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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
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Let’s Talk Lesser-Known Resources Provided by the Government

 

Originally presented 5/13/21

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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About the Speakers

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
Administrator
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.

 

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