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Hunterdon County Chamber Of Commerce Foundation and SCORE announce partnership

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Deputy Commissioner, Jeff Kuhl and Commissioner, Shaun Van Doren, recently attended a reception in celebration of the new partnership with the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Business & Entrepreneurship (HCCC) and SCORE, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping existing small businesses maximize their potential for success.

On Dec. 6, 2022, the Commissioner Board awarded The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a grant in the amount of $358,000, with funds from the American Rescue Plan, for the purposes of providing business education, training, and networking assistance.

Grant monies benefit the small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals planning to go into business through professional commerce counseling provided by SCORE in partnership with the HCCC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship.

“I am very supportive of this endeavor, and happy that the County was able to help support this program using grant funds received from the American Rescue Plan. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, and their success contributes directly to our local quality of life. Throughout our 26 municipalities, there are numerous small businesses owners that are a central part of the fabric of their communities. It is important that we are invested in their continued success,” Kuhl said.

SCORE Central Jersey, serves all of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey and their 30+ volunteer mentors will partner nicely with the Chamber Foundation and the Center’s mission to promote, support, and fund initiatives that enhance opportunities for leadership, education, and workforce development.

“I am happy about the new partnership between the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Business & Entrepreneurship and SCORE. The Commissioners committed $358,000 in American Rescue Fund toward this joint endeavor, which assist small businesses and startups with business education, training, networking, and how to access capital. The recent reception was well attended, and I look forward to seeing how this program progresses,” Van Doren said.

Chamber President, Chris Phelan said, “The Foundation and Center are very appreciative of the partnership and support through the grant from the American Rescue Funds, that is helping launch these needed programs for the business and nonprofit community. The support of the Commissioners for the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, benefits businesses and individuals that will help support our local economy and communities.”

For information on the Center for Business & Entrepreneurship, located at the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce building, 119 Main Street, in Flemington, call 908-782-7115 or visit

To schedule a meeting with a SCORE counselor, email

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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