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   The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers Marks Its 30 th
 Anniversary & Honors 13 Small Business Owners and Lawmakers at Its
  Small Business Growth Success Awards Luncheon on December 5th:
Green Companies & Cutting Edge Tech Companies are among Its Success

Monroe Township, N.J. (Nov. 20, 2008) Honoring the merits of 13 diverse small
business leaders across the State --from those who have successfully launched
companies that sell green products, to leaders in the creation of products that will
protect the nation’s technology from potential terrorist attacks--the New Jersey
Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) will host its annual Small
Business Growth Success Awards on Dec. 5, 2008 at the Forsgate Country Club
in Monroe from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling
Maria Torres at 973-353-1927 or by registering online at

“Recognizing the growth stories of our small business clients is rewarding, not
only to the clients who have success stories, but is testimony to the
comprehensive services and expertise of the NJSBDC network in guiding small
businesses' development and growth," says Brenda Hopper, NJSBDC State

Every year NJSBDC sponsors its annual Small Business Growth Success
Awards luncheon. To further mark this annual event, the NJSBDC will also
celebrate its commitment and assistance to small business and entrepreneurs for
three decades. Corporate sponsors of the event are Verizon and PNC Bank,
while the featured speaker will be Joel L. Naroff, President and Founder of Naroff
Economic Advisors, a strategic economic consulting firm. He advises companies
across the country on the risks and opportunities that economic developments
may have on the organization’s operating environment. On a consulting basis,
Naroff serves as Chief Economist for T.D. Commerce Bank in Cherry Hill. He
was recently named the nation’s top economist by Bloomberg News and will
focus his remarks by answering the question: “Can small businesses drive New
Jersey’s economy out of the current recession?”

Each year, the 11 centers of the network that serve different regions of the state
nominate their best candidates for awards indicating their business growth
accomplishments, and how the individual NJSBDC center specifically helped
them achieve their success. "Even in this declining economic environment, our
business experts and consultants around the state offer a complete guide and
set of tools for businesses to overcome obstacles and barriers,” says Hopper.
“These guiding posts inevitably help sustain businesses even in difficult
economic times."

Over the past few years, the Small Business Growth Success Awards have
incorporated recognition of key state legislators and members of the New Jersey
Congressional delegation who have taken actions to enhance the NJSBDC
mission for the small business sector. “With state lawmakers' understanding of
NJSBDC's economic impact on many fronts, like job creation and retention, small
business growth can progress further, and at a faster pace. We want to make
sure that those key state public policy decision-makers on both sides of the aisle
who have supported NJSBDC’s mission and cause are duly recognized for their
efforts,” says Deborah Smarth, NJSBDC Associate State Director.
“Acknowledging the strong support provided by key state lawmakers across the
state for NJSBDC's mission and the cause of small business owners and
entrepreneurs strengthens our advocacy efforts, and helps pave the way for
greater investment in small business assistance."

Winners Represent a Variety of Industries:
Stephen Freije, Green Planet Products LLC, Medford: The company sells
“green,” environmentally-friendly products to an array of local clients, such as the
Port Authority of NY & NJ, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Novartis
Pharmaceutical, the Delaware River Port Authority, and The City of East Orange.

Joseph Zhili Huang, PhD., Founder & President, MicroDysis, Inc.,
Bordentown: The Company manufactures chemical, biomedical and
environmental devices and equipment. MicroDysis recently received a $106,000
Phase I grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the feasibility of
applying its biochip technology to the early detection of prostate cancer.

Gary Weiss, Max Borin & Alex Nedospassov, Broadway Food Palace, Fair
Lawn: A specialty gourmet food establishment provides a rich offering of Eastern
Europe, Russia, and that region’s foods at modest prices. This establishment
features glass counters that display desserts, cured meats, smoked fish and
much more.

Ani Riggs, Creative Cottage, Caldwell: This arts and crafts school for children
and adults features summer camp programs, monthly seminars, children’s
birthday parties and more; it’s all about learning in a fun way.

Dominick DeSantis, DeSantis Construction, Somerset: Started in 1996 as a
one-man paving and excavation business, the company has grown with the help
of the NJSBDC over the year to include large development projects. They expect
to top the $2 million mark in 2008.
Ruby Wesley, A Taste Of Rubies, Ruby Wesley
describes her New Brunswick-based business as “pleasantly addictive gourmet
cheesecakes,” made from a long-held family recipe. Her cheesecakes are
currently available online, and in retail stores in Cranford, Cranbury, New
Brunswick and Asbury Park.

Jerold Lyons, President & CEO, iFortress, West Paterson: This past June the
company entered the global marketplace by introducing three new structural
security™ products aimed at protecting the nation’s technology infrastructure
from potential terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Marcia Blackwell, Blackwell’s Organic LLC, Red Bank: The Company
distributes a certified Organic Soy Gelato and Fruit Sorbetto that they’ve dubbed
“an Italian Tradition with a Healthy Twist.™” All of the ingredients are certified
organic and the chocolate, cocoa, coffee and evaporated cane juice that are
used are FairTrade Certified as well. It has expanded product distribution to over
40 stores located throughout the Northeast and sells and ships products
throughout the continental United States through its online store.

Linda Diekmann, Neil Herbst, Michael Kennedy, Premier Prizm Solutions,
Marlton: The Company provides Medical Claims Management solutions to the
nation’s top insurance carriers, helping manage injury, liability and workers
compensation claims. As a result of a recent 2007 merger, the company has
experienced growth that is nothing short of phenomenal.

Sheila Bermel, President, Good To Go Productions, Inc., Flanders: In 2007
Sheila Bermel put 23 years of experience in the trade show and event marketing
field to good use. Good To Go Productions, a three-dimensional marketing
services firm focused on fabrication, production and related services for the trade
show industry and face-to-face consumer events, expects to end 2008 with just
over $1 million in gross sales.

Mary Downs, Innovative Energy Conservation LLC, Westfield: Launched in
January 2007, Innovative Energy Conservation is a company that performs
engineering design for energy-efficient lighting and installation. Since then the
company has doubled its employees (from five to 10), and is poised to reach $1
million in sales by year-end 2008.

Frank Pantoja, Margarita Pantoja & Miguel Sardinas, The E Spot, Jersey
City: This virtual entertainment center offers customers the opportunity to do
Internet browsing, and play x-box and computer games. Patrons can also enter
virtual reality competitions and host pizza parties.
Jeffrey Kuter, The TrickZone, Mays Landing & Atlantic City: These retail
magic stores feature Jeffrey Kuter as the “Magic Man.” The company hosts
birthday parties and other special events.

Legislative Awardees include:
NJSBDC Legislative Champion of the Year:
Senator Paul A. Sarlo* (District 36)

NJSBDC Business Advocate of the Year:
Assemblyman Joseph Vas* (District 19)
Assemblyman John Wisniewski* (District 19)
Senator Anthony Bucco* (District 25)

NJSBDC Advocate:
Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (District 6)
Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (District 34)
Assemblyman David Rible (District 11)
Assemblyman Gary Schaer (District 36)
Senator Shirley Turner (District 15)
Senator Joseph Vitale (District 19)

The NJSBDC network (, comprised of 11 centers across
the state, is the premier provider of comprehensive services and programs for small
business in New Jersey, helping businesses expand their operations, manage their
growth or start new ventures. Expert staff and practicing business consultants help
established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs develop business
plans, find financing, identify new markets and expand their operations. This non-profit
network is a federal-state-educational partnership, which maximizes resources for the
small business community.
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