Heather Simmons – Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Heather Simmons – Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Hi, I am Heather Simmons, a member of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. One of the missions of the Freeholder Board is to promote economic growth, create jobs and assist our businesses. Small business is the backbone of Gloucester County’s Economy and makes up 93% of all businesses here. Today there are over 9,700 companies in Gloucester County with 20 or less employees. The Gloucester County department of economic development has an extensive network of business resources and partners who can assist Small Business owners and entrepreneurs with the creation of a business plan, obtaining a small business loan, or connect you to many other free resources. Please call the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development to learn about how we can help your business start or grow.

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Gloucester County Department of Economic Development 
115 Budd Blvd 
West Deptford NJ 08096
856-384-6938 Fax 

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Small Business
Small business is the backbone of Gloucester County’s Economy and makes up 93% of all businesses in the County. Today there are over 9700 companies in Gloucester County with 20 or less employees. We applaud the men and women entrepreneur who own and operate small business, boosting employment and economic growth in our region.
Gloucester County Department of Economic Development offers our assistance and encouragement for those who are starting a new business venture. Our office has an extensive network of business resources and partners who can assist with the creation of a business plan, obtaining a small business loan and connect you to free resources for startup businesses. Below are lists of our resource we provide:
Should You Start Your Own Small Business? 
Small Business Plan 
Financing Tools & Programs
List of Resource & Partners
Small Business Websites

Financing Tools & Programs – Our business assistance programs are tailored to the needs of the business community. Companies large and small can receive help with creative financing packages, technical assistance, site selection and acquisition. These programs are designed to help businesses locate or expand within the state and provide custom design financing options. 
Small Business Administration
Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation
New Jersey Economic Development Authority 
New Jersey Business Action Center  
Rutgers Small Business Development Center

Gloucester County Small Business Resources

(WIB)  Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board is a partnership of top executives from businesses, county and state government agencies in Gloucester County. The WIB is designed to create a workforce tailored to meet the needs of the community and produce an environment that will empower existing businesses, as well as bring new industry to the area. The WIB, through its staff and volunteers, reaches out to all sectors of our county’s population – old, young, unemployed, underemployed, able and disabled. Our mission is simple – to provide quality educational and technical training to those in need, to help businesses train their employees to become more productive and to implement programs that make our services accessible to residents within the county of Gloucester. And with your help – we will succeed!

WIB Facebook
WIB Website

One Stop – America Job Center
In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the following services are available through the Gloucester County One Stop Career Center located at 215 Crown Point Rd, Thorofare, NJ 08086.The Gloucester County One Stop Career Center is a partnership of organizations which helps deliver a variety of customer-driven workforce development programs and services to job seekers and businesses in Gloucester County. All of these services are available free of charge to help Gloucester County workers build the skills they need to succeed.One Stop partners located at the One Stop Career Center include Gloucester County College, the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development-Division of Workforce Development, Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services-Division of Social Services and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development-Division of Employment Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Division of Unemployment Insurance. The Gloucester County Institute of Technology is also a partner in the delivery of youth and literacy services; however, they are not physically located at the One Stop Career Center.
Services available at the One Stop include:

Job Seekers
Locate employment opportunities
Post resumes
Learn job search techniques

Obtain career descriptions
Access information regarding free training and financial aid
Receive information about continuing education
Vocational counseling
Educational and aptitude testing

Community-Based Organizations
Access the One-Stop to augment service delivery to your customers
Get access to information regarding free training and financial aid
Adaptive equipment is available for your use

Learning Links
Literacy labs use personal guidance and computer learning programs geared to real job needs to help workers expand or improve their skills in math, communications, reading, and English language skills.
Thorofare One Stop:
Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Gloucester County College:
Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Career Beacon Workshops
The New Jersey Department of Labor’s Career Beacon Workshop series can help you acquire the tools to become self-sufficient in today’s labor market. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, new to the job market, changing jobs or careers, or just keeping your options open, the skills you learn in Career Beacon Workshops will help you refine your job seeking skills.
There are seven individual workshops available:
Orientation Workshop
Self-Management Skills
Labor Market Research
Job Search Techniques
Marketing Yourself / Resume Writing
Job Training
Please call 856-384-3700 to schedule the workshop you are interested in attending.

Business Resource Center
The Gloucester County Business Resource Center (BRC) helps provide business solutions to small and mid-size employers in Gloucester County. The BRC will assist with workforce development requirements associated with recruitment and training.The BRC staff will help assess your business needs and refer you to the appropriate resources. Through our relationships with State and local economic development agencies, community development agencies, and community organizations we can help your business understand the wide range of assistance that is available. Employers may post job opportunities, read resumes, obtain information on unemployment and disability insurance, and learn about free seminars and training for employees. Please call 856-384-3763 for information regarding the Business Resource Center.

Other Resources
Small Business Micro Loan Fund

Small Business association

Rowan College at Gloucester County Continuing Education

Shop Local  Small Business Facebook page

Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation

CBAC- Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation is a non-profit entity created in 1987.  Our main function is to encourage the growth and stability of the small business sector by facilitating opportunities for Banks to make loans.  We have since grown to become a Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a designated intermediary lender for the SBA Microloan program.    Our funding helps to create jobs which will in turn provide the necessary services to local residents thus ultimately contributing to the stabilization of the community.  We offer small business owners competitive interest rate loans, technical assistance and a professional network.  

The types of loans that we offer:

CBAC has many different loan funds but the majority of our loans are used to purchase equipment, inventory, supplies, machinery, furniture and fixtures or for working capital.  We also have a program to work in cooperation with Banks which allows a borrower to obtain a loan from CBAC to fund a portion of the down payment required by a bank for the purchase of an owner occupied/managed property.  We also offer programs that allow for the purchase or down payment of equipment or vehicles otherwise leased or financed.  

Small Business Development Center
Rutgers, Camden
419 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Director: Clarence Fullard
Assistant Director: Bob Palumbo

The NJ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rutgers-Camden is part of a statewide network that provides comprehensive consulting services and educational opportunities to Small Business owners and potential owners throughout the State of New Jersey. The SBDC at Rutgers-Camden serves Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties, with several convenient training and counseling locations.

The NJSBDC at Rutgers-Camden offers a comprehensive schedule of entrepreneurial training including our very popular Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP) presented in partnership with Burlington and Gloucester County Colleges. Workshops included in the ECP are:
Starting A Business From A-Z
Writing A Business Plan
Marketing Research and Strategies
Financing a Business
Understanding Financial Statements
Recording Business Transactions
Business Ownership, Contracts & Agreements

In addition to the our small business workshops, you may have the option to meet individually with one of our business consultants, and there is NO CHARGE for this confidential service which is open to new and existing businesses (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY).  In many instances attendance at SBDC Workshops will be strongly encouraged prior to meeting with a consultant.  Typical engagements might include consulting related to, but not limited to:
Business Start Up Basics
Business Financing
Business Plans
Business Record Keeping, Accounting and Taxes
Government Procurement
State and Federal Certifications (Minority and Woman)
Market Research
e Business
International Business
Business Acquisition
SBA Disaster Loans

Our consultants are available in several locations in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Please call our office at 856-225 6221 and if appropriate, we will schedule you to meet with one of our consultants.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.