The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Hunterdon County YMCA, Productive Play and the Flemington Car & Truck Family of Dealerships Sponsored Young Entrepreneurial Event was a great success for Hunterdon County.

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On Friday, May 12, 2017 the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Hunterdon County YMCA, Productive Play and the Flemington Car & Truck Family of Dealerships sponsored an Entrepreneurial Launch Party at the YMCA in Readington Township, New Jersey. This event was attended by over 30 students from the 4th grade through 8th grade and over 50 parents joined them.

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The evening was geared as an entrepreneurial adventure to teach participants the elements of starting and running their own business. The evening included the opportunity to play the innovative and award winning game “Launch,” created by young local entrepreneurs Joey Hudicka and Heidi Hudicka.

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The evening included an opportunity for the kids in grades 4 through 8 and their parents to learn about the skills and lessons of starting and running their own business. A presentation for both the students and parents was made by local entrepreneur and owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country and the Somerset Patriots, Steve Kalafer.

Mayor Janice Kovach of the Town of Clinton, New Jersey, Dr. Donald Sebastian, President of New Jersey Innovations Institute iLabs at NJIT, Tiffany Lucey, Supervisor of Education Technology  at the Toms River High School South, Bruce Black,  President of the Hunterdon County YMCA, Joseph Hudicka, President of Productive Play and Chris Phelan, President of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce addressed all those in attendance


Fizzee Labs sponsored the Grand Prize: a Brand New MacBook Air, won by Carla Orlando for her business concept, Invasive Intervention AvoidalTM, a “…technology to help stop invasive species so that food changes won’t be interfered with.”  Carla wants to start Invasive Intervention AvoidalTM “…so that certain animals don’t go extinct from invasive species eating their food sources.”


The Hunterdon County YMCA sponsored the 2nd Place Prize: a free 6 month family membership to the HCYMCA. Jessica Orlando, who won 2nd place, dreams of creating a business named DreamMachineTM, an electronic device that would allow people to record and replay their dreams, as well as share them through a premium rental service.  Jessica wants to start DreamMachineTM because, “It makes people happy when remembering good dreams, yet they are often forgotten.  Also, dreams can reveal things about people that are sometimes looked over in real life.”


“We’ve received so many gracious messages from the many families that participated in Friday’s LAUNCH! Party.  It’s so wonderful to hear these children and parents sharing our excitement and see them discover the powerful potential within their very own creative ideas. We are AMPED to help them begin their bigger future today!” said Joe Hudicka, COO of Productive Play, a brand of Fizzee Labs.

“All of us at the Hunterdon County YMCA were so proud to be part of this wonderful family event at our Deer Path facility.  It was great to see the interaction and excitement of the kids and their families as they played and learned together! It was such a fun night and we look forward to staying involved.,”commented Bruce B. Black, President & CEO, Hunterdon County YMCA.


Christopher J. Phelan, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation President, said  “The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Foundation was very proud to sponsor this very inspiring evening centered around entrepreneurism,”  Phelan went on to say, “The students that participated demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm. It is encouraging to know that through programs like this, we can inspire the next generation of businesses here in Hunterdon County.”