Newark Small Business Week 2022: Events, Networking, Workshops

NEWARK, New Jersey— The following press release is courtesy of Invest Newark. Learn more about post announcements or events on your local Patch site.

Invest in Newark, the City of Newark’s economic development corporation, has partnered with =SPACE to present Newark Small Business Week: a series dedicated to bringing equitable resources to the booming City of Newark, leading small businesses towards continued success and growth. The five-day experience will provide events, workshops and networking opportunities for new and experienced local Newark entrepreneurs to help build and support local businesses. It kicks off on Monday May 2 with the Small Business Expo – a business-to-business conference and networking event for small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. A full list of details, scheduled events and registration information can be found here.

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our community, and we remain committed to helping them recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Newark Small Business Week is an opportunity for everyone in Newark to show their support for our local entrepreneurs and the people they employ, as they are essential to keeping our economy thriving. I thank Invest Newark and Equal Space for making these necessary opportunities and resources available, and I look forward to starting the week at Expo.

The goal of Newark Small Business Week is to provide existing and potential small business owners with access to a variety of resources to further encourage entrepreneurship in Newark. The Small Business Expo, the launch event, will provide small business owners with networking opportunities to connect with each other, get advice directly from city agencies; learn from business support experts; meet lenders and get advice on accessing capital; and network with other passionate entrepreneurs. Mayor Ras J. Baraka will also join Invest Newark, =Space and community members to kick off the week.

“I’m thrilled that during Newark Small Business Week, we’re offering a wide range of workshops, panel discussions and networking events aimed at supporting our local entrepreneurs,” said Allison Ladd, chair of the board of directors. ‘Invest Newark and Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic Affairs and Housing Development. “As our community continues its strong recovery, I encourage neighbors to support the local small businesses that play such a vital role in Newark communities. If you haven’t already, register and join us for what promises to be a week full of opportunities and resources designed to help our small businesses thrive.

Newark Small Business Week 2022 will also feature workshops to inform best practices for entrepreneurship in Newark, such as an inspirational in-person event, proven strategies, actionable steps, tips, resources and information for a maximum business growth. The series will also include the opportunity to offer a grant to help start a small business, which will be hosted entirely in Spanish for the very first time. On Thursday, May 4, Invest Newark will host panel discussions and keynotes, including Women-In-Novation 4.0, a mini-conference hosted by powerful innovators and disruptors from all sectors: music, technology, government, business and finance. Some of the discussion topics will include:

  • How to increase business sustainability

  • Building your authentic influence in the digital age

  • Develop your brand through a non-corporate lens

  • Access brand equity by refining your pitch

“Newark’s small businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic, and many are still recovering,” said Roy Southerland, interim president and CEO of Invest Newark. “With Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark, we have supported our entrepreneurs throughout the pandemic and this Small Business Week we continue to focus on their ability to thrive. Together with our valued partner, =Space, we are excited to deliver this innovative five-day experience to meet the needs of our entrepreneurs and the people they employ, which will sustain Newark’s vibrancy for years to come.

“Small Business Week is about providing a space for entrepreneurs to connect to valuable resources and thrive,” said Citi Medina, Founder of =SPACE. “=SPACE has always believed in the connection between business and small business. This series of events concretizes this mission.

With =SPACE’s focus on providing equitable access to resources for multicultural founders, LGBTQ+ businesses and women’s businesses and Invest Newark’s primary focus on fostering strong and diverse economy of Newark, organizations simultaneously create vibrant communities and opportunities for all Newarkers. Small Business Week 2022 is the ultimate experience for entrepreneurs of all types and stages. If you are interested in participating or looking for more information, contact Elizabeth Da Silva at [email protected] or (973) 273-1040.

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Newark Small Business Week 2022: Events, Networking, Workshops originally appeared on the Newark patch

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