Saturday, November 24, 2012
Locally owned businesses across the county are benefitting from Small Business Saturday
One day after the biggest shopping day of the holiday season, small businesses in Bergen County continued to see an uptick in sales as consumers continued to spend and support their local businesses as part of AMEX's Small Business Saturday. In Englewood, shop owners saw a slow start to the day as customers waited until late morning to start hitting the streets. At the same time, city employees were able to dedicate time to decorating lamppoles and utility work continued on Dean Street. "I think AMEX should be commended for honoring small businesses in the downtown districts," Marla Weinglast of Complements said. "We're seeing more customers want to support their local businesses because they know the owners and sales team on a personal …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally-owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.
The nightmare of Black Friday has come and gone... for the most part most. Now, it's time for Small Business Saturday, where local residents can flex their consumerist muscle by showing support for vendors and small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 24. The American Express-sponsored initiative bears additional weight this year after Hurricane Sandy earlier this month forced many businesses in our area to shutter their doors for, in many cases, more than a week. Those small businesses rely on local customers, especially during the holiday season, according to Wyckoff Chamber of Commerce President Jay Vidockler. "Shopping locally has benefits such as supporting the town and its organizations, fire department, ambulance corp, etc., as thriving …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Inspectors to spread out across Bergen County and authorities will have “zero tolerance” for fraudulent home repair companies and contractors, the Bergen County Executive said.
Officials will inspect contractors working on repairs in areas slammed by Superstorm Sandy as part of a new county police-led task force designed to protect homeowners from storm-related scams, the county executive announced Tuesday. “My administration will have zero tolerance for fraudulent home improvement companies or any contractor or company that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people suffering from the terrible tragedy that hit our county,” Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said in a statement. Led by County Police Capt. Victor F. Cuttitta Jr., the task force will include officials from the Consumer Affairs and Consumer Protections offices. Inspectors will fan out across Bergen County, with special attention given to …
Friday, November 16, 2012
"I have won this fight for now," says Franklin Lakes resident Lisette Garcia. "It is my time to give back."
Friday, November 16, 2012
Cancer survivor Lisette Garcia is moving past her disease and applying her professional skills to raise money for those struggling with cancer. Garcia, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in March of 2011, is hosting an event on Nov. 17 that is more than the launch of a handbag collection. Soon after her diagnosis, she learned that insurance would only cover part of her treatment, Garcia said, and the shots necessary to beat back the cancer that would likely kill this Franklin Lakes wife and mother of two young girls, would cost her thousands of dollar per month. So, when she was faced with that financial burden of treatment a year ago, Garcia said, she learned the biggest lesson of her life. Now she's partnering her company Cosy…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Conference call with state, federal officials on Thursday
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Small business owners who were impacted by Sandy need to be on a conference call at 2 p.m. Thursday with state and federal officials, says the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, New Jersey Economic Development Authority and New Jersey Business Action Center senior officials will be on the conference call on the federal and state government's efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. "Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Governor says easing Sunday sales restriction will help with storm recovery.
Gov. Chris Christie has signed an executive order suspending Bergen County's Sunday sales restriction, known as Blue Laws. "During this time of recovery and rebuilding, our citizens must have adequate access to the supplies they need to help return their lives to normal – particularly those residents who are still without power,” Christie said in a statement Sunday. “To accomplish this, we are temporarily suspending Blue Laws in Bergen County so that local residents can purchase the essential goods and services they need to continue through recovery period and begin the rebuilding process.” Christie's decision came after Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan requested the Sunday shopping restrictions be suspended. In a conference call…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Syracuse undergrad wants to lend a hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy slammed families hard, but without power for 5 days now many businesses have lost the electronic infrastructure on which their livelihoods depend. Ross Lazerowitz, a Franklin Lakes-native, is an undergraduate student at Syracuse University majoring in information management and technology, who is returning home this weekend to offer help to businesses in need — free of charge. "I can help get internet, printers, servers, computers and other peripherals up and running," Lazerowitz said. "Really anything IT related I can likely figure out. I have never worked with point of sale systems but I am good at reading the manual." Lazerowitz said he'd be in the area Friday through Sunday afternoon. Lazerowitz is an intern at J.P…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fuel shortages could impact storm repair crews, official says. Consumers are mobbing service stations around Bergen County.
Bergen County officials are urging local governments to conserve fuel as concerns are mounting that a gasoline shortage could impact emergency services and utility repair crews responding to Sandy's devastation. "If we don't get fuel in a couple of days, obviously, emergency services stop and so do all the restoration people," Bergen County Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Dwane Razzetti told officials in a Wednesday afternoon briefing. The county can transport limited amounts of fuel, but only for critical public safety uses, he added. Local officials can make requests through Bergen's emergency operations center. "Everybody is starting to run out of fuel," Razzetti said. The region's main ports, in Newark and Elizabeth, were not …