SHORT HILLS, NJ – More than 75 local business owners, entrepreneurs and senior managers of some of the largest corporations around Millburn, Livingston, Maplewood, North Essex, South Orange and West Orange attended a networking event at the Benihana restaurant in Short Hills on Tuesday when the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted a “business bash” with its neighboring chambers.

As the evening progressed, members from various chambers networked, exchanged business cards and most importantly, created relationships. Bankers were talking to financial planners about how they could support client loans, web designers were connecting with media publishers and attorneys were providing guidance to small business owners.  

“Our chamber and community events are now officially put on a pedestal,” said Karen Bigos, a prominent real estate broker in Millburn, referring to the success of the evening’s event.

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PuroClean, a provider of water, fire, smoke and mold remediation in Orange, served as the corporate sponsor. In addition to being the benefactor of the event, owner Adam Forster also personally participated, creating relationships with realtors and home improvement specialists, as they are a principal source of his referrals.

Forster commented on the recent heavy rains and how his company had assisted many area homeowners and businesses with remediation. Known for quality work, PuroClean is on the national call-center register for insurance giants Liberty Mutual and Allstate.

The evening ended with a bit of fun as attendees participated in a raffle with prizes generously donated by Millburn-based businesses. Paper Mill Playhouse donated performance tickets and Motion Fitness Club and Kings Food Markets donated several gift certificates.

Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Murphy and Executive Director Roxanne Giacalone thanked the crowd for their support and attendance. They also thanked fellow board members for assisting in organizing the event.