Burlington County Times

Small Business Forum Comes To Burlington City

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund and Wells Fargo bring in partners for educational and networking event in Burlington City for small business owners.

Burlington County Times — June 15, 2018

By Todd McHale

BURLINGTON CITY — Small business leaders and startups got a chance to speak to bankers, advocates, county officials and others willing to help turn future economic goals into reality.

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, NJCAEF, and Wells Fargo teamed up to host the small business forum this week at IL Portico Ristorante Italiano.

"This is about connecting small businesses with capital and education about how to grow their businesses," Phyllis Salowe Kaye, executive director of New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, said Tuesday. "This is something we do all over the state over the last several years, and we do them with a variety of banks."

In addition to Wells Fargo, the networking event had representatives from several partners on hand to speak to business owners including Burlington County Department of Economic Development & Regional Planning, Burlington City officials, the Latin American Economic Development Association, NAACP New Jersey State Conference, New Jersey Community Capital, New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Main Street Alliance.

Salowe Kaye said the forum was designed to give small business owners in the county and across South Jersey an opportunity to learn more about financial products, services, resources and technical assistance available from the bank and other business partner organizations.

"Small businesses are vital to the overall economic health of Burlington County and the entire state as critical drivers of our economies," Salowe Kaye said.

Wanda Saez, community development officer for Wells Fargo, agreed.

"Small business is the backbone of our country," Saez said. "They are major employers, it's really important for us to reach out to the small business community and talk about the products and services available to help them grow and prosper."

Barbara Bryant, chief executive officer for I Say Yes Salon & Spa, said she was looking forward to the forum.

"I'm always interested in what we can do to improve our business, stay in business, so it's important to come out and have some hope that there's a bright light of Wells Fargo be willing to lend to small business owners," she said.

Mellonae Mumford of Credit Revive in Willingboro also found the forum very interesting.

"They're a good mix of people that are here," Mumford said. "If you're a small business this is definitely something you need to be at because of the networking opportunities, and if you are interested in finding out what kind of monies are available out there because there's a lot that is not advertised."

A statewide nonprofit organization, New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund of Newark, promotes social, racial, and economic justice for all New Jerseyans through research, education, policy work and free financial empowerment programs and services. For information about the group, visit njcaef.

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