PHOTO: Mark Dammeyer of MAD Holdings Inc. spoke about the power of local communities.

COLTS NECK, NJ - A Business Roundtable was held in June at the Colts Neck court house sponsored by the Monmouth County Freeholders and the CN Township Committee. The purpose of this forum was to discuss existing conditions and ways to improve the brand and “experience” of Colts Neck, one of the most admired towns in New Jersey.  Topics included ways to advance the business district, programs to support local residents and campaigns the CNBA can consider and play a key role in positively promoting the town for the benefit of all. CNBA will be spearheading the effort with their Colts Neck Economic Development Committee to continue and further the groundwork set forth at the Roundtable. The Committee meets the last Thursday of each month. Visit the Monmouth County website www.visitmonmouth.com and the CNBA website www.ColtsNeckBusiness.org for more info.

The CNBA continues to support Operation Provide Comfort, a non-profit organization developed to assist NJ Shore communities still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. This month The CNBA is sponsoring Colts Neck’s own Jacqui Lee in concert benefitting OPC on Saturday August 23 at Brookdale Community College. The effects of Sandy are certainly still visible in Union Beach.  Jacquie Lee of NBC's "The Voice," will play the "Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission" concert Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the campus of Brookdale Community College. Tickets are on sale at 800-514-3849 and www.opcunionbeach.org/tickets.  Proceeds raised will benefit residents of UnionBeach through Operation Provide Comfort, which is headed by Retired Marine Colonel and Colts Neck resident Jim Sfayer. Jacquie Lee, 16 of Colts Neck, recently released the single "Broken Ones" and is currently on the first ever "Voice" live tour, come see her close to home and support this great cause.

Each month at the CNBA General Meeting, a guest speaker informs and educates the filled room with items and topics relevant to individuals as well as businesses large and small. This month’s speaker was Mark Dammeyer of MAD Holdings Inc. who spoke about the power of local communities and using technology to allow residents and businesses to connect and easily access each other. Mark has offered to partner with the CNBA in developing a website in support of our local businesses.  Visit www.ColtsNeckBizDirectory.com and contribute your input as the site grows.

The CNBA hosted its summer Cultivating Connections event in July at Ray Longobardi’s Pebble Creek Golf Course. The event was held in partnership with Eatontown Industrial Park Association, The Greater Monmouth Chamber and Great Ocean Chamber of Commerce. The event was filled to capacity and residents and business from the region spent the evening socializing and enjoying good company at a great venue. A special thank you to Ray and his staff for hosting once again.

CNBA also held it’s DAY AT THE RACES in August at picturesque Monmouth Park Racetrack. There the CNBA went upscale and hosted a jacket-required event in association with Eatontown Industrial Park Association and Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce. A fantastic day was spent networking and dining amidst one of Monmouth county’s greatest assets, horseracing at this beautiful historic location.

The CNBA currently has 190+ members and new businesses are always welcome (as a resident or business owner in Colts Neck). Annual dues are only $50 and can be paid on-line at www.ColtsNeckBusiness.org .

The Colts Neck Business Association welcomes the public to our General Meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Colts Neck Public Library (1 Winthrop Road).  The CNBA is led by; President Anna Appolonia of Heritage House Sotheby’s Realtors Vice Presidents Gregory Calderaro of Morgan Stanley & Carolyn Burtnick of Community Magazine, Secretaries Patty Vollherbst of Colts Neck Computing & Alison Antenucci of Burns Brothers Custom Carpentry and Treasurer David Sokoler of Merandex Technology Solutions. The group is advised by Past President Glen J. Dalakian. More info can be found at www.ColtsNeckBusiness.orgor their Facebook page.

The Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) provides new and existing businesses in and around Colts Neck with the most conducive and supportive atmosphere to contribute to their overall success while promoting civic responsibility, community awareness and connectivity.