LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) recently had its first board meeting of the 2017 year to discuss the organization’s calendar of events.
In addition to its traditional annual events, such as the LACC Award’s Dinner and Thanksgiving Luncheon, the board discussed adding on new events and programs aimed at enhancing the Livingston business community.
“We already have a robust Chamber with many successful programs,” said Jan Press, owner of Jan Press Photo/Media and also Chair of this year’s Mayor’s Breakfast. "So moving forward with some new ideas can only help what we are already doing.”
In addition to the existing annual events, which include the Mayor’s Breakfast, Award’s Dinner, Thanksgiving Luncheon, LACC Holiday Party, along with its monthly resource breakfast, LACC is talking add-ons such as a monthly evening event called “Business After Hours” and member programs that will provide discounts at participating businesses around town.
The first After Hours gathering for 2017 already took place on Jan. 10 at Porto by Antonio on Mt. Pleasant Ave.
“It was an intimate event and the food and Jersey wine was excellent," said Daniel Blue, owner of Livingston Bagel and LACC vice president of membership. “The purpose of our new evening events is two-fold: It affords local business owners, that can’t make our breakfast meetings, an opportunity to come out and network, and it’s an informal atmosphere that allows attendees to just relax after work and become friendlier with each other.”
“It is going to be a busy year for us,” said Beth Lippman, executive director of the LACC. “But this business community is active and I think the changes we are making will be rewarding for us as an organization and for the business community as well."
The LACC board has also committed to internally reorganizing so that more chamber members can get involved in events and program throughout the year.
“This year, we are making an effort to create committees made up of chamber member volunteers, whereas in the past we relied on our board to organize everything,” said incoming LACC president, Ira Drucks. “This business community has a lot of talent and we’d like to have members be involved.”
Committees that are now seeking LACC member volunteers include: membership, annual events and monthly events. For more information on how to get involved, contact Ira Drucks at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Lippman at email@example.com.
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Mayor’s Breakfast – January 26
Business After Hours: Fly Red Dine & Donate – February 9
February Resource Breakfast at Mission Fitness Crossfit – February 16