The Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, Freehold, will offer a program focusing on the economy and financial markets at its monthly general meeting March 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Guest speakers George Taber and Peter Grandich will offer two different viewpoints in "The Economy and Markets … The Good, Bad and Ugly."

Taber is the founder and president of NJBIZ, a weekly business newspaper. He is also the daily business commentator for New Jersey 101.5 radio station and a correspondent, reporter and business editor with Time magazine.

Grandich is a strategic adviser to the NOAH group of mutual funds and founder of Trinity Financial, Sports & Entertainment Management Co., Millstone. He is also an author, radio personality and market commentator.

The cost for the chamber meeting is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. Call (732) 462-3030 for more information and reservations.

A Year 2003 Tax Pocket Guide is available free from Amper Politziner & Mattia, CPA, Edison, by calling the firm at (732) 287-1000, ext. 309; by e-mail at tortoriello @; or through the Web site,

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Monmouth Chapter, has officially changed its name to the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter of NJAWBO. The name change reflects the wider reach of the organization and the absorption of the Ocean chapter members. With nearly 150 members, the Monmouth/Ocean chapter is the largest and most active of the NJAWBO, according to a press release. Formed more than 20 years ago, the organization offers members education, training, networking, media exposure and the camaraderie of other women business owners. For information about joining, call Donna Domenicali at (732) 263-1300 or visit the chapter’s Web site at

What do companies pay electrical en­gineers in central New Jersey? What’s the statewide average salary for construction workers? What was the average wage in­crease for hourly employees in 2002? The answer to these and hundreds of other questions can be found in the 2002-20003 NJBIA Compensation Report, an industry-wide guides to salaries and wages paid by New Jersey companies.

Published every two years by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the report is compiled from a detailed survey of hundreds of New Jersey companies reporting data for more than 25,000 employees.

The report is available for $95 plus New Jersey sales tax, for NJBIA members and $200 plus tax for nonmembers. To or­der, contact Christine Lopez at (609) 393-7707, ext. 224.

Prudential New Jersey Properties’ Manalapan office is holding a collection to benefit the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The firm is collecting new hats and bandannas, and new or used teenage movies, Nin­tendo 64 games, CDs, crayons and craft items for children receiving treatment at the hospital. Contributions can be dropped off any day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manalapan office in Towne Pointe Center, 356 Route 9 south, or a sales associate will visit homes to pick up donations by request. Call (732) 536-1200 for more in­formation.

BNI, a group of local business profes­sionals who meet weekly to share refer­rals, holds breakfast meetings every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Marielle’s Restaurant, Main Street, Freehold. For in­formation, call Mark Tango at (732) 308-9808.

Blue Realty/GMAC of Howell an­nounced that 21 sales associates qualified for the million dollar club in recognition of their production volume.

Associates qualifying were Fred Abrey, Joe Ahman, Lucille Brule, Sal Cascone, Tom Clark, Diane Heyden, Ansar Hussain, Helen Ingino, Marie Kah­vajian, Vickie Laudien, William Lawrence, Michael Lubrano, Sumiko Ko Hwang, Lawrence McCown, Irene Porzio, Lisa Rutter, Gary Rocks, Bill Schoenen­berger, Lenore Sparno, Chieko Wada and Timothy Waller.