Bio of Carol-Anne Peacock
For Carol-Anne Peacock, the Golden Rule applies to business as well as personal relationships.
“Treat folks how you would like your family to be treated,” she said.
Peacock has worked at Investors Bank since 2014 when it opened its branch in Maple Shade.
She moved to the area from Scotland in 1978, found it hard to find a job, and “was lucky” to get job as a bank teller at First Peoples Bank of N.J.
A director on the Maple Shade Business Association board, Peacock said the MSBA is an important organization for the township.
“They not only care about the business community but the entire community and how business effects Maple Shade’s growth and sustainability,” she said.
Peacock said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business there.
“Firstly the support given to any new business coming to town is awesome, from the township planning board, networking of businesses in Maple Shade (MSBA) and many more but mostly the community,” she said.
Peacock, who grew up in Renfrew, Scotland, graduated from Glasgow, Scotland and has lived in Cherry Hill since 1980.
She said variety makes her business unique.
“Every day is different!” Peacock enthused. “Every customer has different needs.”
Also, the rewards are many at the bank.
“The feeling you get when you really help someone is always the best feeling,” she said. “That’s what we strive to do here, always what’s best for the customer.
“Some of our customers feel like family to us, they share their life stories with us, include us in many life events, etc.,” Peacock added. “It is the best feeling to be part of a community like Maple Shade, especially when you did not grow up here.”
So, what is the greatest challenge the Maple Shade Business Association faces?
“Sometimes I feel the MSBA does not get the recognition it should in the community,” she said. “I don’t believe folks know exactly who does what.
“Maple Shade has many great organizations working hard to do the best for the community we all live and work in,” Peacock continued. “And working together, pooling resources and contacts to make Maple Shade even better would be ideal.”
She said building relationships and networking are the most important things she’s learned when it comes to business.
“Just have a conversation with folks: don’t think of the sale,” Peacock said. “First, get to know folks and let them know you and the sale will come.”
That’s what Mike Bimmer says is the most important thing he’s learned when it comes to business.
Bimmer owns MB Solutions, a full-service merchant services company that has been in the Shade for eight years.
He is a partner in Voxedge, a VoIP phone company and is the purchasing agent for Mohawk Computers, a managed IT company.
Bimmer said he started MB Solutions as a “spin off” from his banking days and takes pride in providing excellent customer service to the merchants he serves.
He was in the banking industry for 20 years, starting as a branch manager and working his way up to senior lender for a small bank. Bimmer also owned a barcoding company for more than 10 years with his son-in-law and sold it to a company in Atlanta.
He said one reason he would recommend Maple Shade to anyone looking to start a business here is that the town government is business friendly. Bimmer has served on the Maple Shade Zoning Board for more than 25 years.
He joined the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2013.
Bimmer served in new business development and then as an ambassador for the past year. He is proud to say he built MB Solutions through networking at the chamber and the Maple Shade Business Association.
Bimmer serves on the board of directors of the MSBA and currently is the treasurer. He said he joined the association for its networking potential.
Getting business owners to see the value of joining is the greatest challenge the MSBA faces, Bimmer said.
A graduate of Holy Cross, he grew up in Maple Shade and has lived here for more than 60 years.
Bimmer coached and was treasurer of the Maple Shade Babe Ruth league for many years and currently coaches the JV CYO basketball team at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school.