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GNEC’s Annual Awards and Opportunities Breakfast Event June 20th, Register Today!


April showers bring May flowers and hopefully customers and growth to your business.


This May, GNEC, along with our entrepreneur and small business partners, celebrate National Small Business Week.  What are you looking to do to grow and improve your business this month? 


GNEC has teamed up with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp to participate in their Business Credit Member Alliance (BCMA) program to bring you a complete business credit education program developed especially for the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners by the credit experts at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.You can start by learning about the importance of building business credit by checking out the free resources here: 


GNEC/Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Education Center


Also, coming June 20th, is our 2014 Awards and Opportunities Breakfast. Join us and 250+ like minded entrepreneurs, small business owners, and service providers to network and celebrate the power of entrepreneurship in our communities.


Are you prepared to meet your challenges?!  


Own your history! Own your future! 

Upcoming 2014 Awards and Opportunities Breakfast 


2014 Annual Awards and Opportunities Breakfast 
“Strategic Partnerships”

Friday, June 20th, 2014
NJIT Campus Center, 2nd Floor
150 Bleeker St. Newark, NJ
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Network with 40+ Vendors and 250+ Attendees!


Join us to honor this year’s awardees

Community Advocates

Capital One Bank

Newark Regional Business Partnership


Small Businesses of the Year  

Zahra AmanpourIndiegrove

Praveen & Rajeev Mudumba Intelli Health Care Solutions  

Glenis MojicaO-P Multiservices

Ivan LeBronBroad Street Auto Center


For questions you can reach us at:

Or Call: (973) 242-4132 

“Stratigic Connections” for Small Businesses


“Let’s Do Lunch”
Newark Regional Business Partnership

DATE: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 
TIME: 6 pm – 8 pm 
LOCATION: Newark Club 1085 Raymond Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102

Celebrate “Hump” Day with NRBP by attending Let’s Do Lunch, hosted and sponsored by The Newark Club and sponsored by Investors Bank and Newark Bound Magazine.
Take this opportunity to get out of your office to meet dozens of professionals who can help you expand your network. Starting with structured discussion and an extensive buffet, you will make new acquaintances and strengthen existing bonds. NRBP Ambassadors will be available to make introductions and help you make the most of your time.

See more at: Let’s Do Lunch. 

“How to Get Your Business Street Fair Ready”
Rising Tide Capital

DATE: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
TIME: 6 pm – 8 pm
LOCATION: Newark Public Library (4th floor auditorium), 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 


Does your business need local selling opportunities? Tips for getting your products retail-ready? Information on participating in local markets and expos?
Rising Tide Capital and Forward Ever invite you to attend the “How to Get Your Business Street Fair Ready” seminar and panel discussion to get yourself ready for the 2014 street fair season. Learn how to effectively present and merchandise your products, price and sell your goods, and find out about logistical and technical requirements for participating in upcoming vending opportunities right from the event organizers. Our panel will include:

  • Derek Ware from the Washington Park Market
  • Anthony Smith from The Lincoln Park Music Festival
  • Anthony McMillan from the Newark Downtown District

Space is limited. To reserve your spot today please contact Miles at 201-432-4316 x 113 or e-mail 

“Plan & Pitch” Small Business Bootcamp
United Way of Essex & West Hudson

DATE: Wednesday, May 7th – Wednesday, June 18th (7 weekly sessions)

TIME: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

LOCATION: United Way of Essex & West Hudson, 303 Washington Street, 2nd 
floor, Newark, NJ 07102


The Plan & Pitch Small Business Bootcamp is a free course for people who want to start a small business, or have done so recently.  Through the class, participants will learn how to strategically plan for business success, how to market their products and services, how to write an effective business plan to obtain funding, and how to pitch their businesses to potential customers and investors.  Participants interact and work in teams with others who are in the process of, or have already started a local business.  The trainer, Chike Uzoka, works to foster a safe, comfortable space for group sharing and learning and assigns related homework weekly.  The class also aims to decrease participant’s level of intimidation associated with opening a small business. The course culminates with a Pitch Competition where participants pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts in various fields related to entrepreneurship and small business.


Link to find out more and register: Plan and Pitch Bootcamp 



“Business to Business Networking Event”
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

DATE: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 
TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
LOCATION: The Lobby, 821 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

In addition to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Workforce Investment Board are working together to bring you this free event!

Join us to network with Union County Business Leaders & Public Officials at The Lobby! There is no charge to attend. Appetizers are included!


Sponsorships are still available. Please contact us by calling 973-900-5886 or via email at:  


More information and registration: Business to Business Networking 


“Newark Insiders Forum”
Newark Regional Business Partnership

DATE: Friday, June 6th, 2014
TIME: 8 am – 10 am 
LOCATION: Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102  


Beginning this summer, Newark’s Military Park will look and feel a lot like New York’s storied Bryant Park, drawing thousands of visitors to NJPAC’s front door.

Long envisioned when NJPAC opened in 1997, residential development akin to Lincoln Center’s successful model will be underway on Center Street as well as just behind NJPAC on Rector Street where the former Science High School will be transformed to residences. Across the park on Broad Street, plans are emerging for the mixed use complex in the former Hahnes department store including Whole Foods, and construction of Prudential’s new tower is proceeding rapidly. 

Speakers include: Elvin Esteves, Gibbons P.C.; Wasseem Boraie, Boraie Development; Jon Cortell, L&M Development Partners; Vaughn Crowe, MCJ/Amelior Foundation/Military Park Partnership; Carl Dranoff, Dranoff Properties; and John Schreiber, NJPAC.

See more at: Newark Insiders Forum 


Business Bazaar and Networking Event
Rutgers-Newark Small Business Development Center

Friday, June 6th, 2014
TIME: 8 am – 4 pm 
LOCATION: Rutgers-Newark Campus, Newark, NJ 07102

The NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark Small Business Bazaar & Procurement Pitch Expo Networking Event is a business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing, promotional, selling and networking event. The Business Bazaar & Expo Networking Event gives entrepreneurs and small business an opportunity to market, promote, and sell their products or services to a diverse audience. Through networking opportunities provided, small business vendors & exhibitors are able to grow, gained visibility, establish contacts with resource partners and other small businesses. The Expo is a great way to increase sales and directly market to consumers. The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Attendance is at no cost. The Business Bazaar & Expo Networking event will be held at the Rutgers – Newark Campus.

For more information, visit: Business Bazaar 

“2014 Next Level Conference & 7th Annual Business Plan Competition”
Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2014
TIME: 1 pm – 8 pm 
LOCATION: Rutgers Business School, 1 Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102

The Next Level Conference on July 10, 2014 will feature an afternoon of seminars, workshops, and plenty of networking. Be sure to check out their line-up of strong>workshops. A well developed plan is your roadmap to success. The purpose of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Annual Business Plan Competition is to guide you through the process of getting your thoughts about your business out of your head, on to paper, and into an actionable plan.


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