WESTFIELD, NJ —The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) invites all members of the community to a free Women Business Owners Forum on Monday, July 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., at the James Ward Mansion, 169 East Broad Street in Westfield.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other area professionals, hear panelists share their experiences, questions and anecdotes and learn about the real issues facing women business owners right now.

Panelists include Jackie Lieberman of The Alternative Press of Westfield, Donna Marino of Varsity Central in Mountainside and Cougar Headquarters in Cranford, Carol Kearney of Unique Cruise and Travel in Garwood, Harriet Schulman CPA in Fanwood, Megan Brown of hatchedit.com in Westfield, Mary Dressendofer of Dancer's Pointe in Scotch Plains, Katie Cantor of Bath Junkie in Westfield and Dainia Oren of Kenedy’s All-American Barber Club in Westfield.

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“It is with great excitement and pride that we at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce offer up another new event to our community,” said GWACC Executive Director Heather Robinson. “Men are certainly welcome to attend. This will be a great networking opportunity, and just one more reason to value all the businesses which help our economy succeed. We hope more and more businesses will see the value of chamber membership and will consider joining.”

Also speaking that morning will a representative of the Small Business Administration and Congressman Leonard Lance, who will give an overview of what is happening in Washington, DC, and how it affects small businesses.

 “The GWACC does not take any political positions, as we are respectful of the different ideas that our various members hold dear. We are merely trying to take advantage of the opportunity to make our ideas known in Washington by inviting Congressman Lance, who has an office in Westfield, to hear what some of our women business owners have to say about their experiences,” said Robinson.

Complimentary pastries will be provided by Bovella’s and coffee from &Grain will be sponsored by Dancer’s Pointe.

Attendees should park in Lot 1, which is is bordered by Trader Joe’s, Prospect Street, Elm Street and the back of the storefronts along East Broad Street. No parking citations will be issued in that lot on Monday, July 22, until 9:45 a.m.

For more information about this and other GWACC events, visit www.WestfieldAreaChamber.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GWACC and follow them on Twitter @GWACC_NJ.