EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Chamber of Commerce for the City of East Orange is making major changes for 2017, in hope of benefiting the city’s residents, businesses and overall economy. 

The proposed changes include a new President, an array of networking and educational events, a new social media manager, enhanced communication with the city’s residents and business owners, and increased incentive for businesses to join the Chamber - such as advertising on a variety of platforms including the chambers newly implemented social media outlets.

Now under the leadership of its new president Patrick M. Reid of STL Real Estate and Investment, the Chamber and its members are working together to improve outreach, increase membership and create significant improvement in the economy of East Orange. 

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First on the calendar of events for the year is the first annual Chamber Breakfast “Revitalizing our Urban Economy by Sustaining our Local Business” which will take place this Saturday June 17, 2017 at the East Orange Senior Center. 

Entrepreneurs, city officials and residents will come together to share ideas and discuss methods of generating, increasing and sustaining business in todays tough economy. Small business guru and business plan expert Jill Johnson will attend as keynote speaker for the event and will share her knowledge of resources and best practices for the dreamer, the budding entrepreneur and the seasoned professional alike. As co-founder and CEO of IFEL (Institute Of Entrepreneurial Leadership) as well as CEO of WIBO (Workshop In Business Opportunities), Johnson has harvested a wealth of knowledge and experience which she will share at the Chamber Breakfast. 

The event will take place from 9am to 12pm and tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.com for $25/person.

Additional events are in the works and slated to take place throughout the year which will include networking opportunities amongst business owners and education in the form of workshops and seminars. The Chamber has also partnered up with Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation to provide financial planning assistance and funding opportunities to local businesses.