Meet Our Clients

We’re proud to have had a role in helping so many small businesses throughout New Jersey to start, grow and thrive. While each client is unique, they all share some common characteristics: an unshakable belief in their business, a willingness to work as long and hard as it takes, and a relentless drive to stay competitive.

Read their stories and be inspired. And then contact us to see how we can help you.

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: Wizdom Media
Location: Rahway, NJ
When Sheryl Rosenstock-Marcus and Jacqueline Duboys-Lombardo tell the story of how they met while teaching graphic design over twenty years ago, it’s reminiscent of scenes from When Harry Met Sally. They finish each other’s sentences and explain how within two weeks…
Name: I Excel Childcare
Location: Perth Amboy, NJ
When Elizabeth Sanchez worked for Citigroup in New York City, she was presented with a challenge. Her son was about to head off to elementary school, but she couldn’t find any after-school care that included transportation. Instead of waiting for…
Name: Quisqueya Meat Market & Grocery
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Felix Abreu immigrated to the United States in 1983 when he was 20 years old. His first job was working as a dishwasher at a diner in East Rutherford. He also drove a taxi at night. Having little money and…
Name: Renna Media
Location: Cranford, NJ
Repeat loan clients are not unusual at UCEDC – we’re proud to say that many small business owners have looked to us to help support their growth over time with more than one loan. But few, if any, can match…
Name: Ghenet
Location: North Bergen, NJ
When Workye Ephrem wanted to open a NJ location for her successful Ethiopian restaurant, she couldn't get the financing she needed. Until she met the team at UCEDC.
Name: New Jersey Natural Medicine
Location: Bedminster, NJ (future location)
Jason Frigerio started his natural medicine practice in 2004 with a little help from a UCEDC microloan. Now he's ready to take it to the next level with our Community Advantage 7a financing.
Name: Parris Chic Boutique
Location: Cranbury, NJ
When Parris Chic Boutique (PCB) outgrew its retail location, Alyssa and Dan Thiel found the perfect spot. They also found the perfect financing option - UCEDC's SBA 504 Loan Program.