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New Chamber President Plans First Meeting

08/21/2013 04:50PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

Lori Nuzzi, DC, has plans to revitalize the business community.

New leadership is bringing fresh energy into the borough's business community. Incoming Chamber of Commerce President Lori Nuzzi, DC, is filled with ideas for restoring the organization to its prior prominence, and her enthusiasm is contagious. 

"Better things happen when we all work together," she said. "Businesses have so much to contribute to the community.When we pool our resources, we can do great things." 
On Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30pm, Nuzzi is hosting an informal brainstorming open forum where chamber members both new and old can network and share ideas on how to work together to improve business and the community. The meeting will be held at her office at 12 Goffle Road, which is on the corner of Van Blarcom Avenue.

Nuzzi has been a member of the chamber since opening her practice in Midland Park in 1993. At the time, the Chamber was a vibrant and vital community organization. Joining the Chamber was a great forum to meet other business owners and network in her new community, she said.

Midland Park's once strong and active Chamber, dwindled along with the economy. As the business climate became less stable and more small businesses closed, remaining businesses had to work harder to stay afloat. She explained that it got to the point where people couldn't spare an hour of work time to attend meetings. As the culture and community changed, the organization didn't keep up and it ceased to be a crucial resource for local businesses.

Nuzzi intends to change that by bringing the organization up-to-date with technology, including a Chamber website and a Facebook page this fall. Another initiative is to implement a Chamber liaison to the borough council to improve communication between the borough and businesses. 

One old program she would love to see revived is a property maintenance award, an honor bestowed upon a different business each month for having the nicest garden or store front in town. The healthy competition recognized businesses for going out of the way to ensure the community looked beautiful.

"I'm hoping to bring back some of that old-fashioned feeling of community pride in our  business community," she said. "Midland Park is a great town, with great people. I'm happy to have this opportunity to give back to the community."

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