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Top 2023 business prizes awarded by Hunterdon County Commissioners at annual Economic Development & Tourism Summit

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Deputy Director Jeff Kuhl along with Commissioners Susan Soloway, Commissioner Shaun Van Doren, and County Clerk Mary Melfi on Oct. 13 attended the third annual Department of Economic Development & Tourism Summit and Awards breakfast at Razberry’s Banquet Center, in Kingwood Township.

The event was largely a celebration of small business and entrepreneurship through its recognition of small farms, home-based businesses, and the successful partnerships that drive the local tourism economy.

Commissioner Susan Soloway, co-liaison for the Department of Economic Development & Tourism said, “This event honors a large array of businesses that serve to make visitor’s experiences in Hunterdon County unique and enjoyable. It also honors the partnerships between businesses that continue to create events and initiatives that attract an increasing number of tourists to our area from neighboring states and counties.”

Hunterdon County Commissioners presented the following awards to local area businesses:

  • Business of the Year was awarded to Sweet Caroline’s Bakeshop, a home-based bakery that sources ingredients from local farms and sells the delicious results at area farmers markets and merchant shops. Owner Carrie Bell’s business began in Pittstown as a home-based business, after graduating from culinary school in New York City.
  • Initiative of the Year was presented to “The Hunterdon Wine Train,” a collaborative endeavor that brought together the creative forces of Old York Cellars, Black River & Western Railroad, and Flemington Community Partnership. Customers enjoy a round trip excursion on the historic Black River & Western Railroad to Old York Cellars in Ringoes, to be treated to a wine tasting and lunch, complete with stunning vineyard views.
  • Partners of the Year was given to the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn and the Woolverton Inn in recognition of the exceptional role and successful promotion they played in working with the tourism department to promote the county’s ‘Explore Hunterdon’ initiative to travel writers, influencers, and many others.

For more information about the various Central Jersey businesses, contact the Hunterdon County Economic Development and Tourism or call Marc Saluk at 908-399-1108.

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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