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Even though the landscape of North Essex County is primarily composed of quality residential areas, it still supports a robust and diverse economy. The county’s location—with access to arterial highways, airports, seaports and large-scale markets—is a major asset for businesses. Plus, the area’s dedicated and highly educated employee base is unmatched—a direct result of the availability of distinguished school systems and higher learning institutions.

The area houses an appealing mix of small, locally owned businesses and larger companies. Charming shops, specialty stores, service-oriented firms and restaurants line the downtown districts and strip malls of the communities, while the expansive industrial and business parks are home to a number of major headquarters such as the Anin Flag Company, ADP, Prudential Insurance, Ricoh Corporation, Kyocera-Mita Corporation and Toyota Motor Distributors. These parks also host various professional firms and a medley of small- to mid-size companies, all of which play an important role in the local economy.

North Essex businesses are well-supported by several local and regional organizations, committed to ensuring economic growth and prosperity.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU AT TRENTON
With a mission “to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust,” the Better Business Bureau is a notable organization utilized by businesses of all sizes and types. The BBB provides objective advice, cost-free Reliability Reports and Wise Giving Reports, as well as education information and complaint and dispute resolution support to businesses through a large system of national and local operations including one in nearby Trenton. Access further information by visiting www.trenton.bbb.org.

LOCAL & ESSEX COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Local municipalities and Essex County are filled with resources for businesses. Various departments, boards and commissions run by the townships and boroughs of North Essex are helpful to area businesses. The County oversees the Economic Development Corporation of Essex County, Department of Economic Development, Training & Employment, the Office of Workforce Development, and the Office of Small Business Development & Affirmative Action, which are all committed to supporting the businesses of the region.

NORTH ESSEX COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Committed to the growth and future of the North Essex County community, the North Essex Chamber of Commerce is a significant force in the local businesses community. The organization works diligently to promote the economic climate of North Essex and offers its membership an exhaustive list of benefits including discounts, business expos and social/networking events, educational opportunities, referrals, a legislative voice, and much more. For more information, visit the Chamber’s Web site at www.northessexchamber.com.

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SCORE SCORE
is a nonprofit association with a mission to educate entrepreneurs and small businesses on various issues relating to establishing, growing and being a successful business in today’s economy. Small businesses take advantage of free and confidential counseling and a number of seminars and speakers’ bureaus, as well as a host of useful information. SCORE has conveniently located offices in Montclair, West Caldwell and Newark. More information can be accessed by visiting www.scoremetronj.org.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The Small Business Administration provides aid, counsel, assistance and protection to small businesses in the U.S. and strives to enhance the overall economy of the country. The SBA understands the importance of small businesses in the U.S. economy and has established a network of offices and partnerships with various organizations throughout the U.S. Nearby Newark hosts a field office, located at Two Gateway Center. For more information, call 973-645-2434 or visit www.sba.gov.

NEW JERSEY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center supplies a host of educational and business-related resources for small business owners including counsel and training on managing and marketing, assistance with developing business plans, and opportunities for students to gain hands-on business experience under the guidance of business professionals—to name a few. The NJSBDC operates a regional office at the Rutgers University campus in Newark. For further information, call 973-353-5950 or visit www.njsbdc.com.

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