Essex County Office of
Small Business Development and Affirmative Action
Hall of Records, Room 449A 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

Essex County Small Business Financial Literacy Program

The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action presents the Small Business Financial Literacy Program- beginning on Monday, April 7, 2014, 12 pm.  The program is FREE, but registration is required.  To register, please complete the online event registration form, or call 973-621-2011.

"State Contracts and Competitive Purchasing" Seminar

The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action presents the "State Contracts and Competitve Purchasing" Seminar - Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10 am at McLoones Boathouse Restaurant, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ. The program is FREE, but registration is required.  Please call 973-621-2011 to RSVP

Demystifying the RFP Process

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, more than 50 people attended the SBDAA\'s Demystifying the RFP Process at The Highlawn Pavilion, Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ.

Sea Lion Exhibit at the Turtle Back Back Zoo

Arco Construction a MBE certified business received a County contract to support the construction of the Sea Lion Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action invite you to attend the State Contracts and Competitive Purchasing Seminar on April 17, 2014.

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Mission Statement of the Essex County of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action

The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action (SBDAA) mission is to ensure equal opportunity and fair play in the procurement and contracting processes of Essex County through our efforts in the following areas:

  • Strategic partnerships with private sector financiers and insurers of small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
  • Outreach to individuals, groups and organizations to expand our network of small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses. Towards that end, Essex County advertises all bids on Tuesdays in The Star Ledger and on our website at Essex County Purchasing Portal.
  • Technical assistance to help business owners gain necessary certifications, financing, and bonding.
  • Collaborative partnerships with groups and organizations that share the County’s commitment to equal opportunity.
  • Partnering with the Economic Development Corporation of Essex County to further our commitment to expanding contracting opportunities to small, woman, and minority-owned businesses.