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: Farmers Insurance
Location: Ocean Township
Like millions of Americans, Fabian Howe and his wife took a big hit during the recent housing crisis and recession. But he saw the downturn as an opportunity to reinvent himself and UCEDC was happy to help with a microloan.
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: Technology Concepts Group International
Location: Somerset
Back in 1988, Avis Yates-Rivers was an ambitious start-up entrepreneur, looking to UCEDC for help with financing and business operations. Today, she's the CEO of a global IT consulting company.
Name: Main Street Movers
Location: Irvington
Main Street Movers found itself in a situation common to many small businesses: it was enjoying steady growth with an equally steady shortfall of working capital. That's when UCEDC and the Community Advantage 7a loan program came to the rescue.
Name: Family Child Care Providers
Location: Union and Essex Counties
Family child care providers often neglect the business side of their operations as they focus on the children in their care. UCEDC's customized business training workshop and $500 no-payment loans are helping these dedicated care-givers to boost their business know-how.
Name: LM Foods
Location: Carteret
Mark Olivito describes himself as a “CPG (consumer packaged goods) Addict”, having spent his career at consumer goods giants like Sara Lee and Kraft.  So when he decided to follow his dream and make the big leap to small business…
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: Pastore Music
Location: Union City
In the dazed aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a dark cloud just seemed to linger for Pastore Music, an instrument and audio equipment retailer and musical lessons studio.  Business at this Union City icon dropped to all-time low all—resulting in cash...
Name: Mack Boring and Parts
Location: Union NJ
We couldn't have been prouder to hear that long-time PTAC client, Mack Boring, was awarded a Recognition for Excellence award from the Dept. of Defense. Read on.