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Members of the Greater Pittston Small Business Merchants Association are hosting a networking event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the World of Brew in Pittston. Light refreshments will be served. The association promotes businesses and shares resources. “It doesn’t matter if you are new or if you have been active for 50 years. You always want to keep fresh and continue to gain new customers,” said Jane Chropowicki, Pittston business owner and association chairwoman. It was this notion that prompted her to reach out to other like-minded businesses and foster partnerships to support business growth. She contacted Michelle MiKitish and Brandi Bartush, of The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Merchants Association was born last spring. The association helps small businesses face challenges such as limited funds for marketing and advertising, negotiating credit card processing fees and finding ways to compete with larger corporations. Membership to the SBMA is free, however one must belong to the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce. The business must be located in the Greater Pittston area and have five or fewer employees or have been in business for no more than five years. The SBMA extends an invitation to all small business owners to attend the meeting. From left, are Michelle Mikitish, executive vice president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce; Lorrie Raemsch, Helen Macareo, Julio Caprari, vice chairperson of the SBMA; Jeff Bowne, Judy Monko, Christina Searfoss and Jane Chropowicki, chairperson of the SBMA.