Business Briefs

Wegmans Food Markets, Route 9 south, Manalapan, will celebrate its fifth anniversary May 20 with food samples, guest speakers and slices of cake from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, James Wasas, the New Jersey resident who created a best-selling new tropical fruit liqueur while living in South America, will be in the Wine and Sprit Shop providing samples of Espiritu del Ecuador, and orchid expert Tony Liu from The Orchid Place in New York will discuss orchids and their care in the store’s floral department.

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners’ Women’s Business Center will offer its 12-hour “Financial Management” class in two six-hour sessions June 3 and 10. The class will be held from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at UBS Financial Services Inc. in the Justin Corporate Center, 198 Route 9 north, Suite 200, Manalapan. The class is free of charge and is open to both men and women.

The seminar is designed for all business owners to improve both basic and advanced management techniques, to plan for profits, to prepare for retirement, and to explore the true value of one’s business.

The Women’s Business Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the State of New Jersey, and the N.J. Department of Community Affairs, as well as other corporate sponsors.

For registration and further information, contact the Women’s Business Center at (609) 581-2220 or [email protected].

Mr. Switch Electric, Freehold, an electrical company, recently introduced a program that is designed to assure homeowners of their safety and security when inviting a contractor into their homes.

The Technician Seal of Safety is a symbol that conveys to a homeowner a contractor’s commitment to conducting criminal background checks and regular drug testing on technicians who enter private homes. It has long been the policy of Mr. Switch Electric to conduct background checks and perform regular drug testing as allowed by law, according to the press release.

For more information about the Technician Seal of Safety, visit

Build-A-Bear Workshop will hold a special program May 20, Stuffed With Hugs: Hugs Away From Home, when approximately 50,000 teddy bears will be made and given to children at Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is inviting the first 200 guests in each of its stores to make a bear for free, and through its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, all the bears will be donated to children staying at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms who are in need of extra TLC (teddy loving care).

Additionally, for their participation, each attendee will receive a Build-A-Bear Workshop coupon worth $3 off a $15 purchase.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop in the local area is in Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township. For more information, visit

Rosemarie Mesis of Manalapan has been chosen to receive the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association’s 2006 William O’Neill Investigator of the Year award.

Mesis’ selection comes from more than 2,000 investigators represented by the statewide organization. She is only the second woman to ever receive the award, and makes national history with her husband, Jimmie Mesis, also a private investigator, who received the same award in 2003. This marks the first time a husband and wife have individually won Investigator of the Year titles in New Jersey.

Rosemarie Mesis became a private investigator in 1998 after a 23-year career as a paralegal. She is licensed in New Jersey and New York and runs the Freehold-based investigative agency Excerion LLC, which specializes in locating people, including children who have become the victims of custodial kidnappings.

Rosemarie Mesis also co-owns and publishes PI Magazine, the international trade publication for private investigators and law enforcement detectives, as well as the PI Magazine Bookstore. She also serves on the board of directors for PI Gear Inc., an online surveillance equipment supplier of spy gear and investigative tools for private investigators and law enforcement detectives. She also operates PI Buzz (, the official blog of professional investigators, and recently organized the first-ever World Investigators Conference held in Las Vegas, where more than 1,500 investigators from 22 countries attended.

The award will be presented at a ceremony May 19 in Atlantic City.

Sue Kozel, founder of SK Visions in Cream Ridge, Upper Freehold Township, received the 2006 WIPP Public Policy Award during a ceremony held May 11 at the spring conference for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a bipartisan women’s business group.

The awards were presented in several categories that honor individuals, associations and companies who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the growth and goals of women-owned businesses. Kozel was the only New Jersey woman to receive one of WIPP’s seven awards.

Kozel’s award honors WIPP members whose active engagement in the political process has set an example for women entrepreneurs.

Kozel was the 2005 co-chair of the WIPP Energy and Environment Committee, moderated WIPP’s 2005 national panel on energy issues, and donated an ad in a national magazine to WIPP to help promote its visibility.