BizHub kick-off meeting hosted by The Paula Clark Group on April 19, 2023. The meeting featured special guest Joane Cimiluca, Director of the Bergen County Division of Economic Development.
You're invited! Be a founding participant of the committee created to serve the networking and information sharing needs of the local business community. Open to all business owners and operators, including retailers, eateries, services, and at-home entrepreneurs!
Your $65 annual registration fee entitles you to:
Learn: Twice a year (April/October) we're hosting seminars hosted by and for local small business leaders. Pick up new skills and ideas.
Network: Once a month you'll have the chance to meet up with other local businesses for informal info sharing sessions across industries; as we grow, there may be opportunity for industry-specific breakout groups.
Inform: Contribute to and be featured in our new public calendar to connect your business and events with the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to be featured in our monthly newsletter.
Market: Join Shop The Hub in June & November, Celebrate Westwood's Premier shop local events! Have an in-store event or team-up with another business.
Connect: Your business will be featured in he BizHub Directory, a new online business directory including contact information and relevant links to promote your services.
In addition, the BizHub committee will be included in and supported by all Celebrate Westwood marketing, public relations and social media programs and promotions ensuring that participants are alerted to various opportunities within Westwood.
The combined collected participant fees will help cover the technology and marketing costs of engaging with the community and all BizHub networking/meet-up events. Celebrate Westwood is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization EIN # 88-3697324 with the mission of bettering the entire Westwood community through events and programming.
Westwood Shop for the Holidays!
Season’s Greetings Biz Hub members,
We'd like to help you promote your holiday shopping season by hosting a "DIY" shopping event "Westwood Shop for the Holidays" on Friday, December 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
All you must do to participate is fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/WestwoodShop (or scan the QR code below) and let us know what you've got planned for that evening - a sale, a menu special, a holiday themed in-store event, a gift with purchase, etc. Let us know and we'll create a map and list with all the relevant information to promote on our (and your) social media.
Deadline to join the fun is November 26th.
You can give out candy canes, host a musician, offer a gift-wrapping station, offer a photo spot, whatever puts you and your customers in a shopping mood! Not sure if what you want to offer is a good idea? Run it by us, we'll let you know.
Thanks to Jane from Collected Works and Nancy from The Good Life, for the idea!
BIZHUB MEET-UP FOR NOVEMBER!
Thank you Dr. Cathy and Dr. Jett of Westwood Family Chiropractic for hosting our latest BIZhub meetup. Our early morning attendees shared experiences across industries and set plans in motion to improve information sharing and create opportunity for business promotions.
Thank you Westwood Recreation Director Gary Buchheister for stopping by to explore the ways businesses can leverage activity at the Community Center to attract customers, and thank you to Dr. Cathy for sharing ways in which she infuses an awareness of energy impacts on her daily life and office programming.
MEET & EAT
Save your spot to Meet & Eat at our next networking event for active and prospective BIZhub members on Thursday, October 26! Space and catering provided by Modera Wealth Management, LLC.
Open to all Westwood businesses people. Retail, services, restaurants, professionals, tradespeople, medical, etc.… if you’re a local business person, we want to see you there!
RSVP to email@example.com by 10/23.
HEALTH & SAFETY INFO SESSION
Join your BIZhub friends on Tuesday, August 1st from 10-11am for our first Health & Safety learning session with special guests Darren Blankebush, Fire Marshall & Stacy Gravina, Health Department Manager. This event is open to ALL Westwood Establishments.
Topics of discussion will include off-site food sales, bringing food into retail and service business locations, general safety considerations for businesses, & more! This training is ideal for restaurants, cottage businesses, as well as other Westwood retail and services. We're also going to chat about how you can participate in our upcoming town celebration WestwoodFest!
This event will be held at Westwood Borough Hall at 101 Westwood Ave. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your seat!
Celebrate Westwood BIZhub Partners with WRHS Work-Based Learning Program to Connect Local Businesses and Student Interns
BIZhub members are invited to a special presentation on Wednesday, May 24 8:30AM - 9:30AM at Westwood Regional High School (WRHS) to learn more about the opportunities for partnership with interns through the WRHS Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. Registration is required by Friday, May 19th.
The WRHS program is designed to help senior students with the opportunity to prepare for a rapidly changing world. Students will be engaged in work experiences of their choice, allowing students to gain a competitive edge in their post-secondary transition. Students will gain hands-on experience while gaining academic credits.
BIZhub members are invited to network with their business owner/operator peers at Westwood Candy Shoppe for our first BIZhub "MeetUp!" on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00 pm.
This will be super casual, but we'll also share information about our Shop the Hub event scheduled for Saturday, June 10. Stop in to find out how to implement low/no-cost ideas to increase foot-traffic to your business that day, OR how to pair up with a non-downtown business to host a "pop-up" event in your store or on your sidewalk during the event! This networking event is designed for BIZhub members. Not a member yet? Join today, see info above!
P.S. -- Complementary participation in our Shop the Hub events (June and November) and related marketing/publicity around the events are just one of the many perks of BIZhub membership! Don't wait!