Introducing Michael – a corporate executive turned entrepreneur. He brings a unique perspective on managing a business and living in New Jersey. For the past six years, he has been building his client base and maintaining sustainable levels of profitability. His company, Big Green Group (located in Chester, Morris County, NJ), specializes in wireless services, broadband construction services, enterprise & government solutions, and HVAC services. In this case study, we will learn about challenges posed by taxes, the regulatory environment and how those challenges impact his decision-making. Additionally, Michael opens-up regarding the challenges of African-American, women, and minority-owned businesses.
Meet Amy – a woman business owner who took great pride in being engaged in every facet of her restaurant, the Milford Oyster House (located in Milford, Hunterdon County, NJ). Amy and her staff ensured every dish was meticulously and lovingly prepared for each guest. Amy wanted her guests to feel as if they received a “warm culinary hug” after a dining experience in her establishment. In recent years, she recognized the difficulty of complying with onerous regulations and providing an economic engine for her community. After twenty years, Amy decided to reluctantly sell her livelihood to new owners due to the inhospitable business climate in the Garden State. In this series, we will get to know Amy and her challenges, both practical and emotional, as a small business owner. Most importantly, we will address New Jersey’s most pressing public policy issues and generate solutions to make New Jersey affordable.
Earlier this month, a complex, but much needed transportation and infrastructure funding plan was approved and signed into law. We applaud the leadership of Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Prieto, Leaders Bramnick and Greenwald, as well as bill sponsors Senator Sarlo and Senator Oroho for delivering the infrastructure funding and comprehensive tax relief that is much needed to keep our state competitive.
We thank those members of the legislature who voted in favor of these measurers, who in doing so, exhibited courage and a concern for the future of our state.
Opportunity NJ (ONJ) was built on the premise of the need for discussion and collaboration between community, trade, business and public policy interests toward alternative solutions to challenging regulatory and legislative initiatives – coming together to make New Jersey affordable. We thank those for taking up the mantle ONJ was formed upon.
Now, on the ballot this November, voters have the opportunity to ensure that the gas tax revenue only will be used for capital infrastructure improvement, by securing that promise in a constitutional amendment. The successful passage of this question is critical to a long term transportation funding solution and eliminates the potential for future mismanagement.
We encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote on this important initiative.