Morris County Promotes Small Business Saturday with Grant Delivery – Morris County, NJ

Posted on November 23, 2022


Shop local this holiday weekend!

Another $15,000 Morris County Small Business Grant was awarded today by the Morris County Commissioners, who were joined by the Mayor and Parsippany County Council President and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in emphasizing the importance of shopping local level when the nation recognizes the small business Sabbath.

“Small business is 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 Commission Director Tayfun Selen.

He joined Commissar Deputy Director John Cricus and Commissioner Stephen Shaw today in awarding a $15,000 grant to Rajeev Chopra at Chopra Auto Care in Parsippany. They joined them Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael De Piero, Ed Ramirez, director of business resources and professional development for the EDC, and businessman Mickey Chopra, the brother of the store’s owner.

“During the pandemic, I had no job at all. People didn’t drive, so they didn’t bring their cars. This will help me a lot. I have some machines that will be updated. My tire machine is very old and my balance machine will cost a lot. So I am very grateful,” said Rajiv Chopra, who was surrounded by his family when he received the grant.

Parsippany Chopra Small Business Check November 2022 6.jpg Morris County launched its small business grant program on Valentine’s Day with $10 million in funds from the America’s Rescue Act plan, and commissioners have approved 782 applications so far.

“I know the mayor of Parsippany, the council president, myself and other commissioners, we’ve been handing out applications for this grant program all over the place and we’ve hosted events here in Parsippany, Dover and Morristown and elsewhere to get the word out to the world — and we’ve been successful , to the point that not only did we put $10 million into the program, but we had to add another $1.3 million,” said Deputy Commissioner John Cricus.

The added funds were approved last month due to a large number of applications submitted just before the program closed on September 30. Commissioners wanted to insure those businesses that applied late and may eventually qualify would be covered. Morris County is still processing about 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 programme. This has helped many of our local businesses and I hope everyone gets out there this weekend to shop local for Small Business Saturday,” said Mayor Barberio.

Morris County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night declaring this Saturday, Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday in Morris County. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized nationwide as “Small Business Saturday” after being launched by American Express. The national campaign encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses.

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the EDC helped Morris County this year promote the Morris County Small Business Grant Program.

“Small businesses are the heart of our downtowns and an essential part of our economy,” said Craig Schlosser, managing director of MorrisParsippany Chopra Small Business Check November 2022 5.jpg County Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud that New Jersey ranks 11th in the United States with over 861,000 small businesses.”

Megan Hunscher, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce in Florham Park, added, “We are excited to promote all of the Shop Local initiatives that will benefit Morris County business owners.”

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, which represent 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States and are responsible for creating 1.5 million jobs annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs created in the US

Despite the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, US consumers reported spending a record $23.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday 2021.

Photos:

Top right: Principal Selen presents a $15,000 grant check to Rajiv Chopra of Chopra Auto Care, who is surrounded by his family. Also present are Deputy Director Cricus (far left) and (from far right) Ed Ramirez of the EDC, Commissioner Shaw, Council President de Piero and Mayor Barberio

Center left: Director Selene with Rajiv Chopra. Both men immigrated to the United States, taking up pumping gas as their first jobs. Both became successful businessmen.

Bottom right: Principal Selen, surrounded by the Chopra family, talks about the United States providing opportunities for people to become successful in business.

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