Business & Finance

New Business Entity Host Inaugural Networking Gala in East Orange


EAST ORANGE, NJ - On the day of celebration for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Urban Essex Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking gala at the Ambrose-Ward Mansion in East Orange to announce the formation of their new organization. According to members of their “Founder’s Circle” this events was strategically held on the slain civil rights leader’s birthday in recognition of his call to action through economic empowerment.

Notable members of the business community included former Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith, Joseph and Ralonda Johnson, owners of the recently opened Papa Johns in East Orange and Mayowa Obubanjo, Community Outreach Coordinator for City National Bank in Newark.

Featured among the many businesses in attendance was Chris Johnson owner of Grades4life. Grades4life is an online incentive program for students K-12 that rewards youths for educational and social accomplishments. The incentives to perform well in school are in the form of discounts and other offers to be redeemed at local retail partners for both students and their families. This collaboration a pens the door for businesses to demonstrate true community concern, while showcasing their products and services to thousands of local area families. It was announced this offer is an exclusive benefit to members of the newly formed Chamber.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening was a heartfelt toast to the memory and legacy of Dr. King by toastmaster, businessman and East Orange native son, Steve Cooper. His words of encouragement more than moved the crowd to pledge proactive community engagement in the days, months and years to come.

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Rep. Payne, Jr. Issues Statement on Parkland, Florida, School Shooting

February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement:

“To the families who lost loved ones during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, today, know that your country’s compassion and thoughts go out to you. Our hearts break with yours.

“To those injured, know that the American people are praying your recovery.

“To the ...

Top Seven Bookkeeping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When you’re operating your own business, even small bookkeeping mistakes can end up being painful. What are the most common blunders? And how can you avoid them? In part one of this 7-part-series “Top Seven Bookkeeping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” we look at the mistake number one, “Co-mingling Your Person and Business Finances.” 

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Signs That You Need Help to Break Out of Negativity

It is only natural to feel down from time to time, but if you seem to be locked in a cycle of negativity, it is time to seek help in order to become your best self and live your best life.

There are a number of signs to watch out for, including: 

Feeling Down or Blue All the Time

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Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best ways to cultivate a positive and abundant mindset. Instead of focusing on what you DON’T have in a gratitude journal, you will be writing about all the wonderful things you DO have. 

Studies have shown the benefits of journaling in relation to mental and physical health. It boosts mood and relieves stress. It teaches those who keep a ...

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