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Local Businesses Invited to Strategic Resilience Lunch with Panel Discussion, Oct. 4

Union County business owners and managers who are interested in learning new ways to continue growing during periods of stress are invited to attend a Strategic Resilience Lunch & Learn event hosted by the Union County Commissioner Board on Tuesday, October 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kean University STEM Building at 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

The event will include a panel discussion on adapting to economic emergencies hosted by Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca L. Williams and featuring Kean University’s NJSBDC Regional Director, Rafael Mata.

 “We encourage the members of our local business community to come and learn from the real-life experiences of our panelists, network with their peers, and meet with agencies that can provide guidance and assistance,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

Representatives from the Union County Economic Development Corporation, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, Union College, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand.

The panel will consist of:

  • Charlotte Diakite (Owner, A3 Contracting)
  • Gladys Vonglahn (Owner, Gladys Cleaning Service LLC)
  • Lee Frankel (Owner, Crossroads Restaurant, Bar and Music Venue
  • Mike Kelly (Owner, Garden State Strength and Fitness)
  • Koron Barley (Owner, Headquarters Hair Studio)
  • Kevin Castor (Co-Owner, Melao’s Café and Creamery)

Lunch will be provided at the event. Pre-registration is required at Please note that a modest fee of $10.00 per person applies.

Union County’s The Lunch & Learn series is hosted through the Commissioner Board’s Union County Means Business initiative, a program of the Office of Business Development in the Union County Department of Economic Development.

Union County Means Business is supported by many partners including: UCEDC, Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Union Township Chamber of Commerce, Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Union College, Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce, Kean University, America’s SBDC – New Jersey and New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Office of Business Development visit or contact the Office Coordinator, Jeff Brooks, at or 908-659-7412.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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