Center serves as Christie administration advocate for small firms

While promoting loans is a major part of state efforts to aid small businesses, the Chris Christie administration has an entire office, the Business Action Center, devoted to advocating for businesses in a variety of ways.

While promoting loans is a major part of state efforts to aid small businesses, the Chris Christie administration has an entire office, the Business Action Center, devoted to advocating for businesses in a variety of ways.

“The state’s ability to be responsive and be able to assist small business is important,” said Linda Kellner, noting that 98.4 percent of the state’s employers are small businesses.

Kellner said many of the tax cuts proposed by Christie and passed by the Legislature this year benefit small businesses, including allowing business owners who report their business income as personal income to use losses to lower their tax liability.

Kellner pointed to several small businesses as examples of how the state is trying to help remove hurdles to growth:

• The BAC helped Shupper-Brickle Equipment Co., in the Clarksburg section of Millstone, clear regulatory obstacles to build a new facility, leading to 10 jobs created. The BAC further helped with the new positions by connecting the company with Department of Labor and Workforce Development programs for job recruitment and training.

• Italian food manufacturer Schär Corp. launched its U.S. operations at the Rutgers Food Innovation Incubator, in Bridgeton. The company has grown from four New Jersey jobs to 51, and now owns its own facility in Logan. The BAC helped advocate for the facility, Kellner said.

• In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Marshy Acres Farm, in Sussex County, was in need of a generator to milk the 44 cows there. “Our call center staff was able to locate a generator and have it delivered to the farm within two hours of receiving the call,” Kellner said.
“We really are proud of the work we’re doing,” she said.

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