LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston based family business Things 4 Strings will be one of several businesses being honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at its 22nd Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards dinner in Livingston.

Things 4 Strings co-founders Ruth Brons and mother, Martha Brons are also the inventors of their company’s products, a small line of accessories designed to help students learn to play string instruments. The mother/daughter team started Things 4 Strings in 2009, and now have distribution in over 20 markets. “We are worldwide,” said Ruth Brons.

“The product was a natural outgrowth of our families generations held belief in education…We didn’t sit down and say that we want to create a product. We just wanted to solve a problem that existed with our students and we found this solution,” said Ruth.

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Things 4 Strings will be honored in the “up to $10 million” category along with: Bornstein Sons, Inc. of Fairfield; Flynn and Son Funeral Homes of Fords/Edison, Perth Amboy, and Metuchen; Giambri's Quality Sweets of Clementon; G&G Realtors of Oakhurst and Deal; Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant of Montclair; and McRae Capital Management, Inc. of Morristown.

In the Over $10 Million category, honorees are: Allen & Stults Company, Inc. of Hightstown; Elberon Development Group of Cranford; Gibraltar Laboratories, Inc. of  Fairfield; Jack Daniels Motors of Upper Saddle River; My Limo of East Hanover; Ski Barn of Paramus; and Wine Chateau of Metuchen.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston with a reception at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon and awards ceremony following at noon.

Businesses are judged on rate of growth over the last three years, their philanthropic and economic impact, how they have overcome challenges, their vision for the future, and other factors.

The program is sponsored by: New Jersey Monthly; PNC Bank; Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business; Camarès Communications; Crystal Plaza; CohnReznick LLP; and Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP.

Tickets are available for $75. Call (973) 443-8842 or email

The mission of FDU’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship in the academic and business communities. Since 1989, as part of the Silberman College of Business, the Institute has been supporting entrepreneurship and innovation by offering academic and outreach programs on the local, regional and increasingly, global levels. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make our academic program one of the finest in the nation. In addition, our expanding outreach programs enable us to help more people to succeed

Crystal Plaza is located at 305 W. Northfield Ave., Livingston, NJ. For driving directions, visit: