=SPACE Sharespace & Incubator presents our 2020 EOY Report. This report showcases the hard work our team put into making this a successful year. We care about the well-being of our community members; and about the future of entrepreneurship, generational wealth, and true excellence. We are the future and will continue to fight for our mission to provide equal space, opportunity, and resources.
NJEDA will award a total of $45 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses. To support the Governor’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, $15 million will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts, $15 million of Phase 2 funding will be set aside to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone.
NJEDA has collaborated with a multitude of NJ organizations and businesses to provide info-webinars on eligibility, application processing, and will answer any other questions you may have. The upcoming webinars are below:
Do you have an idea of your organization’s vision; however, you are unclear about your next steps? Do you have the tools to take your project to the next level, but you keep hitting a roadblock? Like most people, you have belief systems that guide how you navigate the world. Those beliefs extend from your personal life, influence your workplace, and often govern how you approach your goals. In this workshop, Takeyah Young will guide you through five practical steps to help you map your values and outline how they can help you reach your goals.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Takeyah Young is an industrious thinker, engaging speaker, personal and professional leadership consultant, and STEM advocate who operates at the intersection of innovation, transformational leadership, and entrepreneurship as pathways for legacy building.
Takeyah is a consultant with EsteemLogic, an advisory and IT consulting firm that implements sustainable scalable technology, process reengineering, and management solutions. An engineer by training, educator in practice, and entrepreneur at heart, Takeyah Young provides solutions through personal transformation, professional development, and small business development. A speaker and leadership trainer, she works with universities, colleges, corporations and nonprofit organizations to support women through the stages of their STEM experiences and coaches groups to help them achieve personal and organizational change. Through her community wealth-building endeavor, Prosperity MIX™, Takeyah trains and develops leaders to provide financial education to their communities.
A graduate of Lincoln University (of PA) and University of Maryland, Takeyah was recognized as a changemaker by the White House Summit on the United States of Women. She was also included in Innov8tiv’s Top 100 Women Visionary Leaders to Watch; and selected by Lincoln University as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” Alumni.
This webisode will explore basic ideologies and principles that every small business owner needs to undertake to thrive during these unprecedented times.
Mindsets And Strategies That Will Help Your Business NOW! is a precursor to SOYD’s The Small Business CoVid-19 Survival Plan Webinar
NOTE: All Business Owners that register for this webisode/workshop will receive a $99 reduced registration discount for the survival plan webinar.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ian W. Marrero is co-founder of Stay On Your Daily (SOYD), a New Jersey based business consulting firm whose clients range from small businesses, not-for-profits and school districts. For over 5 years, former Real Estate and Family Law attorney, Mr. Marrero has provided businesses grant and proposal writing services, copywriting, marketing kits, day-to-day operation strategies and customer-centric scaling models.
Mr. Marrero authored Better Business Practices, a comprehensive workbook for small business owners. Mr. Marrero also developed and taught a state grant funded twelve-week intensive business development course. An educator at the primary school to college levels, Mr. Marrero has worked with school districts and colleges to provide business focused STEM programming workshops.
Mr. Marrero received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, and is a self-published author of fiction.
=SPACE is proud to announce that we will be collaborating with Authentic Convos founder, Ayana Iman to present our first Netflix Viewing Party, featuring the well-respected film, ‘She Did That’. We created this experience with our community in mind, knowing how important it is for people to feel connected and heard. Join us as we celebrate boss women who are building their entrepreneurial empires and creating lasting legacies.
We will be hosting a conversation with our host, Ayana Iman afterward!
ABOUT THE HOST
Ayana Iman is the Chief Communications Officer of #AuthenticConvos, an inclusive experience that fervently promotes face-to-face thought-provoking dialogue within diverse communities across the country and seeks to have a profound global impact on the way we engage with one another. She understands the importance of interpersonal communication, and the need for healthy dialogue that extends beyond the digital realm. This platform has allowed her to facilitate community engagement, offer a platform to other speakers and vendors, and give attendees the opportunity to gain professional insight from thought leaders.
As an entrepreneur you have a lot of duties to handle, your employees depend on you financially, and it can take a toll on your mental health. Statistically speaking, approximately one half (49%) of entrepreneurs suffer from at least one form of mental health condition during their lifetimes. These include ADHD, bipolar disorder and a host of addictive disorders.
We know that this specific time of uncertainty can have an even more horrendous impact on entrepreneurs especially, being that they are one of the most affected economically. We have collaborated with renowned wellness coach & meditation guide, Yemsrach Tekletsadik, to provide you with tips and tools that will help you handle the stress you may be suffering from.
You need to be on your ‘A’ game more now than ever, and that means making sure you are mentally sound, providing you with the ability to help your business thrive and grow past these days of uncertainty.
About The Speaker
Yemsrach is an Engineer turned Meditation Teacher. After receiving her engineering degree from Cornell University, she worked in corporate America for almost 10 years, where she got to experience first-hand the impact that stress has on the mind and the body. Her search for a happier and healthier life led her to meditation and yoga, which she was determined to share with others.
She got certified and began teaching meditation to others in 2018 and has never been happier. When she’s not leading a meditation class, Yemsrach can be found drinking a glass of Cabernet with friends or going for a run in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
A webisode for small business owners, entrepreneurs & freelancers
How can your business thrive during this time of #socialdistancing? I want to help you answer this question.
Let’s map out a strategy to refine your target market, pivot your messaging and update your services to connect and energize your audience.
During the workshop, you will gain clarity and develop a clear plan of action to move your business forward during this time.
About The Author
Jasmine Utterback is a startup business coach, motivational speaker and founder of Creative Women Build (CWB), LLC. She believes women go further together. CWB combines her love for connecting women, hosting empowerment events, and supporting women entrepreneurs.
Jasmine is an Indiana native who moved to New York City four years ago to pursue her dream of working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She uses her diverse range of skills from her public health training and project management experience to curate events and workshops for various audiences. She lives for moments when she is serving the community and empowering women and girls.
A webisode for small business owners, entrepreneurs & CEOs
Most small businesses experience low, no, or even negative revenue growth each year. Break that cycle by learning to run your business like a Pro. Discuss proven marketing strategies and best practices for growing small businesses. Then complete the SB (Small Business) Pro Growth Readiness Assessment to determine where you should start.
In this webisode you will learn to:
Develop an in-depth growth plan
Market your business in alignment with your growth plan
Build the capacity of your business to handle economic growth
Track your growth to ensure that it continues to progress upward
=SPACE is partnering with Small Business Like a Pro for a webisode on keys to biz growth in times of economic strain. We are also waving the fee for one small business who attends to join the SB Pro Growth challenge for a chance to win $5000 for your business. Hope to see some of you there!
About The Speaker
Andrew Frazier is President & COO of A & J Management and a seasoned business professional with a proven track record of more than 20 years delivering superior results. He works with organizations and individuals to enhance strategic plans and achieve goals. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Berkeley College.
A brand is a personality that identifies a product, service or company, including a name, term, sign, symbol or design. A brand also represents the relationships between customers, staff, partners, investors, and so forth.
Building an audience is more valuable than direct sales for over 70% of brand managers. B2B companies with brands that are perceived as strong generate a higher EBIT margin than others.
In this livestream powered by Google, you’ll learn about brand awareness and receive…
Real-time guidance from Google experts
Details on different advertising campaign types
Instructions on how to increase leads, sales, and brand awareness
How-to’s for first-time users on choosing goals and measuring success
Be one of the first 15 attendees and get a special edition swag from Google (may include free ad credit)!
You can also come and enjoy some light networking!
Makerhoods & =SPACE both focus on supporting the growth of small businesses in different sectors. We took this opportunity to use Google via their program Grow with Google as the great connector. Grow with Google is an initiative that’s committed to helping people across the United States gain the digital skills they need to help grow their careers and businesses.
Women-In-Novtion was a major success. We had over 100 attendees with varying ages, genders, and professions. We are proud of all of the hard work that the EQUASPACE team put into this production!
There were so many powerful and awe-inspiring moments that created a wonderful and supportive energy. All of the speakers’ positive advice and vocalized dedication to equity and inclusion were welcomed messages to all attendees.
The moderator of the panel of phenoms, Natasha Rogers, asked thought-provoking questions, promoting the panelists to talk about raising the bar and dedication to endless excellence. The younger students in the audience, especially took their words and advice to heart.
Breakout speakers Lindsey Holmes & Cy Lauz focused on the hard-hitting realities of this imperfect world, with not just constructive viewpoints, but also solutions for audience members to take heed and use in their daily lives. They spoke of humanism, diversity in thought & culture, and how both play an important part in the evolution of our global society.
Keynote Speaker, Aisha Glover, spoke on the importance of recognizing positive mental health and reliability. She received such high praise for her motivating and relatable rhetoric.
This event was not only a success because of the phenomenal attendees and speakers, but also because of our sponsors. We want to give a special thanks to the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC), Newark Downtown District (NDD), and most gratefully, the Grammy Museum. This event would not have been as spectacular as it was without any of them and we are so proud to have them as all-star supporters of our business and entrepreneurial community.