Posted on November 23, 2022
Shop local this holiday weekend!
Morris County Commissioners awarded another $15,000 Morris County Small Business Grant today, joined by the Parsippany Mayor and Borough Council President and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to highlight the importance of shopping local when the nation recognizes small businesses on Saturday. .
“Small businesses are the backbone of Morris County. They are the backbone of the entire New Jersey economy, which is why my fellow commissioners developed the Morris County Small Business Grant Program earlier this year. We need to support our local entrepreneurs, and this weekend everyone can join in by shopping local during the annual Small Business Saturday,” said Director Commissioner Tayfun Selen.
He joined the commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus and Commissioner Stephen Shaw today by awarding a $15,000 grant to Rajeev Chopra at Chopra Auto Care in Parsippany. next to them were Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Ed Ramirez, EDC’s director of business resources and professional development, and businessman Mickey Chopra, brother of the store owner.
“During the pandemic, I didn’t have any business. People weren’t driving, so they didn’t bring their cars. This is going to help me a lot. I have a few machines that are going to be upgraded. My tire machine is very old and my balance machine is going to cost a lot. So I am very grateful,” said Rajeev Chopra, who was surrounded by his family when he received the grant.
Morris County launched its Small Business Grant Program on Valentine’s Day with $10 million in funds from the American Rescue Act Plan, and the Commissioners have approved 782 applications to date.
“I know the mayor of Parsippany, the president of the council, me and other commissioners, we spread application forms for this grant program everywhere and we host events here in Parsippany, Dover, Morristown and other places to get the world out – and we had so successful that we not only invested $10 million in the program, but we had to add another $1.3 million,” said Deputy Commissioner John Krickus.
The additional funds were approved last month due to a surge of applications submitted just before the program closed on September 30. The commissioners wanted to ensure that businesses that applied late and may ultimately qualify would be covered. Morris County is still processing an additional 85 applications.
“Parsippany is full of small businesses. They make up a large part of our economy and we are very grateful to the Commissioner for this grant program. He has helped many of our local businesses, and I hope you all come out this weekend to shop local for Small Business Saturday,” said Mayor Barberio.
Morris County Commissioners adopted a resolution Monday night declaring this Saturday, November 26, to be Small Business Saturday in Morris County. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized nationwide as “Small Business Saturday” after American Express launched it. The national campaign encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses.
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and EDC helped Morris County promote the Morris County Small Business Grant Program this year.
“Small businesses are the heart of our centers and an essential part of our economy,” said Craig Schlosser, CEO of Morris County Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud that New Jersey is ranked 11th in the United States, with more than 861,000 small businesses.”
Meghan Hunscher, President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce in Florham Park, added, “We are pleased to promote all ‘Buy Local’ initiatives that will benefit Morris County business owners.”
According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, representing 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States and responsible for creating 1.5 million jobs. jobs annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs. created in the USA
Despite the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, American consumers reported spending a record total of $23.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on “Small Business Saturday 2021.”
Above right: Director Selen presents a $15,000 grant check to Rajeev Chopra at Chopra Auto Care, who is surrounded by his family. Also present are Deputy Director Krickus (far left) and (from far right) EDC’s Ed Ramirez, Commissioner Shaw, Council President dePierro and Mayor Barberio.
Center Left: Director Selen with Rajeev Chopra. Both men immigrated to the United States and began pumping gasoline as their first job. Both men became successful businessmen.
Bottom right: Director Selen, surrounded by the Chopra family, spoke about America providing opportunities for people to succeed in business.