Robert Scancella, chief engineer for the Garden State Parkway traffic light removal project, will speak to the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce at its business luncheon Thursday.

The two-year project to build overpasses at exits 9, 10 and 11 has Middle Township business owners concerned about the effects on their customers and bottom lines.

Eventually, the completed project is expected to improve traffic and the business climate in the area. But a decade ago, a two-year road construction project on Route 47 in the township was a strain on many local businesses.

Earlier this year, the township's Economic Development Council encouraged construction workers in town for the project to patronize local businesses. The number of workers onsite each day ranges from 35 to about 85.

Construction started in March and is supposed to be complete by 2015. The long-term detours associated with the project should be finished now, and traffic on the parkway will be shifted to different lanes for the rest of the project.

Free workshops in A.C.

Two free workshops for businesses will be presented on successive Thursdays by the New Jersey Small Business Development Center of Richard Stockton College.

In the first, on July 18, Eileen Boyle, social media/marketing consultant, life coach and business consultant, presents "Using Pinterest To Grow Your Business."

Then, on July 25, Brian Braudis, founder and owner of the Braudis Group, a consulting, coaching and training company, will present "5 No Cost Ways To Dramatically Improve Performance, Productivity and Profit … Right Now!"

The events are free to attend, but registration is required.

If you go

The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce business luncheon will be held Thursday at Two Mile Crab House at 1025 Ocean Drive in Lower Township. Check-in and networking begin 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Reservations required, call 609-465-7181, ext.104 or click on CapeMayCountyChamber.com.

The Small Business Development Center presents "Using Pinterest To Grow Your Business" from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Atlantic City. Call SBDC at 609-347-2174.