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NJSBDC at Kean University Honors Berkeley Heights Business Owners

The New Jersey Small Business Development Corporation’s (NJSBDC) 14th Annual Small Business Growth Awards luncheon recognized sixteen small business owners from diverse industries on December 9 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The NJSBDC at Kean University honored Berkeley Heights residents Nicole and Tom Mauriello, second generation entrepreneurs who operate three successful small businesses, at the event.

Nicole Mauriello owns and operates Sancoche Soups, a gourmet soup company dedicated to offering global flavors locally. Sancoche’s soups are made using fresh locally sourced ingredients and delivered to the home. The company derives its named from a hearty stew of root vegetables, salted pork and split peas popular in the island nation of Trinidad, Nicole’s native land.

Sancoche recently launched a cooking camp designed to teach children ages 9 – 12 the basics of French cooking, including knife skills, sautéing, braising, browning, blanching, boiling, simmering and sauce preparation. Drawing on her fine arts degree in graphic design Nicole also creates unique branded promotional items for corporate clients through a second company, Business Boosters. 

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When she was looking to expand her businesses, Nicole turned to the NJSBDC at Kean University. In 2016 alone, the SBDC at Kean University counseled over 200 clients and helped Union County small business owners secure over $3.5 million in financing.

“David Margulies and the Kean University SBDC team have helped me see much further down the road and gain an understanding of what each of my businesses has to offer in the marketplace and how I should best organize my time and resources to ensure I stay on the path to success,” said Nicole.

Nicole’s husband Tom Mauriello owns and operates ThinkScreen, LLC, a digital web development and branding agency. ThinkScreen produces fully functional web applications for businesses and consumer audiences. Tom credits his success to the continuous exploration of new technologies and his team’s ability to understand their client’s need and then create high quality cost effective solutions.

“I have known about the SBDC for some time, but never the value the SBDC relationship was going to be able to return to my business. If I had, I certainly would have opened these doors a lot sooner,” said Tom.

The NJ-SBDC includes 12 full-service regional centers and 29 satellite offices and is committed to guiding established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in creating and expanding their business enterprises. The NJ-SBDC at Kean is located in Willis Hall, on the University’s Union campus, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.  Visit www.kean.edu/sbdc to learn more.  

 

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Dine at Chipotle in New Providence, June 18, in Support of Covenant House

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Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement

June 9, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night  to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits  expires on June 30.

 Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding vote after the council deadlocked at 3-3.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

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TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

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Union County Freeholders Support LGBTQ Community with Historical Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

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