Welcome to two leading Voices of the Business Community in Essex County:
CONGRATULATIONS TO
KAYLEIGH-ANN ELLIS,
2020 Graduate of Tyson High School, East Orange, NJ

2020 RECIPIENT OF THE
BPAO $1000.00
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
LOCAL BUSINESSES'
"CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RESOURCE CENTER"
 HOW TO APPLY FOR A NJEDA SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANT 
 HERE IS THE SBA PAYCHECK PROTETION APPLICATION FORM (PDF) 
Helpful COVID-19 Website Links: 

#COVID19 is impacting all of us, but #SmallBiz are the hardest hit. The NJEDA is helping with a suite of seven (7) new #SmallBizRelief initiatives. Learn more about how these programs can help your business by clicking the NJEDA link above.
March 26 Update from NJ Assemblyman Erik Peterson
Governor Murphy's Executive Orders:
The following retail stores may continue to stay open: grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out restaurants, farmer's markets and farm stands, gas stations and their retail stores, liquor stores, hardware stores, banks, healthcare stores, dry-cleaners, pet stores, childcare stores, auto-repair shops, printers, office-supply stores, and mail delivery stores, like UPS and FedEx.
All other businesses and non-profits must create telework options, if feasible. If a business cannot establish a work-from-home option, it must reduce on-site staff to the minimal number necessary to ensure operations can continue.
The order does not apply to law enforcement, first responders, essential retail employees, construction, utility, home repair, warehouse, lab techs, IT staff, or cleaners.
The following have been added to the list of essential businesses (3-24):
Mobile phone retail and repair shops.
Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair.
Livestock feed stores.
Nurseries and garden centers.
Farming equipment stores.


“Stay at home” order: All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:
1) Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
2) Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
3) Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
4) Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
5) Reporting to or performing their job;
6) Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
7) Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
8) Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
9) Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
ATTENTION, BUSINESSES IN THE ORANGES:
We are creating a list of "OPEN FOR BUSINESS" establishments for our readers. Please call Caitlin at (973) 666-8072 and leave a voicemail with your business name, address, phone number, hours of operation, and any restrictions so shoppers/clients will have your information. You can also email the information to: firsteamgt@aol.com. Stay safe, and thank you!
ANNOUNCING OUR 2020
"FAVORITE BUSINESS CONTEST" WINNERS
Fourteen local businesses have been chosen by customers as their “2020 Favorite Businesses” according to an annual contest conducted by two local business organizations in East Orange and Orange. The Business and Professional Association of the Oranges (BPAO) and the Orange Chamber of Commerce (OCC) distributed ballots to customers during January and February and collected 184 ballots that cast 306 votes for 77 businesses in 28 categories. The 14 businesses that reached the minimum threshold of votes to win their categories are:

AUTO SERVICE: Friendly Auto Service, 528 Main Street, Orange
BANK: PNC Bank, 565 Main Street, East Orange, and 410 Main Street, Orange
CHILD CARE: Zadie’s Early Childcare Center, 280 S. Harrison Street, East Orange
CLOTHING STORE: Pure Charisma Boutique, 560 Main Street, East Orange
CONVENIENCE STORE: 7-Eleven, 247 Freeway Drive, East Orange
DELI: Sandwiches Unlimited, 405 Central Avenue, East Orange and 23 N. Center Street, Orange
ELECTRONICS/CELL PHONES: RK Wireless, 229 Main Street, Orange
FURNITURE: HD Furniture, 623 Central Avenue, East Orange
MEDIA: East Orange Record/Orange Transcript
PHARMACY: E&M Pharmacy, 205 S. Essex Avenue, Orange
RESTAURANT-FULL SERVICE: Dominy Restaurant, 432 Central Avenue, East Orange
RESTAURANT-QUICK SERVICE: Papa John’s, 466 Central Avenue, East Orange
SNEAKERS/SHOES: Snipes, 548 Central Avenue, East Orange
SUPERMARKET: Shop Rite Supermarket, 533 Main Street, East Orange

The 14 “favorite businesses” will be recognized at an awards banquet when the coronavirus pandemic has ended. Meanwhile, ballots from two lucky voters, Adrian Ballot of Elizabeth and Bibi Stewart of East Orange, were drawn that qualified each of them for $100 Shopping Sprees at participating BPAO and OCC businesses.
For more information about the BPAO and the OCC, call (973) 666-8072.
2019 HOLIDAY RECEPTION
Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren (left) offered an overview of new projects and programs in his city during the Holiday Reception, which was sponsored by the BPAO and OCC on December 12, 2019, at Sandwiches Unlimited in Orange. At right, OCC President Robert Masoud enjoys the buffet.
Exhibitors at the Holiday Reception included HANDS (left), Investors Bank (right) and E&M Pharmacy.
 Business & Professional Association of the Oranges (Click here to enter website) 
 Orange Chamber of Commerce