PATERSON, NJ- Launched just over a year ago, the Alliance for Sustainable Communities (ASC) has kept a laserlike focus on supporting small business owners throughout Paterson and giving local entrepreneurs opportunities to engage with the community.

Set to host their 2nd annual vendor expo on Saturday, the non-profit organization hopes take their efforts to an even higher level while by giving approximately 20 vendors the chance to display and sell their goods, ranging from clothes and books, to real estate and credit repair advice. At the same time, Tishawn Smikle, one of  ASC’s six co-founders, told TAPinto Paterson, the event is also an opportunity for local consumers to “consider where they spend their dollars.”

“We know we have great potential in Paterson, so we strive to do what we can to generate as much interest and energy for those working to grow their businesses.”

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Smikle offered that ASC’s goal of enuring "that all groups are included in the process of economic development in our city, particularly groups that have historically been underrepresented,” weaves well with the emergence of the “one Paterson” theme that has emerged under Mayor Andre Sayegh, himself a silver sponsor of the event, however, for the ideal to become a reality, “the African American entrepreneur community must be informed of the resources and opportunities Paterson has to offer.”


The Alliance for Sustainable Communities’ Fall Vendor Expo will be held at the Masonic Temple 224 Broadway from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Interested vendors can email the ASC for more information.

TAPinto Paterson is proud to be media sponsor for the Alliance for Sustainable Communities’ Fall Vendor Expo.


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