We visit Reed Kean and Octavio Mendez of Keller Williams Midtown Direct in Maplewood to learn about the local realty franchise and how the team gives back to the communities that they serve.
BuyLocalNJ is what happens when brothers Andy and Chris, native New Jerseyans and owners of financial advisory firm Runnymede Capital Management, wondered, “What if we create a website that promotes buying local by interviewing business owners for our community?”
Join us in finding, supporting, and celebrating local businesses that are helping to build our communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, connecting neighbors, and contributing to local causes. Thank you for buying local!
This is the most crazy and stressful time to be a business owner, not to mention just being a human in general. We started the BuyLocalNJ project to support local businesses and this is a time that requires even more. Given the unprecedented economic hardship, the government passed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill called Coronavirus, Air, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) which makes $350 billion available to small businesses in the form of "Paycheck Protection Program" loans. Business owners may be eligible for loans that are completely forgivable if used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities over an 8 week period.
Family owned and operated since 1920, The Liberty Group Company operations include Liberty United Van Lines, Lincoln Mayflower Transit, Liberty Facilities Services, and Liberty Document Security. We sit down with John Lusardi to learn about the company's history, businesses, and role in its community.
We visit long-time Warren resident and owner of Silk Road, Abdul Hashim Sidiqee. From the moment we walked in, we were captivated by the lamb chops, chicken kabobs, salmon kabobs, sabzy (spinach) and banjan (eggplant.)
We venture to Watchung to speak with Chris Daunno, owner of CAD Construction. CAD is a home transformation specialist, providing turnkey general contracting service for residential customers in Somerset County and the surrounding areas. They provide high quality construction and on-time, on-budget project completion, all managed by Chris as the single contact who oversees every project from beginning to end. CAD can construct new homes and service tear downs/rebuilds. Furthermore, CAD can assist in additions and renovation projects.
This episode is in partnership with the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce.
We visit Owner Kris Silvestry at Peace of Mind Yoga in Berkeley Heights. It is the town's first and only stand alone yoga studio. At Peace of Mind Yoga, the instructors help its students learn how to cope and heal from their stress, anxiety, depression and trauma so that they can emerge as better parents, friends, community members, children, bosses and co-workers. In yoga classes, Peace of Mind Yoga provides a safe, peaceful and nonjudgmental space allowing for people to move and meditate to facilitate their own healing.
We visit Founder Sharon Huang at HudsonWay Immersion School's Stirling, NJ campus. The bilingual school offers Mandarin Chinese and Spanish classes to preschool 2's to Grade 8.
We visit Chief Mommy Officer Amanda Veinott at Momique, a unique community and boutique for Moms in Morris Plains. Learn how Momique began as a Facebook community and today offers 3D/4D ultrasound, maternity consignment, classes, venue & event space rentals. She also uses her platform for good by collecting donations for families with babies in need and partnering with local non-profits.
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