NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. — Members of North Arlington's political body met with local business owners on Monday to discuss how to make the borough more business friendly.
The meeting, which took place at the senior center, was the second ever gathering of the North Arlington Business Owners Association, a new organization aimed at helping small businesses in town.
"We have to stir up some business in North Arlington," said Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who attended the meeting with Council President Daniel Pronti, Councilman Richard Hughes and Borough Administrator Steve LoIacono. "I'm hoping this association can organize the business community and enhance all of our opportunity."
Some 20 local business owners attended the meeting, where they heard from a representative from the Bergen County Economic Development Corporation about opportunities available to them through the EDC.
North Arlington Redevelopment Consultant Bob Ceberio also updated business owners on projects going on in town.
Many business owners were happy the borough had created a forum where they could connect with each other.
"When you know your fellow business owners you can work together to accomplish your goals," said Jack Burns of Albert H. Hopper Monuments Inc. on Ridge Road.
"We're excited to see how we can help each other," added Sue Catania, Branch Manager of Kearny Bank's North Arlington location.
Pronti hopes the business owners association, which meets four times a year, will take on a life of its own.
"We want the business owners to bring their issues forward and work together to problem solve," Pronti said. "The ultimate goal is to keep them happy and keep them in North Arlington."
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