Business Assistance

technical-assistanceWhether you are an existing business owner or thinking of starting a new business, proper planning is the key to success. A detailed business plan assists owners and entrepreneurs to track their company’s growth and development. Planning for your business also helps identify problems in advance. The Cumberland Empowerment Zone Corporation (CEZC) has experienced staff available to provide the information and training you need to operate a successful business.

Ongoing technical assistance is crucial to the development of any business. In December 2008, the CEZC partnered with the Small Business Development Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (SBDC). Local partners include County of Cumberland, City of Bridgeton, City of Millville, Cumberland County Office of Workforce Development, and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. Under the partnership, the SBDC provides expanded technical assistance and training services to existing and new businesses within Cumberland County, as well as customized technical assistance in the form of counseling and training at the Center for Workforce and Economic Development in Cumberland County or onsite with business clients.

The SBDC is available for businesses and entrepreneurs to receive counseling and training assistance with business plans, credit repair, loan packaging, market identification, marketing and general business operation questions. The SBDC offers workshops in English and as needed in Spanish. All trained and counseled clients are provided with information about Cumberland County economic development resources and programs, and receive follow up program information provided by program partners.

Technical assistance is offered by appointment only. Contact SBDC at 609-626-3889 or the CEZC office at 856-825-3700, extension 1351. Visit: