What is the Somers Point brand?

That question will be easier to answer next week when the city’s Economic Development Commission presents its branding initiative and unveils the new brand at an event hosted by the Somers Point Business Association.

The Somers Point Economic Development Commission encourages all who live, work, shop, dine and vacation in Somers Point to attend the event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Greate Bay Country Club. There will complimentary food and refreshments, along with a cash bar.

The commission consists of nine members. The panel was formed to advise City Council on the condition of economic development in Somers Point.

The goal of the commission is to market the economic strength of the city, to provide stability to existing businesses while encouraging future development.

Commission members for this year include Lou DeSciole, Bill Hurst, Scott Rosen, Bob Shore, Ron Meischker, Laurie Smith, Nick Regine, Michael Bray and Arthur T. Ford III.

The Somers Point Business Association since 1983 has promoted, protected and supported a strong business environment in the city.

Contracting workshop

Small businesses that want to take advantage of government contracting opportunities need to get ready — first for a free workshop next week in Atlantic City.

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers will present “Government Contracting Readiness” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Richard Stockton College’s Carnegie Center in the city.

The workshop will be conducted by Stephanie D. Burroughs, director of procurement programs for the state SBDC.

Topics will include business readiness and communication; accessing bidding opportunities; and certification, registration, classification and pre-qualification.

Registration for the workshop will close at noon Tuesday.

Business Editor Kevin Post

Press copy editor since 2006, copy desk chief since 2014. Masters in journalism from Temple University, 2006. My weekly comics blog, Wednesday Morning Quarterback, appears Wednesday mornings at PressofAC.com.