NJSBDC AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – NEWARK

Minuteman Press of Newark
Holly Kaplansky
20 Clinton Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel: 973-624-6907
Website: www.mmpnewark.com

Holly Kaplansky is the owner and chief executive officer of Minuteman Press, a 100 percent woman-owned printing and marketing company based in Newark. Holly started Minuteman Press in April 2005 after leaving the corporate world, where she had extensive experience in advertising and marketing. She realized that the skills she had acquired in managing and running corporate businesses, such as marketing, finance, operations and management, would be a perfect foundation to start her own business.

Of prime importance to Holly and Minuteman Press is their reputation for exceptional quality, quick turnaround, on-time and on-budget delivery, and most important, personalized customer service, the latter of which has helped Minuteman Press stay competitive in an industry where people can do their own printing on-line, at home or in their office. In addition, the company’s personalized consultation services allow clients to understand all the design and printing options available to them whether they work with Holly and her staff in the store, by phone, or at their business site.  

Since Minuteman Press started as a client, supporter and collaborative partner of the SBDC at Rutgers-Newark, annual revenue has grown to nearly a million dollars, and staff has increased to one part-time and three full-time employees. Holly is an active participant in the training and technical assistance services the Center offers, such as the Women Entrepreneurs’ Networking (WEN) Business Breakfast, the Rutgers Business School/SBDC Student Experiential Learning Programs, After Lunch Webinar Series, the Business Bazaar Pitching for Contract and Capital Event, and many more. “Every time I attend one of these events I learn something new, no matter how small, that has helped me grow my business!” She completely understands that business development is just as important as business management.

In addition to looking for ways to grow her own business, Holly is heavily involved with helping other business grow. She is a very active advisory board member and ambassador of the NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark, having contributed hundreds of pro-bono hours to the Center in that capacity. She is also Immediate Past President of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, President Elect of the State Board of NJAWBO (New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners), Advisory Board Member of the EPI Alumni Association of the Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Founding Board Member of New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Former President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications, Member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and a Leadership Newark Fellow, Class of 2010.

She is a tireless advocate of the small business community in so many ways. We are proud to have Minuteman Press  of Newark as our 2017 Success Award Winner.

America’s SBDC New Jersey Sponsors Women Warriors in Business

Joined by Expert Panelists and News12 New Jersey Executive Producer

America’s SBDC New Jersey was joined by event primary sponsors of “Women Warriors in Business,” including M&T Bank and Prudential Financial. Partners who also engaged included the U.S. Small Business Administration, The American Legion, PSE&G and The State of New Jersey’s Business Action Center, a key state funding partner of the NJSBDC network.

Ivy Charmatz, an Emmy Award-winning executive producer for news and special projects at News12 New Jersey, was the featured speaker for America’s SBDC New Jersey Women Warriors in Business program. This high-impact women entrepreneur and leadership symposium and luncheon held on May 11, 2017 at 8:00 am until 2:00 pm, took place at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ.

Chamatz is a graduate of Rutgers University and stated that the event offered “an opportunity for women to come together and realize that although our paths may be different, our journeys are similar.” She stated that she enjoyed “spending the morning with so many accomplished professionals to share some of their insight and inspiration.”

The “Women Warriors in Business” program helped women explore leadership challenges and opportunities in business and careers, identify competitive advantages, help with personal and organizational branding, access lenders for financing, and utilize procurement certifications that are necessary when it comes to competing for public/private contracts.

Joining Charmatz at the gathering were Stephanie D. Burroughs, senior procurement consultant for NJSBDC’s Specialty Procurement Program, Tendai Ndoro, Ph.D., regional director of the NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark, Kate Muldoon, regional director of the NJSBDC at William Paterson University, Pasqualina DeBoer, assistant regional director of the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College, Stacy Smollin Schwartz, marketing professor, Rutgers Business School, Dominick Belfiore, small business and entrepreneur specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Don Newman, director of small business advocacy at The State of New Jersey’s Business Action Center and representatives from the private sector including Michele Litzky, president of Litzky Public Relations, Cheryl McCants, president and chief executive officer of Impact Consulting Enterprises, Beverly Winkler, director of organizational engagement, learning and development at PSE&G, Dawn Fitch-Mitchell, director of diversity at DDB Worldwide, Maureen Fairfax, vice president of strategic sourcing at Prudential Financial, Lindsey C. Holmes, chief executive officer and lead strategist of Usable Tech and Andaiye Taylor, founder and editor of BrickCityLive.com.

The event attracted more than 75 women from different business careers and paths and highlighted women in the military, veterans and military dependents. Shy Hopkins, NJSBDC’s network Headquarters marketing program coordinator helped organize and plan the event, with Eugene Spillane of the U.S. SBA and Bob Looby of The American Legion. NJTV provided coverage.