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“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.
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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.”
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