2021 NJSBDC Small Business Growth Success Award Winners
By Anthony Birritteri, Editor-in-Chief January 7, 2022
Thirteen small businesses, ranging from a violin studio to an African food manufacturer, wholesaler and exporter, were recent winners of the Small Business Growth Success Awards from New Jersey Small Business Development Centers.
These companies were selected by the regional directors of the 13 NJSBDC sites statewide based on the growth of the company, according to Kelly Brozyna, state director and CEO of the NJSBDC.
The 13 2021 winners, along with the 2020 winners (who were honored almost two years ago), were recognized at a ceremony held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. “The pandemic has hit small businesses hard in our state, but with the persistence of our customers and the guidance and support of the NJSBDC, these businesses have recovered and are leading the way in resilience,” Brozyna said.
The 2021 winners are:
- We Care Adult Care, Red Bank
- Carrefour Restaurant, Garwood
- Mary Olson, LLC, Jersey City
- Edward’s Violin Studio, Morris Plains
- Hartmetrics, Ridgefield Park
- The puppy patch, Annandale
- Residential Rental Housing, LLC, Moorestown
- Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset
- Tropics of gold, orange
- Christine Willard Balance Expert for Busy Lives, LLC, Ventnor
- La Cabana bakery and restaurant, Trenton
- Battinelli Landscaping, Hewitt
- Maestro Technologies, Inc., Trenton
Discussing the results of a recent NJSBDC survey, Brozyna said small businesses need access to capital. To this end, the NJSBDC has established a capital team that aims only to improve entrepreneurs’ access to finance. “The team members are CPAs, bankers and business brokers, and other financial people,” Brozyna said. “We already have a ton of funding in the pipeline for small businesses in a short period of time. … We are happy about it.
Other issues based on the survey results included e-commerce, cybersecurity, labor, and the supply chain.
To help NJSBDC clients in these and other areas, Brozyna said, “We try to be proactive, not reactive. We offer many more workshops depending on the needs of the business.
She added that the NJSBDC is “getting back to basics” by working with and helping businesses. “There is so much potential for the future of the NJSBDC leadership. In three years, I guarantee you that we will be one of the best SBDC networks in the country, ”she said.
Retirement of SBA District Director Al Titone
The National Small Business Development Center program is part of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Here in New Jersey, the SBA has worked closely with the NJSBDC through the SBA District Office in New Jersey, which for the past 11 years was headed by retired Al Titone. December 22.
Titone said New Jersey Business Magazine that his proudest accomplishments over the past 11 years included strengthening the SBA presence in Southern New Jersey by hiring new staff for the area and that 50% of SBA loans went to women and minority-owned businesses during his tenure as director.
Under his tenure, the NJ-SBA district office also reported five loan cases for the state. In fiscal 2021, the district office disbursed $ 1.3 billion in loans, all unrelated to COVID.
“It was a great ride. Since arriving here, I have received a lot of support from the business community as well as elected officials, ”said Titone.
(To note: New Jersey Business Magazine wishes Al Titone a happy retirement and thanks him for his years of editorial contributions to the magazine regarding small business issues and the work of the SBA.)
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