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Foot in the door

Startups and other growing businesses often seek a helping hand, maybe an insider who can guide them through permitting and other processes and perhaps provide some valuable introductions. Some have found that kind of guardian angel in a local agency: the Hudson County Economic Development Corp.

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Jermaine Pharmes, director, Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity (HCOBO).

Boots on the ground

Back around 2016, Corrine Statia was running her full-service meeting and event planning company in a business incubator, when the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity held a business presentation about getting certified as a woman and minority owned business.

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