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Four Local Small Businesses
Had Ties To Super Bowl XLVIII

While most of the attention during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium focused on the match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, there were four Essex County small businesses that received contracts with the National Football League and made sure the operations and events surrounding the big game on February 2nd were just as super. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. noted that the four vendors landed contracts with the NFL after being notified of the business opportunities through the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action. The four businesses to receive Super Bowl contracts were Vonda’s Kitchen from Newark, MZM Construction and Management from Newark, Eagle Detective Agency from South Orange and Symphony Printing from Belleville.

“The Super Bowl is an international event that is more than just a football game. The amount of activities and special events that surround the game create a great deal of economic development. Our Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action served as the link between the Super Bowl Committee and the Essex County business community by providing information about business opportunities at the Super Bowl,” DiVincenzo said. “We are pleased that the NFL Super Bowl Committee recognized the professionalism and first class services being provided by these four Essex County businesses. These contracts give our small businesses the opportunity to promote their companies and provide jobs for local residents,” he noted.

The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action has a mission to ensure equal opportunity in the procurement and contracting processes of Essex County through strategic partnerships, outreach, technical assistance, and collaborative partnerships. For information about future programs, please call the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action at 973-621-2011.

The Eagle Detective Agency
The Eagle Detective Agency, headed by James Davis, provided 50 security guards at various venues where pre-Super Bowl events took place since January 20th and had 150 of its staff at MetLife Stadium when the game was played February 3rd. “This certainly was a big responsibility,” Davis said. “We had to hire additional staff, so this helped empower and enhance people by putting them to work at a very high-profile event. We’re hoping this will enhance our business and help us receive larger contracts in the future,” he added.

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The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action requests that business owners update your business profile.  Your updated profile will ensure that you receive the appropriate alerts about procurement opportunities with the County of Essex. There are two ways that you can update your business profile 

1. Visit:
www.ecbizcenter.com/home/register

2. Call 973-621-2011


Vonda’s Kitchen
Vonda’s Kitchen, owned by Vonda McPherson, worked on several NFL-related events. Vonda’s Kitchen catered trade shows for the NFL at the Meadowlands and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, fed over 500 people at each event. On Super Bowl game day, she catered the tailgate party at the Meadowlands Racetrack for 10,000 people. 

McPherson’s relationship with the NFL began with a referral from Deborah E. Collins, Esq., Director of the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, who represents Essex County on the nine-member Super Bowl Business Advisory Board. "She referred me to the Super Bowl Committee and was instrumental in getting me an opportunity to cater the trade shows, which led to the tailgate party contract," McPherson said. “I'm so excited about the opportunity that has been presented to me. I thank Essex County so very much for putting my name in the right hands! This experience has been a positive one and I am so grateful for this opportunity,” she said.

MZM Construction and Management
MZM Construction and Management, which is led by President and CEO Marjorie Perry, received a contract to remove snow from the seating bowl, concourses, stair ramps and plaza areas at MetLife Stadium. The East Rutherford stadium is not foreign for Perry’s firm, which worked on a project to ensure worker safety during construction of the stadium. 

"When Super Bowl goes looking, you have to be ready. I was already in their system because I helped build MetLife Stadium and understood the game. When they found this out, they gave me the job,” Perry said. “While acknowledging that it's hard to be a new kid on the block when bidding on Super Bowl XLVIII business, you have to be persistent, attend the workshops and keep bidding,” she noted. 

Symphony Printing
Symphony Printing, led by Lee Johnson, said he learned about potential business opportunities through the Essex County SBDAA. The experience was very rewarding for Johnson, who completed several large printing jobs for the Super Bowl and other events related to the game. Besides the contract, Johnson attended a number of workshops hosted by the NFL, where he established relationships with other vendors and suppliers, and gained valuable insight from guest speakers who included Disney executives and NFL alumni who now own their own businesses.

“This was a very good experience for us. The NFL is probably the largest entity that we have done business with. Our relationship with the NFL has been great and they have been pleased with our work,” Johnson said. “It’s nice to see that not only is the NFL giving businesses like mine contracts to perform work, but they are educating us on how to expand our business and promoting networking with other companies. Opportunities like this will help us and also help the region,” he added.
 

 
“Small Business Financial Literacy" 

The Small Business Literacy Program begins on April 7th.  Each session will run from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, at the Leroy F. Smith Jr. Public Safety Building, Sheila Y. Oliver Conference Center – 14th Floor, 60 Nelson Place, Newark, NJ 07102.  

Admission is free but registration is required.  To register visit http://www.ecbizcenter.com or call 
973-621-2011.

The program dates and topics are:
April 7th  - Banking & Accepting Credit Cards

April 14th – How to Read, Interpret and Use Business Financial Statements

April 21st – Tracking Income and Expenses

April 28th – Small Business Budgeting

May 5th – Banking (General)

May 12th – Cash Flow

The Biz Center provides entrepreneurs with information to transform their ideas into new businesses and helps current vendors to expand their companies.

Access:

* Computers / Internet

* Daily Newspapers & Business-Related Periodicals

* Specialized 500-Book Business Resource Library


Open Monday - Friday - 9AM-5PM (By Appointment Only)
Contact The Biz Center at 973-621-7958 or email resource@ecbizcenter.com
Essex County Hall of Records - Room 449A
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102


Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action: 
http://www.ecbizcenter.com

County of Essex, NJ: 
http://www.essexcountynj.org/

Essex County Purchasing Portal:
http://www.essexcountynj.org/procure/


 
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