The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of networks and programs that help grow the region’s economy and provide invaluable resources for local businesses and nonprofits. Chamber groups bring like-minded members together to meet common needs and address particular areas of interest such as networking, best practices, growing small businesses and serving the community. Chamber programs are designed to be both networking and educational opportunities to support B2B Opportunities, visibility and advocacy. Please see below and check out our Calendar of Events for upcoming opportunities to join us.
Our Chamber Ambassadors are a group of dedicated members who are passionate about the Hudson Chamber and are committed to our work to connect, empower and advocate by serving its members. They volunteer their time with us to engage new Members who join our growing community. Learn more.
Our regular orientation programming is designed to help our newest members become acquainted with the Chamber staff, learn about the benefits of membership and meet other new members and Chamber Ambassadors.
The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce hosts quarterly ELC Breakfast Roundtable events, typically on the second Wednesdays of January, April, June and October, inviting a local public or elected official or guest speaker from industry or commerce to discuss a policy issue or project and its impact on Hoboken. Past events have focused on the redesign of Washington Street, the Rebuild by Design Project in Hoboken, and proposed development projects. All Members are welcome to attend, get informed and engage in discussion. Please see the Hoboken Chamber Events Calendar for the next Hoboken Breakfast Roundtable event.
Our Small Business Network hosts The Breakfast Club, its monthly networking and referral meetings for small businesses and those seeking to do business with them. If you've been wanting a venue to grow your referral network and your business, The Breakfast Club is for you!
Breakfast Club meetings are open to Chamber members only. Meetings provide Members the opportunity to pitch their business, help each other to make referrals, and hear from guest speakers with preference given to Chamber members. Please see our Events Calendar for the next Breakfast Club Meeting near you!
The nonprofit sector is critical to our national and local economies. In 2013, public charities reported over $1.73 trillion in total revenues and $1.62 trillion in total expenses, according to the Nation Center for Charitable Statistics. In New Jersey, there were more than 40,000 non-profit organizations as of 2013, according to the NCCS, employing about 7% of the State’s workers. The vast majority of these nonprofits were charitable organizations.
Hudson County is home to more than 2,500 non-profits. We recognize the critical impact these Members make on our local economy, in terms of both the goods and services they consume, but also provide back to the local economy and those they serve. Every month, the Nonprofit Network hosts a Zoom Lunch and Learn organized around a topic of interest designed to engender mutual support, capacity building and share best practices. Every May, the Nonprofit Network produces #HudsonGives, our annual virtual giving day. In July, it hosts a special in-person Nonprofit Network Reception welcoming a special guest speaker discussing sector trends. To get involved, see our Events Calendar to attend an upcoming Nonprofit Network event or ask to be added to our email list.
According to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, in 2019, American women started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day between 2018 and 2019, down only slightly from the record-setting 2018 number of 1,821. These businesses represent 42% of all American businesses—nearly 13 million—employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenues of $1.9 trillion.
Women-owned businesses are vital to our local economy in Hudson County, where women-owned firms make up 37% of all firms within the County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It's why we launched our Women of Commerce Council in 2020 to provide educational programs, leadership and mentoring opportunities to women, whether they are entrepreneurs or sidepreneurs, seasoned or just starting out. To learn more about Women of Commerce and how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In keeping with our mission to be the leading resource for driving economic growth, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Frank J. Guarini School of Business at Saint Peter's University and the Ignite Institute since 2013 to bring a unique opportunity to our Members as well as undergraduate students at Saint Peter's, our Town & Gown Program.
Through this collaborative effort, Chamber Members who have a need or desire to engage in a planning project for their business, are paired with their own pro-bono team of consultants. Chamber Members represent the “Town” and Saint Peter’s the “Gown” in this partnership.
Consultants comprise a team of Saint Peter's seniors majoring in Business Administration and their professors. While they are enrolled in their cap-stone Business Administration Seminar during the spring semester (January through April), this team of five to six student-consultants work with our Members to complete one of the following types of projects:
Who is Eligible? Eligible companies and organizations must be Members of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce or the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Members who want to take their business to the next level in any of the areas above and who can benefit from the added resources of a student-consultant team, are encouraged to participate. Your Chamber Membership must be in good standing! Prior year TOWN & GOWN participants are eligible to apply again. Since its inception, more than forty Members of the Chamber have benefited from the program. We are once again hosting this program in 2021. The application process typically opens in the fall each year.
About the Business Administration Seminar: This senior-level course is aimed at exposing Saint Peter's students to real world challenges. Participants are expected to utilize their knowledge from the diverse fields of study (including finance, accounting, management, international business, marketing, and economics) to solve business problems. While the use of case studies and business simulation games are encouraged, the principal focus is to apply knowledge in the real world through mini-projects that involve small organizations. The course is therefore open only to students who have completed all major requirements.