SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce held a Networking Lunch Friday at South Plainfield’s new craze Delicious Cravings located at 2325 Plainfield Ave in South Plainfield. Membership Coordinators Jill Ryan and Mindy Scarlett, who also own The Scarlett Marketing Group, opened the luncheon welcoming everyone to the networking event meant to enable small businesses to meet and help support one another.

After introductions, exciting conversations about one another’s innovative businesses followed. Those who attended were; Ed Harris, Mobile Solutions Expert with BizAPPBiz, Theo Jenkins, Mobile Solutions Expert with BizAPPBiz, Holly Simon, Multi-Media Sales Consultant of Comcast Spotlight, Robert M. Longo, AIA, LEED AP of Cornerstone Architectural Group, LLC, Patty Reed, Owner of Delicious Cravings, Mary Hurley, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Doctor’s Express Urgent Care, Miquel Carvalho, Assistant Vice President andBranch Manager of Investors Bank at the South Plainfield Branch and also President of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Chris Sienkielewski, Owner of Involve & Grow, Steve Siegal, Regional Manager of Platinum Choice Bancard, Jill Ryan and Mindy Scarlett, Owners of The Scarlett Marketing Group,  Wendy Burney, Distributor for Send Out Cards, and Darlene Cullen, Editor, Publisher & Owner of TAP into South Plainfield and also Vice President of The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.

Director of Marketing and Business Development for Doctor’s Express Urgent Care located at 907 Oak Tree Avenue in South Plainfield, Mary Hurley was the featured speaker. Hurley described the great need for Urgent Care facilities to avoid costly trips to Hospital Emergency Rooms that can take hours of waiting to be seen. Hurley said, “Of the 130 million people who go to the ER each year, only 13% are admitted. At least 25% could go to an Urgent Care facility. The average cost of a visit to the ER is $1200 and the average cost of a visit to Doctor’s Express is $150. We also take health insurance.”

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Hurley added, “We’re open 7 days a week and every patient is seen by a Board Certified Physician. The average wait time is 45 minutes from arriving to seeing the doctor and leaving.”

Hurley went on to warn that those patients suffering heart attacks or strokes must go directly to the ER, but that Doctor’s Express can treat patients with anything from flu symptoms to bladder infections, strep, fractures, bronchitis and much more. They also offer pediatric medical care, physicals, X-Rays and vaccines.

Everyone at the luncheon could not stop talking about the Delicious Cravings arepas, a mouth watering Venezuelan specialty rarely found in our area. Arepas, pronounced ah-ray-pah, are baked corn meal patties that are stuffed with a large variety of favorite fillings like pulled chicken or beef, chicken salad, beans, cheese and/or vegetables. The arepas are gluten free and made to order so they are always hot, crispy and fresh.

Delicious Cravings opened six months ago and resides in the former Yo Fresh location on Plainfield Avenue beside Mohn’s Flower Shop. They also feature a delicious selection of Frozen Yogurt with 50 toppings to choose from that will be available year round. Owner of Delicious Cravings and new member of The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Patty Reed said, “I always had a dream of having my own business. We’ve been residents of South Plainfield for about 13 years. When my daughter was in high school every week all of the kids came over and wanted arepas so I thought maybe opening a restaurant would be a good idea. It’s something different. We’re not competing with the other businesses that we also love. That’s how this dream came about. And I love seeing people trying the arepas for the first time!”

The next upcoming Tri-County Chamber of Commerce event for members only will be the Annual Holiday Party on December 3rd at 6pm at KCs Korner located at 100 Oak Tree Avenue in South Plainfield. This event is $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

The Tri-County Holiday Networking Event for will take place on December 16th at 7pm at The Vermeule Mansion in North Plainfield. This event is open to all.

For more information regarding Networking Events or joining the Tri County Chamber of Commerce contact Jill Ryan at info@tricountycoc.org or visit the Chamber's website http://www.tricountycoc.org/