WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), in collaboration with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action (SBDAA), is hosting a lunch-and-learn workshop for small business owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Turtle Back Zoo.

Attendees will hear from several guests, including: 

  • Joe N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive; 
  • Philip B. Alagia, Essex County Chief of Staff;
  • Samuel S. Okparaeke, director of the Essex County Office of SBDAA; and
  • Kate Hartwyk, Deputy Director of County Parks Department

In addition, Al Alverez from the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) will deliver an engaging presentation about topics concerning small business owners, including how to access resources and capital, preparing for financing and other topics that will benefit small business owners in Essex County.

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Apryl Caldwell, a manager at the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Essex County—which is designed to help jobseekers access employment, education, training and supportive services to succeed in the labor market—will briefly describe how small businesses can benefit from the program.

Lunch and a tour of the zoo will be offered to all guests, who are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear for walking long distances.

“The WOCC is once again pleased to collaborate with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development to present this important workshop for our members and guests,” said WOCC president Sally Malech. “This is an excellent opportunity for our small business members to discover various ways in which the county is facilitating and supporting small business.

“This program is one example of how the chamber ardently works towards providing meaningful and valuable content that benefits small business owners. We look forward to a successful event that will move businesses forward in Essex County.”

The role of the Essex County SBDAA Office is to ensure equal opportunity and fair play in contracting, procurement and employment within the County of Essex. 

This event is free for active chamber members or $20 for non-members. Advance registration is requested, as seating for the presentation is limited.

Register by clicking here.