ROSELLE, NJ - On Fri. morning, the eve of this years “Small Business Saturday®,” Mayor Christine Dansereau, Council President Kim Shaw, Councilwoman Andrea Staten and Councilman Sam Bishop welcomed, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Administrator Kellie LeDet and SBA NJ District Director Al Titone to Roselle.
The purpose of the visit was to promote the event taking place this Saturday and to meet with local business owners to discuss how their business are doing and to offer information from the SBA on programs that might help them in their day to day issues.
Small Business Saturday® is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is an opportunity to give a big boost to small business owners across the country. Many towns take part in this event and residents are urged to “shop locally” to support the small business in their community.
The starting point today, was at Dunkin Donuts where the group of officials spoke with some residents of the town. They then moved to the Roselle Shopping Center located on E. 1st. Ave. where store owner Marco Quijada of Mike's Bagels spoke with everyone about his business and how it is growing.
Next stop was next door to CKO Kickboxing where Owner Danny Anglada talked about his facility and the classes that they offer to the community and how his business is growing. A few of his students told the Congressman how much they enjoy the workout they get from his studio.
“There are nearly 18,000 eating and drinking establishments in New Jersey,” said Titone. “Restaurants are equally important to New Jersey’s economy and we want to emphasize that small restaurants also depend on local holiday shoppers to stop by for lunch or dinner after a full-day of shopping,”
Wei Yeung, owner of Wei’s Buffet agrees and said, “my business has been a little slower than usual this year,” Yeung is hoping with the holiday season it will pick up. She gave everyone a tour through her restaurant that also has a large party room. Yeung spoke candidly to the group about her needs as a business owner and the issues that she has dealt with as she strives to improve it, including a total remodel about a year ago.
Last year, 95 million people went out to shop small and spent a total of $16.2 billion in local shops and restaurants, a 14 percent increase over 2014.
“This year’s sales figures are projected to hit $17.8 billion, a 10 percent increase over last year’s total,” said LeDet. “Small Business Saturday®” is an opportunity for us all to get behind neighborhood businesses that are the foundation of many thriving New Jersey communities. These businesses hire locals, stabilize our down towns, make their communities destination spots, and contribute to growing our local economy.”
The event ending with everyone going back to Mikes Bagels where Quijada, boasting how good his empanadas are, graciously made some for everyone to try.