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Livingston Mompreneur Facebook Group Holds First Meet and Greet Event

The Livingston MOMpreneurs mingle. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Megan Paradiso of addresses the Livingston MOMpreneurs. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Lisa Bayer of LMR Elder Care and Marlisa Zebaida of the Zebaida Group mingle. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
The Planning Committee Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Jen Bronsnick of Jennifer Bronsnick Counseling talks with a fellow Livingston MOMpreneur member. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Valerie Cordover Katz, of Beauty Counter, right, makes a new friend at the MOMpreneur event. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Nabila Tantawi, of Max Challenge; friend who is a Max Challenger; and Megan Paradiso mingle. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Beth Ritter Nydick of Beth's Blueprint and Beth Tofel of FootprintID meet. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Vaishali Agarwal of arVasaa Fashion Jewelries and Laura Lee, owner of Eye Level meet at the MOMpreneur event.   Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Lauren Rosen Markon, of Career Connections; Dina Frauwirth, CSA, Adult Care Advisors; Lisa Walzer of Walzer Architecture; and Anya Conte of Le Magnifique Events mingle. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Erika Lippman of AdLipps and Alyssa Sutton of All Media Consultants, LLC, bond at the MOMpreneur event. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Valerie Cordover Katz of Beauty Counter. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
MOMpreneurs mingle at the TAP into Livingston table. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
A guest mingles with Laura Lee, of Eye Level; Megan Paradiso, of; and Marlisa Zebaida, of the Zebaida Group. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
MOMpreneurs mingle. Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Vaishali Agarwal of arVasaa Fashion Jewelries Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
Flower Power Designs Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
TAP into Livingston Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell
AdLipps Credits: Jackie Goldman-Schatell

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Dec. 3, Livingston’s Megan Paradiso, Magic Maker® with Off To Neverland Travel®, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, made a different kind of magic when she held the first Livingston Mompreneur “Meet and Greet” event at Keller Williams. Earlier this year, she started a Facebook group called, Livingston MOMpreneurs, for local moms who own/run their own businesses. Just nine months later, with 170 members from Livingston and a few neighboring towns, twenty-eight women attended the first event.

Paradiso planned the event with spearhead Marlisa Zebaida and Beth Ritter Nydick, Lisa Nirenberg Walzer, and Vaishali Agarwal. The following sponsors had tables at the event, where they shared their wares and services:

The women mingled for the first half of the event, greeting old friends and making new ones as they drank coffee and dined on beautiful and delicious desserts.

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Later, an informal session started where each attendee had the chance to describe herself and business. Business cards for donated raffle gifts were pulled throughout the elevator speeches.

While this part was similar to a networking meeting, there were no joining fees involved. Rather, a bunch of local moms with businesses, many run from home, got together with people in similar circumstances for a great “Girls Night Out” event.

Paradiso said, “There are groups out there for moms, groups for working moms, groups for business owners, and groups for women business owners, but I am not aware of any local groups that marry them all. The goal of the group is to give MOMpreneurs a place to feel supported and connected to other women who can relate to their struggles and triumphs as they try to actively balance the art of being a successful mom and a successful business owner.”

“I left feeling pumped and jazzed to connect with so many smart women,” she added.

“Many attendees expressed how much they enjoyed the event and that they hope I hold more,” said Paradiso. “After everyone left, the planning committee and I began talking about holding another event in February or March.”

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