A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

The last week of August marks Minority Business Week in New Jersey. As the Lt. Governor and Secretary of State, I could not be more proud to call one of the most diverse states in our nation my home.

Since entering office six years ago, I have had the privilege to tour our great state and meet with countless business owners from all backgrounds and walks of life. Meeting these hardworking men and women has given me a unique perspective of just how special our state truly is.

In each county, in each town, we are seeing more women and minority business owners open shop. I’ve seen this growth firsthand, as I’ve attended over 50 events in the past year alone that focused on diversity and women in business. It is encouraging to see this progress happening right before our eyes.

On behalf of the State of New Jersey, I would like to say “thank you” to our state’s business owners. Your businesses are the backbone of our economy and you should all be commended for your hard work and perseverance.

Honoring the importance of diverse businesses, “NJBIZ Magazine” did a special Diversity Issue for the month of August. I was pleased to contribute to the issue with a special letter on how the “State is ready, willing and eager to help grow minority businesses.” Read my article below and let’s continue to work together to help businesses grow in New Jersey!


Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

Click to see the full article: http://bit.ly/2alccJI

 

Conversations with Kim: Ozega Bakery

I had the pleasure of visiting Ozega Bakery in Clifton to have a conversation with small business owner, Maria Del Pilar Rivas. She opened her Italian-Peruvian bakery two years ago, and I recently was given the opportunity to sit down with her and talk about her small business. Our discussion centered around how her bakery is adversely impacted by mandates and regulations on small businesses in New Jersey. Conversations with Kim is a way of highlighting the importance of simply listening: listening to real problems businesses owners face; listening to triumphs and how we can create even more; and, most importantly, listening to recommendations on how our government can do better.

Annual India Day Parade

I participated in the Annual India Day Parade in Edison, hosted by the Indian Business Association of New Jersey. For almost two decades, the Indian Business Association ("IBA") has served the New Jersey Indo-American community. Each year during this parade, the IBA is proud to continue a history of representing small businesses and serving as a voice for thousands of Indo-Americans that call New Jersey home.

 

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