Business Briefs

Business Briefs

The Allentown Business Commu-nity Association will hold a Spring Festival this year on Main Street in Allentown. The festival will include arts and crafts, food, antique cars, children’s activities, a petting zoo and entertainment. The festival will be held May 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information or space rental, call the Advertising Alliance at (908) 996-3866.

The Sunrise Senior Living Communities will serve as official sites for National Senior Health and Fitness Day, May 26. Each of its three facilities — Sunrise Assisted Living of East Brunswick, 190 Summerhill Road; Sunrise Assisted Living of Marlboro, 3A S. Main St.; and Brighton Gardens of Edison, 1801 Oak Tree Road — will host an open house that day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day gives older adults an opportunity to begin or renew a commitment to fitness. Each year, event coordinators in every state invent ways to engage seniors in regular exercise.

For more information, call Shain Levy, regional director of business development for Sunrise Senior Living, at (908) 812-2858.

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Monmouth/Ocean Chapter, will provide an informal opportunity for business owners to meet and network. A breakfast meeting will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. May 6 at Amy’s Omelette House, Ursula Plaza, 444 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch. Attendees will pay for their own breakfast or coffee. Reservations are not necessary. For further information, call Sheryl Gambarella at (732) 370-7047.

Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, will host a free seminar for leaders of tax-exempt organizations.

The seminar will be held 8-10:30 a.m. May 12 at the firm’s Edison office, 2015 Lincoln Highway and Municipal Boulevard. The seminar will address charitable giving, Form 990s, and fund-raising strategies. Speakers will include Lynn Malzone Ierardi, a charitable giving consultant; Pat Bohse, a human resource and management consultant; Richard Sackin, tax officer; and Mary Catino, accountant. Continuing professional credits will be awarded to certified public accountants. To register, call Geri Zannetti at (732) 287-1000, ext. 362; or e-mail [email protected].

Amper, Politziner & Mattia has offices in Flemington, Princeton, Hackensack, Wall and Edison, and in New York City.

Interiors by Decorating Den, a shop-at-home interior decorating franchise, announced that it will open a franchise in Marlboro. Patricia Kelly will open the Marlboro franchise April 26 with a grand opening seminar at 7 p.m. at the Tranquilite Salon & Day Spa, Beacon Hill Shopping Plaza, Morganville section of Marlboro. The free seminar is open to the public and will feature guest speaker Sue Pelley, who has appeared on HGTV. Pelley and Kelly will share some of the latest in color and design trends, and attendees will see design makeovers and view interiors.

Interiors by Decorating Den is a sponsor of Decorating for a Difference, a fund-raising partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Established in 1969, Interiors by Decorating Den has more than 500 franchises and decorators worldwide, specializing in full-service decorating from design to products and installation. For more information, call Kelly at (732) 834-0090 or visit the Web site

Weichert, Realtors’ Marlboro office will hold a bowling fund-raiser to benefit Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity April 25 at Country Lanes, Route 33, Manalapan. The donation is $15 per person and includes two games with shoe rental For information and reservations, call Suzanne Kronenfeld at Weichert’s Marlboro office, (732) 536-4400, ext. 199.

Georgette Keenan, owner of necessities for the heart, a "lifestyle" shop at 28 South Main St. in Allentown, announced the celebration of the shop’s third anniversary as well as the opening of a second location in Point Pleasant Beach. An anniversary celebration — luau-style — is planned for the Allentown location May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring prizes, refreshments, in-store specials and a hula lesson (fellas are welcome, too).

The Point Pleasant Beach location is designed with a different "flavor," with favorites such as Brighton, Anne Koplik jewelry, and Broken China jewelry among new team players such as Hobo International, Jaqua Girls Bath and Spa as well as boutique apparel. The shop, located at 503 Bay Ave., is planned for a test run beginning May 1. The grand opening is being planned for mid-June.

For more information, call (609) 208-1198.

Bizmania 2004, a business networking event, will feature a variety of seminars of interest to business professionals May 3 at the N.J. Convention and Expo Center, Edison, from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Seminars are free to Bizmania ticket holders.

Sen. Joseph F. Vitale, 19th Legislative District, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, will serve as the afternoon’s featured speaker, discussing "HealthCare Costs and the Uninsured." Other seminars throughout the day will include: "Small Business Solutions" offered by Verizon; "Balancing Stresses of the Workplace and Family" by Raritan Bay Medical Center; "Effectively Networking Your Business" by Commerce Bank; "Web Strategy: Ten Smart Marketing Moves for Small Business" by; "Uncovering Hidden Markets" by the Small Business Development Center; and "Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters for You and Your Business" by Prebon Learning

Bizmania, now in its fourth year, is a joint effort of nine Chambers of Commerce representing members in the Central New Jersey business community. Bizmania provides restaurants and area businesses with an opportunity to raise their visibility by showcasing their products and services to area business professionals and decision-makers. Last year’s event drew more than 160 restaurant and business exhibitors and more than 2,000 buyers for an evening of networking, food tasting, music and door prizes.

Vendor reservations and tickets are still available. For information, call (732) 636-4040.

Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, will sponsor a free seminar to address issues and strategies for businesses considering staying public or going private.

According to a press release from AP&M, the costs and resources required to meet the standards of increased scrutiny and regulatory oversight have public company CEOs, CFOs and boards of directors considering the possibility of going private. The seminar will address these concerns and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each course. Representatives from Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, Globix Corp., Wolff & Samson, Stenton Leigh Group, and AP&M will present.

The program will be held May 18, 5-8:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin. For reservations, call Geri Zannetti at (732) 287-1000, ext. 362. To register by e-mail, contact [email protected].

Amper, Politziner & Mattia has offices in New York and in Edison, Flemington, Princeton, Hackensack and Wall.