Posted on November 23, 2022
Shop local this weekend!
Another $15,000 grant to Morris County small businesses was presented by Morris County Commissioners, who joined Parsippany’s Mayor and Council President and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on highlighting the importance of shopping local as the country embraces small businesses. .
“Small businesses are the backbone of Morris County. They are the backbone of New Jersey’s entire 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 shop local during the annual Small Business Saturday,” said commissioner general manager Tayfun Selen.
He joined the Commission Deputy Director John Krickus and Commissioner Stephen Shaw today by delivering a $15,000 donation to Rajeev Chopra at Chopra Auto Care in Parsippany. Worked with them Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Ed Ramirez, Director of Business Resources and Professional Development for the EDC, and businessman Mickey Chopra, brother of the store’s owner.
“During the epidemic, I had no business at all. People didn’t drive so they didn’t drive their cars. It will help me a lot. I have some machines that will be updated. My tires are very old, and my weighing machine is very expensive. So, I am very grateful,” said Rajeev Chopra, who was surrounded by his family after receiving the grant.
Morris County launched the Valentine’s Day Small Business Grant Program with $10 million in American Rescue Act Plan funding, and Commissioners approved 782 applications to now.
“I know the mayor of Parsippany, the council president, myself and the other Commissioners, we’ve sent out applications for this grant program all over the place, and we’ve hosted events here in Parsippany and Dover and Morristown and in elsewhere to get the world out – and we were successful, so much so that we not only put $10 million into the program, but we had to add another $1.3 million,” said Deputy Commissioner John Krickus.
The extra money was approved last month due to a surge in applications filed shortly before the program closed on Sept. 30. The Commissioner wants to protect businesses that are late and may eventually qualify. Morris County is still processing approximately 85 additional applications.
“Parsippany is full of small businesses. They are an important part of our economy, and we are very grateful to the Commissioner for this grant program. It’s helped a lot 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 made a decision Monday night to declare Saturday, November 26th as Morris County Small Business Saturday. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized across the country as “Small Business Saturday” after the launch of American Express. The national event encourages holiday shoppers to visit local businesses.
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and EDC helped Morris County this year promote the Morris County Small Business Grant Program.
“Small businesses are the heartbeat of our downtown and an important part of our economy,” said Craig Schlosser, Morris’ Managing Director. County Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud that New Jersey ranks 11th in the United States, with 861,000 small businesses.”
Meghan Hunscher, President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce in Florham Park, added, “We are excited to promote any ‘Shop Local’ initiative 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 account for 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States and are responsible for creating 1.5 jobs million annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs. created in the United States
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, American consumers reported spending $23.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on “Small Business Saturday 2021.”
Top right: Director Selen presents a $15,000 grant check to Rajeev Chopra of Chopra Auto Care, surrounded by his family. Also present are Deputy Director Krickus (far left), and (from far right) Ed Ramirez of the EDC, Commissioner Shaw, Council President dePierro and Mayor Barberio.
Center left: Director Selen with Rajeev Chopra. Both men immigrated to the United States, where they began serving gas as their first career. Both men became successful businessmen.
Bottom right: Director Selen, surrounded by the Chopra family, talks about the United States providing opportunities for people to succeed in business.