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Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

EMRG Connects Student Entrepreneurs to Top Tech Investors in the New York Startup Community

NEW YORK, NY -- We take a look back to a year ago last May, when TechDay New York was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. TAPintoTV caught up with organizers, presenters and attendees at the annual technology conference, which is the largest event for tech startups in the country. 

Greg Kaye and Patryk Fusiarz are both founding partners at EMRG, which bridges the gap between ...

Reading, PA Hotel with Unique Mission Prepares for Reopening After Pandemic Restrictions Lift

READING, PA -- Craig Poole, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur about how the hotel is adapting due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brodeur and Poole spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due ...

Small Business Spotlight: Jersey City Boutique Finds New Path Forward During the Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby speaks with Kristen Scalia, Owner of Kanibal & Co., a lifestyle store in downtown Jersey City, who shares how she has successfully adapted business operations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Kanibal & Co. began online and has been a brick and mortar store for just over 10 ...

Global Event Producer Frank Supovitz Discusses What to Do When Things Go Wrong

LITTLE FALLS, NJ --  Frank Supovitz, who has been at the helm of the most high-profile events in sports and entertainment over the past 30 years, shares his years of wisdom as featured in his new book, What to Do When Things Go Wrong, a publication that is more timely than ever. 

Supovitz, who has managed events such as the Indy 500, the Super Bowl and the Bicentennial of the U.S.

TAPinto Provides Platform for Local Businesses to Communicate to Customers and Community During Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Michael Shapiro, CEO & Publisher of, spoke with Brian Brodeur of East Main Media, about ways local businesses can continue to communicate with both customers and the community during the coronavirus crisis. 

In this segment taken from TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday morning show on News 12+, Shapiro spoke with Brodeur via video conference from his home ...

New Jersey Production Company Provides Video Conferencing for Executives Working Remotely

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- With many companies preparing for employees to work remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, East Main Media, a leading independent video production company in Northern New Jersey, is helping executives effectively communicate with their workforce. 

East Main Media, which has been in business for nearly 20 years, utilizes a wide range of state of the art technology ...

Pencil Manufacturer Thrives in the Digital Age with American-Made Products

SHELBYVILLE, TN -- TAPintoTV visited one of the last remaining pencil factories in America: Musgrave Pencil Company in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Despite changes in American manufacturing and the rise of technology, today Musgrave remains a healthy business. We spoke with Henry Hulan of Musgrave about how pencils are made, the long history of pencil-making in Central Tennessee, and the ...

Small Business Spotlight: Maplewood, NJ’s Oldest Business Shares the Lessons of their Longevity

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Maplewood’s oldest business, Woolley Home Solutions, spoke with TAPintoTV about their long history in town and how they've been able to maintain their success for 95 years. 

“It’s a lot to live up to,” said Norman E. Woolley. “It’s important to support the town that’s allowed you to thrive and be able to be successful for that ...

Small Business Success Story: Skin Deep Salon & Spa Celebrates 25 Years

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Skin Deep Salon & Spa recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in business. TAPintoTV spoke with Susan Ann Barbaglia, Skin Deep’s Founder, as well as her clients and staff, about marking this milestone and the secrets to their success as a local, small business.

“To be successful, I think you have to have a true love,” said Barbaglia, “almost ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Fighting for Policies to Support Small Business

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV covered the 104th New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference this year, and spoke with Ray Zardetto, Senior VP of Communications at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, about the Chamber’s current priorities and upcoming events. 

“We’re fighting for legislation, we’re fighting for regulations that are pro-business and ...

CUEED Celebrates a Decade of Success Supporting Entrepreneurs & Economic Development

NEWARK, NJ -- Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) celebrated their 10th anniversary, bringing together elected officials, local vendors and leaders in the community to mark a decade of success. Held at Express Newark, the CUEED UnGala Experience also featured Q&A sessions about business topics and a marketplace showcasing the ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Marking Milestone with 50th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser

ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -- The North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Gala & Fundraiser to be held on September 26 at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. The NECC is the official chamber of commerce for nine towns in Essex County, NJ: Montclair, Fairfield, West Caldwell, Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, Cedar Grove and Essex Fells. 

The ...

Glen Rock Street Fair Showcases Thriving Small Business Community

GLEN ROCK, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with several members of the Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce this summer at the annual Glen Rock Street Fair and Craft Show. 

Located in Bergen County, the town of Glen Rock was named after a large glacial stone that was deposited there during the Ice Age. The hefty boulder can still be seen today at the corner of Doremus Avenue, and the aptly-named Rock ...

NJ Governor Phil Murphy Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Team at Center for Discovery & Innovation Ribbon-Cutting

NUTLEY, NJ -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined Hackensack Meridian Health executives and VIPs at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the state-of-the-art Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI). The CDI facility is part of the ON3 complex, which also houses the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, on the former location of Hoffman La Roche corporate ...

New Jersey-Based Jaguar USA Wins Three World Car Awards at the 2019 New York International Auto Show

NEW YORK, NY -- Jaguar USA, based in Mahwah, New Jersey, was the recipient of the top three World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show this year for the same model, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Entirely electric and in the SUV category, the Jaguar I-PACE received the awards for World Car of the Year, Design of the Year, and Green Car of the Year. It is unprecedented for one manufacturer to ...