WELCOME TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER
The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, celebrating its 10th anniversary this December, provides technical expertise and information to help minority, women, small, veteran, and LGBTQ-owned companies develop and grow their businesses, and compete for larger contracts with Essex County and other government agencies. In addition to our ongoing hosting of educational events throughout the year, we hope you find these newsletters informative and look forward to you taking advantage of the Office and its many resources. Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders
THE NUMBERS ARE IN: 2nd QUARTERLY REPORT (APRIL 1st - JUNE 30th)
Overall, the County spent $23,949,228 in private contract dollars during the second quarter of 2015 with small, woman and minority-owned businesses receiving $13,673,930 (57%) of the total spent. The largest contract award this quarter ($1,467,470) was received by small business enterprise (SBE) Applied Landscape Technologies to provide Ivy Hill softball field improvements for the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.
Other notable contracts given out to minority business enterprises (MBE) included Dia General Construction ($471,835), Brantley Bros. Moving & Storage ($260,000), and KS Engineering, P.C. ($256,897).
ENGLISH/SPANISH OSHA COMPLETION CEREMONY
On September 17th, the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action held an unprecedented graduation ceremony at the Sheila Y. Oliver Conference Center in the Essex County LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building in Newark for its English and Spanish participants of OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 Outreach Training classes. Led by NJ Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver and supported by a bilingual translator, the ceremony marked the first time that OSHA Certificates of Completion were awarded to Spanish-speaking trainees.
ESSEX COUNTY/TURNER COLLABORATION
On Wednesday, September 16th, the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action collaborated with Turner Construction to launch a Construction Management Program. The kick-off was very well attended with 47 attendees including former N.J. Assemblyman and Deputy Chief of Staff William D. Payne, as well as general contractors and other entrepreneurs from the City of Newark.
GROWING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
On Thursday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m, the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action will host a seminar on “Growing Your Business in the Digital Age”. The event is FREE and will take place at McLoone’s Boathouse Restaurant in West Orange, N.J. Registration is mandatory, click here to register:
“Without the help of the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, I’m not sure my business would be here today,” says Barbara Bochese, Managing Director of Iris Communications, a full-service, woman-owned marketing agency in Verona. Formerly a 20-year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry, Bochese started Iris Communications in 2010 and credits the meetings and seminars offered by the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action regarding small business dynamics, contract attainment, and overall networking as critical steps to her business’ ensuing success. “If I could give one piece of advice to would-be small business owners in the area, it would be to first ensure that you are an expert in what you do, and then to consult with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action before getting started.”
Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action
Hall of Records, Room 449A
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102