Thursday, March 28, 2013
Report warns even small reductions in Social Security, Medicare would be big drain on state's economy.
Concerned that their voices are being ignored in Washington, D.C., New Jersey small-business owners and advocates spoke out yesterday against potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The teleconference highlighted a white paper from the Main Street Alliance, which argued that even small cuts to the two programs could have disproportionately large effects on businesses still struggling to work their way out of the Great Recession. “Even a 3 percent cut to Social Security and Medicare would mean an annual loss of more than $1 billion a year to New Jersey’s economy,” said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th Dist.), who participated in the presentation. The report’s release came in the wake of the budget cuts presented by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Free Drop-In Counseling for Small Businesses with SCORE
Get free counseling for your small business at the East Brunswick Public Library. Princeton SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Association, is offering free counseling forstart-up, home-based and small businesses at the Business Resource Center @ East Brunswick Public Library. A counselor will be available every other Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, April 2. If you are launching a new business, or thinking about pursuing your dreams, a SCORE Counselor will be on hand to help with your planning, financial, tax and legal questions. Counselors will also match you with a SCORE mentor in your particular industry for added advice. There is no appointment necessary, just “Drop-In!” on these days: April 2, April 16, …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Business Resource Center @ The East Brunswick Public Library to Hold business workshop series with SCORE.
Wednesday, March 13
Get professional assistance on how to start a small business--or help running the one you already have--during the SCORE StartSMART series at Business Resource Center@The East Brunswick Public Library. SCORE StartSMART is collaboration between SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses, and the Business Resource Center and will include five sessions: Start-Up basics on Thursday, April 11; Business Concepts on Thursday, April 25; Marketing Plan on Tuesday, May 7; Financial Projections on Thursday, May 23; and Funding Sources and Next Steps on Thursday, June 6. During the program students will learn how to evaluate their idea, develop a marketing strategy, create a financial plan, and determine funding sources and feasibility. The …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The boutique is having a big sale on all of its merchandise before it shuts its doors next week.
A fashion boutique in East Brunswick is in the midst of a clearance sale before having to shutter its doors next week. Hope and Dawn Boutique, which is attached to Voi Salon and Spa, will be closing after two and a half years of business, proprietor Jodi Reich said. Reich said she has lost her lease for the current location, and while she hopes to reopen at another location in East Brunswick, nothing has grabbed her interest as of yet. She hopes to find another space that is similar to the store within a store location at the salon, she said. "I'm looking for similar space like that (but it) hasn't been easy to find," she said. Before the store closes, Reich is having a large sale of her remaining merchandise, with 50 percent off nearly …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
John Broehl volunteers his employees to help the township clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
There were trees everywhere. They were across roads, on top of homes, in power lines, and on top of cars. For some, it might have been a great chance to make some money, especially for people who specialize in landscaping. But for John Broehl, of Broehl’s Lawn Maintenance, Inc., the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy was a chance to help. “I looked at Sandy as a natural disaster, where people in our town were in true need of assistance, in need of help, and that supersedes anything,” he said. Following the storm, Broehl reached out to Austin Kosik, Coordinator of Emergency Management, and asked how he could help. His offer was quickly accepted, and Broehl volunteered his employees, all equipped with chainsaws, to assist the town in …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
500 per store this Wednesday. With no strings attached. Really.
Do you like Lowe's? You're going to like them even more come this Wednesday. That's when 35 Lowe's home improvement stores in New Jersey and New York, including the one on Route 18, is spending $1 million fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners they'll be handing to the first 500 customers at each store, starting at 11 am on November 21. The dinners, prepared by Boston Market, are free. There is no income qualification, no strings. And each dinner feeds up to six people. It's an amazing thing, but it's an effort by the company to help customers in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, said Lowe's spokeswoman Jaclyn Pardini. "Food is a critical need. We wanted people who have suffered through the hurricane to have a good holiday dinner," Pardini…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Conference call with state, federal officials on Thursday
Friday, November 9, 2012
Small business owners who were impacted by Sandy need to be on a conference call at 2 p.m. Thursday with state and federal officials, says the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), New Jersey Economic Development Authority and New Jersey Business Action Center senior officials will be on the conference call on the federal and state government's efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. "Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Library Director MaryEllen Firestone Addressed Congressional Staff on How Library Helps Jobseekers and Business Owners.
East Brunswick Public Library Director MaryEllen Firestone recently attended a Congressional staff briefing to discuss the role libraries play in supporting job seekers and business owners. During her presentation, she discussed the library’s Business Resource Center and the support it lends to not only business owners and entrepreneurs, but to job seekers. “I think many business owners and job seekers are not aware of the plethora of services that our library has to offer--materials for starting a business, courses on how to value a business, how to become a consultant, databases that give industry overviews and specific data on companies and businesses that are growing,” said Firestone. “Jobseekers would be happy to learn about our one-…
The Business Resource Center is offering a course on how to better manage your business.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Learn how to use the five key members needed to better run and control your business – cash management results, sales, payroll control figures, inventory changes and over and under the break even sales amount. Join Edward Mendlowtiz, CPA, for a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Business Resource Center for this informative program. A large handout will include forms that you can use to implement the important techniques covered in the course. The BRC is located in the East Brunswick Public Library. The program is free for BRC members and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-390-6782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 17, 2012
MaryEllen Firestone spoke to Congress on Thursday about the tools libraries have to help small businesses and job seekers position themselves for success.
MaryEllen Firestone, director of the East Brunswick Public Library, discussed the work being done through the Library’s groundbreaking Business Resource Center, which was developed to support small businesses in Middlesex County, during a presentation to the U.S. Congress, Thursday. The Library recognizes that small businesses are the engines that drive workforce development. For the past two years, the Business Resource Center has offered Middlesex County small business owners services and programs that support their success and growth. Specialized computer training, social media courses, how to start a small business, how to value a family owned business and databases that can help grow an existing small business are just some of the …