Business professionals, small business owners, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to register for the panel discussion, “How to Make Business in NJ More Affordable” on Monday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 pm at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ. The event is sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky will moderate the two-part discussion. The first panel includes Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Speaker Vincent Prieto, who will focus on legislative action to protect the economic future of NJ. The second panel includes advocacy leaders Tom Bracken (President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce) and Michele Siekerka (President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association) who support legislation, regulation and initiatives for economic growth and job creation in our state. Ken Bagner of the Tax Department of Sobel & Co. will discuss possible solutions and advice for business owners and non-profit organizations. A Q & A session will follow each panel.

 “The GWACC is committed to helping local businesses and non-profit organizations stay informed on issues that affect doing business in our area,” explained board member and non-profit chair, Stephanie Branna. GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said, “We hope this inaugural panel discussion on current legislative initiatives will help our members and the larger business community.” He added, “Part of our mission is to promote local business opportunities, economic development and community growth.”

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Registration is available online at $15 GWACC members; $20 general public. Registration includes a continental breakfast and time to network with other professionals.

About the GWACC

Established more than 60 years ago, the GWACC currently serves 500 businesses and non-profit organizations primarily in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, and Westfield. The GWACC helps members discover new opportunities and facilitates connections that build successful relationships. For more information, visit