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The three most important factors for buying a home often are said to be location, location and location.

But it’s not just home buyers making a mark on the Woodbridge community. When it comes to commerce, Woodbridge’s business and industrial endeavors have deep roots as well as a keen eye to the future.

Known to many as the “crossroads” of New Jersey, Woodbridge is ideally located between New York and Philadelphia, with a revolutionary plethora of transportation options literally bringing business and business travelers to Woodbridge’s front door. Woodbridge’s transportation hub includes the New Jersey Turnpike, U.S. Highways 1, 9 and 287, and Route 440 providing a direct link through bustling New York City.

Ensconced within a 26-square-mile area in northern Middlesex County, the Woodbridge area also is bisected by the Garden State Parkway. Rail commuters find both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit passage via the Metro Park Station in nearby Iselin, and have immediate access to a bus network encompassing intrastate and interstate commuter routes. Nearby Newark Liberty International Airport speeds business air access to nationwide and international destinations.

The Woodbridge community and surrounding region boasts more than 350 years of history.

With its earliest economy centered on agriculture, Woodbridge evolved as it became known as home to the region’s rich clay deposits. Brick manufacturing took center stage, surpassing even farming, and bringing big industry to the township. The manufacture of clay, bricks and their byproducts remains one of Woodbridge’s top industries.

Today Woodbridge also is home to a multitude of top industries ranging from health care and education to professional services, retail trade, social services and more. Large and influential businesses including Siemen’s Corporation, Prudential, Hess and Verizon also call Woodbridge home.

“From its manufacturing roots to corporate business headquarters, professional services, retail enterprises, entertainment, and more, Woodbridge has it all,” says Glenn Slavin, Esq., Slavin & Morse, LLC, and chairperson-elect of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, which marked an historic 50th anniversary in 2014, is an organization dedicated to helping new businesses take root and current businesses to flourish and grow. It offers its 500-plus member businesses a host of services, networking opportunities, directory listings, advertising and other resources.

Founded in 1964, the Chamber is a voluntary organization of business, industry, retail and professional people working to improve Woodbridge’s economic and civic growth.

“We bring exposure, highlighting new and existing businesses, provide new business introductions, and work to keep members abreast of business-related legislation and concerns both in Trenton and on the federal level,” Slavin explains.

In addition, popular monthly “Lunch and Learn” sessions offer members a chance to learn more about a wide range of topics such as internet marketing, benefit plans, health care options, retirement planning and investment.

“Growing up, the Woodbridge Center was always a community event and destination draw,” says Slavin, who adds the community’s five-star Main Street restaurants, popular arts district, free community concerts throughout the community and at the 39-acre Alvin P. Williams Park at Sewaren Peninsula also enhance the community’s small town atmosphere by bringing neighbors, business owners, business professionals, families and visitors together.

Aiding the township’s already business-friendly environment are organizations dedicated to the well-being of local commerce. Working to attract new businesses, as well as support the area’s already established businesses, the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) has designed a number of programs to create successful ventures for area entities. w

Fast Facts:
POPULATION — 19,265
HOUSEHOLDS — 7,378
FAMILIES — 5,120
GEOGRAPHY — 3.861 square miles of land

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Census

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