SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic reinforced its strong partnership and relationship with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce with a special breakfast on Thursday morning in the school cafeteria.

The event was attended by several members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, who each spoke about their businesses while reconnecting with the Union Catholic Community during the 90 minute event.

Gene Jannotti, the Executive Director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, said when Union Catholic joined the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014, a great relationship was formed that has gotten stronger and stronger ever since.

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“When Union Catholic first joined the Chamber it was the only high school that joined, so we wanted to immediately meet with Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, and the staff here,’’ said Mr. Jannotti.

“Since that time we formed a great relationship with the school and we have our Young Entrepreneurs Academy here, which is fabulous that we can use this facility, and we participate in Union Catholic’s Business Networking Luncheon, and its golf event. It’s just been a really great relationship that we’ve had with Union Catholic, and we are very pleased to be part of Union Catholic.’’

“It’s been a win-win from Union Catholic’s perspective,’’ said Mrs. Susan M. Dyckman, Union Catholic’s Director of Development and Donor Relations. “It introduced Union Catholic as a first quality high school to a lot of people who would not otherwise be aware of us. We’ve made some great partnerships in the way of sponsorships, and the Chamber and some of its members have sponsored Union Catholic events, and have participated in our annual Business Networking Luncheon, and our golf outing."

Mrs. Dyckman also said the partnership with the GWACC has benefited the UC students. 

"We’ve gotten some terrific guest speakers to come in and speak to our business classes, and we host the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which is sponsored by the Chamber, and that has been an awesome experience for our kids to actually learn from start to finish what it takes to get a business off the ground," said Mrs. Dyckman. "This is our second time doing this event, and it’s really great to welcome people into our building and showcase our students.’’ is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.