Charrito’s — a group of local Mexican restaurants — was a big winner in the seventh annual Business Awards bestowed by the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce this month, taking away Restaurant of the Year. Nine other local businesses received awards among 120 nominated.
The annual event was hosted on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Hoboken Elks Lodge 74 and recognized local businesses and business people for their achievements in the community.
Other big winners were Quality Greens Kitchen for New Business of the Year, Investors Bank for Financial Business of the Year, and the Hoboken Historical Museum for Community Service Provider of the Year.
Winners also included the Jill Biggs Group for the Real Estate Office of the Year, Hoboken Girl for the Technology/ Innovator of the Year, The Hudson School for the Education Provider of the year, and Toll Brothers for Developer/ Builder of the Year.
The Chamber also recognized Biggie, the seafood restaurant, which received the People’s Choice Award, and Richard Mackiewicz, the president of the organization, as the Hoboken Chamber Member of the Year.
Members of the chamber’s Board of Directors presented the awards in front of over 100 business people. Members enjoyed a salad of greens and roasted butternut squash, surf and turf, and chocolate mousse cake prepared by the Elysian Café.
Chamber will get a general manager
Maria Nieves, president and CEO of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, was there to discuss the fact that this year, the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce became a chapter of the countywide chamber.
Nieves said this merger means that for the first time, the Hoboken Chamber will have paid professional staff at its disposal. She said that the funds generated by the evening through sponsors and ticket sales will fund the salary of a part-time general manager “who will provide a higher level of service and support for Hoboken members in the years to come.”
The manager will help serve Hoboken Chamber members and help build local programs and events.
Of the evening, Nieves said, “This event is all about Hoboken, and there is an authentic and tangible feeling of familiarity and community here. This evening celebrates the efforts of business owners large and small and their investments in Hoboken of time, talent, treasure, and sweat equity.”
Nieves also urged attendees to shop locally, so that “We practice what we preach.”
Besides Elysian preparing and serving the food, other businesses pitched in: Hoboken florist Laura Clare Floral Design helped decorate, and photographer Joe Epstein commemorated the evening.
The evening was sponsored by Investors Bank, Stevens Institute of Technology, Suez, Provident Bank, All Season Global Solutions, Mackiewicz Law, Bijou Properties, Malal Properties, and BlueLine Productions.
Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, who represents Hoboken and parts of Jersey City, said Hoboken is better because of lifelong families and business owners who stayed “when things weren’t so good” and turned the town into the vibrant community it is today.
He said as an elected official, hearing from local businesses and chambers helps him in his job.
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