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Kickoff Session for Free Union County Means Business Networking Events

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The popular Union County Means Business (UCMB) series starts up again in 2013 with a new slate of free events designed to help the Union County business community connect with helpful resources and information. The first UCMB networking breakfast session is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kean University in Union.

The highlight of this year’s UCMB series will be the “UCMB Women’s Summit,” a half-day of workshops and programs scheduled for June 19 at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course clubhouse.

“If you own or manage a business in Union County, or if you are planning to start one, I encourage you to put all of our 2013 UCMB events on your schedule,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Our goal this year is to help you learn about business development opportunities, the Affordable Care Act and Internet-based business strategies, and enable you to connect with resources that can help your business thrive in Union County.”

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The topic of the March 28 kickoff session is “Legislative Outlook for Business.” Special guests include U.S. Representative Rush Holt and New Jersey State Senators Raymond Lesniak and Thomas Kean, Jr.

A presentation on the impact of Superstorm Sandy on Union County businesses is also included in the March 28 session.

“Business experts, legislators and policy-makers made UCMB a great success last year with their enthusiastic support and participation,” said Carter. “We are already seeing the same outstanding level of interest in 2013, and we are looking forward to a very fruitful year.”

This year, the UCMB event format has also been expanded to accommodate small group discussions on topics such as financing and e-commerce.

Union County Means Business started in 2012 as a Freeholder initiative of then-Chairman Alexander Mirabella, in partnership with the Union County Alliance, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Suburban Chambers of Commerce, Union Township Chamber of Commerce, Kean University, and Union County College.

In addition to serving hundreds of participants through networking sessions, Union County Means Business has grown to include a free e-newsletter, a website that serves as an information clearinghouse, a new workforce affiliation with Union County College, and a special loan program through the Union County Economic Development Corporation.

All sessions are free and open to Union County business owners and managers, whether or not they live in Union County. Pre-registration is required, by visiting the Union County Means Business website at ucnj.org/UCMeansBusiness.

For complete event details and schedules, for and more information, visit ucnj.org/UCMeansBusiness or call 908-527-4200.

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