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Business 2 Business Council

Through the Business to Business Council, CIANJ is seeking to provide opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to gain the contacts, knowledge, and information necessary to grow their businesses profitably. The B2B Council events will connect them to opportunities across New Jersey’s diverse business landscape.

Business Impact Group (BIG)

BIG has joined CIANJ and will be working with the Small Business Council to bring value to the small business sector within CIANJ and the New Jersey Small business community. BIG operates as a closed group within CIANJ similar to the CEO Roundtable providing an opportunity for its members to gain insights in a peer-to-peer atmosphere.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable provides a forum for chief executive officers or business owners to seek advice and share experiences. Participants freely discuss issues they confront daily, such as compensations, financing, dealing with family members, relocations, sale of a business and many of the topics.

Environmental Business Council

Since its inception, the EBC’s mission has been to recognize the important economic role the environmental industry plays within the state, to demonstrate that environmental issues are also business issues, and to teach the business and regulatory communities that environmental responsibility and economic growth are fundamentally related

Financial Decision Makers Roundtable

CIANJ’s Financial Decision Makers Roundtable is intended for senior executives in key financial positions within their firms, as well as CIANJ members and invited guests. The purpose of this roundtable is to share critical information related to financial decision making and to allow attendees to develop professional relationships with each other. CPE credits are offered.

Generation Now: A Young Professionals Or

Generation Now is a group of young professionals in alliance with one another for the purpose of education, networking and peer-to-peer exchange leading to personal and professional growth.

Healthcare Roundtable

CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable is a forum for professionals who work within a spectrum of related disciplines to interact with one another by discussing critical issues that affect healthcare, as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and develop relationships that enhance business

Human Resources Council

CIANJ’s Human Resource Roundtable is intended to advocate HR awareness by providing information and resources in various HR disciplines. It educates those responsible for HR in their organizations by sharing knowledge to solve common challenges. As an HRCI Approved Provider, attendees can earn continuing education credits toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR

Manufacturing Roundtable

The Manufacturing Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complimentary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect manufacturing, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Marketing Roundtable

Without a savvy marketing strategy, any product or service is doomed to failure. Industry leaders guide this roundtable as it helps businesses promote their brand, harness social media, and determine the best ways to identify new customers and clients

Real Property Roundtable

CIANJ’s Real Property Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect real property, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Technology For Business Roundtable

The Technology For Business Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect technology, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business.

Recent News

  • Member News - Lakeland Bank

    Lakeland Bank was pleased to distribute $144,500 in scholarships to high school seniors who graduated this year from Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The funds were raised last September at the Bank’s 2015 Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. “As a community bank, we are committed to helping local families save, prepare, and pay for higher education,” said Thomas Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “Last year’s Annual Scholarship Golf Outing exceeded our fundraising goal, allowing Lakeland Bank to provide scholarships to 72 students from 59 public and private high schools as well as another five students already attending college.” The scholarships are presented to students selected by their school who have demonstrated academic success and have an interest in pursuing a higher education. Lakeland Bank congratulates the students from the following schools who were selected to receive the 2016 scholarships: Bergen County: Becton Regional High School, Bergen Catholic High School, Bergen County Technical School, Don Bosco Prep, Dwight Morrow High School, Hackensack High School, Indian Hills High School, Ma'ayanot Yeshiva School for Girls, Paramus Catholic High School, Park Ridge High School, Ramapo High School, Rutherford High School, Saint Joseph Regional High School, Teaneck High School, Torah Academy of Bergen County Essex County: James Caldwell High School, Verona High School, West Caldwell Tech, West Essex Regional High School Morris County: Boonton High School, Butler High School, Jefferson High School, Kinnelon High School, Madison High School, Montville High School, Morris Catholic High School, Morris County School of Technology, Morris Hills Regional High School, Morris Knolls Regional High School, Morristown High School, Mountain Lakes High School, Pequannock High School, West Morris Central High School, West Morris Mendham High School 8.26 lakeland bankPassaic County: DePaul Catholic, Eastern Christian High School, Lakeland Regional High School, Manchester Regional High School, Mary Help of Christians Academy, Passaic County Technical Institute, Passaic Valley Regional High School, Wayne Hills  High School, Wayne Valley High School, West Milford High School, Windsor School Somerset County: Bernards High School, Ridge High School Sussex County: High Point Regional High School, Kittatinny Regional High School, Lenape Valley Regional High School, Newton High School, Pope John Regional High School, Sparta High School, Sussex County Technical School, Veritas Christian Academy, Vernon High School, Wallkill Valley Regional High School Union County: Summit High School Warren County: North Warren Regional High School Local Colleges: Bergen Community College, Montclair State University, Ramapo College and William Paterson University Lakeland Bank will host its 44th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing on Tuesday, September 27 at Crystal Springs Golf Resort located in Hamburg, N.J. The Bank’s goal is to raise $150,000 to award in scholarships. If you are interested in attending or supporting the Annual Scholarship Golf Outing, please call Mary Franchini at 973-882-1515 x818227. Lakeland Bank advises students entering their senior year to contact the Guidance department at their school to learn how to apply for a Lakeland Bank Scholarship. About Lakeland Bank Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $4.7 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 New Jersey branch offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties; five New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Teaneck and Waldwick; and two commercial loan production offices serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.  

  • Coming Attractions in the September 2016 Issue of COMMERCE Magazine

    The cover story in the September 2016 issue of COMMERCE showcases the STEM degree programs at CIANJ member colleges and universities. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math—degree fields which are in demand and place graduates on track for high-paying jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, jobs in STEM fields are predicted to increase 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth in non-STEM-related occupations. The issue also features an exclusive interview with NASA Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, a former commander of the International Space Station. Dr. Chiao assesses America’s space program; compares it to the European, Chinese and Russian space programs; discusses breakthrough technologies for space exploration; analyzes the steps necessary to prepare for an eventual mission to Mars; and highlights the commercial opportunities, such as launching satellites, that have grown out of space exploration. Other articles included in the issue cover important topics such as security, cybersecurity, forensic accounting, National Ovarian/Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, banking for Millennials, and LSRPs and brownfield remediation. For more information, visit

  • Member News - Atlantic Stewardship Bank

    BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, FL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, proudly announces that Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Midland Park, New Jersey has once again earned its highest, 5-Star rating. This marks the seventh consecutive quarter that Atlantic Stewardship Bank has earned this top rating. BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983…providing ratings you can trust. Earning a 5-Star rating from Bauer indicates that Atlantic Stewardship Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Some of the areas in which it excels are:

    • Capital - more than twice the capital than is required by regulators;
    • Loan Quality – delinquent loan levels are manageable;
    • Profitability – Atlantic Stewardship Bank earned $1.293 million in the first quarter 2016 and $4.996 million in 2015.
    “We’ve been doing this for a long time”, notes Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, “We’ve seen the ups…and the downs of this industry and the one constant, is that community banks, like Atlantic Stewardship Bank, continue to shine, even in the toughest times. Knowing their customers is the key to making solid investments into the future of the communities they serve.” Atlantic Stewardship Bank was established in 1985 and has been providing top quality banking service to its neighbors ever since. Today, in addition to its website (, Atlantic Stewardship Bank operates through 11 conveniently located branch offices in Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. Atlantic Stewardship Bank: “Faithful to our Customers.” Member of the FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. BauerFinancial, Inc. Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting About Atlantic Stewardship Bank Established in 1985, ASB is a full-service community bank serving both individuals and businesses. ASB maintains banking locations in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Montville, North Haledon, Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Westwood and Wyckoff, New Jersey, as well as two offices in Wayne. ASB is pleased to tithe or share 10 percent of its taxable income with Christian and local nonprofit organizations. To date, ASB’s tithing donations total $8.8 million. The bank is a subsidiary of Stewardship Financial Corporation, trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol SSFN. The bank’s website is

  • Member News - Next Level Performance

    Next Level Performance Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary by Giving Back to the Community with HOPE Week Initiative Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company has a long history of charitable initiatives with HOPE Week being the main service event each year. In 2016, the program is even more significant, as it coincides with the company’s new branding and the 40th anniversary of its founding. HOPE stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel, and Next Level Performance’s HOPE Week has been adapted from the New York Yankees’ initiative by the same name. HOPE Week kicked off on August 1st, which was the same day Next L evel Performance unveiled its new branding. The new company name, Next Level Performance, reinforces the company vision to “enrich people’s lives and give them reasons to achieve more.” HOPE Week had the same objective, as charities were chosen based on helping individuals better themselves. In one short week, the company and its employees helped over 570 individuals in their community. This year’s HOPE Week was more significant this year because of the 40-year anniversary of the Dittman Company. Employees volunteered on initiatives with five organizations throughout the community. Managing Director, Dave Dittman says, “One of Next Level’s core values is to provide spectacular service to our community, and this was more important than ever as we celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Watching my colleagues come together and work hard toward something so powerful is sincerely moving.” HomeFront is an organization in New Jersey whose mission is “to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community.” Next Level Performance contributed toward this mission through several programs; helping assist an art project for summer camp children, leading a presentation on job interview skills, sharing computer training with their WorkFirst clients, sponsoring children with back-to-school backpacks full of supplies, and feeding a hungry family for six weeks through a coin drive donation. Elijah’s Promise offers a soup kitchen, hospitality job training, and reduced cost or free clothing for those in need, and has a long-standing relationship with the company. Next Level volunteers helped lead a discussion on menu planning for hospitality job-seeking adults, ran a food drive in partnership with MATRIX, and supported Promise Catering by using them for a HOPE Week kick-off lunch. 500 First Night Kits were assembled and donated to Jersey Cares to make the first night in a shelter easier for people in the community, and CASA of Middlesex County received 30 backpacks full of essentials which were assembled by Next Level employees for displace teens. Several cartons of donated books were delivered to the New Brunswick Free Library, which is the only source of education material and learning space for many in the community. The whole week, teammates were reminded how fortunate they are as they selflessly gave back to the community they work in every day. Susan Adams, Senior Director of Engagement says, ”Service to our community is a core value for us at Next Level Performance, and every member of our team enthusiastically participates in HOPE Week initiatives. We are honored to put our skills and best efforts to great use, helping our neighbors with the challenges they face.” About Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company, continues the mission of Dittman Incentive Marketing, helping people and organizations to dig deeper, reach higher, and attain the next level of performance. For 40 years, the company has been an award-winning leader in providing incentives, recognition, and rewards programs to help companies realize immediate ROI in motivating sales people, employees, channel partners, customers, and consumers. Their signature products and services include: TotalPRO® (Performance Recognition Online) — an incentive, recognition and rewards online software solution (SaaS) – and Deluxe Group Incentive Travel. View press release here. 8.26 next level 3 8.26 next level 2 8.26 next level

  • Member News - Hackensack Meridian

    Hackensack, N.J., August 24, 2016 – Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce it has been named among the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review. For five years, Becker’s has published a version of the list, and HackensackUMC has been featured every year since its inception. The list has featured hospitals and health systems leading the nation in cancer care. According to Becker’s, “Hospitals included on this list offer patients comprehensive cancer care involving teams of specialists, participation in clinical trials and personalized treatment programs. Many organizations on this list are driving forces in the fight to end cancer as we know it.” “The John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC consistently seeks new ways to offer more effective, targeted care to our cancer patients in a healing environment,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Congratulations to the entire team, including Dr. Andrew Pecora, vice president and chief innovation officer, and president of the Physician Services Division of Hackensack Meridian Health, Dr. Andre Goy, chairman and director; and everyone at the John Theurer Cancer Center for their dedication to our patients.” “Hackensack Meridian Health prides itself on offering specialized care,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “To achieve this recognition five years in a row reflects the world-class reputation the John Theurer Cancer Center has established throughout the country.” Hospitals included on this list offer patients comprehensive cancer care involving teams of specialists, participation in clinical trials and personalized treatment programs. Many organizations on this list are driving forces in the fight to end cancer as we know it. The full list can be read here: