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NJCU launches Guarini Institute; Smorgasbar Beer Garden opens at Harborside | Business Notes

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Guarini Institute has September event

New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility will host a virtual event, The Role of Universities in Economic Mobility after COVID-19, on Sept. 16, from 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Keynotes will be delivered by Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman School of Economics Professor at Harvard University. Other speakers include Brian Bridges, Secretary of Higher Education for the state of New Jersey, Allan E. Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education, and Irene Trowell-Harris, Air Force veteran and member of the Board of Trustees of NJCU.

The Guarini Institute at NJCU was made possible by a $5 million gift from long time donor, Congressman Frank J. Guarini, in May 2020.

Designed for the 21st century, the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility has the mission of increasing the economic mobility of college students by sponsoring initiatives that champion international education and economic & community development programs.

Before being appointed to lead the Guarini Institute, Dr. Adrian Franco was an officer and director at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he supervised a portfolio of education and community development initiatives. Prior to that role, he was the inaugural executive director of Qualitas of Life Foundation and held senior roles in the public sector in Mexico. He holds a Master of International Affairs and a Ph.D. in International Education from Columbia University.

Secaucus businesses in Main Street Mentors Search

A handful of Secaucus businesses are taking part in Alignable’s National Main Street Mentors Search, which is identifying, recognizing, and celebrating business leaders spearheading efforts to revive their local Main Streets and broader communities following the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The search is meant to show the resilience small business owners have shown and shared with others. It is also meant to bring attention to the small business owners still driving hard to support the peers and communities that need them the most right now.

According to Alignable’s polls, 67 percent of small business owners are still struggling to recover after the pandemic. You can vote for Secaucus businesses at https://bit.ly/3l67anr. Voting ends July 30.

The following Secaucus businesses can be voted for: Bod Young Financial; Business Relocation Services, Inc.; Hudson Regional Hospital; The Content Interpreter LLC; Meadowlands Appraisal Co.; InVision Source; Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews; Patch; SBI – Siegfried’s Basement; eMED Pharmacy; and Lexora Home.

Smorgasbar Beer Garden opens at Harborside

After opening its first location in New Jersey, Smorgasburg has teamed up with Carlitos to re-open the former Lutze Biergarten, 3 Second St., Jersey City, as Smorgasbar; which will feature more than a dozen beers on tap, a full bar, frozen drinks, barbecue tacos from Carlitos, Oyster Party’s raw bar and lobster roll pop-ups on weekends, and outdoor wood-fired pizza from Hoboken’s San Giuseppe Pizza.

The beer garden will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from noon to midnight; and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

In addition to welcoming walk-in guests, Smorgasbar will also be available for private parties — office gatherings, birthdays, weddings, etc. Dogs are also welcome. Interested parties should email [email protected] for more information.

Weichert, Realtors offices and associates earn awards in June

Weichert, Realtors announced that the Bayonne office and sales associate Ronnie Johnson were recognized for exceptional sales achievement at the regional level in June. The Bayonne office, which is managed by Achim Borkeloh, led the Weichert sales region in dollar volume from Weichert.com transactions for the month. Individually, Johnson led the region in the same category.

Weichert’s Jersey City Downtown office and sales team were also recognized for outstanding performance in June. The Downtown office, which is managed by Robert Sanchez, led the Weichert sales region in dollar volume, listings, revenue units and sales for the month. Among teams in the region, the team helmed by Nader Rezai led for dollar volume, listings, revenue units and sales in June.

Sales associate Scott Waldman with the Jersey City Exchange Place office was recognized for outstanding industry achievement in June. Waldman led the Weichert sales region in dollar volume for the month.

HCCC partners with NJIT for seamless transfer to Baccalaureate Business Degrees

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) signed an articulation agreement with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Tuesday, July 27. The signing took place at HCCC’s Culinary Conference Center.

Under the terms of the HCCC-NJIT agreement, students who earn an Associate of Science in Business Administration degree at HCCC will be able to transfer seamlessly to Bachelor of Science degree programs in Business, Business Online Accelerated Entrepreneurship, and Financial Technology at the NJIT Martin Tuchman School of Management.

Additional information about the HCCC Associate of Science in Business Administration degree program may be obtained by emailing Janine Nunez, Recruiter, at [email protected], or phoning (201) 360-4640.

Local EXIT Realty affiliated offices welcome new team members

Local EXIT Realty affiliated offices have announced the addition of the following individuals to their teams of real estate professionals:

Kasandra Lopez-Garcia has joined EXIT on the Hudson Realty located at 867 Broadway, Bayonne.

Consiglia Rogers, Cristina Zannikos, Erica Gutierrez and Jessica Orellana have joined EXIT Realty Group located at 6804 Bergenline Ave Suite #2, Guttenberg.

Mohammad Farooq, Priyanka Kamania and Veenish Nathoo have joined EXIT Realty Urban Living located at 381 Monmouth St, Jersey City.

Hoboken to distribute $2 million in CDBG funding to local nonprofits

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced on July 23 that the City of Hoboken will distribute approximately $2 million to local nonprofits and public agencies to help them provide vital services for low and moderate-income residents and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hoboken Community Center (HCC) and Hoboken Food Pantry (HFP) will receive the largest allocation of funds, at a total of $938,194, following the Hoboken City Council’s approval on July 21. These funds will help replace the center’s HVAC system and assist the pantry as it continues to feed food-insecure residents.

The HCC, at 1301 Washington St., provides an affordable housing program that serves 96 low-income men and houses the Hoboken Food Pantry.

The building’s HVAC system requires repair work to ensure the long-term operation of the affordable housing program, which currently receives no project-based housing vouchers, is funded through rental income, social service agency support, and private donations.

Of the remaining funds, the City awarded $505,897 to several nonprofits, including the Hoboken Shelter, True Mentors, HOPES, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County, Community Lifestyles, Act Now Foundation Inc., Hoboken Family Planning Inc., Computers 4 People, and the Jubilee Center. $500,000 will also go to the Hoboken Housing Authority for boiler replacements and ancillary equipment.

The funding comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants with additional CARES Act money allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/community-development-block-grant-program.

Reduced fare bike share memberships for Hoboken Housing Authority residents

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken joined Lyft on July 22 to announce the launch of discounted Citi Bike memberships for Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients.

For $60 a year, or $5 a month, Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients can join the Citi Bike program and take advantage of a unified bike share system interconnecting Hoboken, Jersey City, and New York City.

Members will get unlimited 45-minute rides at no additional cost on classic bikes and charged $0.12 for every minute over the initial 45. For those who choose to pedal e-bikes, they will be charged $0.05 per minute for rides 45 minutes or less, but this fee will be capped at $3. After the initial 45 minutes, members will be charged $0.12 per minute.

Earlier this year, Hoboken joined Jersey City to launch the unified bike share system, which allows residents to more easily travel between the two cities.

Three stations are already installed near Hoboken Housing Authority properties including, Ninth Street and Clinton Street, at the Mama Johnson Field near Fourth and Jackson streets, and at Willow Avenue and 12th Street.

To sign up for a reduced fare bike share membership, Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients must be 16 years old or older and they must submit a photo of the Hoboken Housing Authority ID for verification. SNAP recipients must submit their EBT card number for Verification.

Once signed up, members will automatically be billed $5 monthly through a debit or credit card. They will receive an email notification five days before their next monthly renewal charge and they can cancel anytime without penalty.

To sign up, go to hobokennj.gov/citibikediscount. Those who are not Hoboken Housing Authority residents or SNAP recipients can still join for $15 a month or $179 annually.

To join, go to https://www.citibikenyc.com/nj. To learn more about the City’s bike share system, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/bike-share. Additional Citi Bike stations will be coming online in Hoboken in the coming weeks.

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