Rutgers University And Middlesex County Regional Chamber Of Commerce Expand Partnership…

Rutgers University and Middlesex County Regional Chamber Of Commerce Expand Partnership With New Program Aimed At Driving Economic Growth

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MCRCC) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey are expanding upon a longstanding partnership in a joint effort to drive economic growth in the greater Middlesex County region and the state.

Driven by MCRCC leadership and leaders from the university’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), the partnership will broaden how Chamber members can engage with the Rutgers community and facilitate access to its expansive network of services and programs that support business growth and innovation.

“As we sought to evolve our partnership with Rutgers in a phased and thoughtful manner, we engaged in advanced discussions with leaders from Rutgers and with our members,” said Craig Schlosser, Vice President of MCRCC. “Driven by mutual goals, we are excited to move forward with a plan that will not only advance the interests of our members but will enhance the economy of our region.”

“Partnering with MCRCC fulfills a critical component of ORED’s mission. It connects Rutgers with the needs of small- and mid-sized firms – as well as larger companies – across a number of industry sectors and allows us to address those needs on a more personal level,” said Dr. Christopher J. Molloy, Senior Vice President of ORED. “Those connections between industry and the resources we have available at Rutgers support the economic growth of New Jersey.”

As part of the expanded partnership, MCRCC will implement an inventive “Member Portal” allowing members to submit “requests for information” to Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement team, creating a proactive dialogue to address members’ immediate and longer-term needs. Submissions through the Member Portal will also help guide MCRCC and Rutgers to develop strategies that more efficiently and effectively meet the needs of New Jersey industry. Following the implementation of the Member Portal, surveys of MCRCC members will be conducted to complement insights gained from portal submissions.

“This is an opportunity to really get our finger on the pulse and not only understand the needs of business and industry in our community but better equip ourselves to address them,” said Cherise Kent, Director of Corporate Engagement at ORED and a driving force behind this expanded partnership. Her team works closely with school-, department-, center-, and unit-based personnel across all Rutgers campuses to identify and introduce companies to available resources.

One key area already identified as an immediate priority is member outreach to provide them with information about accessing Rutgers programs to meet talent acquisition objectives, including internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. The partners also expect to use surveys to gauge members’ interests in Rutgers resources aimed at sparking business growth, including the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, accessing innovation through funded research projects or licensing, and leveraging faculty expertise via federally-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

“For the MCRCC, it all comes back to accomplishing our organization’s mission,” explained Chamber President Lina Llona. “The growth of this strategic partnership allows the Chamber to better accomplish our mission today and in the years to come. It is a very exciting development, of which we look forward to the many successes which are to come.”

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About Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a Non-Profit Organization which has attracted the attention of top government and business leaders in the state as one of the premier business support groups in New Jersey. We are the complete resource for any business of any size.

For over a hundred years, the Chamber has helped drive economic growth in and around the region, while continually providing an inclusive business community. Middlesex County is truly an outstanding place to do business, and we are committed to helping the county prosper with a strong foundation of networking opportunities and helpful business resources.

About Rutgers, The State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. Nearly 69,000 students and 22,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. The university belongs to the Big Ten Academic Alliance, comprised of 14 world-class research universities, and is among the top 20 public U.S. universities for total R&D funding. Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the state’s only public institution in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

With research a fundamental part of the university’s mission, the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) provides services across Rutgers to support faculty research and strategically lead the university's economic development activities. To learn more, visit