The Small Business Voice
Winter/ Spring 2017
America’s SBDC New Jersey Joins Other State SBDC Networks to Mark #SBDC DAY Nationally
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.
The 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.
Ramapo College of New Jersey Becomes Host for America’s SBDC New Jersey Bergen County’s Small Business Development Center
Additional Affiliate/Satellite Office Will Provide Further Accessibility for County Small Businesses
February 15, 2017 (Mahwah, NJ) – America’s SBDC New Jersey, also known as the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network, has announced that Ramapo College of New Jersey has become a full-time Host of its Bergen Small Business Development Center.
Ramapo College of New Jersey has been an affiliate partner of the 12-center program for the past two years, but, will now host the Center full-time. The Center is located at the Anisfield School of Business on the Ramapo campus in Mahwah.
“We welcome Ramapo College as our new Host institution,” said Brenda B. Hopper, chief executive officer and state director of the NJSBDC statewide network. “We are certainly looking forward to the new official partnership and expect that this four-year higher education institution will offer new opportunities for faculty and MBA students to engage with our SBDC program in assisting small business clients of our Center serving Bergen County.”
“We are ever so grateful for the 20-plus year partnership that we had with Bergen Community College and hope to continue that relationship as an area satellite office,” added Hopper. “The satellite office will be instrumental to serving small businesses in Central and Southern Bergen County.”
In the past, there have been several high-powered initiatives offered at Ramapo (as an affiliate partner) through the SBDC including a well-attended Cyber Security Conference and ongoing client counseling, and training sessions.
“Our high national accreditation standards for the SBDC program and enhancements for higher educational partnerships, makes this Host partnership ideal,” noted Deborah Smarth, chief operating officer and associate state director. “Having worked with administrators of Ramapo during the affiliate status phase, the Ramapo partnership offers countless new opportunities on various fronts. Its high academic ranking among regional colleges (north) also makes it an exceptional addition to our network’s center higher education hosts.”
“Our new SBDC colleagues will be working with faculty and students as a resource for research and experiential learning beyond the classroom,” said Dean of the Anisfield School of Business, Dr. Edward Petkus, Jr. “This provides an extremely valuable venue for our students and faculty to engage with and impact the small business and non-profit community, and vice-versa.”
“It’s been a real honor and pleasure collaborating with Ramapo over the past two years as an affiliate of the program,” said Vincent Vicari, regional center director of NJSBDC at Ramapo College of New Jersey. “I look forward to bolstering the Center program even further with our new Host and additional satellite offices.”
“As a major funding partner of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network, the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to welcome Ramapo College as the new Host for the SBDC serving Bergen County,” said SBA NJ District Director Al Titone. “Certainly, this four year college offers a wide array of new possibilities and collaborations that will only fortify the client services provided to SBDC small business clients throughout Bergen County.”
At a future date, Ramapo’s NJSBDC will announce a new affiliate and satellite office which is currently being formulated and developed.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs located in Bergen County are encouraged to make an appointment for confidential no-cost business counseling by calling the Ramapo College Small Business Development Center at 201-684-7135. The center is located on the campus of Ramapo College at 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ.