Destination Newark surveyed business owners ranging from startups to established enterprises across a variety of industries to gain business advice for existing and budding entrepreneurs. These business owners all have one thing in common–they are like-minded in seeking a socially conscious urban renaissance. Some are CUEED certified, indicating that they have also completed training at The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School.
Here’s what they had to say:
Restaurateur Marty Weber and his wife Ronit opened The Green Chicpea on Newark’s Halsey Street five years ago. This casual, quick-service restaurant that serves authentic Middle Eastern food has a line backed out to the curb during lunchtime. Weber, an experienced restaurateur with three other New York establishments under his belt, can be found at the checkout counter in Newark on most days.
Secret to Success: “Watching my house. I believe that if I take care of my business and not watch the competition, I keep my business fine-tuned. But competition is good. The more variety we have on the street, the more we can attract a larger portion of the population to serve.”
Business Advice: “Watch your costs and your profits will go up.”