The SPBPA was started in August of 1994 by Scotch Plains business owner & resident Ray Pardon and nine other individuals. At that time there was not any active business organization in town and the need for one was identified by the Downtown Business Alliance which was a Township committee appointed by the Mayor.
Today the SPBPA has over 90 members. The Association operates as a non-profit organization with an 11 member elected board of directors.
The SPBPA, through dues, donations & fund raising activities reinvests in our community in the following ways:
- Networking meetings to keep the business community informed of township activities and issues.
- Sponsors the Scotch Plains Farmers Market from May through November each year.
- Organizes the Halloween Window Painting Contest.
- Organizes the annual Holiday Celebrations.
- Created in 1997, an ongoing Scholarship Fund for SPF High School graduates.
In the past the SPBPA:
- Sponsored the Annual Antique Car Show 1995-2003.
- Purchased, in equal partnership with the Township, the Towne Centre banners in 1998.
- Produced, with DECA in 1997, a Town Directory distributed to all homes in Scotch Plains.
- Donated in 1996 over 50 Flower Planters in Towne Centre.
We thank you for supporting our local businesses and contributing to making Scotch Plains a better community for us all to live and work.
The SPBPA have been giving scholarships to Scotch Plains and Fanwood high school seniors since 1997. The program has awarded well over $50,000 since its inception to nearly 70 students. Students can obtain information and applications from their guidance counselors.