BLAIRSTOWN, NJ – [May 4, 2023] – 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, emphasizes the significance of supporting local businesses. “A thriving local economy is the backbone of our community. 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, shares her positive experience with the Business Champions program: “Being part of the BEC Business Champions has been invaluable for my business. 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, 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 6:00 pm. All business owners, employees, and entrepreneurs in the greater Blairstown area are welcome to join.

Current Business Champion Members Include:

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.

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Kevin Doell