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

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ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND THE OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OPEN THE ESSEX COUNTY  SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTER & REFERENCE LIBRARY

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND THE OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OPEN THE ESSEX COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTER & REFERENCE LIBRARY

March 03, 2011

 ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND THE OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OPEN THE ESSEX COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTER & REFERENCE LIBRARY

Computer Access and Available Research Materials will Provide Entrepreneurs with Information to Form New Companies and Grow Existing Businesses

Newark, NJ Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action announced the opening of the Essex County Small Business Development Resource Center & Reference Library on Thursday, March 3rd. The Resource Center and Reference Library is the latest tool provided by Essex County to empower the business community and make information available to help entrepreneurs start new companies and current vendors grow their businesses.

“Our Purchasing Portal, Bonding Readiness Program and the creation of our Small Business Development Office are important initiatives that have helped small, women and minority-owned businesses compete for County contracts. Our new Small Business Development Resource Center and Reference Library is an extension of these initiatives and will provide entrepreneurs with information to transform their ideas into new businesses and help current vendors to expand their companies,” DiVincenzo said. “The research and groundwork clients can complete at our Resource Center will translate into economic development and job creation in the future. We are pleased to work with Congressman Pascrell to obtain valuable grant money so we can offer this much-needed service,” he added.

The one-room resource center and reference library contains three computer terminals where visitors can conduct on-line research or take advantage of office software to work on their business plans, proposals or resumes. The library has a specialized collection of about 500 books that provide information about marketing, starting a business, expanding a business, developing a plan, financing, statistics and a variety of other topics that can help entrepreneurs start or expand their business. In addition, copies of The Star-Ledger, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other business-related periodicals are available.

“The Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action does a wonderful job of bringing in more small, women and minority owned businesses to apply for contracts with the County. We are delighted to be opening this library, which will be an extension of their efforts,” Freeholder Patricia Sebold said.

“Information is essential to the success of any business and this new library will play an important role in helping people,” Freeholder Rufus Johnson said.

“We were the first in the State to conduct a Disparity Study five years ago to gauge the participation of small, women and minority owned businesses in our procurement process. This library is a sign of great progress and is the result of seeds that were planted five years ago,” Freeholder Bilal Beasley said.

The resource center and reference library is located in the Essex County Hall of Records, Fourth Floor Room 447, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ. It is open by appointment only. For more information, please call the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action at 973-621-2011.

“Our Small Business Development Resource Center and Research Library is a specialized, one-stop location where entrepreneurs can conduct market research, learn about business management and accounting principles, and find valuable information that can help established businesses adapt to changing markets and start-up companies find their niche,” Essex County Small Business Development and Affirmative Action Director Deborah E. Collins, Esq. said.

Essex County partnered with Congressman Bill Pascrell to receive a $205,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to create the resource center and reference library. Renovations to the room were performed by the Essex County Department of Public Works.

The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Actionhas a mission to ensure equal opportunity in the procurement and contracting processes of Essex County through strategic partnerships, outreach, technical assistance, and collaborative partnerships. For information, call 973-621-2011.

This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested two weeks in advance. Contact Deborah E. Collins, Esq., Director, Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, Hall of Records, Room 449A, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark NJ 07102. Telephone: (973) 621-2010.

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