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Vanessa Coppes

Vanessa Coppes of ETTWomen

Here at #HipNJ, we strongly support and encourage personal and business growth in women everyday!

ETTWomen, co-created by Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes, also has the same vision and was created to encourage and inspire other women to start their own businesses. Vanessa Coppes stopped by the #HipNJ studio to talk with our Lisa Marie Latino about their exciting event happening on March 1 – 3, the Power of Connections Conference

“One of the things that we love about ETTWomen is watching business owners flourish. It’s like watching a flower grow!” Vanessa gushed.

ETTWomen has recently opened their own headquarters, located in Morganville. This space doubles as the headquarters of the ETTWomen Foundation, which is a NJ non-profit organization dedicated to offering financial, educational, and planning assistance to female victims of domestic violence, as well as emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. This cozy, comfortable environment is open for members to utilize as well.

“This is a place for women to come to find a welcoming space to either tackle their to-do lists in peace or engage in discussions with other like-minded entrepreneurs,” explained Vanessa. “It is so vital for women to have their own space and be able to dedicate time and passion to their craft.”

In addition to her work at ETTWomen, Vanessa is the founder of V+Co Consulting. For ten years, V+CO has helped to successfully launch the online presence of magazines, businesses and entrepreneurs.

From March 1 – 3, ETTWomen will be holding a weekend retreat for networking and various business workshops at the Asbury Hotel. The The Power of Connections conference will feature bonding, strengthening, and more fun that you cannot miss! To learn more about signing up for the retreat, visit ETTWomen.com. There you can also discover tips and networking advice and workshops.

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Couch Potato

How to Avoid Being a Couch Potato and Stay Fit

One of the things that people often tend to struggle with is staying fit. It can be difficult to get out and keep your body moving, especially when you have a relatively hectic schedule. Nevertheless, it’s important that you don’t give up and push yourself to at least try.
#HipNJ is here to give you ways to avoid the couch potato bug, and one of them is being intentional about staying active. Although you may be drained some days, if you find an incentive, you could find maintaining fitness far easier. Here are some tips to help you keep fit moving forward.

Give Yourself an Incentive
Motivation is often a huge factor when it comes to staying fit. You probably have heard someone you know complain about not being motivated when it comes to working out and staying active. As a solution to this, try and find things that will motivate you such as meeting a weight goal or feeling more energized. This may give you the push you need to get off of the sofa.

However, you should also remember that on days where motivation isn’t there, commitment can help carry you through. You could even go as far as signing a commitment contract as research shows you’re more likely to exercise and eat healthy when you commit to family and friends.

Make it Your Daily Routine
If you can’t seem to schedule that extra time for staying fit, you may need to make it part of your daily routine. Sit down and think about the sorts of activities that you do every day and which could be turned into a fitness activity. For instance, while cleaning, you could decide to dance it out with some music or powerwalk home after work instead of driving. You may also want to invest in a bike if you don’t already have one, so you can easily ride around town.

Another idea for adding fitness to your daily routine is to get up earlier, so you have a few extra minutes to shake the sleep off and stretch, try yoga, or jog.

Attend Events
Sometimes, all you need to help you stay active is to add a little fun to the mix. For this reason, perhaps think about going to an event as a way of keeping active. There are so many different types that you could attend just so that you get out of the house and avoid sitting around. If you check Ticket Sales, you’ll find a range of events which range from sports games to concerts where you can dance around.

Watch Your Diet
In as much as keeping active is important in the grand scheme of fitness, so is eating right. If you work out regularly but have a poor diet, it’s possible that you may not see the results that you hope for. To watch your diet and manage your weight, you don’t have to stop eating the things you love completely. Instead, find a way to eat more filling foods, plan your meals in advance, and look for healthier alternatives.

BulbHead.com Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

BulbHead.com Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A lucky bunch of Montclair State University students are about to embark on the thrill of their young careers!

On May 2, the University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting the BulbHead.com Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. This product pitch competition will award $80,000 to the winning student startup, and is the largest purse of any collegiate pitch contest in New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino (MSU Class of ’06) spoke with the man responsible for this exciting event, AJ Khubani (MSU Class of ’84) and founder of TeleBrands and BulbHead.com.

“I think all entrepreneurs that do really well want to give back, and this is the perfect place for me to do so,” explains Khubani. “I started my business while I was still a student at Montclair State University, and it’s fun to help the next generation of big ideas.” 

“Bulbhead.com Day” started five years ago. The first year saw four groups apply with the winning prize $10,000. This year, over fifty groups applied and 14 semifinalists will be participating in the annual pitch showcase

“It really has become a huge event. The room is packed with friends and family cheering on their loved ones, and I’m excited to see the event’s continued growth!” 

Another day, another winning idea from AJ Khubani! 

For more information, visit BulbHead.com

Lisa Marie’s wardrobe provided by: Privée by Priya 
Lisa Marie’s hair and makeup provided by: Blush Brides NJ