Hunterdon Chamber to Host the Hunterdon County Business Awards Breakfast

The Annual Hunterdon County Business Awards Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, November 24th at 8:00am at Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale. This annual event, hosted by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, honors the Entrepreneur of the Year, Good Neighbor, Women Business & Community Leader, Most Promising New Business, Governmental Service Award, Hosts on Hunterdon Chamber Radio, and Amazing Kids in Business.


The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this program for over twenty years and requests input from the business community to make nominations. “The Annual Awards Breakfast is a chance to acknowledge the best of the best here in Hunterdon County.  The winners exemplify the ideal in business practices and achievement.  The Chamber is honored to host this event each year,” says Chris Phelan, President of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.


This year’s winners are:


Women Business & Community Leader: Susan Lax, Hunterdon Helpline

Good Neighbor: Jim Hughes, Unity Bank

Most Promising New Business: Base Entertainment Group, LLC

Entrepreneur of the Year: Janet Maddalena, Maddalena’s Cheesecake & Catering

Governmental Service Award:  Mayor Janice Kovach – Town of Clinton

New Favorite Chamber Radio Host—Hunterdon Chamber Radio: Georjean Trinkle, host of Hot in Hunterdon

Most Informative Chamber Radio Show –Hunterdon Chamber Radio: Jim Gano, host of Takin’ Care of Business


Also, The Amazing Kids in Business Awards will be presented to local high school students during this breakfast ceremony. “The Amazing Kids in Business Award is very inspirational,  and it so exciting to hear how these students were inspired to start their own businesses,” Phelan said.


The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors for continually supporting this annual event: Presenting Sponsor CenturyLink, Supporting Sponsor Unity Bank, and Contributing Sponsors Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA, Hunterdon County YMCA, Winnewald Day Camp, Raritan Valley Community College and Crown Trophy and Signs by Crown of Flemington.


Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $45 for general admission. Pre-registration required.  For more information or to register, call 908-782-7115 or


The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, established in 1916, represents over 600 member organizations with over 15,000 employees. The Chamber serves as the advocate for the Business Community and offers a wide array of initiatives centered on economic & workforce development, leadership and business resources. For more information on the Chamber please visit or call 908-782-7115.


Picture enclosed: (L –R) Chris Phelan, Hunterdon Chamber President; Barbara Piwinski, United Way of Hunterdon County, Caroline Scutt, United Way of Hunterdon County, Anne Thornton of MSI Plumbing & Remodeling & 2013 Women Business & Community Leader; and Mary Melfi, Hunterdon County Clerk. Barbara and Caroline accepted the 2014 Women Business & Community Leader on behalf of Bonnie Duncan, Executive Director of the United Way of Hunterdon County.



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