Tim Sullivan, CEO of NJEDA, joined Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the challenges facing small businesses and what Biden’s stimulus plan means for small businesses. He also highlighted Governor Phil Murphy’s small business COVID-relief programs and how they successfully reached many of the hardest-hit businesses.
In 2020, we were honored to have been selected by the state of New Jersey to provide PR, marketing, and outreach for its COVID-19 relief grant programs for small businesses. Most notably in just 6 months, we organized 32 webinars and generated media coverage reaching over 30 million people. This impact prompted Governor Phil Murphy to spotlight our agency during a COVID-19 briefing. “The Tara Dowdell Group has done really good work, particularly for minority-owned small businesses and the engagement they had with the Economic Development Authority.”
Because of our efforts, the New Jersey grant programs reached and funded small businesses that were locked out of other grant programs and those that were hardest hit by the pandemic.
- 70% of the small businesses that received grants from the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority had not received any other COVID-related public sector funding
- 40% of the small businesses that received grants from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority were located in the state’s most economically disadvantaged communities
Adenah Bayoh, real estate developer, owner of 3 IHOPs, and founder of Cornbread, her own line of farm-to-table soul food restaurants, recently appeared on Yahoo Finance to discuss her own challenges accessing a PPP loan despite retaining her employees. She also talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the restaurant industry and the latest fiscal stimulus.
Andrew Goodman Foundation Executive Director Alexandria Harris joined MSNBC before and after the 2020 Presidential election to discuss the organization’s youth voting data and the role that students and young voters played in the 2020. Watch one of her interviews below.
We launched a 3-part webinar series for our client HNTB, one of oldest and the largest transportation infrastructure companies in North America. The series, “Doing Business with HNTB,” was designed to expand the HNTB Partners Program, which is focused on identifying minority and women-owned businesses to work with the company on its projects.
The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program was featured in an ROI-NJ article spotlighting its success in ensuring access to grants for small, minority, and women-owned businesses that were locked out of other public sector funding programs. The article also highlighted how many of the businesses were from the communities most affected by the public health crisis.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced a partnership with Morgan Stanley to address systemic barriers and financial equity for entrepreneurs of color and women. The Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab has been accepted as the first “approved accelerator” in NJ Accelerate, an NJEDA program focused on helping historically underrepresented startups access leading accelerator programs. This first of its kind collaboration was featured in Black Enterprise, Reuters, Forbes, and NJ Tech Weekly. Check out the Black Enterprise article below.
Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) Fellow and Founder of the Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project Evan Malbrough was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussing the impact of the poll worker shortage on the Georgia elections, and his work in partnership with AGF to recruit student poll workers to fill the gaps.