• Welcome to the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce

    The Voice of Bayonne's Business Community

  • Welcome to Bayonne, New Jersey!

    For more than 100 years, the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of the business community.  Bayonne's storied past as a major industrial and manufacturing city has seen a phenomenal transition with commercial and residential development transforming Bayonne into a major retail and service-based waterfront community.

    This beautiful, peninsula city on the Hudson River is a great place to live and do business.  Bayonne offers exceptional housing opportunities, excellent transportation options including the Hudson Bergen Light Rail System, multiple bus lines and a ferry to Manhattan currently in the works.   Bayonne is a richly diverse city with a small-town feel.  We offer a top-notch public school system, excellent city services, including many beautiful parks, sports facilities a wide variety of shopping options, both on Broadway and in one of three shopping centers with national retailers.  You’ll enjoy wonderful restaurants, cafes and bars.  Not to mention, the best pizza you’ll find anywhere.

    Bayonne is home to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Port, the exclusive and world class Bayonne Golf Club and the world renowned, Struggle Against World Terrorism – a breathtaking monument on the Hudson River, dedicated to the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The City of Bayonne is indeed open for business and the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce is here to welcome you.


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  • 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off

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    Name: 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off
    Date: February 23, 2024
    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Once again, The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce is partnering with The City of Bayonne and The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (BUEZ) in hosting the much-anticipated 2024 CHILI-COOK OFF!
    This is our 5th Chili-Cook Off and without a doubt, the most fun you'll have this winter!  It's a night of music, mingling, dancing, laughter and tons of great food!
    Your support is vital to the success of this event and will ultimately help enable the Chamber of Commerce to bring programs and resources to the business community of Bayonne.
    I hope we can count on your support and sponsorship. 
    We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 Chili-Cook Off on February 23rd!


    Set-up must be complete and ready to serve by 5:30 P.M.
    Teardown and cleanup must be completed by 9:45 P.M.

    • This is a ticketed event, open to the public. It is FREE for contestants in the tasting competition!
    • This is a fun cook-off and there are no rules for the definition of "Chili" and its contents.  Anything goes!
    • You must maintain a core cooking temperature of 155 degrees and serving temperature of 135 degrees.
    • Any known, common allergens used in preparation must be noted (i.e. seafood or nuts)
    •  You must provide your own thermometer which will be checked throughout the evening.
    • Gloves must be worn by your team members and multiple serving utensils used to prevent cross contamination. All equipment, food, and supplies stored must be at least 6 inches off the floor.
    • USDA approved sources of meat required and no more than 4 team members. Each contestant must provide a minimum 5 GALLONS of chili (250 people are expected).
    • Please label the spice factor of your chili, i.e. Mild, Medium, Hot, or Atomic.
    • Your chili must be made prior to the event at a legal, commercial kitchen, establishment, or restaurant that day. No home cooking whatsoever, or you will be disqualified.  
    • Contestants are also responsible for supplying warming dishes, utensils, foods, spices, table decorations, etc. Electricity will not be available for crock-pots. A restaurant size table will be provided for each contestant to represent & serve their chili.
    • Themes, costumes, and decorations are encouraged. An award for Best Dressed Table Display!
    • Judging will take place by Culinary Expert(s). The provider of the best tasting chili, as determined by the judge(s), will be awarded first, second, and third prizes and FREE publicity, along with bragging rights!
    • As a trade-off for your efforts and delicious chili, the organizers will promote the event, along with each participating contestant via social and traditional media outlets.

    To be a contestant, please send an email to info@bayonnechamber.org, or call 551-263-7503. A member of our committee will gladly assist you with your application.
    It is FREE to sign up! DEADLINE to submit applications is February 17thSPACE IS LIMITED!

    Event Media:
    Event Sponsors:
    • Hudson DNA & Drug Testing
    • BCB Community Bank
    • Broadway Diner
    • Hudson Lawn Enforcement
    • Amobelge Shipping LLC
    • Ken's Marine Service
    • Allstate Insurance
    • Chandelier Restaurant
    St. Vincent de Paul - Robinson Hall
    979 Avenue C (at 47th Street)
    Bayonne, NJ 07002
    Date/Time Information:
    February 23, 2024
    6:00 pm - 10:00pm
    Contact Information:
    Lisha Smerda 201-736-3236

    $40.00 per person
    Please register online at www.bayonnechamber.org


    All sponsorships include full event recognition, signage at event along with promotion and acknowledgement on social media and newspaper advertising.

    • EVENT SPONSOR - $2,000 - Includes 16 tickets to event
    • GOLD SPONSOR - $1000 - Includes 8 tickets to the event
    • SILVER SPONSOR - $500 - Includes 4 tickets to the event
    • BRONZE SPONSOR - $250 - Includes 1 Ticket to the event.
    Please make checks payable to The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce and mail your check, along with the sponsorship form (below) to:
    The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce
    PO BOX 266, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
    register, submit and pay online at

    Payments can also be made through Zelle
    Please indicate "Chili Cookoff" in the memo section
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