WEST ORANGE, NJ — Young professionals from Livingston, West Orange, Maplewood, the Caldwells and surrounding areas recently attended a networking forum at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange, co-hosted by Livingston accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company and New Jersey Law Journal. 

Geared toward the younger generation of business men and women, the free networking forum encouraged professional development and attracted accountants, attorneys, public relations professionals and even some interns from surrounding organizations.

“In this world, no matter how much you know, it comes down to who you know,” said Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LL. “Business is based on relationships. Networking helps to build those relationships.” 

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Networking is a learned skill and—like anything else—it requires continuous practice, Karu said. With an understanding of this detail Levine, Jacobs & Company and the “New Jersey Law Journal” co-sponsored this event for millenials to meet other like-minded professionals who were at the same stage in their individual careers.

According to the hosts, the event provided an opportunity to build meaningful relationships that could be beneficial throughout each individual's lifetime.

“Networking provides the opportunity to expand one’s referral base and knowledge base,” said Karu. “Our event provides the perfect venue for young professionals to meet others in a social setting and expand their own networks.”