Business Briefs

Bartley Healthcare has been honored with three awards from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) this year.

For the second year in a row, The Orchards at Bartley has been honored with the Best of the Best Award in Assisted Living for its Town Meeting program, and both Michele Adams, The Orchards’ campus assistant activities director, and Diana Mudalel, one of the licensed practical nurses at The Orchards, were named 2009 Caregiver Champions.

Each year, the “Best of the Best” Awards honor groundbreaking ideas among assisted living providers that encourage growth and employee retention, streamline operations and continually improve services provided.

According to ALFA President and CEO Richard P. Grimes, the Best of the Best Award-winning companies shake up commonly accepted best practices to get even better results.

Bartley’s Town Meeting program was launched in 2008 to enhance the services they provide to their residents and improve overall customer satisfaction.

The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources will meet 8-10 a.m. June 11 at the Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune. Attendees will explore a holistic approach to employee relations, equalizing and interfacing legal, emotional, human resources in addition to using common sense techniques.

In her presentation, attorney Pamela S. Poff will look at the usual HR decisionmaking process, taking a typical HR journey through family leave and ADA issues, medical records usage, privacy, and employee violence before proposing a renovation in the way HR positions problem-solving and builds a strong resolution framework.

The registration fee with a full buffet breakfast is $25 for JSAHR members, $35 for nonmembers, and an additional $5 for walk-ins. To register, call Kathi Evans, JSAHR administrator, at 732-244-8892 or email

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites all members and nonmembers to its general membership/industrial luncheon meeting scheduled for June 3 at the Ramada Inn, 2373 Route 9, Toms River.

Guest speaker Francis Burke of the Small Business Association will inform the community of the new economic incentives to address the challenges facing small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. He will discuss tax incentives, higher loan guarantees, reduction of loan fees, and enhancements to current SBA programs that will help to unlock credit markets. Reservations are required. Call 732-363-0012.

The Lakewood Development Corporation (LDC), a division of the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), will hold a free public seminar, “Taxation Workshop for the Small Business,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27 in Conference Room C of the Lakewood municipal building, 231 Third St., Lakewood.

The workshop, given by the New Jersey Division of Taxation, will include information about UEZ purchases, UEZ sales tax incentives, and how to register a business, among other topics. All businesses are welcome, even if they are not a participating UEZ business.

The UEZ program was designed to foster economic growth to revitalize and stimulate designated urban communities. More than 360 participating UEZ businesses in Lakewood benefit from tax and financial incentives. To register or to find out about UEZ programs and seminars, call Patricia Komsa at 732-364-2500, ext. 5257.

OHI (Ocean Health Initiative Inc.), a federally qualified health care center with offices in Lakewood and Toms River, honored two community leaders with the 2009 Community Service Recognition Award at a fundraising event and cocktail reception held April 2 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood.

Dr. Anthony Lombardino, vice president of medical affairs at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, and Alison Ingenito, founder and CEO of Yoga & U, were each recognized for their services to OHI and the community.

Lombardino was recognized for his role in the initial development of OHI and for his continuing influence on the growth and expansion of OHI.

Ingenito, through her foundation Yoga & U, has been instrumental in donating gifts for more than 1,000 OHI pediatric patients during the holidays.

Toms River Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher was the recipient of the first Community Service Recognition Award for being a dedicated supporter of health care reform for Ocean County residents.

OHI is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable primary health care to the uninsured and underinsured adults and children in Ocean County. Money raised from this event will benefit OHI patients and programs, such as pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, dental health, and social services.

Lakewood Mayor Robert W. Singer, the Lakewood Development Corp., the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and the Lakewood Industrial Commission will jointly host a free Business and Industry Expo, Home Show and Job Fair for the public July 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Exhibition Center in the Lakewood Industrial Park, 1690 Oak St., Lakewood. More than 100 exhibitors and vendors are expected to participate.

Buster, the mascot of the Lakewood BlueClaws, will be on hand to take pictures with attendees. Every attendee will receive a coupon for a free hot dog, soda, and chips for the BlueClaws game, scheduled the evening of the Expo.

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information and registration, call Robert Kirschner, chairman of the Lakewood Industrial Commission, at 732-267-7543, or the Lakewood Industrial Commission, 732-364-2500, ext. 5395, or the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 732-363-0012.

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