Take a look at what the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce members are saying.
I joined the EBRCC in October 2018. Since that first event, my personal and professional life has benefited greatly. For me, the summary of the relationships that I have made during that short time has culminated during the first months of quarantine.
The EBRCC immediately began offering informational webinars that detailed benefits small businesses affected by Covid-19 could apply for. When I tried to apply for the PPP loan, I found out my bank was not offering the program since it’s a Credit Union. I immediately called Jovanny Belisario of PNC Bank, a member I met often at past events. She set me up virtually with a new business checking account so that I may apply through her bank. There were a series of very fortunate events that set the path to make my application efforts a success. In February 2020, I had attended a free member educational event about Quickbooks, hosted by member Doug Martin Bookkeeping. There I learned basic Quickbooks information which led to a deeper instruction to set up the desktop version to complete my 2019 taxes, by fellow member, Lamia Hakim of TemperaturePro Central Jersey. I would NOT have been able to complete the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) application without this setup and the supporting documentation necessary. (My accountant has ALL my tax stuff from before quarantine & they are closed due to the shutdown.) Having the profit & loss statement from the Quickbooks was sufficient to submit.
Sometimes not knowing the right technology can provide a roadblock. From our January breakfast networking event, I learned of an efficient app called Scannable to scan multiple documents and turn them into a pdf from your phone from member Amy Jones of Broad Marketing Services. Chamber Vice President and member, Joe Kim of Minuteman Press has been a great sounding board to help me design a banner to publicly thank the essential workers to display on behalf of my business. In addition, I received a timely ‘check-in phone call’ from Chamber President, Ron Lichtenberger of Brunswick Square. Having voiced some recent challenges my college daughter was facing after losing her summer internship due to the Covid19 pandemic, he volunteered to step up as her “virtual intern” to get practical business experience. To further display the personal efforts this Chamber has had to my life, due to the virus outbreak, my son’s birthday party had to be canceled. Chamber member, Dori Saypol from Total Party, saved the day with a celebratory balloon decoration for his Birthday Parade. I don’t know about you, but I sure feel loved by everyone in EBRCC & have a great love for them.
J. Vicky Laszlo
Laszlo Center 4 Hope & Healing