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.

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When Catherine La Vecchia (Katie) decided to become a hairstylist, she never intended to work for herself. She says, “I thought the easier option was to work for someone else.” For several years, she did just that. While managing other…
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According to her Wikipedia page, “Dr. Rebecca Mercuri is a computer scientist specializing in computer security and computer forensics. She is considered a leading expert on electronic voting systems.” While that is a succinct and accurate summary, it barely scratches…
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Carolina Rosa always knew she wanted to try running her own business. She remembers being inspired by her old boss, who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. He started out washing dishes before going on to own several…
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When asked if he always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur Mike Kelly, owner of Garden State Strength and Fitness, says, “I always knew I wanted to do this. I’ve been doing this for 20 years now. My first…
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Two weeks after Shakira Johnson resigned from her position as Public Information Officer for The City of Perth Amboy to stay home with her newborn son, she began receiving calls to see if she could work on various events and…
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…