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PRESS RELEASE: America’s SBDC New Jersey Joins Other State SBDC Networks to Mark #SBDC DAY Nationally

America’s SBDC New Jersey Joins Other State SBDC Networks to Mark #SBDC DAY Nationally

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SBDCs Provide BIG Impact on the Economy, Small Business Health and Economic Development

March 16, 2017 (Newark, NJ) – America’s SBDC New Jersey will join with the other 49 states’ SBDCs across the nation to celebrate SBDC Day on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  Nearly 1,000 offices nationally will join in promoting – via social media and live and other events – the core mission and successful outcomes of America’s SBDC program. Telling the stories of its clients is the best way to celebrate #SBDCDay.

 

SBDCDay-2017-Facebook-Cover-PhotoThe day will be marked by sharing the success stories and notable impact the program has on the lives of entrepreneurs and small business’ operations in generating jobs, new businesses and additional economic development in communities across the nation.

 

America’s SBDC New Jersey, also known as the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, will be offering certain seminars, webinars, and some live events to keep with its history of imparting knowledge and power for small businesses that want to grow their business and individuals who want to start new businesses.

 

“We’re uniting on a national basis to talk about this program’s successes,” said Brenda Hopper, NJSBDC network chief executive officer and state director. “There’s no better story than those of SBDC clients assisted by the network’s 12 centers statewide and our specialty programs in E-Business, International Trade, Procurement, Technology Commercialization, and Sustainability.”

 

“The best actions our 12 centers undertake focus on imparting knowledge so our small business clients learn how to succeed and face the daily challenges in developing and building their business,” added Deborah Smarth, NJSBDC network chief operating officer and associate state director. “SBDC Day is a more visible extension of that mission that we undertake every day of the year. We share knowledge and ensure our clients go down the right path, utilizing our assistance to build success.”

 

Some highlights of events and social media efforts at SBDCs (regional centers) in New Jersey include:

 

-At the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College (Monmouth & Ocean counties), three business clients of the regional center will join the Center for a live chat on Facebook.

 

-The NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey (Morris, Sussex & Warren counties) will conduct pro bono webinars on issues like e-mail marketing for promoting sales and how to effectively execute project management across all phases to drive success. There are other topics being taught on that day, also (see below).

 

-The NJSBDC at Ramapo College of New Jersey (Bergen County) will host a special session concerning SBDC services for the College’s graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path. The regional SBDC is engaging students as future entrepreneurs and small business owners and providing them with opportunities for internships and experiential learning on SBDC business client cases.

 

-The NJSBDC at Rutgers University-Camden (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester & Salem counties) will release and share taped events concerning how to land government procurement opportunities for increased sales as well as the do’s and don’ts of winning financing via its successful “Meet the Lenders” series. The regional center is also featuring up to three successful small business clients on Facebook and LinkedIn to share their experiences about SBDC learning opportunities.

 

-The NJSBDC at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Middlesex County) will hold an Open House and sponsor a workshop session concerning an “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, providing tips and advice on succeeding as an entrepreneur.

 

-The NJSBDC at Stockton University (Atlantic, Cape May & Cumberland counties) will have a live chat with one of the Center’s successful clients, posting questions on the SBDC’s Facebook page and soliciting client responses.

 

-The NJSBDC at The College of New Jersey (Mercer County) is filming its “Walking Tour” (live) as Center business advisors/consultants meet with local businesses to discuss their success; in addition, other engagements will be shared in Spanish. The Center Director will also visit with some interesting high-growth/high impact SBDC clients in the service region.

 

-The NJSBDC at William Paterson University (Passaic County) will hold an “Open House” at its regional office. Two consultants will be providing advice for those business owners attending. One of the consultants is bilingual. Two to three SBDC success award clients will also mingle with the group of attendees and the Center is inviting state legislators in the region to join.

 

Webinars are being provided on a pro bono basis that are knowledge-packed sessions for small business owners and will run from 9:00 am through 4:45 pm on #SBDC Day and they include:

 

–Successful strategies for “lean” management in order to be competitive; accessing “free” Library resources for small businesses, including market research tools; success score diagnostics; 2017 marketing strategies, including effective tools, real-time marketing, advanced targeting and local considerations; understanding the loan process to maximize your chances of approval; reviewing whether your business financials are loan-ready and the types of loans available; and learn about developing your website and illustrating how you can get it launched promptly with a special tool.

 

Please go to www.njsbdc.com homepage for listings of events, webinars, and social media platform information sharing and learning opportunities to occur on #SBDCDay, Wednesday, March 22.

 

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2016 SBA New Jersey Lender Awards | Thursday., January 26, 2017 @ 11:30am

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NJSBDC DESERVES RESTORATION OF ITS STATE GOVERNMENT MATCH FUNDING

 

A recent, past survey of SBDCs nationally indicated that the average state investment in SBDCs stands at $1.1 million. New Jersey falls significantly below that average. States like Georgia and North Carolina with a similar size population as New Jersey invest $3.0 million and more than $2.0 million respectively.

MAP - NJ State (colorful) from BrochureThe New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network continues to advocate for restoration of its State Government match funding since the program brings back to New Jersey $3 million dollars in federal funding to provide comprehensive assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

That state match is critical along with other non-federal funds it raises to obtain full federal funding for small business assistance services in all 21 counties.

Small business clients from around the state readily acknowledge that the guidance and knowledge they receive through this program has helped them stay in business, develop and grow. They are pushing for the State Legislature to allocate more resources. During 2014, 534 NJSBDC clients started a new business and the NJSBDC network helped its clients create and save 15,089 jobs. The network counseled and trained more than 12,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Clients maintain that this program is simply returning services they are already pre-paying for through the large amount of federal and state taxes they pay. “If the larger companies receive all sorts of tax incentives, grants and other subsidies, why isn’t the State of New Jersey providing the proper investment level for small business assistance through the NJSBDC program?” said Deborah Smarth, NJSBDC chief operating officer-associate state director. “After all, small businesses create the bulk of the jobs.”

During the last administration, the network received $1 million in state allocation, but, due to executive action, it was reduced to $500,000 even after the Legislature’s efforts to restore the full one million. Then mid-fiscal year, the Corzine administration froze the program to $250,000 which is where it is today.   The Christie administration in its first year had tried to eliminate that modest funding level, but, the Legislature restored the funding and the $250,000 allocation has been stable for the past few years and the Governor’s proposed budget for 2015-2016 allocates the same level.

 


RELATED: NJSBDC Press Release – Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Receive Boost (7/1/2015)

 

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