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GNEC Updates for April 2014 and Save The Date

Join GNEC for our Small Business Panel event on 4/24/14 at Saint Peter’s University and Save the date, June 20th, for our 2014 Awards and Opportunities Breakfast event!

Spring is in the air and it is time to take action.


This Spring, GNEC is embracing our strategic partnerships to bring quality and relevant resources to the entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the Greater Newark area. 


Also, coming June 20th, save the date for 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?!  

Are you ready to empower yourself to reach new heights through knowledge and new strategic partners and resources?!


If the answer is yes, (And we know it is!) please join us at the following events!


Own your history! Own your future! 

Upcoming  Events

“Finding and Keeping Your Customers Online!”
A Small Business Panel Discussion
The Ignite Institute at Saint Peter’s University
DATE:         April 24, 2014  
TIME:          9:30am – 11:30am 
LOCATION: The Duncan Family Sky Room at the Mac Mahon Student Center 
                  Saint Peter’s University, 43 Glenwood Ave. Jersey City, NJ
The world of social media and online digital marketing can be an intimidating jungle of options, bells, and whistles ready to gobble up your hard earned cash for promises of more customers and more sales. Join GNEC, Saint Peter’s University, and our panel of digital marketing experts as we address practical and effective ways in which entrepreneurs & small businesses can develop their online brand and attract and retain the right type of clients to make money and grow their business. Our expert panel will consist of the following industries: Direct online marketing, blog development and maintenance, social media branding, & digital advertising.
For more information, send name & contact details to:
Or Call: (973) 242-4132
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
Check out our past event!
Check out our video from past events!

Network with 40+ Vendors and 250 Attendees!


For TICKET information, please send name & contact details to:

Or Call: (973) 242-4132 

“Stratigic Connections” for Small Businesses

Newark Regional Business Partnership



Build your Business! Drive Marketing into Sales.

DATE:Thursday, April 10th, 2014
TIME: 8am – 10am 
LOCATION: 744 Broad St., 26th Floor Newark, NJ 07102


At this program you will learn to find more prospects and convert them into customers, get the best pricing and increase revenue through human actions and digital interaction that motivate sales.  Empower yourself with a repertoire of communication channels and learn best practices from client examples. Evolve or be yesterday’s news!


For more information and to register please visit:  

Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance, presents…

Greater Newark Sustainability & Advocacy Summit
DATE:Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TIME: 8:30am – 12pm
LOCATION: Essex Hall Of Records, 465 Dr, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ.
                   Essex County Court Complex – Shelia Oliver room 465 Newark, NJ 07102

The goal for the summit is to provide an opportunity for businesses to gain information and action steps on implementing sustainable practices while learning how best to advocate on behalf of their businesses at the state and local level. The summit will target small business owners and community stakeholders from the Greater Newark area.  There are many issues involving economic and environmental sustainability and policy advocacy that are of paramount importance to the health and success of our local small business owners and their workers.  We are excited to bring this opportunity to Newark and the surrounding region.


For more information and to register please visit: 


United Way of Essex and West Hudson Counties
Plan & Pitch Business Bootcamp

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

TIME: 5:30 – 8 pm

LOCATION: United Way of Essex and West Hudson Counties, 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: 



The Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL): “7th annual Business Plan Competition” and “2014 Next Level Conference”

DATE:Thursday, July 10, 2014
TIME: 1pm – 8pm 
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 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.


For more information including deadlines, dates, and resources, please click HERE 

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Spring 2014 Entrepreneur Training Programs and Updates

Upcoming UEDI/IDUE classes, workshops, and events!

Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation
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Urban Entrepreneurs Development Institute©

The Urban Entrepreneurs Development Institute (UEDI) and the Instituto de Desarollo Urbano de Empresarios (IDUE) entrepreneurial training program Spring 2014 classes are fast approaching and we invite you to apply now!



UEDI/IDUE assists business owners and entrepreneurs of the Greater Newark area to become economically self-sufficient, develop and grow their business ideas, help develop self-employment and to identify capital resources.


We look forward to seeing you on
March 15th for our ENGLISH Class

March 18th for our SPANISH class!


Click HERE to visit the event homepage for more information and testimonials!

Seating is limited and filling up fast!
Once a week (SATURDAYS) for 10 sessions from March 15th – May 31st
Time: 10am – 1pm

Once a week (TUESDAYS) For 10 sessions from March 18th – May 27th
Time: 6pm – 9pm

National Newark Building
744 Broad Street
26th Fl. Conference Center
Newark, NJ 07102
Upcoming GNEC Events
(Click on event title for more details)

Save the Date:
Friday, June 20th, 2014 

Onward and Upward!
Onward and Upward!

GNEC Presents a Small Business Resource Event in Spanish

“Como el Internet Te Ayuda a Crecer Tu Negocio”

“How The Internet can Help Your Business Grow” 


DATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014
TIME: 6:30pm – 9pm 

LOCATION: The National Newark Building Conference Center, 744 Broad St. 26th Floor Newark, NJ 07102
Join fellow Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners for this informative event presented by Tula Alcocer, President of the School of Prosperity Shri Sharma. For more details please visit the event website HERE and learn more about Tula and her amazing business HERE.


GNEC, In conjunction with Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and Brick City Live Present a Small Business Resource Event.
“How to Use Online Advertising Channels to Grow and Measure Success”

DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2014 

TIME: 6:00pm – 8:30pm 

LOCATION: The National Newark Building Conference Center, 744 Broad St. 26th Floor Newark, NJ 07102

Using social media and the internet to identify and attract customers can be a daunting and expensive endeavor. Join us as Brick City Live owner and marketing professional, Andaiye Taylor, presents feasible tools and strategies to use Facebook advertising, Twitter advertising, and online banner ads for local businesses. This event is co-sponsored by GNEC, Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance, and Brick City Live. Please visit our websites for event details.



To register for any GNEC event/classes 

OR for more information, send name & contact details to:

Or Call: (973) 242-4132

Upcoming Partner Events 


Co-sponsoring Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Initiative starting in Newark next month 


Newark is one of four new cities to have been chosen to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2014 Emerging Leaders initiative, an intensive executive-level entrepreneurship training program for small business owners in 27 cities and communities across the country.


Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners, and continues to expand its impact of helping small businesses

grow and create jobs. The seven month executive intensive entrepreneurship education series starts in April and will be held in Newark. The program has no out of pocket expense for participants, but has a significant time requirement that calls for approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant. In addition to the training, small business owners will be given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.


To learn more and apply for the program, click HERE

The Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL): “7th Annual Business Plan Competition”

A well developed plan is your road map 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.
For more information including deadlines, dates, and resources, please click HERE



Brick City Development Corporation: 
“Web Marketing Program”
Leveraging the internet for your small business


5 Sessions running February 11, 18, 25,  March 4, and 11

TIME: 6:30 – 8:30pm 

If you have not already registered you can contact BCDC at  973-273-1040 or email Click HERE

for more details. 



Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) 
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers University School of Business

Upcoming EPI information sessions:


Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00pm (Newark) 
Monday, March 24 at 6:00pm (New Brunswick)


The Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) is a highly selective and exclusive nine-month program from The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School that offers intensive, practical training, step-by-step coaching, and numerous networking and financing opportunities.
Designed exclusively for first-generation entrepreneurs with established businesses in New Jersey, EPI will help selected participants develop a detailed strategic growth plan and the technical, operational and management skills needed for success. Along with like-minded entrepreneurs, you’ll learn how to generate growth, build your brand, accelerate strategic alliances, focus your finances, and much more. 


Ready to apply for the program? Visit: 

For additional information about EPI visit their website at

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GNEC announces changes to its Board of Trustees and executive management

PRESS RELEASE: GNEC announces changes to its Board of Trustees and executive management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  Contact: Steven Gomez

DATE: MARCH 11, 2014                                                                    (973) 242-5562

GNEC announces changes to its Board of Trustees and executive management

BODY: Newark, NJ – March 11, 2014 – Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) is pleased to announce that Carlton West, SVP/CIOO of City National Bank of NJ, has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees replacing Dr. Tamara Thomas who has led GNEC through a substantial period of growth and impact. “It is with great pleasure that I am taking on the duties of Chairman of the GNEC Board of Trustees,” said Mr. West.  “I believe very much in providing entrepreneurs with the financing and technical assistance they need to be successful and am honored to lead such a dedicated group of volunteers in fulfillment of that mission.”


Joining Mr. West on the executive committee is Joann Mazur-Kielblock of Prudential Financial as vice-chairperson, Chip Hallock of Newark Regional Business Partnership as treasurer, and John Suwatson of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, LLC as secretary.  Additionally, GNEC welcomed a new board member, Darrell W. Gunter, president and CEO of Gunter Media Group, Inc. “It is an honor and privilege to be invited and selected to serve on the trustee board of GNEC.  GNEC has a long and proud history of helping business to get started and grow in the greater Newark community.  As a member of the trustee board I look forward to helping GNEC to fulfill its mission,” said Mr. Gunter.  


In other leadership news, GNEC announced that executive director, Mike Wall has accepted a new job as executive director of Constituent Relations at New Jersey Institute of Technology effective at the end of March.  “It has been an honor and pleasure to be part of the GNEC team for the past 3 years,” said Mr. Wall. “Because of broad community support, we have been able to expand our partnerships and effectiveness. While faces change, GNEC remains a great resource for small businesses. Thank you all for allowing me to be part of this outstanding organization.”


As part of its transition plan, GNEC’s Board promoted Steven Gomez, current assistant executive director to  lead the organization as acting executive director.. “I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead such an amazing organization and carry on the work of my predecessors who have been mentors and visionaries in our industry,” said Mr. Gomez. “We have a great team here at GNEC and I am excited to work with a dynamic Board of Trustees in furthering our mission and impacts throughout the Greater Newark area. We enjoy a network of dedicated funders and fellow strategic partners who share in the passion and drive to support the entrepreneurial and economic landscape of our local communities.”


“GNEC is grateful for the thoughtful and purposeful leadership provided by Mike Wall during his time at GNEC and during this transition,” said Mr. West. “We are confident that Steven and the GNEC team will build upon the strong foundation that Mike has established so we can support even more emerging entrepreneurs in the years ahead.”


The Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides financing and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout New Jersey.  It is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and CDE by the US Department of the Treasury.  Additional information on GNEC and related programs and resources can be found at



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National Newark Building – 744 Broad Street, 26th Floor – Newark, NJ 07102