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2/28/2011 - “Hamilton Business Week” Looks to Promote Economic Opportunities in New Jersey’s 8th Largest Town

“Hamilton Business Week” Looks to Promote Economic Opportunities in New Jersey’s 8th Largest Town


(Hamilton) – As Hamilton Township goes, so goes the State of New Jersey.  It’s a saying that applies to many aspects of life in New Jersey, including the state’s economic recovery. 


And while Hamilton – the state’s 8th largest town – has enjoyed a steadier economy than other areas across the state and country, Mayor John Bencivengo, the Hamilton Economic Development Advisory Commission, the Hamilton Partnership and the Hamilton Chapter of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce are joining together to promote all of the economic opportunities that exist in Hamilton in a special, week-long event this spring.


“Hamilton Business Week”, taking place from May 9th through May 13th, will provide local businesses and business leaders with the chance to learn more about the economic opportunities that exist in Hamilton – such as future land uses available with the town’s new Master Plan and new ways to do business with Hamilton Township online.  The week will also include several networking opportunities for both business leaders and job seekers, a chance to sample food offerings from some of Hamilton’s finest dining establishments, workshops and seminars designed to assist business and inform them on current business issues, as well as much, much more.


“Hamilton Township is a great place to do business and to enjoy economic prosperity and growth,” explains Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo.  “Our location, our highly-developed transportation infrastructure, our favorable economic demographics, our proximity to nearby colleges, and our highly trained labor pool all combine to help  make Hamilton Township an inviting economic environment and a very business-friendly hometown.”  


Hamilton Business Week Sponsorship Opportunities exist for local businesses to promote their companies or organizations, while helping to underwrite costs associated with this special economic development and business retention initiative.  Some events during the week will require tickets, which will help to fund the programs, workshops and seminars without the use of taxpayer dollars.     


Several events are already planned for “Hamilton Business Week” (listed below), although additional events will be announced in the coming weeks.  Residents and business leaders can stay up to date with the latest information about “Hamilton Business Week” by visiting either the Hamilton Township website (, the Hamilton Business Partnership website ( or the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce website (



NOTE TO MEDIA:  In the attached photograph, standing from left to right, are Former Hamilton Mayor and current Hamilton Partnership Executive Director John K. Rafferty, Chairman of the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission John Strycharz, Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo and former Mercer County Executive and Chief Executive Officer and President of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Robert D. Prunetti following the Kick Off Announcement for Hamilton Business Week.  (Photograph Courtesy of Hamilton Township) 



Hamilton Business Week Schedule of Events

All events may be subject to change 


Monday, May 9th


Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce - Hamilton Chapter “Kick Off” Luncheon and program entitled “A Vision for Route 33”,11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Gardens, located at 661 State Highway 33, Hamilton, NJ 08619.  Tickets required.  Call (609) 689-9960 for details.


Tuesday:  May 10th


“Doing Business with Hamilton Township – Online” (featuring information on Hamilton’s soon-to- launch Online Inspections System), from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Township Call Center Facility located at 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619.  Call (609) 890-3519 for details.           


“International Taste of Hamilton” featuring offerings by several Hamilton Township restaurants, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the renowned Grounds for Sculpture, located at 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619.  The event is coordinated by Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission.  Tickets are required.  Call (609) 890-3519 for details.  


Wednesday, May 11th


Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, at Cedar Gardens located at 661 State Highway 33, Hamilton, NJ 08619, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (609) 689-9960 for details.

A morning workshop session will focus on Social Media Opportunities for local businesses, coordinated by the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Two afternoon sessions will allow business leaders to explore the Local Banking and Financial Services available in Hamilton Township (coordinated the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce), as well as a Green Initiatives workshop (coordinated by the Hamilton Partnership).


Thursday, May 12th


Hamilton Partnership will present a forum on the new Hamilton Township Master Plan; 8 a.m. breakfast at Spigola’s Ristorante, located at 3817 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road, Hamilton, NJ 08691.  Also, involvement of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority is anticipated for this event. Tickets required.  Call (609) 581-6820 for more details.



Friday, May 13th:

Hamilton Township Job Fair hosted by Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission at the Nottingham Ballroom, located at 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton, NJ 08690.  FREE to Hamilton residents.  Call (609) 890-3519 for details.