MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Anne Flugstad-Clarke
May
29
10:30 AM10:30

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Anne Flugstad-Clarke

What is neurodiversity? How can you support those in your life with a neurological difference like autism or ADHD whose brains operate differently? Did you know that parents of a neurodiverse child are key to the child’s success? What can parents do to allow their child’s strengths to shine and challenges to be minimized? Explore these and other questions you may have with Co-Co member Anne Flugstad-Clarke.

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Entrepreneur Cohort for Female Founders - Let's Talk!
Jun
6
12:00 PM12:00

Entrepreneur Cohort for Female Founders - Let's Talk!

Let’s talk! Female founders confront a myriad of challenges every day — hiring, product, customer relationships, fundraising, scaling, and more. Work-life balance? One of the biggest challenges.

The good news is that you are not alone. Join other female founders for lunch and an open discussion around what YOU want to discuss. This is a great opportunity to connect with your Co-Co community co-workers.

Yummy chop salad available for order from our friends at Tito’s Burrito’s. A request for your order preference will be emailed on Monday, June 2.

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Executive Coach, Deb Munies
Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Executive Coach, Deb Munies

Complimentary Executive Coaching 

Stop by for a quick dose of coaching and start to make the shift you crave. Deb will meet with you and help you identify how to move forward, personally or professionally.  Simply show up and Deb will ask you questions toward discovery. Come experience why her clients call their sessions “life changing."

Deborah is a Martha Beck Certified Master Coach who works with high achieving women to see new possibilities professionally and personally, helping them figure out their next career move and how to achieve the personal/career balance they crave. She has worked with CEOs, senior leadership teams, managers and entrepreneurs in Banking, Finance, Sales, Education, Marketing, Communications, Human Resources and Wellness. Deborah is no stranger to the corporate world. For over 20 years she was the Corporate Communications leader at financial services organizations, managing communications and marketing initiatives, and advising senior leaders on transition best practices, change management and culture development, most notably with Lehman Brothers Mortgage pre and post bankruptcy. Deborah has been featured in The Huffington Post, spotlighted in local news programs, and in 2018 she debuted as host of the iTunes podcast, Let's Figure It Out, where she inspires others with her real conversations. 

Deborah leads Executive Coaching for Women and the Let’s Figure It Out podcast on iTunes and Spotify.


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Community Breakfast
Jun
14
9:00 AM09:00

Community Breakfast

All members are invited to start their day with a light breakfast, coffee, and inspiration from The Co-Co community. Hear about what’s new at The Co-Co, ask questions, welcome new members, and make connections.  This monthly gathering fosters your involvement in and uncovers opportunities for you within the vibrant Co-Co community.  Members may bring a friend for a free guest pass.  The second Friday of each month at 9:00 am.

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Professional Stylist Michele Azouz
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Office Hours with Professional Stylist Michele Azouz

Tips and Tricks for Better Hair

Michelle has been in the hair industry for over twenty-five years, constantly reinventing her style and craft. She is a master colorist and Goldwell national educator, and has trained with well-known master stylists across the United States, Europe, and North Africa. Her innate passion for style has driven her to frequently participate in color competitions, editorial work, and fashion week events all over the world.

In your 20 minute office hours session, Michelle will teach you the basics of styling and caring for your hair, focusing on understanding your specific hair needs. You will receive a consultation and hair analysis. Styling tips and techniques will be demonstrated for blowouts and curls, as well as product knowledge for proper hair care and maintenance.

Her salon, Ateliers 113, offers a service-oriented atmosphere dedicated to providing a high-end approach for each guest. Continuing the tradition of globally trained, artistic professionals, her stylists receive continued education and work as a team to provide the best look for each individual. They strive to provide clients with the highest quality products and services with a focus on education and a commitment to giving back to our community.

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Pursuit of Happiness in the Wired World
Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Pursuit of Happiness in the Wired World

Welcome to an introductory talk about the importance of happiness and how to explore what matters. Tijana will lead a discussion about... What is happiness and why is it important?  Why are we disconnected from each other and our intrinsic self and how can we find ways to reconnect?

We will discuss ways to improve our well-being and learn some practical tools for a happier life.

Tijana Hitchon is a certified professional life coach with coaching practice focused on creating happiness for her clients through an interactive coaching dialogue of collaboration and learning. Tijana is a member of ICF (International Coaching Federation) and adheres to the highest professional standards in coaching. She splits her practice between private and group coaching. 



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Curated Art Walk with Summit Public Art
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Curated Art Walk with Summit Public Art

Meet up at The Co-Co for a summer evening of cocktails and conversation followed by a curated art walk with Co-Co member and Summit Public Art Committee Co-Chair, Estelle Fournier, to admire and learn about the art installations throughout town.

5 pm Social Hour at The Co-Co

5:30 pm Depart for Art Walk

6:15 pm Return to The Co-Co, Social Hour continues 

Summit Public Art is a volunteer-based city organization whose mission is to bring art to public spaces throughout Summit.  Founded in 2002 as the Mayor’s Partnership for Public Art, its mission is to enhance our cityscape, infusing it with assorted contemporary art installations that provide public art experiences to those who live, work in, or visit Summit.

These aesthetic experiences enrich citizens’ quality of life, creating community ties and pride.  They differentiate Summit from surrounding communities. Public art is unique in that it is truly free to all, inspiring curiosity and wonder, rest and contemplation.

Over the past fourteen years Summit Public Art has installed over 65 pieces of temporary art throughout the community, The artists represented include many of national and international renown. The committee has also sponsored and facilitated two permanent installations on Broad Street: three bus shelters and the Gateway Tree sculpture welcoming people to town.


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Resilience Workshop
Jun
26
11:30 AM11:30

Resilience Workshop

A rich conversation on ideas, inspirations and skills that can help us all move through challenging times and transitions. Led by co-authors Melanie Curtis, Sarah Walko and Kirsten Kramer of the graphic memoir, With Our Whole Broken Hearts.

Kirsten Kramer is a figurative artist originating from the artist community of DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY (http://kirstenkramerart.com). She developed her interest in figurative work while studying Fine Art at SUNY University of Buffalo. Her work has been displayed in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the US. Her series "Hearts" in her paintings and drawings inspired the heart character in this book. She believes the heart is a symbol of so much more than comfort and connection, but of love, life and death

Sarah Walko is a visual artist, writer, director and curator and has a BA in studio art practices from the University of Maryland and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (http://www.sarahwalko.com). For the past twelve years she has directed and curated for institutions, non-profits and independent projects and she is currently the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. In these various positions, as well as in everything she does, she believes in art not as a thing, but as a WAY.  

Melanie Curtis is a speaker, author, life coach and professional skydiver (http://melaniecurtis.com) helping high-achievers through uncertainty and fear. A Middlebury College and iPec Coaching graduate, Melanie has competed, coached and led large events around the world as a headlining coach with over 11,000 jumps to date. She has built a strong and spirited community over the last 20 years, leading and inspiring others through her message, example, positive energy and comedy. Melanie co-hosts her own growth-minded, spiritually seeking podcast, Trust the Journey (http://trustthejourney.today). Melanie has published three books, One Positive Thought Can Change Everything, With Our Whole Broken Hearts and her most significant to date, How to Fly: Life Lessons from a Professional Skydiver. Melanie believes love and hilarity are the two most important things in life, in that order.

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Wellness Wednesday
May
22
11:30 AM11:30

Wellness Wednesday

How to Train a Wild Elephant : Yoga Tools For Everyday

Incorporating mindfulness exercises with chair yoga poses to train your mind and body. A fun workshop. No yoga clothes or yoga experience required.

Rita Murti and Grier Hynes are co owners of LoYa Yoga Studio in Summit. They offer yoga classes to all levels and ages, including kids yoga classes in public and private schools and sports teams. They also offer wellness retreats local and international.

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The Co-Co Connection: Social Hour Featuring Artwork by Luba Caruso
May
21
5:00 PM17:00

The Co-Co Connection: Social Hour Featuring Artwork by Luba Caruso


Join for a drink, make connections in the influential Co-Co community, and have some fun with us. This month’s social hour will feature artwork by Luba Caruso.

Luba Caruso, born in Boston, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Villanova University, attended The Parsons School of Design, and studied Fine Arts in South Kensington, London.

She received a package design award from Parsons and has had many works featured in the Parsons Gallery. A successful Package and Design Artist with 15 years’ experience, Luba’s label designs are featured in famous marketplaces around the country such as Whole Foods.

Presently, Luba has been focusing on her oil paintings of seascapes and landscapes. Living on the New Jersey peninsula surrounded by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, Luba is never far from the beauty of the shore. The inspiration of these places are evident in her work, expressed in her compositions of daily life along the shoreline.

2018 marked a very successful year for Luba, including solo shows in Rumson, NJ and group shows in Malvern, PA and Red Bank, NJ. With her art permanently on display at Beauregard Fine Art Gallery in Rumson, New Jersey, and through other gallery shows in PA, NYC, and elsewhere Luba’s artwork has been purchased by art lovers and collectors throughout the United States.

Coming on the heels of a busy 2018, 2019 has already seen of 3 recent sold out shows, at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson NJ, Art Jam 2019 in Princeton, NJ, and Luba’s most recent solo show entitled Northeast Light, at 3 Roberts Gallery in Bryn Mawr, PA which just concluded on May 15. Northeast Light focuses on light and reflection along the eastern shore line from Cape Ann, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, through Cape May.

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Member Exclusive: Office Hours with Victoria Vitarelli, V dot V Marketing, LLC
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Member Exclusive: Office Hours with Victoria Vitarelli, V dot V Marketing, LLC

Victoria Vitarelli is the founder of V dot V Marketing, LLC. She is a Brand Strategist & fractional Chief Marketing Officer for small and medium-sized businesses and marketing career coach. Victoria works with technology driven and health and wellness businesses as their “part-time” Chief Marketing Officer. She helps businesses create their marketing and brand strategy as well as build and train their team. She is also the creator of The Organized Brand® which helps businesses define who they are so they communicate what they are - more competitively.

Victoria has made her mark by helping companies innovate and evolve. From MasterCard “Priceless” to Univision Deportes, the New York Jets, and a SaaS-based healthcare tech pioneer, she has been asked to re-imagine, transform, extend, and build brands and teams from the ground up with remarkable success. Victoria lives in Madison with her husband and two children.

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The Thursday Conversation: Inspiration and Encouragement Circle
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Thursday Conversation: Inspiration and Encouragement Circle

How To SOULidify Your Business with Mariel Alvarado

Learn a unique soulful process to receiving  success strategies from within yourself so you can transform your business from soul-sucking to soul-quenching. Mariel will guide you to actively use this powerful tool to help you create or refine your brand message so you can communicate more powerfully with your soulmate clients!

Mariel Alvarado is the founder of SOULidify Your Business and Co-Founder of the BBF Network.  Mariel is a certified business coach with over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. She helps entrepreneurs structure new brands, create lucrative programs and "up" their sales game by using time-tested business strategies as well as an ancient soul-technology that helps her clients become aligned with their business at the highest level so that they can captivate their audience and love their life.

SOULidify Your Business is a Consulting Agency that helps entrepreneurs up-level their business with a special concoction of business strategy, marketing, money-mindset hacks and a unique soulful technology.  The result is a business that is transformed to its highest potential from the inside out.

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Community Breakfast
May
10
9:00 AM09:00

Community Breakfast

All members are invited to start their day with a light breakfast, coffee, and inspiration from The Co-Co community. Hear about what’s new at The Co-Co, ask questions, welcome new members, and make connections.  This monthly gathering fosters your involvement in and uncovers opportunities for you within the vibrant Co-Co community.  Members may bring a friend for a free guest pass.  The second Friday of each month at 9:00 am.

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The Thursday Conversation: Action Cohort
May
9
12:00 PM12:00

The Thursday Conversation: Action Cohort

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Market Update with Annie Seelaus Mitnick, CEO of R. Seelaus & Co.

A brief look at what is driving returns in the current market environment and what factors everyone needs to be aware of when making investment decisions.  This will include a discussion of all relevant market dynamics including the current interest rate environment and outlook, liquidity, and the micro and macro-economic factors that are influencing both equity and fixed income market moves.  Lastly we hope to touch on how to best choose a financial advisor and what questions to ask when assessing your own portfolio and market exposure.

About the Firm:  R. Seelaus, located in downtown Summit, is   a full serviced financial services firm with both a broker/dealer and an asset management arm.  Seelaus’ mission is to provide the individualized service our clients deserve, advocate for women in financial services and in the community, and partner with companies seeking to work with a women-owned firm.  To learn more please visit us at www.rseelaus.com.

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The Co-Co Cocktails and Conversation: Social Impact Panel
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Co-Co Cocktails and Conversation: Social Impact Panel

Join us on the evening of Wednesday, May 1st, for our first Social Impact Panel: Educational Inequity in New Jersey featuring:

Janellen, Tia, Ben, and Akbar offer perspective on the root causes of this inequity and models that work to close the gap and provide opportunity for all, no matter their zip code.  These leaders in education reform will also offer insight on their organizations and opportunities to get involved ranging from volunteer to employment opportunities for members of The Co-Co community.

7 pm - Cocktails

7:30 pm - Panel begins

8:30 pm - Q&A and Networking

9 pm - Close




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Wellness Wednesday: Make Friends with Stress: Natural Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm and Gain the Benefits of Stress
Apr
24
11:30 AM11:30

Wellness Wednesday: Make Friends with Stress: Natural Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm and Gain the Benefits of Stress

Join Co-Co member and Founder of Table Minded, Amy Rind, for this Wellness Wednesday as we “Make Friends with Stress: Natural Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm and Gain the Benefits of Stress.”  Through Table Minded, Amy coaches clients to reclaim health through food--helping people discover how eating a nutrient-dense, traditional whole foods diet coupled with supportive mindfulness and natural lifestyle strategies can dramatically change your life.

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Inspiration and Encouragement Cohort featuring Jan Hines
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

Inspiration and Encouragement Cohort featuring Jan Hines

Looking for meaningful ways to get involved and help others by giving back to your community?  Jan Hines, Co-Co member and Assistant Director at the Sharing Network shares her journey following 15+ years in the non-profit sector and personal volunteering with such organizations as CASA, Creature Comforts Pet Therapy, Homeless Solutions and others.  You’ll be surprised to hear what’s available, right in our backyard. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas to make a lasting impact in the lives of others. You’re not going to want to miss this!


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Community Breakfast
Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

Community Breakfast

All members are invited to start their day with a light breakfast, coffee, and inspiration from The Co-Co community. Hear about what’s new at The Co-Co, ask questions, welcome new members, and make connections.  This monthly gathering fosters your involvement in and uncovers opportunities for you within the vibrant Co-Co community.  Members may bring a friend for a free guest pass.  The second Friday of each month at 9:00 am.

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Caring For Your Aging Parents: A Special Empowerment Event with The Co-Co, B.I.G., and Girl Scouts of New Jersey
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Caring For Your Aging Parents: A Special Empowerment Event with The Co-Co, B.I.G., and Girl Scouts of New Jersey

The Co-Co, in partnership with B.I.G. and Girl Scouts of New Jersey, presents a Special Empowerment event, "So What Would You Do If...?" Caring For Your Aging Parents.  Empowered women know what they need to know before they need to know it. Join us for an informative evening over wine and snacks with experts Maria J. Andrew, Senior Home Care Services, Inc., Stephanie A. Maione, One Legacy Financial Group, and Anne Marie Robbins and Elizabeth Candido Petite of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, PC.

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Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Office Hours with Jennifer Sikora

Jennifer Sikora is the founder of Smaller Bigger Life - Holistic Decluttering and Life Coaching.  Having worked in the Hospice sector for over ten years, Jennifer has the ability to quickly connect with clients.  Her passion is to help women create a better quality of life for themselves and work through the thoughts that stop them from living their best life!  She has worked directly with Dr. Martha Beck (Oprah’s Life coach), author Byron Katie (founder of The Work) and completed a restorative yoga certification with international yoga teacher, Seane Corn. Clients will learn the beginning steps of thought inquiry and learn how to dissolve the thoughts that no longer serve them and prevent them from living their best life!  





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Co-Learn with The Co-Co's Design Firm, Studio 1200
Apr
4
1:30 PM13:30

Co-Learn with The Co-Co's Design Firm, Studio 1200

The Co-Co is pleased to participate in Summit Design Day.  All are welcome to drop by to meet the creative minds from Studio 1200, lead designers of The Co-Co.  Studio 1200 will discuss the latest trends in Architecture and Interior Design, focusing on the “resi-mercial” movement and how you too can bring the Co-Co’s airy, peaceful, and inspirational vibe to your home or business.

Bring your questions – we are looking forward to meeting you!  Sandee Markwith, CID, IIDA (Principal, Interior Designer), Nancy Dougherty, AIA, LEED AP (Principal, Architect of Record), Lydia Gallo, CID, IIDA (Interior Designer) and Victoria Plummer (Marketing Coordinator).

No registration required.  



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Entrepreneur Cohort featuring Amy Radin
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

Entrepreneur Cohort featuring Amy Radin

Co-Co Co-Founder Suzanne Willian is joined by special guest, Amy Radin, Co-Co member and author of The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation in Any Company for a conversation on how women can raise their voices and be heard as entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs in today's fast-changing economy.

Amy J. Radin is an authentic, highly credible voice on how to achieve business-changing innovation in any size company— sustainably—under uncertain, complex, fast changing conditions. Amy’s passion for and expertise helping leaders turn innovation ideas into results grew from her career as a c-suite executive tasked with meeting intensifying demands for digital transformation. She created one of the first global corporate innovation functions, including championing the capabilities, processes, metrics, talent, and culture essential to realize new sources of value and growth. Amy has been consistently recognized for her leadership in the field of innovation, helping advance meaningful strategies by offering a fresh outlook on market opportunities, and for building and developing remarkable teams able to create exceptional results.


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Wellness Wednesday: An Introduction to Meditation with Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor, Anne Sussman
Mar
27
11:30 AM11:30

Wellness Wednesday: An Introduction to Meditation with Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor, Anne Sussman

Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor, Anne Sussman, will guide participants in an introduction to meditation

Anne Sussman is the founder of Mindfulness Meeting Place. Anne received her certification as a Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor at the McLean Meditation Institute. Anne began meditation in 2009 at a weekly class, hoping to find relief from pervasive anxiety. She believes strongly in the power of meditation, as it is the tool that changed her life from the inside out.

Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has twenty years of experience teaching Conflict Resolution skills to teachers, parents and students, as well as parenting classes to young moms at an early childhood center. Her training in Mindfulness Meditation techniques is a perfect complement to her strength as a born educator. Anne's goal is to help you live better, as she does. In addition to helping her overcome systemic anxiety in a way therapy could not, meditation has brought great joy and purpose to Anne's life. You too can have a happier, calmer, more benevolent life, and it does not have to be so hard. 



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The Co-Co Connection: Featuring HIPNJ
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Co-Co Connection: Featuring HIPNJ

Join for a drink, make connections in the influential Co-Co community, and have some fun with us.  This month’s social hour will feature Lisa Marie Latino for a live filming of HIPNJ!

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard…You’re from New Jersey, and So Are We! Hip New Jersey is a lifestyle program featuring the latest in fashion, food, trends, personalities, business, community and entertainment in New Jersey.  Each segment is made up of a selection of hot topics of people, places and things that piques viewers interest throughout the Garden State.

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Inspiration and Encouragement Cohort: The Power of Words with Pam Robertson
Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

Inspiration and Encouragement Cohort: The Power of Words with Pam Robertson

Please join us for an insightful conversation on “The Power of Words” with Spiritual Director, Co-Founder of Meredith’s Jars of Joy, and Founder of Lifestyle Brand, Talking Joy, Pam Rotelle Robertson.

This presentation uses inspirational quotes to demonstrate positive thinking, and is focused on sharing strategies,inspiration, and practices that can be applied to enhance your everyday life.

"What we say and how we choose our words can make all the difference." ~Pam Rotelle Robertson

Pam Robertson

Pam is a wife and mother of four children here in Summit. She is a graduate of Drew University's Theological School with a Master's Degree in Ministry, and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Pam is a graduate of the Advanced Spiritual Direction Intensive Program at Moravian Seminary where she also completed Training in The Practices of Wisdom.

Pam believes that nothing that we do is without impact on our spiritual life. The intention of spiritual practices is to keep pulling us back to the present moment. It is in the here and now that welcome to know ourselves and are then better able to connect with others in a much more meaningful way.

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Action Cohort
Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Action Cohort

Get inspired to imagine new possibilities for yourself and for your community at the Purpose Power Town Hall. Find common cause with those seeking to make your community a kinder, more civically engaged place. By sparking face-to-face connection and dialogue, we will build trust and commitment that leads to action. Together, we’ll come together to discover our shared values and define an action plan for the future. Guest Facilitator: Co-Co friend Alicia Bonner Ness

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Office Hours featuring Co-Co member and attorney Coleen McCaffery
Mar
12
12:00 PM12:00

Office Hours featuring Co-Co member and attorney Coleen McCaffery

Legal questions? Connect with Co-Co member and attorney Coleen McCaffery.  Coleen runs her own practice and offers expertise and coaching on small business formation, contract negotiation and administration, SaaS, software and licensing agreements, lease agreements, operating agreements, trademark and copyright issues and more.  As a former litigator, Coleen can also counsel you on litigation avoidance, dispute resolution and, yes, those pesky municipal court appearances. more. 

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Community Breakfast
Mar
8
9:00 AM09:00

Community Breakfast

All members are invited to start their day with a light breakfast, coffee, and inspiration from The Co-Co community. Hear about what’s new at The Co-Co, ask questions, welcome new members, and make connections.  This monthly gathering fosters your involvement in and uncovers opportunities for you within the vibrant Co-Co community.  Members may bring a friend for a free guest pass.  The second Friday of each month at 9:00 am.

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The Co-Co Cocktails and Conversation: How to Take Care of Your Home, Literally
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Co-Co Cocktails and Conversation: How to Take Care of Your Home, Literally

The Co-Co and Ellevate Northern New Jersey present “How to Take Care of Your Home, Literally” featuring Anne Thornton, President, MSI Plumbing & Remodeling.

Want to avoid the $500 home repair when a $5 fix will do?  Learn how you can master home repairs before they become disasters.  Come away empowered and confident.

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Wellness Wednesday
Feb
27
11:30 AM11:30

Wellness Wednesday

Prioritize self care within your workday with offerings ranging from meditation and fitness to nutrition and holistic wellness.  Refresh your mind, body, and spirit so you can return to your day with energy and clarity.  Included in all membership levels.  Limited number of spots available for non-members.  The fourth Wednesday of each month at 11:30 am.

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