Tomorrow marks the end of National #SmallBusinessWeek. It was supposed to be in May. It was supposed to be a full week. But the disruption and devastation of COVID delayed this celebration of our small businesses — and relegated that celebration to 3 days instead. What a reflection of the continued insult to injury that small businesses are bearing…

Lip service is not enough to “celebrate” our small businesses. We need to take action — and in New Jersey, the biggest way to do that is by making your voice heard about #NJSmall! Our movement is now a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Schaer, requesting a 1% Corporate Business Tax credit for companies in New Jersey when they contract our state’s small businesses. THIS will motivate more companies to spend with small businesses — which will help NJ’s economy recover faster, and without costing the state any money.


Contact the members of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Email them. Send them letters. Call them.

Here is the email I sent to each of them. Please feel free to cut and paste — or use your own words. (I’ve included all of their reach information at the end of this post.)

Subject: Bill A-4634 #NJSmall Business Recovery

The Honorable [First Name] [Middle Initial] [Last Name]
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
[Street Address]
[City], NJ [Zip Code]
cc: Assemblyman Schaer

Dear Honorable [Assemblyman or Assemblywoman] [Last Name],

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey based, small businesses for whom the #NJSmall movement was created, we write to express our strong support for A-4634 (Schaer, D-Passiac), which allows for a corporate business tax credit for subcontracting work to New Jersey small businesses. We also ask that the legislature take expedient action to send this important bill to the Governor’s desk for approval. 

The #NJSmall movement began as a response to the devastating impact New Jersey’s own small business are suffering from the COVID 19 pandemic. After the virus first began its rampage across our state in March of this year, countless small business owners in New Jersey were forced to close their doors to keep their employees and patrons safe. Now, as the state begins its slow journey back from economic catastrophe, many of New Jersey’s small businesses continue to face greatly reduced incomes and the possibility of shuttering permanently.  

As has been reported, New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains at one of the highest levels of any state in the country and our state’s Gross Domestic Product is 10% below the national average.  These startling statistics are painful reminders of the long road ahead to recovery for our state.

As one of the founding business members of the #NJSmall movement, The S3 Agency believes A-4634 is a vital and sustainable tool for supporting our state’s economic recovery – from within. The bill would provide a 1% Corporate Business Tax (CBT) credit to businesses in New Jersey when they hire New Jersey’s small businesses (under 50 people). This creates an incentive to larger businesses to keep their investments in state while keeping the state budget whole as the increased revenue from the use of small business resources offsets the CBT tax credit being offered. Through this partnership between large and small businesses in our state, many of the thousands of New Jersey small businesses that have been pushed to the brink of closure, can begin to rebuild, save jobs and generate revenue to the state economy.  

The growing number of businesses driving the #NJSmall movement respectfully ask the 120 members of the New Jersey State Legislature to support this critically needed legislation and ensure its swift passage.  

For many of the small New Jersey businesses, that are the lifeblood of our state economy, time is running out and your urgent action is needed. 


[Your Name]

THANK YOU for doing what it takes to help NJ’s small businesses when it matters most. When we look back on this time, I know we will all feel proud of how we pulled together to make things better with #NJSmall. And remember — we don’t need to wait for this to become a law! Please patronize small businesses and encourage big businesses to do so too.

Hiring Small Is Better for All,

Denise Blasevick, small business owner and co-founder, #NJSmall

PS – Feel free to send Assemblyman Schaer a note thanking him for sponsoring Bill A-4634! 

PPS – Special thanks to these small businesses that have provided the complete financial backing to date for #NJSmall: benefEx, DSP Clinical, EO New Jersey, OlenderFeldman, and The S3 Agency

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Contact Information:

The Honorable Gordon M. Johnson
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore
Chairman, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
545 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 530-0469

The Honorable Robert J. Karabinchak
Vice-Chair, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
3 Stephenville Pkwy
Suite D
Edison, NJ 08820
(732) 548-1406

The Honorable Robert Auth
1069 Ringwood Ave
Suite 312
Haskell, NJ 07420
(862) 248-0491

The Honorable John Catalano
852 Highway 70
Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 840-9028

The Honorable Nicholas Chiaravalloti
836 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(201) 471-2347

The Honorable John DiMaio
203 Mountain Ave
Suite 3
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 684-9550

The Honorable Aura K. Dunn
1040 Route 10 West
1st Floor
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 927-2526

The Honorable William F. Moen, Jr.
515 South White Horse Pike
Audubon, NJ 08106
(856) 547-4800

The Honorable Annette Quijano
1120 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 327-9119

The Honorable Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
144 West State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 571-9638