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Livingston Chamber of Commerce's First Lunch and Learn is a Success

Amy Delman holds discussion with nearly two dozen Lunch and Learn attendees Credits: Jessica Parkes

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local business professionals recently attended the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce’s (LACC) first “Lunch and Learn” at the Livingston Senior and Community Center to network and discuss common business topics.

Spearheaded by LACC executive board members Jessica Marrone Parkes of TAPinto Livingston and Ira Drucks, vice president of Ancillary Products and Medicare for Altomare Financial Group, in conjunction with Arnie Amir of Growth Point Business Consulting, this new LACC endeavor will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the purpose of providing networking and continuing business education to the Livingston business community. 

"We are excited to provide this new benefit to our members,” said Parkes, VP of Programs for the LACC. “Not only are we providing another chance for our members to network, we are working hard to come up with relevant topics and have a fantastic speaker line up including senior executives from companies such as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and Sobel & Co. Accounting Firm." 

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Amy Delman, who specializes in creating public relations campaigns for small to mid size companies, gave a 30-minute interactive presentation during the first event. According to the LACC, her “very relevant talk” on Public Relations Strategy attracted a larger-than-expected crowd.

"I so enjoyed the first Lunch & Learn—the topic was right on point, and so very important to grow your business in today's world,” said Bridget Sorenson, Financial Representative, International Planning Alliance. “The speaker, Amy, was informative and there were a lot of take-a-ways, things to put into practice right away. PR is so important, and I agreed with everything she said. Well done."

Essex County Freeholder Leonard Luciano agreed, stating that the event was “a great networking opportunity, topped off by a great motivational speaker who spoke about the importance of business owners and employees volunteering and getting deeply involved in town.” He also said he looks forward to the next event.   

Desi Isidro, Crisis Clinician at Life Haus Therapeutic Solutions in Livingston said the event was appropriate because those who are not available to attend the LACC’s monthly breakfast now have an opportunity to eat lunch with fellow business people while learning about business.

“In our endeavors to give our members added value to their membership, we offered another time of day to get out Network and a very delicious lunch provided by Livingston Bagel was the perfect touch,” said Jan Press, LACC board member. “I really enjoyed the new networking format and I was back to the studio within an hour—perfect way to maximum my lunch.”

The program, which includes lunch, is free to members and for first-time guests. Those interested in attending should contact the LACC executive director, Beth Lippman at for a complete schedule and to RSVP. See below for upcoming event details.


Upcoming Lunch and Learn Schedule:


Tuesday, June 27

Bridget Sorenson - Financial Representative, International Planning Alliance

Topic: "The "Dos and Don'ts" of Networking"

Tuesday, July 25

Joseph Altomare, Exclusive Master Broker, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Topic: "Health Insurance: What the Heck is Going On?"

Tuesday, August 22

Arnon Amir, Owner: GrowthPoint Business Consulting

Topic: “How to Bring In New Employees and Give Them the Best Chance to Succeed”

Tuesday, September 26

Julbert Abraham, Owner, Abraham Global Marketing

Topic: “Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business”

Tuesday, October 24

Barry Gartenberg, Esq:

Topic: “The Most Common (and Avoidable) Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make”

Tuesday, November 28

Alyson Dystol, Owner, Edison Business Solutions

Topic: QuickBooks: “A Tale of Two Companies”

Tuesday, December 19

Adam Wolf, Owner, CellCon Consulting

Topic: Generating Qualified Leads: There’s More Than One Way to Identify Them”

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