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Ocean County Entrepreneur Awarded SBA New Jersey 2022 Small Business Person of the Year Award

Senior Solutions for the Jersey Shore President Beverly Zaccherio to represent Garden State in National Virtual Ceremony recognizing Small Business Owners for Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship
Release Date: 
Monday, May 2, 2022

SBA New Jersey District Director John M. Blackstock visits New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year Beverly Zaccherio in Point Pleasant to congratulate her on winning the statewide honor.

NEWARK, N.J. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2022 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year is Beverly Zaccherio, President and Founder of Senior Solutions for the Jersey Shore based in Point Pleasant. SBA New Jersey District Director John M. Blackstock joined Zaccherio near her Ocean County office to present the district honors.

Zaccherio built Senior Solutions for the South Shore after being laid off from her former job at a leading crystal manufacturer in 2008. As she found herself unemployed and in need of another full-time position, with a three-year old son at home, Zaccherio pivoted.

A Rampao College graduate with years of experience in sales, customer service and marketing, Beverly reinvented herself professionally by creating a small business in the health care industry.

“I became a certified home health aide because it offered the flexible hours; I needed to raise my infant son,” explained the Connecticut native and 36-year Point Pleasant resident. “I enjoyed interacting with people and ended up working at a number of state and other at-home agencies as well as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

Though originally intended as a temporary career move, Zaccherio soon found herself drawn to the field and what she saw as an unmet industry need. “So many families I worked with told me that if they’d known other options were available, they would have pursued them rather than, for example, selling their mom or dad’s home so quickly and moving them to an assisted living facility or nursing home,” she said. “People are often just lost and struggling when it comes to making life decisions for their elderly loved ones.”

Zaccherio believed that more needed to be done for families. “I felt that there should be a company that could help bring it all together for families and coordinate care for seniors at an affordable price,” she said, officially launching her Point Pleasant-based response, Senior Solutions for the South Shore LLC in 2013 where she consults with and educates families who are often emotionally overwhelmed by their elderly loved one’s situation.

Along with her personal consulting work, Senior Solutions also employs eight trained specialists who provide such in-home health aide services as light housekeeping, cooking, errand-running and home organizing.

“Many seniors want to stay in their homes and we strive to enable that,” she said, “looking out for red flags on their behalf, reminding them to take their medication, providing companionship and more.”

It’s a service that one client, Mary Jo Brownback, has found essential. Struggling to care for her 77-year-old husband Walter, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, the Mantoloking resident and retired nurse “learned of Beverly through our realtor and we’ve found her incredibly compassionate and caring,” says Ms. Brownback, who’s welcomed Zaccherio’s team to her home three times a week for three to four hours at a time.

“When my husband fell, Beverly sent someone right over to help me pick him up and also introduced us to local resources we may never have known about, such as a mobile foot doctor and hairstylist. She’s always there personally to help and her team is very accommodating and trustworthy,” she added. “They’ve provided invaluable support to our household and have given me and my children tremendous peace of mind.”

“My mom was a nurse for 40 years and set up things for herself and my father so that us kids wouldn’t have to worry,” Zaccherio said of the gift she hopes to give others.

“Our mission is to empower families and individuals with educational resources so that they understand their full range of choices,” she said. “Through this process, we’ve met so many amazing people and have become part of so many wonderful families. If we can help families avoid pitfalls and enhance quality of life for seniors, then we’ll have made an indelible difference in our Shore community.”

When COVID began to appear in the Garden State at the onset of the pandemic and businesses shut down, Zaccherio applied for and received a COVID EIDL Advance. Thanks to that payment of funds, she was able to continue offering her business’ services while keeping her 11 employees on payroll, preserving their jobs and salaries.

SBA New Jersey District Director John M. Blackstock hailed Zaccherio’s perseverance as an entrepreneur. “Small business owners like Beverly are tough as nails. They stand up and continue time and time again. Beverly’s drive, determination and ability to take calculated risks while also tapping into a pool of available resources make a positive difference in our hometowns across New Jersey. Thanks to small business owners like Beverly, America’s economy continues to build back better from COVID and move forward. Congratulations, Beverly, on such demonstrable achievements, especially in the face of adversity.”

White House-appointed SBA Atlantic Regional Administrator Marlene Cintron, who oversees the federal agency’s operations throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also expressed her excitement regarding National Small Business Week and the newly named New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year.

“Due to President Biden’s comprehensive national vaccination strategy against COVID-19, after a two-year hiatus,  SBA will be  celebrating, thanking and honoring small businesses  virtually and in person. Small business owners and entrepreneurs have been the lifeline in our communities during this public health crisis. We are celebrating their commitment, resiliency  and contributions not just this week, but also the foreseeable future.  Our nation is standing today because small businesses remained open to provide us with the essential tools and materials necessary to keep us healthy, fed and employed.  They are true heroes in our economic recovery.  Entrepreneurs’ fearless commitment, hard work and ingenuity throughout our small business ecosystem will provide us with the tools necessary to build back better across all our communities,” said Regional Administrator Cintron.

The Small Business Person of the Year Award is part of National Small Business Week, held this year from May 1 through 7.  This year’s NSBW theme, “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” highlights the resilience, ingenuity and creativity of these award winners who, like millions of small businesses across America, have navigated challenges from the pandemic and contributed to our nation’s economic comeback.

The NSBW Virtual Summit will be held May 2-5 (register here), and will include honoring small businesses around the country, educational sessions, online business resources, and exciting speakers. Highlights of the summit will include virtual booths to develop one-on-one connections with public and private sector partners, and the summit will conclude with the awards ceremony honoring more than 60 small business owners, including Zaccherio as New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year.

 

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About National Small Business Week
For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.     

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Co-sponsorship Authorization# 22-1-C. The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.