COLTS NECK, NJ - Fun, Friendship and Business networking were all in play at the Cultivating Connections Networking event as the Colts Neck Business Association partnered with the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and the Eatontown industrial Park Association to create a most successful event.  Over 200  people crowded the pavilion at Pebble Creek Golf Course where our host Ray Longobardi graciously sponsored the event.  “The food was great, people had fun and the outdoor facilities made for a great event location” said CNBA president Glen J. Dalakian.  “Ray is a gracious host and we are grateful for the excellent food and facility he provided for everyone’s enjoyment.

Proceeds from Cultivating Connections held on July 16th went to benefit Operation Provide Comfort Union Beach (  who had a presence at the event with their banners and videos to share what our neighbors have been experiencing.  They still have years of recovery ahead and the CNBA continues to be committed to help the people of Union Beach through the recovery project.  “We are excited to be able share the success of one of our event in the form of funds that will benefit the people hard hit by the storms last year” said Anna Appolonia Vice President of the CNBA.  Special thanks to all the CNBA and EIPA members who had display tables at the event to share their businesses with all.

August brings us to our annual Colts Neck Day with the Blue Claws!  All are welcome to join us for this Family oriented event as we come together as a community at the Stadium in Lakewood for an evening of Fun, Baseball and recognition of Colts Neck.  Tickets are available through the High School, PTO, Sports Foundation, the CNBA and its members at only $10.00 each ($9.00 for 10 or more).  Businesses can also invest in a high-profile table on the concourse for exposure to the 6000+ people at the game.  Tables are in limited supply at only $200.00 and include 20 Tickets to the game.  For details contact Kevin Fenstermacher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Committee Chair for the event or visit .

cnba_christinaAt the July general meeting attendance was strong and the topic of the guest speaker was most helpful and focused on small businesses. Christina Paccione of Investors Savings bank shared insights on Business Loans and how to obtain them.  Her segment was part of the continuing education CNBA provides to its member at our General meetings.  These segments add-value to our general meeting in providing additional tools for our members to succeed in their endeavors.

All are welcome, but members who attend CNBA General Meetings have a unique opportunity to win one of our “Add-Value” business packages (valued at more than $2500.00) to help them improve their bottom-line.  The winner for this quarter was Patty Vollherbst , who is a long time member and  the Chair of the CNBA Technology Committee.  We know she will put these valuable resources to good use in her growing business “Colts Neck Computing”.

The CNBA is led by: President Glen J. Dalakian of CSAV Systems; Vice Presidents Anna Appolonia of Heritage House Sotheby’s & Andrea Giannopoulos of Capital Paint Centers; Secretaries Carolyn Burtnick of Community Magazine & Monica Vermeulen of The Ashley Lauren Foundation; and Treasurer David Sokoler of Merandex Technology Solutions.  The group is advised by founders Sal Barbagallo and Silvan Lutkewitte.  For more info about the CNBA, visit or “like” us on Facebook!