Monday, March 4, 2024

Blairstown Enhancement Committee Launches the BEC Business Champions Program to Boost Local Economy

BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. – The Blairstown Enhancement Committee (BEC) is excited to announce the launch of its Business Champions Program, an initiative designed to support and promote the local economy by fostering connections within the regional business community. Through a series of referrals, professional support and networking events, the program aims to provide members with opportunities to forge new business relationships and contribute to community improvement.

McKitrick Chabot, co-owner of Tacos Chicas Food Truck and director of the BEC Business Champions Program, emphasized the significance of supporting local businesses.

“A thriving local economy is the backbone of our community,” said Chabot. “By fostering connections and collaboration among business leaders, we’re not only promoting economic development but also creating a sense of unity and shared purpose. The BEC Business Champions Program is committed to connecting, communicating and bringing together our local businesses to help them flourish and, in turn, enrich our community.”

Melinda Gaertner, owner of The Essential Goat, shared her positive experience with the Business Champions Program.

“Being part of the BEC Business Champions Program has been invaluable for my business,” she said. “The networking opportunities, referrals and support I’ve received have not only helped me grow my business but also fostered lasting connections and friendships. I am grateful for the platform the program provides, and I highly recommend it to any local business looking to expand and strengthen their presence in the community.”

The Business Champions Program continues the efforts of the former Greater Blairstown Business Association (GBBA), which served the local business community for many years. The new program caters to for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and farmers in the area. In joining the Business Champions Program, members can expect to expand their professional networks, increase sales and create lasting friendships.

The BEC Business Champions gather for a fun networking mixer every second Thursday of the month at Buck Hill Brewery, starting at 6 p.m. All business owners, employees and entrepreneurs in the greater Blairstown area are welcome to join.

Current Business Champion Program members Include:

•      AANCO Hose Mobile

•      Blairstown Smile Studio

•      Bongo Boy Records

•      Buttzville Brewing Co.

•      Dr. T Vet Care

•      Evelyn Tilney – Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

•      Gibbsquest

•      Heartfelt Rentals LLC

•      Little Big Farm

•      Mark Anthony Construction

•      Planet Networks

•      Quality Automotive

•      S&A Pet Supply

•      Steve Leddy – Coldwell Banker Real Estate

•      Village Sundaes

•      Washington Borough BID

Membership benefits include business referrals, a “Champions Corner” segment in the BEC newsletter, free promotion, complimentary access to monthly networking mixers, one-to-one consultation services and support and a new business listing in a forthcoming digital directory. Tax-deductible membership dues are $100 for businesses and farms, and $50 for non-profit organizations.

To learn more about the BEC Business Champions Program, sponsorship opportunities or speaking engagements, please contact To register for membership, make checks payable to “Blairstown Enhancement Committee” and send them to:

Blairstown Enhancement Committee

PO Box 527

Blairstown, NJ 07825

Alternatively, you may submit your contribution online at

About the Blairstown Enhancement Committee (BEC)

The BEC is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to beautification, economic and community projects that make Blairstown and the surrounding areas better places to live, visit and conduct business. With a focus on collaboration among residents, business owners, the township, schools and other stakeholders, the BEC seeks to foster a thriving local economy while preserving the region’s unique character and charm. For more information or to get involved, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @BlairstownBEC.