Small Business Workshops Come To Carteret

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CARTERET—Mayor Daniel Reiman has announced that Carteret has partnered with the Intersect Fund in hosting an eight-week advisory course for potential small business investors. The courses are a part of the Carteret Office of Economic Development’s expanding program agenda for new and existing local businesses.

A free seminar will be hosted prior to the course program, providing entrepreneurs an overview of the curriculum, a quick evaluation of their potential investment, and the range of opportunities provided through Carteret’s various small business startup programs.

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The free seminar will be held at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Avenue, on Thursday Jan. 28, and Thursday Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required at 1-732-447-1324 or www.intersectfund.org.

The following eight-week course will offer training in small business planning and operation. A fee of $100-$250 will be required, depending on the participant’s income.

Graduates will receive:
• 250 professionally designed business cards
• Quickbooks Simple Start ($99 value)
• Two hours of one-on-one consulting
• An SBA-approved business plan
• Access to Intersect Fund microloan program
• Invitation to annual entrepreneur showcase

“Encouraging the establishment of new small businesses and nurturing their growth have been major facets of our agenda for a strong business community,” Reiman commented. “This program will provide potential investors with an invaluable learning experience and tools that may prove vital towards the development of a successful business venture.”

Reiman added that that SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, will host a range of small business workshops in Carteret. The Princeton Chapter of SCORE will host scheduled counseling sessions at the Carteret Public Library for entrepreneurs, as well as on-site business counseling, seminars, and workshops customized to the specific needs of participating businesses.

“Local businesses should also benefit from expertise and services of SCORE’s resource partners,” Reiman stated, “and the network of New Jersey’s Small Business Development Centers. This is a rare opportunity for existing businesses to consolidate their business strategies and operations, and for new businesses to avoid some of the common stumbling blocks towards their development.”

SCORE, the “Counselors of America’s Small Business Owners,” is a national association dedicated to helping small business owners form and grow their businesses. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia and Washington D.C., SCORE has 364 chapters in the United States as well as in U.S territories. SCORE is a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

More than 8.5 million entrepreneurs have benefited from the service and expertise of SCORE’s 12,400 volunteers, and 364 offices nationwide.

Since its foundation in 1964, SCORE has:
• Assisted more than 523,000 people in the last year alone.
• Provided counseling to more than 8.5 million business owners.
• Conducted more than 322,000 counseling sessions.
• Received 3.2 million visitors through its web site in the last year.
• Helped successful companies, such as Vermont Teddy Bear, Vera Bradley Designs, and Jelly Belly Candy.
• Worked with 12,400 working and retired executive volunteers.
• Helps create nearly 20,000 new small businesses each year.

Councilman Jorge E. Diaz, chairman of the borough’s Finance and Administration Committee, said, “Small businesses have created 64% of private sector jobs over the past decade, and ensuring job sustainability is an essential part of our economic recovery.  The Borough is focused on giving small businesses the tools to grow, to create jobs, and to drive our economy.”

“These tested resources will bring experience and innovation to our ever-growing small business startup programs,” Office of Economic Development Director Kathaleen Shaw added.

For more information on SCORE’s upcoming programs in Carteret, call 1-732-910-3586, or visit www.scoreprinceton.org .


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