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GNEC Press Release: Small Business Lending Program is Focus of EDA Visit to Newark Health Sciences Training Facility

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Innovation and Growth Resource List


The following list of resources was shared by the panelists and speaker with the audience last week at our Innovation and Growth discussion on taking your business to the next level discussion at Indiegrove.


Feel free to share and return regularly as we will be adding more resources to this list periodically!









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Innovation & Growth: Taking Your Business to the Next Level

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Self Employment vs. Small Business Owner

Earl’s P&B Brief: Josh is Stuck in Self Employment

There is a huge difference between being self-employed and being a business owner. A self-employed person, for the most part, does every task (all the responsibilities) in his/her business endeavor; while a small business owner/entrepreneur hires others to perform task and manages them and the business. Josh is making the transition from functioning as a self-employed person to business owner/entrepreneur. In this Brief we will see the steps he is taking to make the transition.


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Earl Boyd is the Director of Entrepreneur Services at Entrepreneur Works as well as the facilitator of GNEC’s Urban Entrepreneur Development Institute. In his roles he equips entrepreneurs with the skills to start a business, operate an existing business better or develop growth strategies for an existing business.

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Happy New Year & January 2015 News/Events

Happy New Year from your friends at GNEC!

2014 was a year of change, growth, and impact. GNEC saw changes in leadership, staffing, and moved our offices to our new home at 60 Park Place 18th Floor Newark, NJ. Like the small businesses we serve, GNEC has had to deal with these changes and recognize the opportunities they afforded to continue to grow and create impacts in the communities we serve. We are proud to report that 2014 marked a significant year for GNEC in terms of dollars lent, capital accessed, and impacts made.

In 2014 GNEC:

  • Connected businesses to nearly $2 Million in capital
  • Worked with more than 500 entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Provided more than 2,000 hours of Technical Assistance
  • Graduated 65 entrepreneurs from our training programs
  • Helped to start and grow dozens of businesses
  • Contributed to the creation and retention of close to 75 jobs

GNEC recognizes that these impacts would not have been possible without the support of our Board of Trustees, funders, collaborative partners, and most importantly, the entrepreneurs that make it all happen. We are pleased to share with you our 2014 E-Journal highlighting our partners and supporters and invite you to support those who support us.

As dynamic a year 2014 was, we are excited for what is to come in 2015. With a renewed focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and small businesses, a continued effort to support businesses within our Spanish speaking communities, and programs to support the growing urban technology and innovation ecosystem, GNEC looks to create more collaborations, launch initiatives, and develop relevant products that support the growing and changing small business and entrepreneur landscape throughout the Greater Newark area.

We love helping entrepreneurs here at GNEC, and as our slogan states, “Providing Capital Solutions For Small Businesses” , we look forward to working with you to identify and connect to the resources necessary to map, start, and grow your business . Throughout 2015, we wish you all of the best in health, happiness, and success and encourage you to get out, network, and take advantage of what the entrepreneurial support ecosystem has to offer!


Steven M. Gomez

Executive Director

Are you prepared to meet your challenges?!

Own your history! Own your future!

Financing for Your Business…
The Newark Small Business Summit
Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: NJ Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, NJ 07102
The Newark Small Business Summit will be a catalytic event focused on providing resources to the city’s small business owners. This one-day event, hosted by the City of Newark, is designed to connect small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to a citywide network of educational opportunities, support systems and strategic relationships. Local subject matter experts will take part in panel discussions to address common obstacles to business growth and innovations.
To register, click HERE.
MetroWorks Entrepreneurs Conference
Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave., Newark, NJ 07103
A full day dedicated to individuals that are interested in starting their own business, as well as those current business owners looking to take their business to the next level. The day will begin with a short program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have a dynamic guest speaker lined up to motivate and inspire you to move forward. After the program, we will host a panel discussion on various relevant topics that are designed to assist with your business goals and objectives. Finally, we have selected the top six categories for entrepreneur concerns and created interactive workshops. These workshops will be facilitated by top, seasoned business owners and trainers in their field. Workshops include: How to Secure Government Contracts, Introduction to the Business Plan, Securing Government Funding, Securing Non-Government Financing, Leveraging Social Media for Your Business and Sales and Marketing.
For full details and registration, click HERE.
Growing Your Business…
NJ Tech Meetup: Jeff Braverman – From I-Banking to Peanuts
Date: Monday, January 12th, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Howe Center, Bissinger Room, 4th floor – 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Jeff started (then from his freshman dorm room in 1999. After a 7 month stint at Blackstone, in 2003 he decided to build something real and joined his small, 74 year old family business. From 4 employees and 100 products, today has 120+ employee and nearly 3,000 products. Sales are up 50x what they were since Jeff came on board and business keeps on growing.
To register, click HERE.
IFEL Know-How Webinar Series:
Identifying the Right Target Market to Make Money
Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015
Time: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: From the comfort of your own home… or business! (Link below)
If you don’t know who your most profitable customers are, it will be difficult to know where to find more of them. Do you know exactly who your ideal customer is? Do you know the best place to reach your target audience? Tune into this webinar to learn how to identify the right target market for your product or service, i.e. the people who need what you are selling and who will pay for the value that you offer. Learn why narrowing your target audience and specializing could get you a larger customer base that is willing to pay more money.
For more details, click HERE.
To view the webinar on 1/26/15, click HERE.
Demystifying Domain Names:
Using Them as a Marketing, Business, and IP Tool
Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Montclair State University, University Hall Conf. Center, 7th floor – 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
Dream of seeing your startup’s name in the lights of the Internet? What would it cost to become a registrar of a domain (say, Citibank purchasing .bank)? How do you navigate and demystify the world of domain names? Has your company’s domain name ever been held hostage for a large sum of money? Join us Jan. 27 for a lively and engaging discussion on how to use domain names as a marketing, business and intellectual property tool. David Postolski, IP attorney at Gearhart Law, will deliver a short address to set the scene, then moderate a panel of experts in this area.
To register, click HERE.
Basics of Business Branding
Rising Tide Capital
Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: (Location TBA)

For full details, contact Lucas at (201) 432 – 4316 ext. 113
For more events, click HERE.
Networking, Jobs, Giving Back & More…
MetroWorks 2015 Career Fair
Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave., Newark, NJ 07103
A forum in which employers and job seekers come together to experience a face-to-face connection with the intention of satisfying both the employer and job seekers employment needs.
For full details and registration, click HERE.
Managing Grief in the Workplace
Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Location: Eisenhower Corporate Campus, 80 Beaufort Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039
Did you know one in four employees is grieving at any given time? Join us as Mary explains how to strengthen workplace stability, loyalty and productivity by focusing on healthy awareness, encouraging interaction with managers and co-workers, and educating employees about effective ways to cope with their own grief or that of their co-workers. Presented by Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director, Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss.
To register, click HERE.
United Way of Essex & West Hudson’s
Celebrity Read Kick-off 2015
Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Time: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: The Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Did you know that some children hear thirty million fewer words by their 4th birthdays than others and that children who hear more words are better prepared when they entered school? In fact, children who hear more words have bigger vocabularies, are stronger readers, and get higher test scores. Join us at the Celebrity Read Kickoff Breakfast and support our programs that help children hear more words.

Themed All My Heroes Read, Celebrity Read 2015 is a longstanding initiative of United Way and has been designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress. Celebrity Readers come from all walks of life who wish to model their love of reading and the pursuit of education as a pathway to success. Your attendance includes a hot breakfast and a dynamic program featuring The Honorable Ras J. Baraka, mayor of Newark, NJ; representatives from local literacy program of excellence, 12Comics; and a special presentation by United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Raising a Reader.

For more information & registration, click HERE.
NJ Young Professionals Newark Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Catas, 538 Market St., Newark, NJ 07105
Your local Happy Hour is back on the calendar and this time we are at Catas in Newark. Join other Young Professionals at this mix & mingle event. As always, there is no cover, plus there will be great specials to keep the drinks and the laughter flowing. Whether this is your first event or your fiftieth, you will find yourself surrounded by friendly faces and future friends.
For registration, click HERE.
Newark Regional Business Partnership
Indigo Night Networking
Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Hotel Indigo, 810 Broad St., Newark, NJ 07102
NRBP is pleased to offer members a special opportunity to be one of the first groups to visit the newly opened Hotel Indigo in downtown Newark. Located in the historic First National State Bank building, the design incorporates features that mix modern design with touches of the past. Our reception will be in the rooftop bar with 360 degree views of the Newark skyline.
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