GWACC Distributes Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) Foundation recently awarded four local high school seniors with $3,750 in scholarship funds. Each winner is a Business major with a solid academic and community service record. The chamber represents the towns of Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Westfield – winners were selected from students living in those towns. Recipients were: Aliyah Barnes, Westfield HS; Rosario Guerriero, Arthur L. Johnson HS; Cameron Scalera, Westfield HS; and Larissa Vena, Academy of Performing Arts HS. Founded in 2015, the GWACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises money for local scholarships and nonprofit organizations. To find out more about the Foundation, contact Gene Jannotti, Executive Director, at 908-233-3021.
For over 65 years, the GWACC has been connecting commerce and community, and today continues to promote the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. The largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area, GWACC members include professionals, managers, and business owners and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, make partners, collect referrals, increase business, attend lunchand- learns, and support the community.
The GWACC hosts three street fairs each year – two in Downtown Westfield and one in the center of Garwood – and a Food Truck Music FanJam in Fanwood. The chamber also operates the Westfield Farmers Market and runs the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program. The GWACC monthly networking events, one in the early morning and one directly after work, serve as an opportunity for current members to network with each other regularly and for prospective members to come see what GWACC is all about. In addition, the Professional Women’s Committee organizes networking events specifically tailored to women business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs.
For more information about the GWACC, visit You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM Our office is located on the 3rd floor of the Bank of America building at 173 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090.

(above l-r) Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vena and senior Larissa Vena, with Gene Jannotti, Executive Director GWACC, and Carol Kearney, Garwood Liaison, GWACC.1919