WEST ORANGE, NJ — Regal Bank sponsored the first West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) member meeting of the year on Thursday at the West Orange Public Library, where members and prospective members enjoyed an hour of networking and dinner followed by a discussion led by guest speaker Michael Pilla, a local marketing guru and authorized expert of Constant Contact.

According to WOCC executive director Brittany Chiles, the event was intended to offer members an opportunity to network as well as meet the new WOCC president and executive board members.

Last year, Arnie Amir of Growth Point Business Consulting, partnered with the chamber to produce the series called Biz 2.0. Continuing the series this year, Amir reported that since the program started in May, attendance has grown with every meeting.

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Following an hour of mingling, Amir introduced Pilla, who gave a presentation to more than a dozen chamber members entitled “Marketing: Why You Do the Things You Do.”

Chiles announced upcoming events, including the 2017 West Orange Street Fair on June 3, which is currently looking for vendors and sponsors. Those interested should contact Megan Brill at mbrill@downtownwo.com.

A new WOCC Directory Book coming soon as well, will be disseminated at the street fair or by contacting Chiles at mail@westorangechamber.com or (973)-731-0360.

A Property Tax Discount Card is also available to residents and for businesses to participate in. According to Susan McCarthy, the Township of West Orange won an award for implementing this program. To obtain a card or to be a registered business, contact Megan Brill at mbrill@downtownwo.com.

McCarthy also announced that local businesses can also keep a box to collect used glasses to donate to the Lion’s club, which is partnering with the WOCC this year.

Finally, Chiles announced that the chamber is re-launching its social event series and is also going to continue its quarterly socials, which invite members, local businesses and local public service organizations to learn from subject matter from experts in the areas of Finance & Accounting, Marketing, Branding, Business Growth Strategies, and more.

“This creates a bigger and more diverse pool of people for our members to network and create relationships with,” said Susan McCarthy, immediate past president.

The 2017 WOCC executive board includes: Timothy H. Brennan, president; Sally Malech, vice president; Dr. Ron Silikovitz, secretary; Tina Parsons, treasurer; and Brittany S. Chiles, executive director.

For more information about the WOCC, visit www.westorangechamber.com.