.com. Any questions about the position or search, please contact Dennis C. Miller at dennis@denniscmiller.com. The job description for Crowley’s position can be found on the Chamber’s website or at https://bit.ly/2OT5MTU

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Position Description for President/CEO

June 2020

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Supports New Small Business Grant Programs

Princeton, NJ – June 29, 2020 – The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber [PMRC] announced support of two new small business relief programs today: the Trenton Small Business Relief Fund and the Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund.

The PMRC’s support for these local relief programs marks the latest step in its collaborations with municipalities and local business organizations to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PMRC will award a grant of $10,000 from the Princeton Mercer Chamber Community Development Fund to Greater Trenton to support the Trenton Small Business Relief Fund, designed to assist small businesses in Trenton and help them survive the pandemic. 

“We are proud to work with Greater Trenton and provide this grant as a means of supporting businesses in our Capitol City,” said Peter Crowley, President and CEO of the Chamber.  “We will continue to work with organizations across the region organized to help our business community recover during these pivotal times.” 

In addition, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Foundation has established the Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund to support small, for-profit, storefront businesses in the Municipality of Princeton. The PMRC will provide support to the Fund, which will offer grants of up to $5,000 per applicant.

Princeton University has pledged an initial donation of $250,000 to launch the fund and will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $100,000 in additional contributions to the fund. 

A committee of Chamber Foundation members and community leaders will facilitate the grant application process.  The Foundation has engaged UCEDC (Union County Economic Development Corporation) to assist the committee in the evaluation and review of grant applications. Additional information about the Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund and the online application can be found here: https://www.princetonresiliencyfund.org/.

“During these difficult times our Foundation aims to work with organizations and municipalities to help our business community survive and thrive as we reopen,” said Peter Dawson, Chairman of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Foundation.”

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The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber– The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber is a membership organization committed to promoting business growth within the Mercer County region and surrounding areas. With more than 10,000 individual contacts and more than 1,600 member companies, the Chamber membership is primarily focused in five central New Jersey counties and stretches as far as New York, Philadelphia and Canada. More information about the Chamber can be found at www .princetonmercerchamber.org.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and exists as the philanthropic arm of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber to address the needs of the regional communities that it serves.

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber CEO Announces Retirement

Princeton, NJ – June 15, 2020 – The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber [PMRC] announced today that President & CEO, Peter Crowley, will retire effective December 31, 2020.  Crowley has been in his current role since January 2008.

During Crowley’s tenure as President & CEO, he transformed the organization into one of the largest chambers in New Jersey, with a reach that includes more than 12,000 contacts and 1,600 members that call Central Jersey home. As a champion for business, Crowley also introduced innovative programming and events to help members connect with one another and grow their businesses, including its NJ Conference for Women, which has grown to the largest of its kind in the state. In 2018, he was part of the leadership team that successfully merged the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce. The uniting of these two chambers resulted in a single, powerful regional business advocate, and a savings of more than $1 million, for its members. Crowley also contributed significantly to the culture of the region through his leadership on the Princeton Mercer Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Peter has dedicated the last twelve years to this Chamber and the greater Mercer County business community. He has built valuable partnerships and initiatives that will serve our region for many years to come,” said Brenda Ross-Dulan, Chair of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber.  “In the coming weeks our Board of Directors will begin a search to identify his replacement, someone who can build on his legacy as a dedicated, innovative and member-focused executive.  I am truly grateful for Peter’s service and will leverage his wisdom as we select a dynamic executive to lead the Chamber through its next phase.”

 “One of the greatest rewards of my career has been serving as CEO of the Chamber,” said Crowley. “It is such a pleasure to represent our clients, who fuel our economy and create jobs. And despite the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, the financial strength, quality of programming, and commitment and excellence of our staff, the PMRC is well positioned for continued success. We are also fortunate to have a Board of Directors that is made up of some the most talented leaders from some of the most successful companies in New Jersey and throughout the nation and world. This organization is poised and ready to help our members build new businesses and grow existing ones.”

Prior to this role, Crowley was the Founding President & CEO of The Bank of Princeton. He has lived in the Princeton area since 1981, where he and his wife Patricia raised their sons, Richard and Michael.

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber – The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber is a membership organization committed to promoting business growth within the Mercer County region and surrounding areas. With more than 12,000 individual contacts and more than 1,600 member companies, the Chamber’s membership is primarily focused in five central New Jersey counties and stretches as far as New York, Philadelphia and Canada.  Included amongst its members are Fortune 500 companies, Global 500 companies, nationally and internationally recognized universities, pharma leaders, health care and financial services providers, and companies of all sizes.  More information about the Chamber can be found at www .princetonmercerchamber.org.

May 2020

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Tourism Bureau Releases Inspirational Video Message

April 2020

All Chamber events delayed through May 31st

Dear Chamber Members,

We have made the decision to postpone all events through May 31st.  We encourage everyone to follow the social distancing and care habits the State has put forth and look forward to meeting when we get through this, and we will get through this together.

The Chamber has launched several initiatives in the last few weeks to help support the business community and our nonprofit organizations, including:

  • Creating a COVID-19 Resource Page for Businesses
  • Launching the Virtual Business Community Facebook Group
  • Implementing Facebook LIVE discussions to address public concerns
  • Partnering with our members to highlight a series of educational Webinars
  • Posting notifications of Restaurants and businesses open for service
  • Revamping our website to focus on providing resource information on the latest updates, grants, loans and promoting our members
  • Donating in partnership with the Chamber Foundation to the Princeton Area Community Covid-19 Fund to the amount of $5,000 to aid in relief to local businesses and nonprofit organizations

We continue to employ our staff, diligently working remotely to support your business and answer any inquiries.

Led by our Board, our total focus is to support our local businesses, now more than ever.  By continuing to follow good health habits and buy local—virtually, we will emerge from this as a stronger Region. 

Thank you,

Peter Crowley, President & CEO

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March 2020

President’s Note to Members Regarding our Event Postponement

All Chamber events delayed through April 30th

Dear Chamber Members,

I wanted to personally reach out to you and provide an update on the actions the Chamber is taking to address the spread of the Coronavirus [COVID-19].  After meeting with our Board of Directors, receiving input from our Members and consulting with Mercer County, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will postpone all Chamber events effective today, Thursday, March 12th through April 30th.  Our events often number  over 100 attendees, and we feel limiting this exposure is in the best interest of the health of our Members, colleagues, staff and families.

In addition to postponing these events, we are implementing a policy of moving all committee meetings to conference calls, and when appropriate implementing work from home policies to staff who show any signs of illness.

We are keenly aware that our business community will be faced with unexpected challenges now and in the weeks to come. During that time, the Chamber will modify marketing messages, website content and social media outreach to provide information designed to help and inform members on the resources available to them relating to local and national business operations. In addition, we will be reinforcing the importance of buying from our local businesses, eating at our local restaurants, shopping in our local communities and working with our local service providers to foster the normalcy that our communities and businesses need. 

It is important to remember now, more than ever, to support our local businesses.  By continuing to follow good health habits, minimizing exposure for higher risk Members, minimizing contact with large group events and continuing to buy local—we can emerge from this as a stronger Region. 

If you have any questions please call the Chamber office at 609-924-1776. The Chamber has a COVID-19 Resource page for businesses here

Sincerest regards,

Peter Crowley, President & CEO

 

Preparedness and Prevention for You and Your Business

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February 2020

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber in Partnership with County of Mercer Hosts 2020 Mercer County Business Update

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Announces New Director of Events

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Announces New Chair of the Board

October 2019

Princeton Mercer Region Young Professionals Give Back Day

Announcing Winners of the 2019 Business Leadership Awards Gala

Announcing 2019 Young Professional Summit Award Honorees

September 2019

NJ Conference for Women Announces Youth Scholarship in Partnership with Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

August 2019

Announcing Winners of the 2019 Toast to Tourism Awards

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber 2019 Community Development Fund Grant Applications are Open

July 2019

NJ Conference for Women Announces Keynote Speakers: Danelle Umstead and Shiza Shahid

Princeton- Mercer Convention & Tourism Bureau Releases 2019 Visitors Guide

June 2019

Princeton Mercer Young Professionals Volunteer at Trenton’s Capital City Farm

Global Business Networking with Canada Trade Partners

Mercer County Mayoral Breakfast Announcement

May 2019

Independent Business Summit Keynote Speakers Announced

April 2019

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Moves to Alexander Road

March 2019

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber Formally Announced

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber in Partnership with County of Mercer to Host 2019 Mercer County Industry Update

Consolidation of Princeton Regional Chamber and New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network

February 2019

PRCC Presents: The 25th Annual Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture

January 2019

PRCC Announces New Vice President and Senior Vice President

PRCC Global Speakers Announced for Multichamber event

June 2018

PRCC International Experts Networking Event- June 5th

July 2017

PRCC Announces New Website

Community Development Fund Announces Grant Process

CVB Congratulates the 2017 Toast to Tourism Award Winners

Princeton Regional CVB Announces Name Change to Princeton- Mercer CVB

 

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