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New Jersey Business Action Center

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Business Action Center Update

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Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series

Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series

This free, six-part webinar series presented by the New Jersey Business Action Center will feature tips, processes and resources from state departments and partners to help your business.


Let’s Talk Lesser-Known Resources Provided by the Government

5/13, 12-1pm

As a business owner you need to be familiar with every opportunity for support and services available to you. Hear about some of the lesser-known resources from the State and your local Library, the NJ Urban Enterprise Zone Program, the Department of Community Affairs’ Main Street Program, and the NJ Office of Homeland Security. Stay ahead of your competition; if you don’t use all the support available, your competitors certainly will.

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James D. Simmons, State Business Development Rep. Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ)Program

James D. Simmons
State Business Development Rep.
Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ)Program

New Jersey's Urban Enterprise (UEZ) Program, enacted in 1983, is in the Department of Community Affairs. The UEZ Program exists to foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private sector jobs through public and private investment.

James has worked tirelessly in areas of Economic Development in DCA for over 18 years, beginning as the DCA’s Brownfield’s Coordinator from 2003-2007 and working directly with the State UEZ program providing guidance and technical assistance for to businesses, municipalities and interested parties for nearly 15 years.

James D. Simmons
Email: James.simmons@dca.nj.gov
Website: https://www.nj.gov/dca/affiliates/uez/index.shtml

Andrea Levandowski, Small Business Development and Technology, New Jersey State Library

Andrea Levandowski
Small Business Development and Technology
New Jersey State Library

Andrea provides information about the resources available for business owners and entrepreneurs at their local libraries for the New Jersey State Library.

The New Jersey State Library envisions a future in which all New Jerseyans have access to exceptional library services and to the information resources they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. As Library Consultant for Small Business Development and Technology, Andrea consults with libraries across the state to build their capacity in the areas of economic development, workforce development, and technology. Through their local libraries, business owners and entrepreneurs can access a wealth of information. If you haven’t been to your library in awhile, it’s time to take another look!

Andrea Levandowski
Email: alevandowski@njstatelib.org
Website: www.njstatelib.org

Jef Buehler, Administrator, Neighborhood Preservation Program, Placemaking & Place-Based Revitalization Specialist, Dept. of Community Affairs

Jef Buehler
Neighborhood Preservation Program
Placemaking & Place-Based Revitalization Specialist
Dept. of Community Affairs

Jef Buehler is the leader of the State’s premier place-based revitalization program at the NJ DCA – the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) including its $6.2+ million-dollar pandemic response grant and technical assistance program, working with 20 designated mixed-use neighborhood districts in urban, suburban, and rural settings, many of which are majority low-income. He provides technical assistance, training, and grants to municipalities, local officials, non-profit district management and community enhancement organizations and an array of local private-sector stakeholders who live in, run businesses in, and own property in each NPP district. Jef is a specialist in Asset-Based Change and Placemaking, as well as small business support to help them survive and thrive in a challenging and ever-changing environment, and presents and teaches these topics to stakeholders statewide. Jef is on the Board of Downtown NJ, is a former Councilman, and has created and run a non-profit community revitalization organization. He absolutely loves living with his wife and kids in Frenchtown, NJ, is the volunteer Team Leader of Sustainable Frenchtown, helps manage the Community Garden and is an active member of Love Frenchtown, the local business association. Jef gardens, bikes, hikes, brews kombucha and is never-endingly is working on the old house in is spare time.

Jef Buehler
Email: jef.buehler@dca.nj.gov

Theresa Misuraca, Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Theresa Misuraca
Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Theresa Misuraca is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP). She is primarily responsible for creating and publishing high quality intelligence and analysis products and reports, providing awareness and education on the cyber threat landscape and cybersecurity best practices, and providing incident response support.


Let’s Talk COVID Safety in the Workplace

5/11, 12-1pm

Employers have responsibilities to keep their employees safe during COVID-19. The Department of Labor will share how you can stay compliant with health and safety requirements, along with information on COVID-19 employee benefits and protections. You’ll also hear from Business Services and Industry Partnerships on how to help grow and sustain your business during the pandemic. NJDOL experts will be available at the end for Q+A.

Register for COVID Safety in the Workplace

Mark Wadiak, Assistant Director, OSHA-PEOSH Consultation and Training

Mark Wadiak
Assistant Director
OSHA-PEOSH Consultation and Training

Mark provides occupational safety and health consultation and training assistance at the employer's request through the NJ Department of Labor. As Assistant Director, Mark oversees the Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program for the private sector, the Public Employees Occupational Safety Program for the public sector and the Mine Safety Training Program for Miners and Mining Contractors. These services are offered free of charge without citations or penalties.

Mark Wadiak
Email: mark.wadiak@dol.nj.gov
Website: https://www.nj.gov/labor/lsse/employer/peosh_consultation.html

Holly Low, Manager of Strategic Outreach -Worker Benefits and Protections

Holly Low
Manager of Strategic Outreach
Worker Benefits and Protections

Holly’s work promotes the NJDOL’s commitment to equitable access to labor laws and protections and to helping New Jersey workers understand their rights. As Manager of Strategic Outreach she collaborates with NJDOL partners and shares information with workers and employers on paid leave, workplace rights, COVID-19 benefits and protections, and more.

Holly Low
Email: holly.low@dol.nj.gov
Website: nj.gov/labor

Howard Miller, Chief, Business Services

Howard Miller
Business Services

Howard oversees the Department’s Business Outreach and Engagement services. As Chief of Business Services, he provides oversight to the statewide workforce of Business Service Representatives and OJT writers, Trade Act Program, Rapid Response services as well as State-funded business incentive grant programs. Collectively, these services are designed to help bridge the skill gap of job seekers attempting to enter the labor market while assisting employers in developing the skilled talent they need.

Howard Miller
Email: howard.miller@dol.nj.gov

Kerri Gatling, Chief, NJ Industry Partnerships

Kerri Gatling
NJ Industry Partnerships

Kerri engages businesses in the state’s key industries for the New Jersey Department of Labor. As chief of Industry Partnerships, Kerri concentrates on building public-private partnerships with business leaders in targeted industries and specific regions to work collaboratively with public partners from workforce development, economic development, education and other essential areas to solve concerns outlined by business.

Kerri Gatling
Email: kerri.gatling@dol.nj.gov
Website: https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/industry-partnerships/about.shtml


Let’s Talk Resources for Nonprofits

4/20, 12-1pm

Learn about services available for nonprofit organizations from the State Library, NJ Center for Nonprofits and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Linda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits

Linda M. Czipo
President & CEO
Center for Non-Profits

Linda provides leadership and expertise in public policy, research, compliance and management issues for the Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey's statewide umbrella association for the charitable community. The Center strengthens charities through advocacy, education, management and compliance assistance, and member services. As president and CEO, Linda speaks frequently to the media, non-profit, philanthropic, government and business leaders, regarding the size, strength, economic and social contributions, and current and emerging trends of New Jersey’s non-profit community.

Linda M. Czipo
Email: lczipo@njnonprofits.org
Website: https://www.njnonprofits.org/

Leigh Clark, Business & Funding Information Librarian, New Jersey State Library

Leigh Clark
Business & Funding Information Librarian

As a reference librarian for the NJ State Library Information Center, Leigh provides one-on-one assistance to users doing business and nonprofit related research. She is a certified Foundation Directory Online Expert, who coordinates the State Library’s Funding Information Network partnership with Candid. Leigh regularly presents to nonprofits on how they can use the free resources available at the State Library’s Funding Information Center to grow their organization and find grant funding.

About the New Jersey State Library
The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University (TESU), connects people with information and resources through its service to libraries, government, TESU students and staff, and New Jersey residents, including those with special needs. NJSL provides support for public, school, academic, and special libraries, and continues to promote services for learners of all ages, including key areas of continuing need such as literacy, business outreach, workforce development, disaster preparedness and technology. For more information, visit www.njstatelib.org.

Leigh Clark
Email: lclark@njstatelib.org
Website: New Jersey State Library

Mary Eileen Fouratt, Program Officer, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Mary Eileen Fouratt
Program Officer, Access Coordinator
New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Mary Eileen provides support for arts organizations for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The Council's mission is to improve the quality of life of the state by helping the arts to flourish.

As Program Officer, Mary Eileen works on accessibility, emergency preparedness, creative placemaking, community arts development and grants management for theaters and County Arts Agencies. She was previously the Executive Director of Monmouth Arts for nearly two decades where she was involved in municipal, county and regional arts, community and economic development planning initiatives.

Mary Eileen Fouratt
Email: MaryEileen.Fouratt@sos.nj.gov
Website: https://www.artscouncil.nj.gov


Let’s Talk Government Procurement: Making Government Your Customer

4/22, 12-1pm

Become a vendor for the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world with information presented by the NJIT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NJIT PTAC), the Small Business Development Center, the Department of Transportation and the Treasury Certification office.

Register for Making Government Your Customer

Sherry Rose, Procurement Specialist, NJIT Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Sherry Rose
Procurement Specialist
NJIT Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is your resource for selling to federal, state and local governments and to prime contractors. We provide free counseling, in addition to training and technical resources to New Jersey-based companies. Our resources help clients navigate the procurement process to better identify viable sourcing opportunities in the government and private sector marketplaces. All of our services are free of charge. To become a client, please register on our website: www.njit.edu/ptac

After a long career in government contracting with the federal government, Sherry Rose joined the NJIT PTAC as a Procurement Specialist. She provides individualized counseling, assistance with registrations and certifications, training in government rules, regulations and procedures, assistance in reviewing solicitations and proposals, marketing guidance, electronic bid matching, and access to workshops, seminars, and webinars.

Sherry Rose
Email: srose@njit.edu

Dr. Jackeline D. Mejias-Fuertes, Regional Director, America’s SBDC New Jersey

Dr. Jackeline D. Mejias-Fuertes
Regional Director
America’s SBDC New Jersey

Jackeline serves as the Regional Director for America’s SBDC New Jersey covering Monmouth and Ocean counties. In her professional life, there are endless examples of her initiative, creativity and excellence. Jackeline brought the center into the spotlight through her forward-thinking, cutting edge approach to entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, the center has assisted in the growth of multiple businesses and has won numerous awards ranging from Economic Development for their impact in Monmouth and Ocean counties to winning national pitch competitions.

She has over thirty-five years of experience in marketing and over twenty years of entrepreneurship expertise. She is a leader, seasoned business advisor, strategist, speaker and entrepreneur. Throughout her career, Jackeline has demonstrated abiding interest in the people with whom she works, sharing her knowledge, experience and entrepreneurial spirit. To top off her outstanding abilities, she does it with equal facility in English and Spanish.

Dr. Jackeline D. Mejias-Fuertes
Email: jfuertes@brookdalecc.edu

Nadir A. Jones, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights & Affirmative Action, Manager, Contract Compliance & DBE/ESBE Programs

Nadir A. Jones
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights & Affirmative Action
Manager, Contract Compliance & DBE/ESBE Programs

Over the past 20 years Mr. Jones has had a distinguished career in the Civil Rights, Transportation, and Infrastructure industry. He currently serves as the Executive Manager for DBE programs and Contractor Oversight for the New Jersey Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights. Within this role, he provides overall leadership and coordination in the delivery of The Department’s external Civil Rights programs with the goal of promoting equity, opportunity, and inclusion on all DOT and Local Aid assisted projects.

Mr. Jones is also responsible for managing the Nation’s first Federal regional Small Business Development Program implemented by the New York MTA under the leadership of Chief Diversity Officer Michael J. Garner. His public Sector experience includes working for 4 of the top 10 largest State Transportation Agencies within the United States (NJ Transit, The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York MTA). His private Sector experience includes working for one of the largest Construction Management firms in the United States (Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.) now known as Lend Lease.

Nadir A. Jones
Website: www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/civilrights/

John Cronin, Certification Auditor, New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

John Cronin
Certification Auditor
New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

John Cronin is Certification Auditor with The State of New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. He has served New Jersey’s Small Business Community as Certification Auditor for 18 years in N.J. state government. His job is to review and approve State of New Jersey certification applications for women and minority businesses. (MBE; WBE; MWBE). He also reviews and approves New Jersey Small Business Vendor Registration (SBE), Veteran Owned Business (VOB), and Service-Related Disabled Veteran Owned Business (DVOB) applications.

John received his BSBA degree from Western New England University. He went on to receive an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business. Most of his career has been in banking and the securities industries. For many years, he was board member and Chairman of The New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities and Women’s Enterprises.

John Cronin
Email: john.cronin@treas.nj.gov
Website: www.njportal.com/dor/sberegistry

Ana Villagran, Certification Auditor, New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

Ana Villagran
Certification Auditor
New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

Ana Villagran is a Certification Auditor at The State of New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. For over 15 years she has helped New Jersey small business providing information and technical assistance for the application process and qualifications. She reviews and evaluates applications from vendors who apply to participate in the New Jersey State Certification Program for Minority/Women Owned (MBE/WBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Veteran Owned Business (VOB), and Disabled Veteran Owned Business (DVOB). She also assists on how to navigating the NJ Selective Assistance Vendor Information System (NJSAVI).

Ana Villagran
Email: ana.villagran@treas.nj.gov


Let’s Talk Technical Assistance Opportunities

4/27, 12-1pm

Whether you are writing a business plan, planning for post-COVID recovery, applying for a financing program, or ready to expand into e-commerce, taxpayer-supported technical assistance programs are here to help you. Hear from the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and Women’s Business Center about how they can help you with the technical side of operating a business.

Lilian Mauro, Regional Director, America's Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey

Lilian Mauro
Regional Director
America's Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey

TLilian Mauro is the Regional Director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey (NJ SBDC at TCNJ). Previously, Lilian had served as the center’s Assistant Regional Director since 2015. Lilian was also the County and Spanish Program Coordinator, where she connected with the regional Spanish business community, providing specialized assistance, referrals, training and resources in Spanish. The center continues to provide bilingual counseling and training services today.

Lilian Mauro
Email: regionaldirector@sbdcnj.com

Mike Glicksman, Vice Chair/Mentor

Mike Glicksman
Vice Chair/Mentor

Owner and founder of Viziflex Seels, Inc 1983-2014

Viziflex Seels is a manufacturer of protective covers for telephones, computers, POS devices, and control panels. The company has a complete line of over 30 computer accessories.

Mike ran all aspects of business including marketing, sales, product development, production, manufacturing, quality, finance, and human resources.

He purchased Dynamic Display Solutions acrylic fabricator of POP displays, as a separate entity in 2002, later absorbing it into Viziflex Seels®

Volunteer experience
Score mentor since Oct 2018. Outreach chair 2020 and currently vice chair.

Member of the Board of Directors Eagles Business Network International.

Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board 2014-2016. Board Member since 2009.

Mike is a mentor for Eva's Village Workforce Development program since 2015. He has assisted in the preparing of resumes and helping clients with interviewing skills. He has also served as a volunteer with Access Supports for Living and Family Promise.

Mike Glicksman
Email: mike.glicksman@scorevolunteer.org

Abra Watson, New Jersey Division of Taxation, Taxation University

Abra Watson
New Jersey Division of Taxation
Taxation University

Abra has been with the Division since January 1999 and has been an instructor since 2008. She is a team leader and mentors new trainers to the unit. She values providing accurate tax information to the public and Division employees by conducting tax workshops all over New Jersey and beyond and conducting in-person and virtual classes for Division employees.

Abra's background in customer service, her extensive tax knowledge, and her lively speaking style make her an irreplaceable member of our team.

Her favorite hobbies are singing, acting, and writing poetry. When she's not working, she enjoys sharing her love of the arts as a singer and actress in a local community theater group.

Abra Watson
Email: Outreach.Tax@treas.nj.gov

Jamila Powell, MBA, LAEDA Women’s Business Center, Program Manager

Jamila Powell, MBA
LAEDA Women’s Business Center
Program Manager

Jamila Powell is the Program Manager for LAEDA’s Women’s Business Center. LAEDA and the Women’s Business Center strive to be a multilingual, multicultural organization that open doors of opportunity for individuals who face barriers to starting and operating small businesses by providing necessary resources including quality financial and business education. As Program Manager, Ms. Powell has assisted emerging and existing entrepreneurs in business startup and/ or expansion by providing business counseling and technical assistance.

Jamila Powell, MBA
Email: jpowell@laeda.com
Website: www.laedawbc.com


Let’s Talk Financial Resources

4/29, 12-1pm

Lending programs and institutions are dedicated to supporting the business community, whether you need to raise $5,000 or $5 million. Hear from the US Small Business Administration, NJ Economic Development Authority and the UCEDC (a Community Development Financial Institution)

Register for Financial Resources

Anthony Martinez, Senior Small Business Liaison, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Anthony Martinez
Senior Small Business Liaison
New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Anthony Martinez is the Senior Small Business Liaison within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA’s) Small Business Services department. In this role, Anthony markets and promotes awareness of the State and NJEDA loan products and services focused on small, women, minority, and veteran-owned (SWMVBE) business enterprises and entrepreneurs through outreach directly to businesses and the organizations serving these businesses. He also leads the development and implementation of proactive SWMVBE inclusion initiatives, which support the NJEDA’s SWMVBE utilization goals, provides direct services and act as a source of referral in this capacity.

Claudia Yarborough, Lender Relations Specialist and District International Trade Officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Claudia Yarborough
Lender Relations Specialist
New Jersey District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration

Claudia Yarborough, Lender Relations Specialist and District International Trade Officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration. During the 30 plus years at SBA’s New Jersey District Office the focus is educating our partners, lenders, entrepreneurs, and others. While being a Sociology major, the focus becomes people and society and their needs in continuance of funding, and their businesses. Counseling our small business owners, market the SBA program to improve the playing field for all within society.

Claudia Yarborough
Email: erika.pearson@sba.gov

Ellen McHenry, Senior Director of Financial Programs, UCEDC

Ellen McHenry
Senior Director of Financial Programs

Ellen has helped transform UCEDC from a one-county agency to the statewide financing resource it is today during her 20+-year tenure. She directs the development and administration of several loan and business support programs. With $40 million under management and a $5 million loan portfolio, Ellen oversees the servicing and stringent compliance for SBA and non-SBA loan products.

Prior to joining UCEDC, Ellen worked in retail banking for twelve years

Ellen McHenry
Email: emchenry@ucedc.com
Website: www.ucedc.com



NJ Business Resources

Resources for Digital Operations and Franchising Virtual Series
This September, four free webinars presented by the New Jersey Business Action Center will prepare businesses to secure their data, maximize their digital presence for sales and explore franchising opportunities.

View the Webinars Series

Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series
This free, webinar series presented by the New Jersey Business Action Center will feature tips, processes and resources from state departments and partners to help your business.

View the Webinars Series

Growing your Business through Exporting

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Let's Talk Compliance

Podcasts with NJ Department of Labor

NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

The NJOHSP Bulletin is a weekly publication of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to provide intelligence and resiliency publications and announcements.

Motion Picture & Television Commission

Motion Picture & Television Commission
Qualified production companies can receive a transferable tax credit equal to 30% (35% in the following municipalities: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, or Salem County) of qualified production expenses ....

Congratulations to NJMEP

Congratulations to NJMEP
We are proud to announce the official launch of the Educational Resource Directory, an online directory that connects manufacturers with the critical resources needed to train their employees in New Jersey...

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Countdown to 2022 Ban on Single-Use Plastics Begins

New Jersey's ban on single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products in stores and food service businesses will take effect on May 4, 2022. The law also bans single-use paper carryout bags in grocery stores over 2,500 square feet, and limits single-use plastic straws to only by request effective November 4, 2021. The New Jersey Business Action Center and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection have launched online resources to help businesses prepare for the move to reusable and recyclable products. A vendor clearinghouse of manufacturers and suppliers will soon be added. Learn more here: Business.NJ.gov/recent/disposable-bag-ban


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