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Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

Progressive Payment Solutions CEO Jonathan Kramer on Financial Processing and Alternative Funding

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur was joined in-studio by Jonathan Kramer, President & CEO of Progressive Payment Solutions and Progressive Capital Resources. East Main Media’s studio space has been recently reconfigured to accommodate safe and socially distant production in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kramer shared some of his ...

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

Lincoln Of Wayne Offering Complimentary Pickup and Delivery Service to Promote Customer and Staff Safety

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, discussed the dealership’s exclusive Pickup and Delivery Service, part of their new Lincoln On Demand program.

“The health and safety of our community are at the forefront of everything we do,” Spina explained. “That includes both our guests and our team members. We are focused on that every single ...

Lincoln of Wayne Utilizes Technology to Meet Customers Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, discussed their dealership’s innovative Lincoln On Demand program. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many customers may not feel comfortable leaving their homes to visit a dealership, while others may. “We realize that the traditional method of shopping for vehicles has changed,” Spina explains.

Healthcare Distribution Expert Provides Insight Into National Vaccination Effort

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Patrick Kelly, the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, about COVID-19 vaccine distribution both across the country and in New Jersey, including the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is the ...

Governor Murphy Signs Cannabis Legalization: NJ CannaBusiness Association President on Economic Impact

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation in December 2020. Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to formally legalize marijuana in the state.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in ...

Lincoln of Wayne Provides Safe and Personalized Shopping Experience with On-Demand Service

WAYNE, NJ -- As a leading national dealership, Lincoln of Wayne has embraced technology and personalized service in recent years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, those options have proven to be of great value in continuing to serve their customers safely. Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, spoke with TAPintoTV, about their innovative On Demand program. 

“The ...

NJ Orthodontist Launches State-of-the-Art Facility Providing Patients with Exceptional Care

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the brand-new facility of Caggiano Orthodontics and spoke with founder Dr. David Caggiano, who took us on a tour of their new center, highlighting the many improvements to enhance their patients’ safety and comfort. 

“I had a vision of what I wanted to build and what I wanted my patients to experience,” Caggiano said. Upon ...

NFL Championship Event Producer Writes Best-Selling Book: "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.

Business Spotlight: Liberty Office Suites Provides Safe and Professional Office Rental in New Jersey

PINE BROOK, NJ -- Ron Soussa, owner of Liberty Office Suites, recently spoke with TAPintoTV about how his office space and meeting room rental locations help clients operate successfully. At their two locations, Liberty Office Suites provide safe and clean office spaces for business professionals who are challenged with remote working or being productive at home with children taking virtual ...

Chuck Kovach on Keeping an Open Mind for Effective Corporate Collaboration and Distance Learning

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Chuck Kovach about his new venture, Chuck Kovach’s Collaborate for Results

An intriguing question led to a new business venture for Chuck Kovach, a corporate education and distance learning consultant and associate professor at Seton Hall University, who spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about his ...

Bloomfield Center Alliance Sponsors Small Business Saturday Holiday Hunt to Support Local Retailers

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Small Business Saturday, which fell on November 28th, was celebrated with local festivities in downtown Bloomfield, New Jersey. The Bloomfield Center Alliance sponsored activities such as holiday caroling, ice sculpting and a “Holiday Hunt,” where shoppers searched for deals and prizes at local retailers.

The day’s events were organized “not only to ...

NJ CannaBusiness Association President Discusses Economic Impact of Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation following the passage of a recent ballot measure legalizing marijuana in New Jersey.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in Trenton, NJ following an information gathering ...

Manage the Financial Uncertainty of Reaching Retirement: Bucket Strategy and Sequence of Return Risk

What are you doing to manage the financial risks that you'll face in retirement?

Sequence of Return Risk – or “SRR” - is the most underestimated danger when shifting from pre-retirement savings accumulation to retirement savings distribution.

SRR is the risk of receiving lower or negative returns early in a period when withdrawals are made from your investment ...

AJ Perri Installing Indoor Air Purifiers that Kill Coronavirus in Air and on Surfaces in the Home

TINTON FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur speaks with Kevin Watson, Manager at AJ Perri, to learn about the company’s new indoor air scrubbers proven to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 and which are now available for home installation. 

AJ Perri is a major provider of heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services to households across New Jersey.

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Donato Financial Group Has Provided National Access and Trusted Personal Service For Over 45 Years

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur is joined by Nick Donato Jr. of the Donato Financial Group. Established by Donato’s father, Nicholas Donato Sr., Donato Financial Group has provided financial advice for their clients for over 45 years. Donato described the services at Donato Financial Group as “bubble wrap” to the wealth of families and ...

Discover The Bridge To Serenity: Take Control of Your Retirement with Wealth Financial Partners

At Wealth Financial Partners we know that you want to be in control of your retirement. 

In order to achieve that, you need a holistic roadmap that is easy to understand and simple to implement. 

The problem is you don't have a guide to help synchronize all aspects of your finances into one complete plan that will bridge your working years to your retirement years. You are ...

Computer Recycling and Corporate Responsibility: David Faverio of Pupfish Sustainability Solutions

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with David Faverio, CEO of Pupfish Sustainability Solutions, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Pupfish Sustainability Solutions, based in Hauppauge, New York, offers data destruction, electronics recycling and IT asset liquidation services to organizations throughout the New York tri-state ...

Jack Frisch Recalls Jaco Pastorius and the Inspiration for a Successful Career in the Music Industry

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, speaks with Jack Frisch, owner of Upright Graphics & Upright Transport, to discuss how his love for jazz was born and led to a successful career serving the music industry.

After purchasing a 1947 upright Kay bass, Frisch decided to name his businesses “Upright Graphics” & “Upright ...

Stretch IRA, Annual RMDs and More: Important Details Regarding the 2020 Secure Act

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- 2020 will go down in history as a traumatic and difficult year. More than ever, clients are searching for answers and direction.

We are here to help your situation with the most current information regarding the SECURE ACT that came into effect on January 1, 2020.

Many conversations I am having with my clients are regarding the following topics:

RMD Age Raised to ...

NJ Studio Owner Reflects on the Evolution of East Main Media Entering its 20th Year

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of East Main Media, which was incorporated on 10/30/01. Owner and Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with TAPintoTV host Stephanie Willoughby about founding East Main Media, lessons learned, and the evolution of the production studio as it enters its 20th year in business. 

Brodeur founded East Main less ...

Roth IRA Conversion: It's All About The Tax Rates

Path to Prosperity with Walter Pardo: Roth Conversions - Why the opportunity cost argument is invalid. 

Some people believe that there is an opportunity cost by doing a Roth conversion, that the funds used to pay the conversion tax could have been otherwise invested, and that investment return opportunity is lost.

FALSE! It’s all about the tax rates. 

There is no ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

American Business Associates Launches New Television Show: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe

Little Falls, NJ -- American Business Associates, New York & New Jersey’s premier business development organization, is partnering with East Main Media to launch a new weekly television program: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Airing each Sunday throughout the New York Metro area at 11am EST on News12Plus, the program will feature conversations with experts and leaders ...

NJ Native Television Editor Discusses Career and Adapting to Change During Pandemic

ORLANDO, FL -- Caldwell, New Jersey native Dave Ammirata reflected on the past decade working with high-profile media clients at East Main Media. After graduating from Duquesne University, Ammirata was hired as an assistant editor and engineer in 2011 and has since become an indispensable member of the EMM team.

"When I think about when I came and met with you the first ...

Jersey City Restaurant Adapts with Online Ordering and Delivery Service During Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Lizeth Morales, Owner of El Gordo Restaurant in Jersey City, to learn about her experiences navigating the pandemic as a small business owner. Morales and El Gordo participated in an upcoming episode of TAPintoTV's original series HomeGrown, filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak. 

El Gordo, which serves Peruvian cuisine, ...

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

Seven Tax Questions You Need To Answer Before The End Of The Year

Walter Pardo of WFP-Taxes Presents Path To Profitability: Tax Questions to Answer Before Year's End

Assets and Debt:

Do you have unrealized investment losses?
Do you have investments in taxable accounts that are subject to end-of-year capital gain distributions?

Tax Planning:

Do you expect your income to increase in the future? 
Do you have any capital ...

Public Speaking and Sales Training Expert Tommy Hilcken Discusses His Career Over a Game of Indoor Baseball

Motivational humorist, sales training expert and keynote speaker, Tommy Hilcken, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur for a conversation over indoor baseball at East Main Media Studios.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Hilcken uses comedy to help his audience learn. He utilizes his experience as both an entertainer and sales trainer to help individuals and businesses put their best foot ...

Plan For Prosperity with Walter Pardo: IRAs Are The Black Hole of Estate Planning

Plan for Prosperity with Walter Pardo: IRAs are Different

IRAs Are The Black Hole of Estate Planning

And Here’s why:

IRAs pass by contract (generally not by will)
IRAs have required minimum distributions 
IRAs are highly taxed upon death or withdrawal
IRAs receive NO step-up in basis upon death
IRAs cannot be transferred to trusts during lifetime or after ...

NJ Video Production Studio Provides Businesses with Safe and Socially Distant Media and Event Services

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the six-month mark, East Main Media Studios continues to provide industry-leading media services and remote communication support to businesses throughout the Tri-state area and beyond. “Not only do we provide the highest level of production for virtual events, but we operate in a safe and socially distant manner ...

Lessons on Thriving Through Change from Four-Generation Family-Owned NJ Business

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 ...

Preparing for Retirement: Do's and Don't's To Safeguard Your Financial Future

The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to Help Safeguard Your Financial Future

DO #1: Focus on What You Can Control
No one could have predicted the pandemic or the historic recession that it caused. Attempting to predict the unpredictable, or control the uncontrollable, is a recipe for stress, frustration, and poor decision-making. So, what can you do? Focus on what is in ...

Every Successful Business Starts with a Great Idea: NJ Attorney Advises Startups and Entrepreneurs

NEW YORK, NY -- TAPintoTV looks back at our 2019 conversation with Millburn, NJ Attorney Jonathan Goodgold, of the law firm Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett at TechDay New York. TechDayNY is the largest event for startups in the United States, and TechDay produces events to connect the startup community and highlight the unique and innovative products currently in ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

Three Crucial Questions That All Taxpayers Need To Answer

It was Benjamin Franklin who said “The only two things certain in life are death and taxes”

Although we know this to be true, most people are not proactive preparing for either.

The three crucial questions that all taxpayers need to answer are:

WHAT am I going to do to reduce taxes for the future?
WHEN should I make the changes?
WHO is going to help me with all of ...

The History of Labor Day

Most of us think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer, but the Labor Day holiday was originally created to pay tribute to the contributions of the American worker.

Labor leaders of the late 19th century advocated for the holiday when the labor movement was already flourishing across U.S. industrial centers.

Credit for proposing the holiday has been given to either Peter J. McGuire, ...

Why Do You Need A Power Of Attorney? Advice from Estate Law Expert Robert Bernstein Esq.

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Why do I need a power of attorney? All of my assets are in joint names. Are they? What about the car? Is that in joint names? Your IRAs are definitely not in Joint names.

Someone may be named as beneficiary, but if you're disabled and money needs to be withdrawn from your IRA, only you can do it. With a power of attorney, that enables that agent to do it.

If you have ...

How does the CARES ACT affect IRA Conversions and Required Minimum Distributions?

Let's take a look at the Cares Act, signed into law on March 27 of 2020.

I'm having conversations with many of my clients about 2020 RMD waivers and Roth IRA conversions. First, the act includes a waiver of required minimum distributions or "RMD"s for 2020.

This waiver applies to IRAs and Inherited IRAs - both Traditional and Roth as well as company savings plans like ...

Sales Training Expert Danny Wood Discusses Business Development During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Sales training and business development expert Danny Wood, of Sandler Training, discusses his career path and the state of selling during COVID-19.

Joining TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur via video conference, Wood describes the moment he decided to leave a career in the apparel industry and pursue a more fulfilling work life. "After 16 years traveling the ...

NJ Financial Solutions Company CEO Speaks About Business Amid Global Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur was joined in-studio by Jonathan Kramer, President & CEO of Progressive Payment Solutions and Progressive Capital Resources. East Main Media’s studio space has been recently reconfigured to accommodate safe and socially distant production in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kramer shared some of his ...

Successful NJ Realtor Recounts Career and Describes Coronavirus Real Estate Market

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Louis Pennacchio of Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan in Morristown, NJ, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the current booming real estate market in northern New Jersey this summer. 

Pennacchio joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ facility in Little Falls, NJ, which has been recently reconfigured to accommodate safe and socially distant ...

401K and IRA Retirement Plan Conversion Advice from Tax Expert Walter Pardo

In his latest piece, Walter Pardo, CEO & Certified Wealth Strategist at WFP Tax Partners, shares some important advice about 401K and IRA conversion strategies.

The saying I always use is “paying taxes once is your obligation, but paying taxes twice is your fault.” Typically, qualified assets, like 401Ks and IRAs, have never been taxed, but they continue to grow. And in most ...

NJ Family Law Attorney Advises Clients How to Keep a Positive Outlook in Difficult Situations

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Catherine Riordan, Esq., of Riordan & Associates, a boutique divorce and family law firm, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her career and how she is able to help her clients through difficult and challenging life situations. 

Riordan and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, ...

CFO Your Way Provides Crucial Financial Expertise for Local, Small Businesses

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cheryl Mucha, Founder and CEO of CFO Your Way, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how her firm helps small business owners realize their financial goals. Brodeur and Mucha spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 ...

Walter Pardo of WFP Tax Partners Discusses Parkinson’s Law as Part of Profit First Strategy

Walter Pardo, CEO & Certified Wealth Strategist at WFP Tax Partners, follows up his previous “Profit First” video, with an introduction to the concept of Parkinson’s Law: 

Author and Historian C. Northcote Parkinson theorized that our demand for a resource increases to meet the supply of it. 

For example, when we’re given two weeks to do a project, it ...

Boston National Title Company Vice President Discusses the Value of Networking

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Heather Gallagher, Vice President of Business Development at Boston National Title, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her role at the company and the importance of networking to boost business development. 

Brodeur and Gallagher spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been ...

NJ Insurance Expert: Retirement is the Longest Vacation You’ll Ever Take

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with Catherine Rabidis, Independent Insurance & Financial Advisor, about the importance of advance planning to meet lifelong personal and financial goals. 

The two spoke from East Main Media Studios’ facility in Little Falls, NJ, which has been recently reconfigured to accommodate safe and socially ...

NJ Tax Expert Takes New Look at Calculating Business Profit and Expenses

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- With tomorrow being the rescheduled Tax Day of 2020, we share this piece of business advice from Walter Pardo, CEO of WFP Tax Partners.

The GAAP formula, otherwise known as the Generally Accepted Accounting Principle, is used for determining a business’s profit. 

The formula is sales - expenses = profit. It’s simple, logical and clear. The formula, while ...

NJ Accountant and Tax Coach Explains How Strategic Planning Can Save Businesses Money

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with Ethan Hundley, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Tax Coach (CTC) about his firm and how he can help clients proactively structure their taxes to save money.  Brodeur and Hundley spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio, which has been reconfigured to accommodate ...

South Orange NJ Small Business Owner Navigates Pandemic with Strong Community Support

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Cat Fisher, owner of Sadie’s and Kitchen a la Mode, two shops in downtown South Orange, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about how her small businesses survived during the COVID-19 pandemic with the support of her community behind her. 

Sadie’s is a women’s and men’s clothing store that focuses on ethical and philanthropic brands and Kitchen a la ...

NJ Salon Owner Discusses Reopening Protocols Designed to Keep Staff and Customers Safe

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Susan Barbaglia, Owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa, to see how she has been faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbaglia had previously appeared on TAPintoTV, when she was celebrating Skin Deep’s 25 years of being in business. 

When the pandemic began to take hold in New Jersey, the days leading up to the salon’s ...

NJ Business Networking Group Looks Beyond COVID-19 to the Future of Business Development

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, sat down with Bob Putt, the Director of American Business Associates (ABA) of New Jersey, to discuss the organization as well as what the future holds for business and networking in these unique times. 

The ABA is not just another networking group, Putt explained. “What we do is bring together business ...

New Jersey Image Consultant Gives Tips on Looking Your Best in Person and Online

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Sharon Kornstein of Image Design Consulting spoke with Brian Brodeur, Executive Producer of TAPintoTV, about her business and how she has adapted to working virtually with her clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kornstein helps her clients, both individuals and companies, how best to present oneself through dress, nonverbal communication and professional etiquette.

NJ Realtor Talks Hot Suburban Housing Market and Long Term Real Estate Trends

CLINTON, NJ -- HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willougby checked in with Simone Healey, Broker Associate at Vikki Healey Properties, about conducting sales during the pandemic and the current state of the real estate market in New Jersey. Healey had previously appeared on our series HomeGrown: Clinton, which aired last fall. 

“We’ve adapted our business really very well,” said ...

East Main Media Studios is Ready to Roll as New Jersey Eases Pandemic Restrictions for Businesses

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- East Main Media Studios is ready to greet new clients as New Jersey begins to relax some of its COVID-19 restrictions this month. “We can operate in a safe and socially distant manner here at the studio,” said Brian Brodeur, Founder and CEO of East Main Media. 

With New Jersey entering Stage Two of it’s Restart and Recovery Plan on June 15, indoor ...

Ridgewood NJ Business Guild Plans for Safe Reopening as Pandemic Restrictions Relax

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby checked in with Tony Damiano, Owner of Mango Jam, a popular gift shop in town, to see how he was faring during the pandemic, after he and his store were featured on HomeGrown’s Ridgewood episode last fall. 

Damiano is also President of the Ridgewood Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Village of Ridgewood, and ...

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

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 ...

Vanillamore Continues To Find Success Among Vibrant Montclair Restaurant Community

MONTCLAIR, NJ — After celebrating their first anniversary last November, Vanillamore continues to be a part of the vibrant Montclair restaurant scene.

Vanillamore Owner and Chef Risa Magid Boyer speaks about coming to Montclair, working with other business owners in town, and giving back to the community through a recent partnership with the Montclair Fund for Educational ...

How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...

East Main Media Launches the TAPinto Network’s Flagship Video Channel, TAPintoTV

LITTLE FALLS, NJ—East Main Media today announced the launch of TAPintoTV, an online video channel highlighting topics of interest in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. TAPintoTV is off the ground and has been posting content for several months, including videos featuring Emmy award-winning PBS host, Steve Adubato, coverage of the New York International Auto Show, small business success ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While other local stores have ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season.

“It brings people down into the town,” ...

West Orange Downtown Alliance Creates Two Historic Murals With Spray-Painting Robot

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange NJ Downtown Alliance has partnered with Estonian inventor, Mikhel Joala, to create two historic murals using "Albert" - Joala's automated spray-painting robot.

"This is cutting edge technology - the robot is the only one like it in the world." said West Orange NJ historian, Joe Fagan. Named after its first print, a portrait of Albert ...

ROI-NJ Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of Online And Print Publication

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Tom Bergeron, Editor and Chief Content Officer of ROI-NJ, speaks with TAPintoTV on the one-year anniversary of its launch. ROI-NJ (Return on Information, New Jersey) is a media company created to inform and connect businesses across the state.

"We're thrilled to celebrate the one-year anniversary of ROI-NJ. It's been a year, and we're stunned," ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Brings Businesses Together

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jessica Marrone-Parkes shares how the chamber builds connections, brings businesses together, and offers educational tools that help members succeed in business.
"The chamber should be a place where people can get together and shake hands," says Marrone-Parkes, "It's for members to see how they ...

Wayne Smith Speaks About Success and Getting Involved in the Community

IRVINGTON, NJ - Entrepreneur, Business Leader and Former Mayor of Irvington New Jersey, Wayne Smith speaks about Success and being an "Actionaire."

"Take some action, get involved - join your local chamber, go to your local government meeting, support a local business, support the schools.. whatever it is you have a passion for - dive into it..."