Released November 23, 2022
Shop Local This Bank Holiday Weekend!
Another $15,000 grant for Morris County small businesses was distributed today by the Morris County Commissioners, along with Parsippany Mayor and Council Chairperson and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to emphasize the importance of buying locally to be highlighted as the Nation Small recognized business 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 anyone can get involved by shopping locally this weekend at the annual Small Business Saturday,” said Commissioner Director Tefun Selen.
He joined commissioner Deputy Director John Krikes and Commissioner Stephen Shaw today in the award of a $15,000 grant Rajeev Chopra at Chopra Car Care in Parsipny. joined them Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council Chairman Michael Depiero, Ed Ramirez, Director of Business Resources and Business Development at EDC, and businessman Mickey Chopra, the shopkeeper’s brother.
“During the pandemic, I had no business. People didn’t drive, so they didn’t bring their cars in. That will help me a lot. I have a couple of machines that are being updated. My tire machine is very old and my wheel balancer will soon become very expensive. So I am very grateful,” said Rajeev Chopra, who was surrounded by his family when he received the scholarship.
Morris County launched its small business grant program on Valentine’s Day with $10 million in American Rescue Act plan funds, and commissioners have approved 782 applications so far.
“I know the Mayor of Parsippany, the Council President, myself and the other commissioners, we’ve been putting out application forms for this scholarship program all over the place, and we’ve had programs in Parsippany and Dover and Morristown and other places to get the world out. hosted – and we were so successful that not only did we put $10 million into the program, we had to add another $1.3 million,” said Commissioner Deputy Director John Krikus.
The additional funding was approved last month based on the number of applications submitted nearing the September 30th closing of the program. Commissioners wanted to ensure that companies that applied late and may qualify are covered. Morris County is still processing approximately 85 additional 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 scheme. It has helped many of our local businesses and I hope everyone comes out this weekend to shop locally on Small Business Saturday,” Mayor Barberio said.
Morris County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night declaring this Saturday, November 26, to be Morris County’s Small Business Saturday. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been nationally recognized as “Small Business Saturday” after it was created by American Express. The national campaign encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses.
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and EDC helped Morris County sponsor the Morris County Small Business Grant Program this year.
“Small businesses are the heartbeat of our cities and an essential part of our economy,” said Craig Schlosser, executive director of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud that New Jersey ranks 11th in the United States with over 861,000 small businesses.”
“We are excited to support all Shop Local initiatives that will benefit business owners in Morris County,” said Meghan Hunscher, President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce in Florham Park.
According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States, and they are credited with creating 1.5 million jobs annually and 64 percent of the responsible for new jobs. Made in America
Despite the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, American consumers said they spent a record $23.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday 2021.
Above right: Director Selene Chopra Auto Care presents Rajeev Chopra with a check for $15,000 surrounded by his family. Also present are Deputy Director Cricus (far left) and (far right) Ed Ramirez of EDC, Commissioner Shaw, Council President Dapiero and Mayor Barberio
Center Left: Director Selene with Rajeev Chopra. Both men immigrated to the United States and started their first jobs pumping gasoline. Both men became successful businessmen.
Bottom right: Director Selene, surrounded by the Chopra family, speaks about the opportunities the United States offers people to succeed in business.