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Monmouth County Business Briefs, Dec. 23

The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) is reaching out to businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs throughout the area to see how they are faring at this time and to determine how the chamber may be able to assist them.

The MRCC is the largest nonprofit volunteer chamber in Monmouth County, with membership that spans the entire region. The chamber’s mission is to promote business, enhance economic development and serve as a catalyst to improve the overall quality of life in local communities, according to a press release.

Chamber officials said although they have had to postpone some of the organization’s regular in-person events and activities during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, they were able to transition to virtual meetings and programs.

They said the weekly “Perk” meetings, held every Friday morning, have continued to bring together large groups of chamber members and future members since mid-March to hear guest speakers, offer introductions, garner useful information and exchange testimonials. There have also been “after-hours” social events and collection drives.

The chamber’s membership drive for 2021 is underway, with free membership for the remainder of 2020 for those who join now. For more information, visit www.monmouthregionalchamber.com or contact the chamber directly by email at info@monmouthregionalchamber.com


Artist Candice Harris of Freehold Township, saw a need in the community for a different kind of art school, with flexible instruction and creative exploration she will offer at the HARRIS.Art Academy, 2211 Route 9 North, Howell. Online classes have started.

Courses will be offered for children (age 3 and up) and adults in a broad range of mixed media. Courses will be delivered in person and virtually from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; online sessions have capacity up to 100 people per class with an interactive, multi-camera experience. Registration is open at https://www.harrisartacademy.com/classes.

Harris said her approach to art instruction is driven by her passion to support aspiring artists and to give them the tools they need to succeed in today’s art world.

HARRIS.Art Academy will also offer classes in resin, watercolor, oil, acrylic, paper maché, illustration, anime, pour painting, sneaker design, print making, silk screening and YouTube channel creation.


Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for the Jan. 13 Zoom meeting from 9:30-10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Membership is free, however, registration is required to take advantage of member benefits. To register, email Lisa@PreferredCares.com and receive the Zoom code to join the Jan. 13 meeting. Meetings take place once a month.


JAK Advisors, New York, will donate 40,000 N95 surgical masks to the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. JAK Advisors supplies personal protective equipment and medical supplies to hospitals and state health departments.

Jason Kesselman, the founder of JAK Advisors, said, “We wanted to help out several charitable organizations caring for COVID-19 patients and the VNA was an obvious choice. I know firsthand, having a home here in New Jersey, how much of an impact they have on people and we wanted to help.”

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group is the largest independent, nonprofit provider of home-based health services in New Jersey, mid-central Ohio and southeast Florida, according to a press release.


Gina Dehmer of Howell, an environmental health nurse focused on infection control, and her business partner and environmental contractor and consultant Gary Syzmanski of Brick Township, has created a suite of preventative services for all indoor environments, commercial and residential, to protect those inside from germs, including COVID-19.

The company’s two-step process for reducing the transmission of germs lasts up to 30 days. Germbuster System works with clients throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and in El Paso, Texas.

The company follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and uses all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered, water-based, non-toxic products. For more information, email info@germbustersystem.com

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