Saturday, November 24, 2012
Locally owned businesses across the county are benefitting from Small Business Saturday
One day after the biggest shopping day of the holiday season, small businesses in Bergen County continued to see an uptick in sales as consumers continued to spend and support their local businesses as part of AMEX's Small Business Saturday. In Englewood, shop owners saw a slow start to the day as customers waited until late morning to start hitting the streets. At the same time, city employees were able to dedicate time to decorating lamppoles and utility work continued on Dean Street. "I think AMEX should be commended for honoring small businesses in the downtown districts," Marla Weinglast of Complements said. "We're seeing more customers want to support their local businesses because they know the owners and sales team on a personal …
The following local businesses will be open all day for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is today and several local River Dell businesses will take part in the American Express created event to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Below is a list of places where you can partake in Small Business Saturday locally: Q-T Intimates Oradell Jewelers A&J Jewelers Eco Galleria Comics 'N Toys Thoughtful Gems Critchley's Candies Black Eyed Susies Town and Country Kitchen Wob Lingerie Delford Flowers and Gifts River Dell Flowers & Gifts Eden K S Furniture Touch of England Skatewerks Susan Perrone Couture King's Clothing …
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in RiverDell?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over RiverDell and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Inspectors to spread out across Bergen County and authorities will have “zero tolerance” for fraudulent home repair companies and contractors, the Bergen County Executive said.
Officials will inspect contractors working on repairs in areas slammed by Superstorm Sandy as part of a new county police-led task force designed to protect homeowners from storm-related scams, the county executive announced Tuesday. “My administration will have zero tolerance for fraudulent home improvement companies or any contractor or company that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people suffering from the terrible tragedy that hit our county,” Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said in a statement. Led by County Police Capt. Victor F. Cuttitta Jr., the task force will include officials from the Consumer Affairs and Consumer Protections offices. Inspectors will fan out across Bergen County, with special attention given to …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in RiverDell. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Below is a list of places where you can partake in Small Business …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Local business will now take online orders for Thanksgiving
With just a week until Thanksgiving, residents can place an online order with Art of Cake owner Tammy Dunwoody for a Thanksgiving dessert. Orders may also be placed in person or by telephone (201-483-9176), but should be made soon as the final day for pick-up is Nov. 21. Dunwoody's holiday menu includes classics such as apple and pumpkin pies, a raspberry linzer torte, three varieties of cheesecake, five different cakes, butter cookies, a mini pastry or cupcake tray, and individual pastries. New to this year's menu are gluten-free layer cakes (Vanilla, Chocolate and Carrot Cake) and cookies (Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, Almond Crescent, Chocolate Crinkle, Oatmeal Raisin, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip). "These beautiful and …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Post the latest open restaurants, gas stations and other useful stores in and around RiverDell.
Sandy has slammed RiverDell, leaving thousands without power and trees down across town. Below is a list of local stores open for business. Please note this list could change and readers are encouraged to call ahead. Know of other open nearby stores? Post your tips in the comments section below. Northern NJ HandyGuide has also posted an updated list of business that are open as well. GET STORM UPDATES: Follow Patch on Twitter, Facebook and click to sign up for Breaking News Alerts. News tip or photos? E-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Governor says easing Sunday sales restriction will help with storm recovery.
Gov. Chris Christie has signed an executive order suspending Bergen County's Sunday sales restriction, known as Blue Laws. "During this time of recovery and rebuilding, our citizens must have adequate access to the supplies they need to help return their lives to normal – particularly those residents who are still without power,” Christie said in a statement Sunday. “To accomplish this, we are temporarily suspending Blue Laws in Bergen County so that local residents can purchase the essential goods and services they need to continue through recovery period and begin the rebuilding process.” Christie's decision came after Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan requested the Sunday shopping restrictions be suspended. In a conference call…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to many local businesses. if you're a small business owner, here's some helpful advice for how to recover.
Friday, November 2, 2012
1) File insurance claims as soon as possible, if you haven't already done so. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers important advice and tips for filing your claim. The National Flood Insurance Program also provides information on filing a flood insurance claim. 2) The SBA offers several low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses in declared disaster areas, including business physical disaster loans and economic injury disaster loans. You can apply for loans up to $2 million for both uninsured and underinsured damages. You can apply directly online. Once submitted, the SBA will send an inspector to estimate the cost of damage. 3) Apply for tax relief if needed, which will allow for expedited returns or …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fuel shortages could impact storm repair crews, official says. Consumers are mobbing service stations around Bergen County.
Bergen County officials are urging local governments to conserve fuel as concerns are mounting that a gasoline shortage could impact emergency services and utility repair crews responding to Sandy's devastation. "If we don't get fuel in a couple of days, obviously, emergency services stop and so do all the restoration people," Bergen County Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Dwane Razzetti told officials in a Wednesday afternoon briefing. The county can transport limited amounts of fuel, but only for critical public safety uses, he added. Local officials can make requests through Bergen's emergency operations center. "Everybody is starting to run out of fuel," Razzetti said. The region's main ports, in Newark and Elizabeth, were not …