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PRESS RELEASE: Women Warriors In Business Symposium to Enhance Women’s Impact on Leadership in Business and Career

Women Warriors in Business Symposium Slated for May 11

Contact:

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Program to Enhance Women’s Impact on Leadership in Business and Career

April 27, 2017 (NEWARK, NJ) America’s SBDC New Jersey invites women veterans and entrepreneurs to attend Women Warriors in Business, a high-impact women entrepreneur and leadership symposium and luncheon on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:00 am until 2:00 pm, taking place at Rutgers Business School located at 1 Washington Park in Newark, NJ.

“The goal of Women Warriors in Business is to facilitate a real dialogue about topics that are important to women entrepreneurs and leaders” said NJSBDC Chief Executive Officer and State Director Brenda B. Hopper. The program will help women explore leadership challenges and opportunities, identify competitive advantages, help with personal and organizational branding, access lenders for financing, and utilize procurement certifications that are necessary when it comes to competing for public/private contracts.

NJSBDC - Women Warriors in Business (5.11.17)Focusing on empowerment, “Women Warriors in Business” will give women entrepreneurs and leaders candid insights from experts.  Three panels will focus on the following: ‘Being an Entrepreneur in Business and Career’; ‘Integrated Marketing in a Digital World’; and ‘The Real Deal in Winning Public and Private Contracts.’  The panels are comprised of accomplished entrepreneurs such as Cheryl McCants of Impact Consulting Enterprises; Michele Litzky of Litzky Public Relations; and Andaiye Taylor of BrickCityLive.com. Panelists also include business leaders and experts including Maureen Fairfax, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing at Prudential Financial; Dr. Tendai Ndoro, Regional Director of the NJSBDC at Rutgers University – Newark; Beverly Winkler, Director of Organizational Engagement, Learning & Development at PSEG; Dawn Fitch-Mitchel, Director of Diversity for DDB Worldwide; Stacy Smollin Schwartz, Rutgers University, Marketing Professor; Donald Newman, Director of Small Business Advocacy, Business Action Center, NJ Department of State.

“We’re excited to partner with The American Legion and provide guidance to our women veteran entrepreneurs.” added Hopper. “These outstanding women have many options available to them and we want to make sure they know the strength of entrepreneurship, while understanding that our network of business services and resources are here for them as well.” 

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, New Jersey based women-owned firms make up nearly 32 percent of all businesses, generating $49.5 billion in receipts.  Nationally, a 2012 study from the National Women’s Business Council reported that over 9.8 million women have businesses that generated $1.4 trillion in receipts.  Of that figure, approximately 383,000 veteran women-owned businesses – which are one of the fastest growing segments of the veteran population – generated $17.9 billion in receipts. 

“Though the numbers appear encouraging, women business owners still face significant growth challenges, as many cite issues including access to capital, education and resources being contributing factors to business development,” said Hopper. “Women Warriors in Business” aims to address key issues facing women entrepreneurs and leaders while providing encouragement, support and access to the resources needed to fuel growth.”  

The keynote speaker for Women Warriors in Business” is Stephanie D. Burroughs, of StephanieSpeaking, LLC, who is also a senior procurement consultant for NJSBDC Headquarters.   An expert in diversity contracting, Stephanie will discuss having and succeeding in business within today’s global marketplace.

Primary sponsors of Women Warriors in Business” include M&T Bank and Prudential Financial.  Partners include the U.S. Small Business Administration, The American Legion and The State of New Jersey’s Business Action Center, a key funding partner of the NJSBDC network.

There is a general attendance fee of $25.  However, free attendance is provided for military members, veterans and military dependents.

Seating for “Women Warriors in Business” is limited and spots are filling fast. To register, visit http://bit.ly/njsbdc-womenwarriors-2017 or http://njsbdc-WomenWarriors.weebly.com.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: America’s SBDC New Jersey Celebrates 38 Years of Achievement at 14th Annual Success Awards Luncheon

America’s SBDC New Jersey Celebrates 38 Years of Achievement at  14th Annual Success Awards Luncheon                                   

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Accomplished Small Business Clients and Legislators Participate at Annual Gathering


 

December 7, 2016 (Newark, NJ) – Sixteen small business owners and entrepreneurs from diverse industry sectors with various ranges of employment and revenue are being recognized at America’s SBDC New Jersey’s 14th annual Small Business Growth Awards Luncheon on Friday, December 9, 2016. These award winners from across the state are clients of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network. They are being recognized for their successful development and growth with the assistance provided by NJSBDC’s business experts. The event is being held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm; registration and networking (11:30 am to 12:00 pm). The event generally attracts more than 250 attendees including small business owners and representatives of higher education institutions, business membership groups and economic development entities.

 

Platinum and Gold financial sponsors include PSE&G and PNC Bank. City National Bank is a Bronze financial sponsor. Other private sector financial supporters include UPS and ADP. In addition, Bank of America is a key partner and financial grantor of the network. New Jersey Business magazine is an in-kind media sponsor.

 

“This event shines light on our clients’ great success stories,” said NJSBDC network Chief Executive Officer and State Director, Brenda B. Hopper. “These success stories and the quality services we provide for the thousands of business owners we serve each year lead to economic impact, contributing to the state economy.” The network counsels up to 5,000 small business clients annually in addition to thousands of trainees that attend SBDC seminars.

 

Senator Kevin J. O’Toole (District 40), a longtime advocate and supporter of the NJSBDC network and a past recipient of the “2007 Small Business Advocate” award, is keynote speaker. Senator Sam Thompson (District 12), Assemblyman John DiMaio (District 23), Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio (District 13), and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (District 29) are receiving honorary recognition. Thompson serves on the Senate Budget Committee; DiMaio, Muoio and Pintor Marin serve on the Assembly Budget Committee. In addition, Muoio and Pintor Marin serve on the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. The event also acknowledges the leadership of Assembly and Senate Budget Committee chairmen, Senator Paul Sarlo and Assemblyman Gary Schaer, along with ranking Minority Budget Officers, Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon in supporting small businesses through SBDC services; they are recognized in the event’s Commemorative Program Book. A restored funding increase was once again provided for the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers program in this current state fiscal year budget. Leveraged funding by the NJSBDC program is the key to maximizing resources for the small business sector.

 

“This event allows us to recognize SBDC clients, key state legislators and our financial supporters, partners and stakeholders,” said Deborah Smarth, Chief Operating Officer and Associate State Director of the NJSBDC network. “It’s a great way of closing out a full year of impact in helping small businesses achieve their business success. It’s all about jobs, business creation and business retention/expansion.”

From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, the NJSBDC:  Counseled more than 4,100 clients delivering 20,553 total counseling hours; more than 6,600 businesses and individuals attended 521 training sessions statewide; 632 SBDC clients started new businesses; $93.9 million in financing for clients was facilitated. For half of the fiscal year, NJSBDC helped their clients create and save 11,473 jobs. Last calendar year (2015), NJSBDC network helped generate more than 16,000 jobs.

 

Kellie LeDet, SBA regional administrator in region II, and Alfred Titone, SBA NJ District director are participating as well as the leadership of Rutgers Business School, which is where the program is hosted. Former Congressman Michael Pappas, who previously served as Region II SBA regional administrator, is also expected to attend the event. The SBA is a major funding partner of America’s SBDC New Jersey. The NJ Business Action Center, a state funding partner of America’s SBDC New Jersey, will also be represented.

 

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Technology Council are providing gift business memberships for the SBDC success award winners.

 

The Small Business Success Award Winners include:

 

Kitchen Connections, founded by Earlene Cruz, a social enterprise which engages chefs around the world to share their cooking recipes and instructions via the Internet through interactive cooking classes. NJSBDC’s E-Business Program advised and provided guidance on social media marketing to increase exposure to customers and partners; SBDC Rutgers-Newark helped her with a SWOT analysis. She now has partnerships with 700 chefs in different countries and thousands of followers on social media. (Union City, NJ)

 

–Tabatchnick Fine Foods, Inc., headed by Rita Tabatchnick, is a nationally recognized soup company manufacturing a variety of soups and broths as well as a variety of food products for schools and retail as well as therapeutic foods at their factory. NJSBDC’s Procurement Program assisted the company in obtaining a large, several million dollar procurement contract with the federal government. These added sales revenues have enabled the business to hire additional employees and make renovations to their manufacturing facility. (Somerset, NJ)

 

Copper River Salon and Spa, a Success Award Winner in 2015, was started and expanded by owner Barbara Weigand. The business implemented sustainability practices, bringing down business operational costs while providing sensitivity to environmental friendliness in running its business. That’s why this business owner is NJSBDC’s Sustainability Program award winner. In order to reduce day-to-day waste collection, the salon uses cloth towels for restrooms, glass mugs for drinks, marketing materials from recycled paper products. She invested in energy efficient light fixtures and appliances and uses eco-friendly cleaning products. (Princeton, NJ)

 

 Small Factory Innovations (SFI),  founded and led by Chris Dudick, is developing an interactive, game-based learning product, SiLAS, providing critical social skills training to children with Autism disorders and other disabilities. This SiLAS curriculum places socialization at the center of social skills training. NJSBDC’s Technology Commercialization Program assisted with their grant proposal and Chris was just notified of an award approval of $225,000 from the National Science Foundation. (Fair Haven, NJ)

 

–Rinn ABA Consulting, owned and operated by Ira and Jennifer Rinn, is a professional consulting practice providing children and families with individualized autism-intervention services in their homes, community settings and schools. NJSBDC at Bergen Community College (with an affiliate office at Ramapo College of NJ) provided assistance with business planning, budgeting and forecasting; general management; recruiting and staffing and general business management. The company is experiencing increased revenues and hired 3 additional employees. (Emerson, NJ)

 

Relish Chef Services, founded and operated by Marcy Ragan, focuses on personal chef, catering, and cooking instruction services.  Marcy provides meal planning, grocery shopping, prep work, and clean up. Many new customers, who have busy life styles, are being served cooked, ready to go delicious meals. NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College helped with the business plan, social media, financing and accounting, and time management resources. Sales are increasing. (Long Branch, NJ)

 

–Sancoche Soups, LLC/ Business Boosters, LLC/and ThinkScreen, LLC, founded and operated by Nicole and Tom Mauriello, are family-run businesses. One of the family businesses makes and sells homemade specialty ethnic soups. Another business in the family sells uniquely branded promotional items to corporate clients. A third business is a digital web development and branding agency with very recognizable corporate clients. The NJSBDC at Kean University assisted on how to best organize time and resources, providing guidance on how to manage, develop and grow. (Berkeley Heights, NJ)

 

–Dusty’s Dog House, founded and run by Frank Valentine, is a multi-service dog facility. The services for pets include daycare, boarding, grooming, and training. Frank left his corporate job to start this business and with the help of the NJSBDC at New Jersey City University he obtained a loan and received assistance with marketing and business planning. He is now looking to open additional satellite locations. (Bayonne, NJ)

 

–Czig Meister Brewing LLC, started by Matt and Frank Czigler, is a craft micro-brewery enterprise. The NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey helped the business owners refine and update their business plan to increase the likelihood of being approved for a loan which they were awarded. They secured several distribution agreements with pubs and restaurants in the state, experiencing growth. (Hackettstown, NJ)

 

–CertaPro Painters of Central Somerset County, owned and operated by Rebeca Jiminez, employs 12 individuals. The franchise business does commercial and home painting. Jiminez had much experience in manufacturing engineering and had worked for large corporations. The NJSBDC at Raritan Valley Community College helped with human resources issues and business plan aspects. In addition, she attended 13 training seminars to enhance various business skills to run her business effectively. Company sales revenues from 2014 through 2016 have increased. (Hillsborough, NJ)

 

–Ed Ebert’s Automotive is owned and operated by Mike and Suzanne Dunn. They acquired this automotive repair business and re-tooled it. NJSBDC at Rutgers-Camden helped with due diligence and purchase phases of the acquisition transaction. Challenged in the beginning with reduced sales, the business introduced innovative practices like customer referral discounts, etc. The enterprise now has seven full-time employees, all certified automotive professionals, with state of the art equipment and tools. (Moorestown, NJ)

 

–Truck Tech Parts and Service, owned and operated by Andy Vieira, provides mechanics, fleets, and truckers with quality new and used heavy-duty truck parts and high quality maintenance services for trucks and heavy equipment. The company employs 13 full-time and 3 part-time employees and purchased substantial facility space.  The NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark helped with Small Business & Minority Business Enterprise certifications, business and financial plans, and financing. (Newark, NJ)

 

–Health and Natural Beauty USA, Inc. was established by Dr. Syed Ibrahim, an immigrant from Sudan. He left a senior chemist position at a Fortune 500 company, motivated to create a premium toothpaste product without chemicals or abrasives and incorporating natural ingredients. After years of vigorous scientific testing, SprinJene toothpaste is now being distributed in major food & drug chains as well as health food stores. The NJSBDC at Rutgers-New Brunswick assisted the business with marketing, sales and pricing strategy as well as capital financing access and procurement resources. (Piscataway, NJ)

 

–SC Consultant LLC, led by Shirley Corsey, provides consulting services in medical billing, coding to private medical practices and hospitals and training programs for those seeking to work in the medical billing, coding and emergency services fields. The NJSBDC at Stockton University assisted with updating the business plan, marketing needs, and capital access. Shirley focuses on providing education in this field for the unemployed and underemployed, providing internships and employment at her firm and other medical billing service providers. (Linwood, NJ)

 

–Saint Joseph Contractor Corp, started by Luis Barboza Bacci, is a construction company. Bacci had lots of experience in the field as a contractor. The NJSBDC at The College of New Jersey helped him with Quickbooks; reducing costs by 10 percent due to new practices for financial records and processes. With procurement assistance, the company has been successful in obtaining large procurement contracts of over $1 million dollars, enabling him to hire more subcontractors/employees. (Hamilton, NJ)

 

–RIGO Dental Lab, headed by Rigoberto Lopez, is a 20 year-plus family-owned business which produces innovative products and processes for dental patients and dental laboratories that improve patients’ comfort and saves production time and money. Such products include an implant bar, flexible partials, and other devices. The NJSBDC at William Paterson University helped access services and general guidance about protection of intellectual property, agreements, patents and licensing in medical devices and helped obtain financing. Revenue increases from certain products have transpired and an additional full-time employee hired. (Passaic, NJ)

 

 

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Understanding Procurement Contracting Roundtable & Counseling Clinic | NJSBDC @ Brookdale Community College

Looking for Opportunities?!

 

Are you a looking to ensure your business is ready to sell your goods and/ or services to government and commercial entities?

 

There’s much to know! We’re here to help.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016  |  9:00am – 12:00 pm

Brookdale Community College,

765 Newman Springs Road,

MAC Bldg, Rm 204,

Lincroft, NJ 07738

Parking Available in Lots # 4 / 5

 

Click here for Driving Directions/ Campus Map

 

Fee : $10.00

 

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Topics of Discussion Include:

  • What do I do as a new business?
  • How can I register with SAM, GSA schedule, D & B or as a small business vendor with government agencies and corporations?
  • How can I find out who is looking to buy what I sell?
  • How do I complete and submit a bid proposal?

 

 

Expert Panelists Include:

  • Andrew Bennett

Procurement Consultant, NJSBDC

  • Dominick M. Belfiore

Lead Business Opportunity Specialist,U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • John Cronin

Department of the Treasury, The State of New Jersey

  • Don Newman

Business Action Center (BAC), The State of New Jersey

 

Register Now!

 

More Information:

Shy Hopkins

973.353.1414 | shopkins@njsbdc.com

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Is Your Business Fit for the Future? | Wed., August 31, 2016 | Holiday Inn – Clark, NJ

The Small Business Administration invites you to an exclusive Master Class that focuses on providing you with the tools that will empower your business to be one of the “survivors of the fittest”. The rules of the game of business have changed. You will have the unique opportunity to engage with experts that will navigate you through the maze of obstacles that are inevitable moving into 2017. Take advantage of this valuable Master Class that will provide you with the power to enable you to leap into your next level of success.

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  |  8:30 – 12:30pm

 

Holiday Inn

36 Valley Road

Clark, New Jersey 07066

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Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Scott N. Schober

Author, Hacked Again

President, CEO

Berkeley Varitronics Systems

 

 

Attendees can submit questions and have the opportunity to engage with experts who will provide solutions to the most common challenges businesses face today. We will also provide handouts, resources, and multiple tips on how to strategize for Fall/Winter 2016, so you can sprint into 2017.

 

Topics:

  • Human Resources: Talent Acquisition and Retention; Legal Ramifications
  • Insurance: What do you need? Why?
  • Legal Issues: What You Need to Know to Not Get Sued
  • Financial / Accounting: What’s In or Not In Your Wallet?
  • Regulatory Compliance and Procurement: What is Your Fiduciary Liability Fitness Quotient for Your Business? Are You in the Game of Winning Contracts or Missing the Boat?
  • Business Continuity/Succession Planning: It is Not Going to Happen to Me …Until it Does.
  • Security: One Hack Could Mean the End of Your Business.

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to address the issues that are affecting small businesses throughout the State. Learn about best practices, new legislation, and receive valuable tips from the pros. 

 

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Free to attend, but registration is REQUIRED.  

Space is limited.

 

 


Veteran Procurement Roundtable & Counseling Clinic

Looking for Opportunities?!

 

Are you a military service member or veteran looking to ensure your business is ready to sell your goods and/ or services to government and commercial entities?

 

There’s much to know!  We’re here to help.

 

Thursday, June 16, 2016  |  9:00am – 12:00 pm

Brookdale Community College, 

765 Newman Springs Road,

MAN Bldg, Rm 105,

Lincroft, NJ 07738

Parking Available in Lot # 5

 

Click here for Driving Directions/ Campus Map

 

Fee : $10.00

 

 

 

Topics of Discussion Include:

  • What do I do as a new business?
  • How can I register with SAM, GSA schedule, D & B or as a small business vendor with government agencies and corporations?
  • How can I find out who is looking to buy what I sell?
  • How do I complete and submit a bid proposal?

 

 

Expert Panelists Include:

  • Andrew Bennett

Procurement Consultant, NJSBDC

  • Dominick M. Belfiore

Lead Business Opportunity Specialist,U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • John Cronin

Department of the Treasury, The State of New Jersey

  • Don Newman

Business Action Center (BAC), The State of New Jersey

  • Nat Simms

Procurement Consultant, NJSBDC

  • Eugene Spillane

Veteran Outreach Coordinator,U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

Register Now!

 

More Information:

Shy Hopkins

973.353.1414  |  shopkins@njsbdc.com


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