Our Entrepreneurial Training Clients

Graduates of our Entrepreneurial Training program have six weeks of intensive business training under their belts. They’ve assessed their business readiness, honed their offerings to meet the marketplace, and crafted a sound business plan.

See how these budding entrepreneurs made good. And consider joining the next Entrepreneurial Training class.

Name: Hudson Kitchen
Location: Kearny, NJ
When Djenaba Johnson-Jones, a graduate of UCEDC’s entrepreneurship program, needed funding to purchase and improve the site for her small business, Hudson Kitchen, she turned to UCEDC for help. While the project wasn’t the right fit for UCEDC to take…
Name: Train Wreck Distillery
Location: Mount Holly, NJ
Aaron Diamond has never worked for someone else. At 15, before he could even drive, he started selling cars. And while he was still in high school, he took UCEDC’s Entrepreneurship 101 course. Five years later, Aaron now owns Train…
Name: Pasta Dal Cuore
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Elena Cartagena's Pasta Dal Cuore was serving up great fresh pastas and sauces but so-so business results. That's when she enrolled in UCEDC's Next Level Business Planning workshop. Now she's getting rave reviews all around.
Name: Genuardi Master Tailor
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Joseph Genuardi studied with a master to learn the fine art of bespoke tailoring. He studied with the experts at UCEDC to learn how to run a business.
Name: Pre-School Readers
Location: Sea Girt, NJ
Lisa Vidola took the entrepreneurial plunge when she started her business, Preschool Readers. She looked to UCEDC for help in taking it to the next level.
Name: Jonathan Senior Care
Location: Cedar Knolls, NJ
Gwen is dedicated to making her dream of a patient-centered dementia care facility a reality. The judges of our 2017 Quick Pitch competition are believers as they awarded her the top spot.
Name: Lonchando Farms
Location: Jersey City
When Raquel Gonzalez decided to start a commercial farm in the middle of Jersey City, she knew she needed expert business advice. She found that advice and more in UCEDC's Entrepreneurship 101 workshop.
Name: The Carpet Girl
Location: Springfield
Dianne Grossman experienced her “life-changing aha moment” while flipping through a trade magazine called Floor Covering Weekly. There it was…a most startling statistic: “80% of flooring is purchased by women, yet 80% of flooring is sold by men.” She was…well…floored…
Name: Mingletoe
Location: LLC Ocean Grove
In 2012, Maureen Shaffer jumped off a cliff. That’s how she describes going into business for herself after 25 years in the corporate world. The Ocean Grove resident, who has a degree in biomedical engineering, had been employed in the medical...