NEW BRUNSWICK—Recognizing Central Jersey’s small business boom, the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor six businesses that have seen unsurpassed growth in the last five years.
“It’s no secret that Middlesex County is an economic hub and home to a robust and growing small business population,” said Alex Hollywood, chamber president. “These businesses employ the lion’s share of workers in the county and reflect the vast socio-economic and cultural mosaic of Middlesex County,” she added.
The winners will be recognized formally at the Chamber’s Growing Business Awards Gala on Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. The gala acknowledges the growing economic strength and business diversity in the region.
This years winners are: Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey; Construction Management Associates; The Intersect Fund; All Colors, LLC, Wilken & Guttenplan PC and Bayshore Recycling Corp.
“Our goal with the Growing Business Awards is to connect and showcase Middlesex County businesses on the rise and help them succeed,” Hollywood said.
Award winners will have their accomplishments and contributions showcased in a video presentation shown at the Gala. They will also be highlighted in the event program. Each honoree will have a high-quality video produced by Custom Video Productions to use as future promotional material for their company.
About the Winners
- The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, located in the famous Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place Castle in Monroe Township, grants the wishes of child en diagnosed with a life-threatening medical conditions. Every day, Make-A-Wish gets to ask children what their one wish would be, said Make-A-Wish President & CEO Thomas P. Weatherall. Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish New Jersey has brought hope, strength and joy to more than 7,400 seriously ill children throughout the state.
- Wilkin & Guttenplan P.C. has been twice recognized by Accounting Today as one of the “Best Accounting Firms to Work For.” In fact, Edward I. Guttenplan, the firm’s managing shareholder, repeatedly points to that company culture as a hallmark of the firm and even convenes a “culture committee” that works to make sure the family-like values of the firm are constantly followed. Founded in 1983, the East Brunswick-based firm has grown to employ more than 70 full-time and flex employees.
- The Intersect Fund, a rapidly growing non-profit microlender and certified community development financial institution equips low-income, minority and women-owned businesses with the skills and capital to successfully develop. In 2009, the Intersect Fund launched out of a Rutgers dorm room with just $1,000 in seed capital and a bold objective: To help individuals in urban areas acquire loans to grow their businesses and improve or establish a credit history. To date, The Intersect Fund has provided more than $800,000 in loans to owners of all types of microbusinesses. “These businesses are really underrepresented in what people think are the mainstream business communities,” said Rohan Mathew, Intersect Fund President and CEO. “We are trying to help these businesses grow and help people make connections.”
- Construction Management Associates has close to 20 years of experience and has become one of New Brunswick’s largest and most experienced rental apartment development and management operations. The firm, which only operates new construction and re-developed properties, specializes in efficiency and one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom, age-restricted apartments for adults 55 and up. Known for a hands-on management style, the firm’s downtown office locations better enables the firm to serve the tenant needs.
- Bayshore Recycling Corporation is an award winning, state-of-the-art material recovery facility composed of six separate and distinct recycling operations within its 55-acre eco-complex and energy campus in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge, NJ. Each company contributes environmental benefit by reintroducing materials into the economic mainstream that would otherwise be disposed of in state landfills. The New Jersey recycling facility is a Woman Owned Business (WBE), helping to assist clients in meeting Affirmative Action requirements on both state and federal levels.
- All Colors, LLC is a Highland Park-based full-service marketing company that helps build business and brand awareness through unique, niche identification, public relations, events, market planning, product development, and brand/logo campaigns. Founder Gayle Brill Mittler takes pride in her company’s promise to use New Jersey-based vendors whenever possible in order to keep New Jersey economically sustainable. “Though our business is national, our roots are right here in New Jersey,” Brill Mittler said. “And to be recognized by one of New Jersey’s most prestigious county Chambers is a huge honor.”
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