America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.
See how the New Jersey SBDC has served its communities.
Organic Plant Care, LLC Retains Staff & Sales During Pandemic in 2020
Bill Grundmann started Organic Plant Care, LLC, in the Spring of 2009. In its first year, Organic Plant Care, LLC amassed annual sales of $88k with a staff of 2, including Grundmann. Annual sales now exceed $1.1 million, with a staff of 9. The SBDC at RVCC has been with Grundmann all the way, including helping him receive PPP funds "to weather the storm and hold on to all our employees." Grundmann says, "The assistance you (the SBDC) have given us is unbelievable."
Salaam Ice Cream Parlor Leverages Resources to Become a Sweet Pillar of the Community
Sisters Shikhana McKnight and Cushanda Mapp opened Salaam Ice Cream Parlor in August, 2017. Through the SBDC, McKnight and Mapp participated in a Social Impact & Community Development program with Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health to build capacity and capabilities needed for procurement opportunities. The program also provided a grant which helped pay overdue rent due to COVID-19, and purchase PPE and other social distancing items. Despite COVID-19, Salaam Ice Cream Parlor is living their dream.
Long Branch Innovative Accelerator & SBDC Helps Griffys Organics Blend Science, Nutrition & Business
Cousins Christopher and Avry Griffin started Griffys Organics through the Long Branch Innovative Accelerator and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program with their local SBDC. They received extensive business development education, services, and resources to improve their opportunities for commercialization and exposure to venture capital. As a result, Griffys Organics increased sales from $600 per month in late 2019 to approx. $5,000 per month in July, 2020.
Through working with the NJSBDC, Adsorptech was able to avoid the many pitfalls a start-up small business likely would be unaware of related to labor, insurance, and administrative regulatory compliance obligations.
Jim Flaherty, CEO, Adsorptech
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the wonderful work of the Ramapo interns in the design of our website. These students define what we would want our future leaders to be. Thanks to the SBDC and all involved in this wonderful program.
Nick Pascarella, Owner, Novomni Group, LLC
Capital Formation from Technology Commercialization in 2020
LBU, Inc. Retrofits Factory to Help Healthcare Workers Fight COVID-19
LBU, Inc. is a Paterson-based manufacturing company that produces tote bags with corporate logos. In March, 2020, the company quickly repurposed its operations, retrofitted its factory, and began producing cloth face masks and gowns to help healthcare workers fight the pandemic -- while also keeping its staff employed. The SBDC couldn't be any prouder that LBU, Inc. was able to set up in a time of need.
Disabled Veteran Solidifies Hot Dog Stand Business
Glenn Crowder, a disabled veteran, began working with his local SBDC several years ago. In 2013, the center helped Glenn complete his business plan and purchase a hot dog cart and equipment to expand into Atlantic City. During the pandemic, the SBDC helped Glenn receive an EIDL advance and reopen his cart when the casinos reopened. Glenn recently obtained his VOB and DVOB certifications and is awaiting certified vendor approval for Stockton University.
7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Rock Event
Highlight REEL of the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College's 7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Rock Event (virtual)
Hightstown Check Cashing Service is a Proud Latino SBDC Ambassador
Karen Abad, SP, of Check Exchange Services shares her thoughts on the SBDC at The College of NJ.