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Lakeland Bank Continues Support as a Sponsor of New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce

Wayne, NJ (September 16, 2022) – The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) is proud to announce that for a second year in a row, Lakeland Bank has committed to partnering with the organization, this year at a Supporting Partner Level. Lakeland Bank prides itself on its excellent customer service, extensive branch network, and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, New York that offers both financial consumer and business services.

During a special presentation ceremony at Lakeland Bank’s Wayne branch, Alethea Batts, First Senior Vice President, Learning and Organization Development and Chief Diversity Officer, and Kenneth Bostwick, Senior Vice President, Director of Regional Sales, presented a $5,000 check to NJPCC. Stephen P. Blazejewski, President of NJPCC was in attendance to receive the check on behalf of the Chamber.

“As a community bank, we remain committed to building strong and thriving neighborhoods. We are proud to partner with the NJPCC to help provide resources and opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community throughout New Jersey,” said Batts.

"For two years in a row, Lakeland Bank has demonstrated their commitment to the LGBTQ+ business community in the state of New Jersey by partnering with NJPCC. Without their support, the work that we do would not be possible. We are excited to work side-by-side with Lakeland Bank's leadership team to continue to uplift our members and their businesses to new heights," said Blazejewski.



Since 2013, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce has been the premier LGBTQ+ and allied business organization committed to facilitating successful business collaborations and increasing the economic staying power of its diverse membership.  As an inclusive platform for business visionaries, the Chamber is the first stop for LGBTQ+ and allied entrepreneurs seeking to grow and access opportunities. Its primary mission is to promote the economic growth and development of the local community and help to better serve its members’ businesses by providing resources and opportunities for education, networking, and community engagement.

For more information, please visit or connect with the NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). It offers LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification ® as a benefit of membership with the organization. Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by over 300 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ+ business community. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools.



Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has over $10 billion in total assets. With an extensive branch network and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, N.Y., the Bank offers business and retail banking products and services. Business services include commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, loans for healthcare services, asset-based lending, equipment financing, small business loans and lines, and cash management services. Consumer services include online and mobile banking, home equity loans and lines, mortgage options and wealth management solutions. Lakeland is proud to be recognized as New Jersey's #1 Best-In-State Bank by Forbes and Statista, named a Best Bank To Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group, rated a 5-Star Bank by Bauer Financial and named one of New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies by NJBIZ. Visit for more information.


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