The list of reasons to attend JCon’s upcoming 6th annual E-Commerce Expo, Brooklyn’s largest annual gathering of e-commerce professionals, just goes on and on.
Empowering the tri-state area’s next generation of Jewish industry leaders as they endeavor to make their mark in the world of business, the event will offer participants an opportunity to hear from the best and brightest in e-commerce and to network with hundreds of like minded individuals.
The highlight of the e-commerce summit is the CEO forum, with Lee Assoulin, CEO of Stonecutter; Brandon Fuhrmann, CEO of Kitchenware Brand; Yosef Greenwald, CEO of SGM Socher, and Moshe Melamed, COO of Modway Furniture, offering their insights and sharing their own experiences in a panel discussion moderated by Mutty Lebovits, CPA, a partner at Saul N. Friedman and Company.
“I have no doubt that every person in that audience dreams of the day that they will be up on that stage as one of the members of the forum,” said Lebovits. “Hearing from those who have climbed the ladder of success about their experiences and their struggles is a great way to inspire those who are just starting out in business, reminding them to keep going and not let the challenges get them down.”
The importance of building a supportive community for those in the early stages of business brings tremendous rewards said Fuhrmann, who runs New York’s largest regularly occurring meetup of Amazon sellers.
“Anyone starting any kind of business is going to encounter problems, making it important to find ways to identify solutions,” said Fuhrmann. “Hearing from someone else ‘I’ve had this issue and this was how I dealt with it,’ and being able to get that kind of guidance from a trusted source is extremely important.”
Noting that no such events existed when he started his company eight years ago, Greenwald said that he believes that the expo brings significant value to the table.
“I had to figure out my business from scratch and I definitely made a lot of mistakes at the beginning,” said Greenwald. “Having had someone guiding me from the start would have saved me from some of those errors. Being able to listen to people who built up companies and to hear about their successes and even the mistakes they made along the way is extremely valuable. It is always good to hear from the experts and to learn from their experiences.”
Taking place on February 12th at The Palace, this year’s expo is expected to be another sellout event, with participants coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to gain valuable information that will allow them to maximize their businesses’ potential.
“Since its inception, we have seen that the expo has provided invaluable benefits to participants,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Werde, director of the Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurs, which is hosting the event along with the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, The Jewish Entrepreneur and the Emergency Parnassa Initiative. “Attendance has grown each year as more and more people join us to take advantage of this invaluable growth opportunity.”
Zack Yarmack of Allin1Ship attended the expo last year as a participant, hoping to expand his business. This year he will be returning as a vendor.
“This is the single greatest event you can go to for any business,” said Yarmack. “It offers you the potential to grow your business and to create relationships with people in the industry. There is a tremendous opportunity for anyone who goes and I would advise participants to just walk up to people and say hello, because you just never know where the conversation might go.”
Registration is continuing for this year’s expo which is sponsored by SGM Socher, The Surplus Company, eBay, SellerCloud, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP, Saul N. Friedman & Co, B&C Industries, ConnectBooks, PR Brand Marketing, COLLive.com, Ami Magazine, Mishpacha and JewishPress.com.
For more information on the expo or to register for this sure to be sold out event, visit JCON online at attendjcon.com