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We at NJBIA are recovering from yesterday’s Women Business Leaders Forum in Long Branch, a successful event that saw more than 500 people come out to hear e-commerce entrepreneur Jenny Fleiss and, really, a who’s who of women business leaders from New Jersey.

The WBLF, as we like to call it, has turned into our signature event after holding the first one five years ago. But NJBIA is not the only business group making a splash in September.

For originality, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Dig event on Tuesday, Sept. 24 is going to be hard to beat. It’s being held at Rowan University’s Edelman Fossil Park and will include beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and, you guessed it, digging up old bones.

“Nearly every participant leaves with a 65-million-year-old fossil that he or she dug up with their own hands, the only experience of its kind east of the Mississippi River,” the website says. And yes, it suggests you dress casually.

The African American Chamber of Commerce will hold its daylong Business Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 25, but the networking goes on for most of the week.

It starts Tuesday night, Sept. 24, with the Pre-conference Networking Mixer between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The conference itself will focus on “An Inclusive Economy” and feature speaker John Trotta, senior vice president for the national civil engineering firm WSP, and both morning and afternoon panel discussions. Both events are at Pines Manor in Edison.

And if you’re not too networked-out after that, you can head to Delta’s in New Brunswick Thursday morning, Sept. 26, for the AACC’s Fish and Grits networking breakfast and a presentation on business development by Jose Taveras of Wells Fargo.

Not long after the AACC events are winding down, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will be ramping up its conference on Hispanic consumers.

The Hola New Jersey Conference and Business Expo runs 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 26 at Maritime Parc in Jersey City and is focused on how businesses can engage the Latino marketplace.

As the chamber explains, Hispanic consumers are expected to spend $1.7 trillion by 2020, offering a great opportunity for businesses to target products and services to this growing demographic. The event will feature panel discussions with diverse business leaders on why diversity is good for business, insights into brands driven by culture and promoting diverse business leaders.

These are just a few of the opportunities for businesses to get out and be seen from our 23 participating chambers of commerce. For full access to what’s going on in your neck of the woods, visit our ChamberLink events page.

ChamberLink is a partnership between NJBIA and 23 local business organizations for the mutual benefit of our member companies. We coordinate our activities, join together in advocacy, and offer member pricing to our events for our partners.

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