Delayed by Storm, Sayreville Salon to Host Grand Opening this Week

Comments (5) Posted By Joe on January 28, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

For longtime hairdresser Alison Dominguez, entrepreneurial ambition grew from a simple question: “If I can work for myself, why not do it?”

Late last year, an Intersect Fund loan helped her locate and renovate a space on Sayreville’s Main Street that would soon house her business: Salon 107. The salon will host its grand opening this weekend, on Feb. 2nd and 3rd.

The Edison resident has worked in cosmetology for more than a decade, most recently managing a branch of a well-known hair salon chain.

Dominguez’s desire to own a business helped guide her over the bumpy path toward opening her salon:

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Micro-Business Seeks Macro Impact

Comments (9) Posted By Joe on January 24, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

Most small-business owners start their firms in hopes of earning some extra money and — if they’re lucky — making a living for themselves and their families.

Noelani Musciaro’s goal is somewhat more ambitious: she hopes to earn enough revenue to donate $1 million per year to charities that feed the hungry in America.

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Hate Sales? Change your Attitude.

Comments (6) Posted By Joe on January 15, 2013 in Business Basics

Most small-business owners are more concerned with plying their trades than selling their services.

That’s the conclusion Michael Gerber reaches in his seminal book “The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” (Harper Business, 1990). The “E-Myth” is the false notion that it’s entrepreneurs who start most of America’s businesses.

Rather, Gerber writes, most businesses founders are good at a certain craft but fail to quality as entrepreneurs because they are ignorant or even suspicious of sales and marketing. He calls these people “technicians.”

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Landmark Loan Rebuilds Storm-Ravaged Restaurant

Comments (7) Posted By Rohan on January 11, 2013 in About Us, Entrepreneur Directory

Juan came to us after his restaurant, just a block from the bay in Keyport, NJ, was irreparably damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

With his livelihood gone in the blink of an eye, Juan found a new restaurant space with a willing landlord and turned to The Intersect Fund for a $6,000 loan to acquire the equipment needed to get his new restaurant, La Casa del Mariachi in Perth Amboy, NJ, up and running. We disbursed the loan — our 200th — within days.

We are inspired by Juan’s story, along with those of so many New Jersey microbusiness owners that are bouncing back after Superstorm Sandy.

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