LIVINGSTON, NJ - Swap the Biz, a high-end business networking company out of NYC that is “all about social” held its inaugural NJ red carpet rooftop evening event at Dieci Uomo Salon for Men in Livingston on Thursday night.

Though it was “back to school night” for many locals from Livingston, West Orange, Millburn/Short Hills, and the Caldwells, more than 100 people donning casual business attire to cocktail wear socialized and networked over beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and sweets provided by Rezza, Chocolate Works of Milburn and Philly Prezels, to the musical stylings of DJ Zap. And Swap the Biz pulled out all of the stops with a red carpet, a step and repeat banner a magician and more.

While Dieci Uomo, the brainchild of owners’ Marie and Paul Gagliotti, is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-certified salon in the state, it was the rooftop, an upscale venue with massage cabanas, lounge chairs and more that drew Scott and Debbie Eisenberg, of Roseland, the owners of Swap the Biz, to the locale. And they weren’t the only ones attracted to the spot—David Black, owner of Suburban Essex Magazine, a sponsor of the event, pointed them in the direction of the spa.

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What a great night,” said Marie, who also owns Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston with Paul. “We are so happy to host this event tonight and are glad to welcome so many people here. I am also really excited to meet Scott and Debbie Eisenberg—what great people, and to welcome them and all of their professionals and friends to Dieci Uomo.”

She added, “I am really loving the reactions of all of the ladies, who keep saying, ‘what, you have this (massage cabanas) on the roof? You don’t have this at your other location.’”

The event had a NYC vibe.

Nicole Zornitzer, senior manager at L’Oréal Paris agreed and said, “This is my first (Swap the Biz) event and I think it is beautifully run. I work in Manhattan and I am very accustomed to that environment and this is on par with all of it.”

“I also think it is a fabulous location,” she added. “I live locally and wouldn’t normally come to a men’s spa, but this is beautiful and I am really looking forward to the next event.”

Scott thanked everyone for coming, and said, “What a beautiful rooftop and perfect night. This is Swap the Biz. We are a business networking organization, but we are all about social. We are all about relationship development and about you connecting and becoming friends. The whole premise here is on becoming friends because friends like helping friends and that breeds success and growth.”

Scott was true to his word. Conversations ran rampant, with discussions about local eateries, favorite vacation spots, and even local preschools.

Scott’s wife Debbie and Jaime Lauro of Livingston, who recently joined event sponsor TAP into Livingston and TAP into West Orange, the online, hyperlocal, daily newspapers for the towns, as a sales representative, discovered that they both have identical four-year-old twin girls with blond curly hair. They discussed setting up a playdate for the girls.

And, Neal Lugashi, a Weichert Realtor with an international fine art business called US Treasure, made plans with a guest to meet an up-and-coming photographer she represents.

Nubia Wilson, the marketing director at the Silverstrom Group said, “This is my first time attending a Swap the Biz evening event and I think they have done a great job. And, I love the fact that there are a lot of different industries being represented by business owners and employees and I am excited for the next one.”

Beth Nydick, owner of Beth’s Blueprint agreed and said, “I found the night to be very exciting. Not only was the atmosphere they produced uplifting and encouraging but the people were looking to make new connections.”

Aimee Schenkel, a health and wellness coach and leader of the Montville B.I.G. pod said, “Great event. Beautiful venue. And, fantastic people with a focus on helping people around them.”

Randy Guttenberg, owner of Chocolate Works in Millburn said, “This is a great event. I met a lot of people and I am very happy to be sponsoring it.”

He added, “It is always great to give people sweets and treats—they love them.”

Scott started Swap the Biz, a high-end business networking organization and events company that connects business owners, CEO's and affluent professionals in March of last year in Manhattan, and now runs five morning breakfast groups there, as well as large quarterly evening events in NYC. He has also started holding monthly social events in the city as well. And, he hosts a networking breakfast group in NJ, with plans to start more

“We had a fashion show last week in the city, with contortionists performing,” he said.

And Scott has more up his sleeve—he will soon be launching an event planning platform for every kind of event from corporate parties to bar/bat mitzvahs, to weddings, rentals and more.

Those interested in attending the next NJ-based Swap the Biz networking breakfast, which is being held on Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the David Allen Catering Warehouse, at 5 Littell Road in East Hanover, are invited to call (212) 683-2107 to reserve a spot. Use the code TAPspecial when registering. These meetings are regularly held on the third Tuesday of every month, however, this month’s date was changed due to the Jewish holidays. To attend a meeting in NY, click HERE for dates, times and locations.

Swap The Biz hosts red carpet networking events that are social events with a business purpose. According to the website, the company’s philosophy on networking is that one must connect on a social level first—as the old adage states, "you do business with people that you like." Swap the Biz fully believes in this and recognizes this as its focus and the success of its organization. The company says that it “attracts great people that are successful business owner's, CEO's and affluent professionals” looking to further grow their businesses. The events “are truly networking made fun.”

About the Event Sponsors

  • TAP into Livingston and TAP into West Orange are your online source for everything in local news that matters. Call 201-618-7444 to advertise today to TAP’s nearly 4 million readers via a comprehensive marketing platform.
  • Event NY is the place for the VIP experience in NY nightlife and planning personal or corporate events.
  • Dieci Uomo provides the ultimate luxury experience in male grooming: from exceptional haircuts and coloring to hot shaves, waxing, facials and even massage. 
  • Suburban Essex Magazine is the premier go-to magazine for all business needs in Essex County. If you want to be known or seen then you need to advertise today.
  • DJ Zap brings an unparalleled music experience to bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and corporate events.

Click HERE to see photos from the event and to ‘like’ the TAP into Livingston Facebook page.