J-Biz Expo Looks To Empower Entrepreneurs Facing COVID Challenge

Gustavo Martínez Contreras Asbury Park Press

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Gustavo Martínez Contreras reports, "If your business is struggling under the coronavirus pandemic, help could be waiting at the ball park."

Lakewood

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce will host its J-Biz Expo and Conference on the field of FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, said Duvi Honig, the chamber's founder and CEO.

Honig said attendees will be able to hear from entrepreneurs and government officials on strategies and resources to help their businesses through the economic crisis.

And, he said, the entire greater Lakewood community is invited.

"This is not only for the Jewish community," he said. "The doors are open to everyone because we're stronger when we're together."

Attendees to the free event, he said, will have the chance to network with professionals from different fields who will be at hand to provide coaching on how to improve their businesses and navigate difficult times.

The program features panels and presentations on an array of business subjects. Honig highlighted the panel on women in the workforce, which includes entrepreneur Patty Caneda, designer Debbie Weisman and marketer Dina Goldman.

"We're having this panel because it is important that women empower themselves," he said. "They should make the same dollar amount that a man makes in the workplace for the same job."

The chamber president also highlighted the talk by David Rosen, former director of operations at Starbucks, who Honig said will share the story of how he went from a local operator of franchises to the higher echelons of the transnational corporation.

Federal and state agencies will be at hand as well to explain how small business can access grants and loans offered during the pandemic. Mark Zelden, director of the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the United States Department of Labor, will be one of the featured speakers.

To keep social distancing, only 500 people will be allowed on the field at any given time, Honig said. People who cannot get in immediately will wait outside the ballpark.

State COVID-19 guidelines limit outdoor gatherings to 500 people and require social distancing.

More information at www.jbizexpo.com, [email protected] or 732-987-7704 ext. 104.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Lakewood's J-Biz Expo looks to empower entrepreneurs facing COVID challenge ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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