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New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce and NJSBDC Announce Partnership for MWSVBE Certification Workshops Across New Jersey

NJSBDC State Office | February 13, 2024

Newark, NJ. February 13, 2024 – The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network, in collaboration with the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC), is thrilled to announce a series of business certification workshops aimed at supporting the state’s minority, women, veteran, and LGBTQ+ business enterprises. This initiative underscores both organizations’ commitment to fostering an inclusive business environment and providing practical support to underserved business communities.

The workshops, set to be held across various locations in New Jersey, will provide hands-on assistance to business owners seeking certification through the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. This certification opens doors to a wealth of opportunities, including access to local and state contract opportunities, grants, resources, and special loan terms designed to bolster small, minority, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses.

Scheduled Workshop Dates and Locations:

  • February 28th – NJSBDC at Somerset & Union
  • March 19th – NJSBDC at Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • April 24th – NJSBDC at New Jersey City University
  • May 28th – NJSBDC at Ramapo College
  • June (11th or 12th) – NJSBDC at Rutgers – Camden (TBD)
  • June (25th or 26th) – NJSBDC at Stockton University (TBD)

Further details and updates on locations and dates will be provided as they become available.

Gus Penaranda, Executive Director at NJPCC, highlighted the importance of this partnership: “The partnership between the NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce and the SBDC strengthens our certification program and offers hands-on assistance to our members seeking certification and support for their businesses. This collaboration ensures our members receive the guidance they need throughout the certification process and underscores our commitment to supporting their business endeavors. Together, we work to provide legitimacy and practical support, fostering the growth and success of our members within the business community.”

Interested parties are encouraged to register early, as spaces are limited. For further information on the upcoming workshops, please visit

About NJPCC:

The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce aims to promote the economic well-being and growth of LGBTQ+ and allied businesses in New Jersey. Through advocacy, education, and networking, the NJPCC is a pivotal resource for businesses and professionals across the state.


The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) is the premier provider of comprehensive services and programs for small and mid-sized businesses in New Jersey. Through a network of 11 regional centers and over 20 affiliate/satellite offices, the NJSBDC offers no-cost consulting, training, and resources, empowering entrepreneurs to start, grow, and prosper in the Garden State.

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