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Edison Business Receives Success Award From NJ Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Growth Success Award (L to R) Brenda Hopper, NJ SBDC CEO & State Director, Elayne P. McClaine, Regional Director: NJ Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick, Jonathan Wilner, Harrington Limousine Service and Keith Whelan, Counselor at NJ Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick Credits: SBDC

MONROE, NJ - The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network deserving clients at its annual Small Business Growth Success Awards, Friday, December 5 at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township.

“This event is important because it brings all of us together to hear very special success stories about our small business clients around the state. They took a dream in the business world and made it happen with the expert guidance of our key management consultants of America’s SBDC New Jersey. Our financial sponsors help assist our small business assistance activities,” said Brenda Hopper, NJSBDC CEO/State Director.

Harrington Limousine Service, based out of Edison, is a client of NJSBDC at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Lebanon-based Healthy Balance, a client of the program at Raritan Valley Community College in the North Branch section of Branchburg.

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Harrington Limousine Service President-CEO Jonathan Wilner is a third-generation owner of his family's multi-million dollar empire, according to NJSBDC. The company offers luxury service and innovative ideas for corporate, private and special occasions.

The company came to SBDC in 2013 to confront declining business from increasing competition by tweaking staffing, strategic direction, marketing and cash flow management. He stabilized the business by developing the corporate and special occasion aspects of the operation. He also was able to obtain a working capital loan to address short-term cash flow concerns. Since restructuring his business, he has added chauffeurs and office staff to his team of 60 employees.

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