business briefs 

On Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center, 59 Kent Road, Howell, will hold a public open house in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the open house, members of the public are welcome to stop in to the breast center to walk through the center, meet the staff, and learn more about what they can do to protect themselves from breast cancer. In addition, appointments can be made to have a screening or diagnostic mammogram at the Howell center. Fresh apple cider, compliments of Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck, light fare and giveaways will be provided to all in attendance. Walk-in appointments for screening mammograms are available on the day of the open house and every day at Howell. For further information about the open house or to learn more, call 732-923-7700.

A business expo hosted by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and CentraState Healthcare System will be held 4-8 p.m. Nov. 7 at CentraState Medical Center’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main St., Freehold Township. The event will feature prizes, giveaways, DJ, Zumba demonstrations, and workshops. A limited number of tables are available. Register by Oct. 28. Details: 732- 462-3030.

The Hire a Veteran Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in recognition of Veterans Day. Businesses or organizations seeking qualified men and women returning to the work force after serving in the military may rent exhibit tables at the event.

Through the efforts of Toms River dentist Dr. Ron Rotem, Reynolds Marketing, and Greater Media Radio New Jersey, veterans will have an opportunity to seek employment directly from employers, attend employment-related workshops, and find out about personal services available to them in a Veteran’s Resource Room at the job fair.

The Hire a Veteran Job Fair will be held at the Merri-Makers catering facility at the PNC Bank Reception Center, Exit 116 off the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. Exhibit tables are available for $200 each to those employers seeking well-qualified men and women in the military who have returned home.

The $200 fee will be donated to the G.I. Go Fund, a nonprofit troop support organization that helps military veterans and their spouses find jobs. Register online at or at to reserve a table. For further information or questions, call Scott at 973-538-1250, ext. 1355, or email

Harmony Bank, with headquarters in Jackson, recently announced that it has closed on a $3.5 million sale of preferred stock to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as part of the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund program, established by Congress under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. President and Chief Executive Officer MichaelA. Schutzer explained that the capital received under this program will allow the bank to continue to serve small business clients in Ocean and Monmouth counties through its commercial lending and owneroccupied real estate lending programs. Harmony Bank is a commercial bank, incorporated and chartered by the state of New Jersey with headquarters in Jackson. Harmony Bank opened on Sept. 2, 2008. Its deposits are insured by the FDIC. In addition to its headquarters, Harmony Bank also operates a full-service branch in Lakewood. For more information, call 732-364-0088.

The Plumsted Business and Merchants Association is planning a Fall Consumer- Business Expo for Nov. 5 at the Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School on Main Street. The cost for a table is $35 for PBMA members and $50 for nonmembers. Nonprofit organizations will not be charged for tables. Limited space is available. Details: 609-758-8002 by Nov. 2.

The Howell Chamber of Commerce will host aMedical Expo from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at CentraState Medical Center’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main St., Freehold Township. All are welcome to attend for networking, a medical expo and a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Daniel Messina, senior vice president and chief operating officer. The event is free to chamber members, with a fee for nonmembers charged at the door. Members can book expo tables now for $125 each. Call 732- 363-4114 for more information.