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SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative Gets Underway in NJ; Agency Introduces 15 Candidates Selected for Program

Advisory Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014

NEWARK, NJ –From a lumber company in Newark to a science-driven research laboratory in Monmouth Junction, the U.S. Small Business Administration introduced 15 New Jersey small business owners who were selected to participate in the agency’s (SBA) 2014 Emerging Leaders training program.

According to SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone, the seven month intensive executive training program is focused on firms in underserved communities with a high ceiling for growth. “We received over 40 applications from small business owners throughout the state, who wanted to participate in this training program,” said Titone.  “We interviewed and selected what we felt were the 15 best firms that had the most growth potential.”

Titone who presided over an introductory ceremony a hosted by the Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) and held at the Rutgers Business School in Newark where the classes will take place said, “This signifies the start of an important seven month journey for the companies that have been selected to participate in this program.  When all is said in done, I believe that the return on investment for each firm will have a significant impact on the local economies where they are located.”

The 15 candidates selected to participate in the program are from the following New Jersey communities: Camden, East Orange, Galloway, Garfield, Hillside, Jersey City, Monmouth Junction, Mountainside, Newark, Orange, Paterson and South Plainfield.

Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact of helping small businesses grow and create jobs.  This year, Newark, Washington, D.C., Miami, and, Wichita have been added to the program, making them part of 27 cities that now provide this training across the country.

Titone added, the program has no out of pocket expenses for participants, but has a significant time requirement that calls for approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant.  In addition to the training, small business owners will be given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities

The SBA criteria for participating in the Emerging Leaders Initiative require established small business owners and executives to: have annual revenues of at least $400,000; have been in business for at least 3 years; and have at least one employee, other than self.

While the program has been in existence for seven years, this is the first time New Jersey has been selected to participate in the program. “We are pleased to bring the inaugural Emerging Leaders training program to New Jersey,” said Titone, “We are excited about taking a proven formula and seeing the progress and strides each firm makes over the course of time.”

Joining the SBA as co-sponsors of the 2014 Emerging Leaders initiative in Newark are the African American Chamber of New Jersey, Brick City Economic Development Corporation, Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, New Jersey Small Business Development Center, and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

The following is a list of the executives and their companies selected to participate in the SBA’s 2014 Emerging Leaders training initiative:

Robert Kaslander, Vice President
Kaslander Lumber Company, Inc.
373 N. 5th Street
Newark, NJ
Tel: 973-610-0398 website: http://excelsiorlumber.com/about.html

Brenda Rebello, President
Exce ed Resources Inc.
294 New Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Tel: 732-329-2742 website:  www.exceed-resources.com
Gwenevere Motley, Managing Member  
BMC Construction LLC
50 South Center Street, Unit #22
Orange, NJ
Tel: 973-830-7689 - website: www.bmcconstruction.net

Krutarth Jagad, President 
DIA General Construction, Inc.
50 Redwood Avenue
Paterson, NJ
Tel: 732-921-4691 website: www.diageneralconstruction.com

David Jiang, CEO   
American Trading House, Inc.
380 Jelliff Ave
Newark, NJ
Tel: 973-565-9800 website: www.athimport.com

Paul Shim, Senior Associate
MFS Consulting Engineers, LLC
2780 Hamilton Blvd
South Plainfield, NJ
Tel: 908-922-4622 website: www.MFSengineers.com

Daisy Rivera-Muzzio, President & Founder
Acumen BioPharma
PO Box 250
Princeton, NJ  08540 
973-903-1809   website:  www.acumenbiopharma.com
Trevor Newman, President
Leonard-Newman Unlimited
309 S. New York Road
Galloway, NJ
609-241-8583 http://tlnc-unltd.com

Laurette Gibbs, Vice President 
CSF Technologies, Inc.
200 Federal Street – Suite226
Camden, NJ
Tel: 856-979-2018  website: www.csftechnologies.com

Winifred Smith, Owner
Zadie’s of the Oranges
141 South Harrison Street
East Orange, NJ 
Tel: 973-395-5100  website: www.zadiesoto.com

Ulana Zakalak, President
Zakalak Restoration Arts LLC
4 Beacon Way #302  
Jersey City, NJ
732-804-7332 website: http://www.zakalakrestoration.com/  

Alberic Jean-Baptiste, President
24/7 Enterprises
187 Mill Lane
Mountainside, NJ
908-232-7223   website: www.247csl.com

Oscar Cano, President
Color Screen Pros
100 Verona Ave.
Newark, NJ
Tel: 201-341-4106  website: www.colorscreenpros.com
Roque Schipilliti, President
Cid & Sons, LLC
365 River Drive
Garfield, NJ
Tel; 201-888-0093 No website (Environmental Remediation Company) 

Kan He, President
1 Deerpark Drive
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Tel: 609-240-8333   website: www.biotranex.com