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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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See Sgt. Thomas Rich of STOPit in Warren on Feb. 22

February 22, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Is your child on Instagram, music.ly, Minecraft, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Oovoo, Skype, Kik, Vine or playing games on-line or POKÉMON GO ?!? Thinking about getting your child a smartphone or do they already have one?

Learn how to protect them and see Sgt. Tom Rich, the Cyber-Safety expert for STOPit, at Watchung Hills on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. In the ...

Find Out About 'Friends of 6259' at Berkeley Heights VFW on March 1

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents of Berkeley Heights and neighboring towns are invited to attend the initial information meeting about "Friends of 6259" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at 15 Locust Ave., Berkeley Heights.

The group, which has yet to be formed, will provide assistance to the local VFW Post 6259 in many areas, including:  
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Summer STEM Program

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – If your child loves to play with their hands, build structures, devour a computer, and learn all about STEM, sign them up for Summer STEM Institute!  A new bus route will allow residents from Sparta and surrounding areas to participate in this exciting and innovative program.  The bus will pick up and drop off from Columbia Middle School during the week ...

Summit Area YMCA Offers New Special Needs Classes

As a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA is proud to offer quality programming designed to improve the foundations of the community inclusive of all backgrounds and abilities. The Y’s Special Needs Programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence, socialize with others, as well as nurture a ...

'Great Swamp Experience' Permanent Exhibit Opened This Week At EEC Ribbon Cutting in Basking Ridge

February 20, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ever since the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of US Congress in 1960 after a group of local activitists rallied to protect the land from development, the native habitat for hundreds of species of birds and other plants and living creatures has been also been a living classroom for learning about the environment.

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Massena, Union County College’s Men’s Basketball Star, Surpasses 1000 Career Points

February 22, 2017

CRANFORD - Chinua “Chewy” Massena, a sophomore guard from Bloomfield and a vital member of Union County College’s Men’s Basketball team, surpassed his 1000 career point total during the Feb. 2 game against Passaic County College. In addition to this significant achievement, he is currently leading the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III in scoring, ...

Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

February 16, 2017

Assemblywomen Nancy F. Muñoz and Amy Handlin said they will introduce legislation increasing initial prescriptions for opioid medications from five to seven days. The bill is in response to legislation (A3/S3) approved by the General Assembly today that limits such prescriptions to five days. The five-day limit is part of a broader bill addressing the state’s opioid ...

Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  ...

Jump In….for Better Health!

One of the ways to get cardiovascular exercise is through rebounding….a form of exercise using a mini trampoline that you should know about. In addition to building muscular strength, rebounding is extremely gentle on bones and joints because you’re bouncing on a surface that “gives,” so there’s no solid ground to create a hard impact every time you land. And ...

6 Week Free Gabriele Fitness Challenge Giveaway: Get in while you can!

We're doing it again! We're giving away SIX weeks of our total transformation, kitchen sink training package to FOUR lucky locals! 

The page is OPEN, you can enter here: http://gabrielefitness.com/giveaways/sweepstakes/ (you can bookmark the page ;) 

Or click the link below and enter to win your six week transformation training! Remember, you're going to ...

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The 3 Main Investment Styles: Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons to investing in the three main investment styles:  active,  passive and “evidence-based investing.” The benefits of “evidence-based investing” will be clearer after reviewing “active” vs. “passive” investing styles.

1. Active Investing through Mutual Funds: “Active” investors aim to “beat the ...

Real Estate News You Can Use

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” ...