Cafe FontanaCafe Fontana
Italian Restaurant & Catering
30 East Main Street Maple Shade, NJ 08052
American Auto GroupAmerican Auto Group
3111 Route 73 South Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Holman Ford LincolnHolman Ford Lincoln
Premier Certified Dealership & Complete Body Shop
571 Route 38 Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Mohawk Computers LLCMohawk Computers LLC
636 North Forklanding Road Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Columbia BankColumbia Bank
Your Hometown Community Bank
“Our community is truly one of a kind.”
That’s how Jennifer Nixon feels about Maple Shade.
“I was born and raised in Maple Shade,” she said. “As a teen I couldn’t wait to spread my wings and get out of here but I quickly realized after graduating that there really is no place like home.
“There is no bad place in Maple Shade to live or start a business,” Nixon continued. “If someone chooses Main Street, Route 73, or Route 38, there is so much traffic through our small town.
“Of course I would recommend Maple Shade if someone was seeking to open a business,” she added. “Our community is extremely loyal and embraces new businesses that get involved with the community.”
Now with Columbia Bank for 15 years, Nixon started as a part-time night teller and worked her way up to assistant branch manager, a position she currently holds.
She said Columbia Bank has been in Maple Shade for more than 40 years and in New Jersey since 1927.
“What is unique about Columbia Bank is that our customers are our family; you’re a person not a number,” Nixon said. “Our bank proudly gives back to the communities we serve in, whether it be by employee volunteerism or through our Columbia Bank Foundation which provides grants and donations to eligible 501(c)3 organizations.”
She said she joined the MSBA when her boss, Mary Anne Constantine, and Manager Linda Wiest urged her to be a part of the organization.
Nixon said her primary role is to run and update the MSBA social media pages and engage with the community online.
“To me, the MSBA’s biggest challenge when I joined was social media and online presence,” she said. “The world is run by technology and it’s now the way of communicating and getting information out there.
“The MSBA has been a wonderful organization for Maple Shade,” Nixon added. “My goal has become to not only serve our members but to also introduce the community to the MSBA and its members.
“Our community will benefit from knowing the faces behind the businesses they frequent and without them, businesses in town would not survive,” she said.
One of the most important things Nixon has learned is “being present in the community will go a long way.
“As a businesswoman in town, I am more excited to participate or volunteer in community events as a representative of the bank than go to a networking event with other business owners and peers,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, B2B is important in the banking industry but serving Maple Shade and getting to know my customers and their family, friends and neighbors have been very rewarding to me in my career.”
Nixon said her father was from Cherry Hill and her mother was from Marlton. They moved to Maple Shade and raised Nixon and her three sisters there.
A 2004 graduate of Maple Shade High School, Nixon still lives in town with her husband, Matt, who transplanted from Delanco. They have been in their home for about 8 years.
253 East Main Street Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Country Gas ServiceCountry Gas Service
535 Route 38 West Maple Shade, NJ 08052
The Sub ShoppeThe Sub Shoppe
103 S. Cherry Avenue Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Peze & Associates RealtorsPeze & Associates Realtors
All-Ways Heating & Air ConditioningAll-Ways Heating & Air Conditioning
Sales, Service, Installations and Humidifiers
308 E. Main Street Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Small Business Service Center (SBSC)Small Business Service Center (SBSC)
Putting your business relationships and your employees first is key.
That’s what Chris Springfield says is the most important things he’s learned.
Owner and president of SBSC (Small Business Service Center) for nine months, he said his company has been in Maple Shade for more than 35 years.
“I was looking for a service-related business to purchase and came across my business for sale,” Springfield said. “My wife and I decided to learn more about the opportunity.”
So, what’s unique about his business?
“We offer a variety of business-related items but focus on marketing, printing, direct mail advertisements, and commercial mail preparation,” he said.
Springfield said he would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business there.
“There seems to be a strong sense of camaraderie within the business community,” he said. “We are all here to help each other succeed and you can feel that.”
While he does not hold a position on the MSBA board, Springfield noted that he agrees with its mission.
“I feel it’s important to be part of your township’s association of businesses,” he said.
A native of Cherry Hill, Springfield graduated from Widener University and has lived in Voorhees since 2005.
He said that, in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, vacationing, and working on his 1968 Camaro.
122 East Kings Highway, Suite 504 Maple Shade, NJ 08052