Lakewood’s Nationwide Parnassah Expo Reaches Across the Continent

Last year’s Parnassah Expo at Lakewood’s Bais Yaakov hall was a stunning success, attracting over 7,000 men and women, but the revolution it sparked has a significantly broader reach. After seeing firsthand howcompetent networking can help kollel yungerleit in transition, professionals and established businessmen alike advance in their livelihood activities, Parnassah Expo founder Rabbi Duvi Honig was determined to follow up with a bigger-and-better expo.

Although This year’s expo will be held on over 60,000 square feet of the Meadowlands Exposition Center on February 12th Booths are filling up with limited space available  as The expo boasts resources that more than live up to its slogan: “Every Age; Every Stage.”

Parnassah Expo operations run out of the organization’s Lakewood office, working in tandem with businessmen and activists from communities as diverse as Boro Park, Flatbush, Marine Park, Far Rockaway/Five Towns, Cleveland, Lakewood, Los Angeles, Montreal and beyond. A special committee of experienced businessmen and activists, including Lakewood Mayor Isaac Akerman, Mr. Chesky Kauftheil and Mr. Shea Rubenstein, has been formed to help with community outreach and logistical execution. A comprehensive media campaign has been undertaken throughout the continent and a vast turnout is expected.

A range of prestigious corporations from the area, including Investors Bank, Global Healthcare, ID Tech Solutions, Madison Title Agency and Bushkill Inn, have announced sponsorships for event activities. New Jersey economic development officials, as well as buyers for municipal projects in the state, will participate, as will representatives from various Jewish communities seeking to grow their communities. In addition to these prominent participants, small and midsize businesses of all sizes will have a strong presence, offering them a one-of-a-kind opportunity to broaden their horizons. 

The expo’s myriad valuable business, employment and vocational resources, all meticulously organized in a spacious setting. The flagship section will be a major “Industries” section, where scores of companies that service a particular industry will showcase their business to potential associates and clients. This section will have special subsections for real estate and construction, health care, technology, import/export and manufacturing, and “other.”

Each industry section will have its own panel of veterans in the field that will be available for consultation in the designated spacious networking corner, which will feature both structured and spontaneous networking sessions. The businesses featured in each section will include conventional ventures as well as unique services that are typically not known about.

As with the abovementioned sectioned, each other expo section is structured to maximize the benefit for all attendees. A major job fair will occupy another section. Job openings at all income levels will be featured. Businesses and other employers will even be able to obtain a “hiring” tag at the expo door if they have any job opportunities, in order to ensure the broadest possible selection.  Another section will feature general business enhancement tools, such as marketing, law, finance, etc. In addition, there will be a special Investors Circle to help all ambitious entrepreneurs network with potential investors in their ideas.

All businesses featured will have solid exposure to countless people who can use their services. Unlike most business-to-business events, businesses with booths will not only be able to offer their services, but other attendees will be encouraged to offer them services as well. Due to the expo’s super-organized layout, companies that have booths will be very easy to locate and network with. Other packed sections include social service organizations and headhunting corporations, a cross section of academic and vocational training programs, and an array of seminars by successful businessmen and coaches.

“Lakewood has, bli ayin hora, earned its place as one of the premier American Jewish communities,” says Rabbi Honig. “Building bridges between our community and the great resources of so many other communities will benefit everyone involved, b’ezras Hashem.

For more information about Parnassah Expo or to make reservations, please call 732-987-7704, visit www.parnassahexpo.com or email [email protected]

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2 COMMENTS

  1. You can’t post the employers names, they’ll get bombarded with calls before the Expo.
    Besides even on the business side if you have a skill to offer, create your own job and sell yourself at the expo.

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