In August, I was invited to a networking event for the Meetup group titled “The Downtown Jersey City Business Networking Group.” Frank Petronella, who will soon be opening a State Farm agency in the area, created the group as a way to get other local professionals together on a monthly basis to share tips, strategies, and not only promote their own initiatives but to connect and do business with others.
While this was only their second event, I found that most attendees had been to the previous month’s meetup, and many of them had worked together after that. When we went around the room to introduce ourselves, lots of people put in plugs for other business owners and professionals who were present.
This is just the kind of network we need here in Jersey City. DJCBNG “encourages business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to build and maintain lasting relationships with other professionals in our community.”
The next event will be this Thursday, September 12th at Serenity Day Spa (263 Grand St.), which is owned by energetic and enthusiastic member Diane, so expect a great night of networking.
The Weekend is upon us again in JC, woohoo!! Here’s what’s happening:
Kayaking on the Hudson River at Liberty State Park from 10am-12pm. Must be 16 years or older, $15 per person. Arrive 30 minutes early. Must pre-register. Reserve your spot here.
Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art, jewelry and other crafts. 3pm-9pm. The rescheduled Groove on Grove collaboration for JC Fridays starts at 5pm. So you’ve got everything in one spot: Live music, art, shopping and food, all from our local musicians, artists and vendors.
Brightside Tavern (141 Bright St.) hosts its monthly comedy show at 8pm. Performers include Aalap Patel, Chelsea White, David Foster, Ryan Rummel, Pat Bryne, Nate Fernald and host Gordon Baker-Bone. Tickets are $10. Call (201) 435-1234 for reservations.
Sweep & Lafayette Rising Street Festival From 8am-6pm. The S.W.E.E.P is a community effort to clean up the Bergen-Lafayette region (Ward F) Meet at 314 Pacific Ave. 8am – 12pm. Following, MC CDC will be a daytime street festival featuring art and music. Rock out to DJs, participate in live painting, and support the many vendors that will be occupying the block. More info here.
Jersey City Art School (326 Fifth St.) is hosting a two-day digital photography course from 11am-2pm (Saturday & Sunday). Learn about the functionality of your camera and how to best utilize them. Rules about composition will also be taught. $95 for two days. More info here.
Art House Productions presents “Font of Knowledge” at their theater (1 McWilliams Place) at 8pm. Tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $18 for GA, and $12 for students and seniors. Purchase here.
Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30am, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya (275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.