• NJ LGBT Chamber Breakfast Brings Business Owners Together to Learn How To Get Contracts with Leading NJ Corporations and Academic Institutions

    August 22, 2018



    As more and more companies expand their Supplier Diversity Programs to be more inclusive of women, minority and LGBTQ business owners, entrepreneurs are finding it necessary to learn how to effectively position their businesses to take advantage of these opportunities. On September 12, 2018 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce will partner with PSEG to present their “Out For Business” Breakfast. The event will provide an unparalleled networking opportunity along with a panel of experts focused on supplier management and procurement from state and county government and premier New Jersey institutions. “We are excited to produce this very important and timely event for the New Jersey LGBTQ business community,” organization co-founder and immediate past president, Tamara Fleming, says for The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Membership in our organization has rewards specifically designed to promote and elevate business success. Events like this networking breakfast are open to all entrepreneurs and free for members of the chamber. Our goal is to help leverage B2B partnership and procurement opportunities.”

    To succeed in business today requires strategic focus, the vision to see and then seize opportunities when they arise and a strong, accessible network of contacts. Attendees will hear directly from a panel of experts on how to become a preferred vendor, partner or supplier to large corporations and academic institutions such as New Jersey's own PSEG, Prudential, Rutgers and Princeton University. As an Affiliate Chamber of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, it is The NJ LGBT Chamber's mission to bring together chamber members and allies with resources from across the business spectrum. In addition to the networking and panel discussion, attendees will also learn how to become a nationally certified LGBT enterprise. Current NJ LGBT Chamber president, Laurie Seliger, observes, “Learning how to do business with large companies such as those represented by our panel is an important element in a comprehensive small business strategy. Becoming a certified LGBT business enterprise through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a crucial tool needed to enter supplier diversity programs.”

    The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce “Out For Business” Breakfast event is sponsored by PSEG along with support from NJ LGBT Chamber founding sponsor BCB and additional partnership with Office Depot, Out In Jersey Magazine and Constant Contact. The networking breakfast and panel discussion on September 12, 2018 runs from 8am to 12pm and will be held at the James Ward Mansion at 169 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. This event is free for current Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. Breakfast will be provided.

    Confirmed speakers:

    Hester H. Agudosi, First Chief Diversity Officer of New Jersey

    Deborah Collins, Former Deputy County Administrator for Essex County, Anchor Supplier Liaison at RWJ Barnabas Health (Moderator) ### Susan Hogan, Supplier Diversity Manager at PSEG

    Mohamed Ela, Director, Procurement Services at Princeton University

    Samuel “Wes” Coleman, Manager of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability at Rutgers University

    Ian Hooks, Category Manager at Prudential

    Raul Mercado, Director, NJIT Procurement at Technical Assistance Center

    Tickets are still available at: http://bit.ly/NJLGBTChamberBreakfast18

    The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the premier LGBT business organization dedicated to strengthening LGBT businesses in the New Jersey tri-state area. The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce increases the economic staying-power of its members and allies and facilitates successful business collaboration. The Chamber provides a platform for business visionaries and is the first stop for LGBT entrepreneurs and allies seeking to advance and access opportunity and resources. Join the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce to connect, collaborate and leverage business opportunities. More information about the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce can be found online at NJLGBTChamber.org.

    Nicole Miller
    Nicole@MnMConsulting.biz, 973.544.8393
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