Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Weichert, Realtors will collect toys for distribution to financially and/or physically disadvantaged children within the local communities. Weichert offices will accept donations of new, unwrapped toys through December. Local charities that aid needy children will deliver the toys during the holidays. To make a donation, drop of a new, unwrapped toy at any Weichert office. For more information, contact a local Weichert office.

The Central Jersey Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners will hold a holiday lunch meeting Dec. 2 from 1:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cranbury Inn, Route 130, Cranbury. Karen Friedman, president of Karen Friedman Enterprises Inc. and an award-winning television news reporter, will speak about how business owners can attract media attention. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers, if reserved by Nov. 26, and includes dinner; late reservations will be $5 additional. For reservations and details, call Barbara Chick at (732) 295-3846. For more information on NAWBO Central Jersey, visit

The U.S. Small Business Administration is searching for outstanding New Jersey small-business owners and small-business advocates who will be honored during National Small Business Week next May.

According to James A. Kocsi, SBA New Jersey District director, nominations are being sought for New Jersey’s Small Business Person of the Year and for outstanding small-business advocates in the areas of minority, women, veteran, financial services, home-based business, and the Small Business Journalist of the Year. Special awards will be presented to a Small Business Exporter of the Year, a Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Entrepreneurial Success Award — an entrepreneur who received assistance from the SBA and has developed his or her business into a large business — and a Family-Owned Business of the Year.

"Each year, the president designates a week to honor and recognize the achievements of the nation’s 23 million small-business owners," Kocsi said. "We are looking to individuals, local chambers of commerce, banks, trade associations and other community-based business organizations to submit nominations and sponsor candidates."

Nominations should be submitted by Dec. 10 to the SBA Newark District Office, Two Gateway Center, 15th Floor, Newark 07102. For more information, call Harry Menta at (973) 645-6064 or e-mail [email protected].

In a ceremony during the annual meeting of the American College of Dentists held recently in San Francisco, Robert A. Hersh, D.D.S., was granted a fellowship for his leadership and contributions to dentistry. Founded in 1920, the ACD honors dentists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of dentistry. Becoming an ACD Fellow is by invitation only, and fewer than 4 percent of dentists in the United States hold the title, according to a press release.

Dr. Hersh earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his dental degree from Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia. He completed a dental internship at Hackensack Hospital and received post-doctoral training in periodontics and oral medicine at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine. He serves as treasurer of the New Jersey Dental Association and is a member of the American Dental Association. He has served as president of the New Jersey Society of Periodontists, the Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine-New Jersey Section. He maintains a private practice limited to periodontics and implants in Freehold and is an attending dentist at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. He is also a consultant to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. Dr. Hersh and his wife, Marcia, live in Freehold.

Dr. Eric M. Silverberg of Silverberg Family Chiropractic, Manalapan, is sponsoring a canned food drive for Monmouth County families in need. Anyone who brings four cans of food to Silverberg Family Chiropractic, 145 Route 33 (corner of Sweetmans Lane), Manalapan, may make an appointment for a complimentary spinal examination. The office hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. For more information, call the office at (732) 845-0100.

Planet Fitness, a physical therapy and wellness center located in Manalapan, will be holding a grand re-opening and membership weekend Nov. 22-24. On Saturday there will be games, sports contests, a balloon artist and Buster the Lakewood BlueClaws mascot, vendor booths, physical therapy demon­strations, and fitness enhancement and massage. BlueClaws pitcher Matt Sweeney will be on hand to sign auto­graphs. Sunday’s festivities will include a morning champagne brunch featuring vo­cals by Jessie Poland, games and prizes, question-and-answer sessions and a tour of the facility. The open house weekend will conclude Monday with a senior fit­ness theme that will offer lectures, staff demonstrations and facility tours.

Planet Fitness is located at The Mart Center, 455 Route 9 south, Manalapan. Gym hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Lee Mauss at (732) 972-7555.