Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2018

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support LGBTQ and ally business owners at next week’s “Out For Business” Breakfast presented by the New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce in partnership with PSEG on September 12, 2018 at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. Tickets are still available through the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce at http://bit.ly/NJLGBTChamberBreakfast18.

The “Out For Business” Breakfast is a business and networking event designed to connect LGBTQ entrepreneurs with key contacts and decision makers from various businesses and Fortune 500 companies in New Jersey. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and discuss in panel format strategies that meet the diversity needs of companies such as PSEG and Prudential, as well as educational institutions such as Rutgers, Princeton and University Hospital.

“This Freeholder Board has a proud record of honoring Union County’s diversity,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “One of the more effective strategies for supporting the LGBTQ community is through partnerships. We are proud to partner with the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce to bring together our diverse community of entrepreneurs and public figures with shared values to use our voice to promote inclusion, unity and equality.”

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. 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.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to support organizations with the shared mission of advancing equality,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “This event is a great opportunity for LGBTQ entrepreneurs to learn strategies to advance their business goals.”

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 Bank and additional partnership with Office Depot, Out In Jersey Magazine, Constant Contact, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the UC Office of LGBTQ Services.

Established as part of Chairman Granados’ 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiatives, the Office of LGBTQ Services, under the Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey – and one of four government offices in the nation to support the LGBTQ community, of which only two are county government offices. Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Services offers a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Services, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org or visit ucnj.org/lgbtq.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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