The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at NJCU holds two workshops on current and seminal small business topics nearly every month of the year. Through these informative events, NJSBDC encourages growth in new and existing small businesses. The center provides free one-on-one business counseling services such as reviewing strategic planning initiatives and assisting businesses to both qualify and obtain SBA loans guarantee funding.
On April 3rd, 2019, NJSBDC held a Purchasing a Franchise workshop at the North Bergen Public Library on Bergenline Ave. At this event the audience learned the steps required to become a franchise business owner, how to find business opportunities, funding, and more. Guest speaker, Boynton Weekes, a veteran franchise business consultant, presented on how business owners can benefit from choosing the right franchise. Mr. Weekes created an engaging atmosphere in which the audience enjoyed light-hearted banter in an exchange of questions and answers. The event successfully ended with a networking session and everyone savoring deliciously prepared, fresh empanadas!
Two weeks later, the Starting a Business workshop series kick-started on April 17th at City Hall in Jersey City. The three-part workshop series, in partnership with Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC), includes: Starting a Business- Pt. 1, Writing a Winning Business Plan- Pt. 2, and Basics of Sales/Marketing- Pt. 3.
The first workshop was headed by Ryan Silvestre, NJSBDC’s Senior Business Consultant; and Vanessa Quijano, JCEDC’s Small Business Coordinator, introducing entrepreneurs to the conceptual stage of the personal and business assessment process, different business entities, certifications that help businesses grow, and much more.
The remaining two workshops in the series are scheduled to be held at City Hall on May 1st and May 15th.
New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU), a consulting network servicing Hudson County, is an accredited member of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Since its inception, NJSBDC at NJCU has helped over 3,400 entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in Hudson County.