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July 26, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 87: Janice Gobert & Inq-ITS

In today's show, I'm speaking with a local Montclair resident, Janice Gobert. She is an entrepreneur and Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education professor and she has earned a PhD in Cognitive Science. She's a leader in her field and has studied with some of the top experts in Cognitive Science.  Since 2012, she has also been CEO of a company she developed called Apprendis and their flagship product, Inq-ITS, a science platform that has been a growing resource for middle schoolers, high school students, and their teachers. The platform incorporates virtual science labs that assess and support students while they work using AI. I've known Janice for a few years here in our community and have been fascinated with her creation of this learning program.

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July 12, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 86: North Essex Chamber of Commerce

In this episode, we're talking with two of the leaders of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce. Amiee Idan is its executive director and Denny Klein is a long time member who has years of experience supporting and helping to lead local businesses in successful business networking and partnerships.

As the threat of COVID, hopefully, recedes, our stores and businesses are beginning the process of rebuilding and reaching out to their customers to welcome them back.

Our town and it's hard-working business owners need all the help they can get. Have a listen to our speakers as they talk about the wealth of knowledge and ideas that their organization has for those in need of community and guidance while reopening and repositioning their businesses to succeed as we all move forward to re-establish our vibrant downtown areas here in Essex County.

And they talk about their upcoming event on July 15th - Meet the Mayors, which they have sponsored every year to let the public hear from the leaders of their towns and get to hear directly from them. This year it's online and we're giving you links to join the event here:
https://business.northessexchamber.com/events/details/2020-meet-the-mayors-virtual-event-3161

And we also want to thank the corporate supporters of the Chamber of Commerce for supporting this important local organization:

BCB Bank
RWJ Barnabas
PSE&G
Astorino Financial Group
Jordan Baris
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis
Rand, Fewer & Kline
Smolin Accounting
Windmill Products

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June 28, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 85: Montclair’s Community Response to School’s Out! Businesses for our Youth

In this episode, we're talking with Jessica Kline of Macaroni Kid. Jess is an experienced marketing professional and a seriously busy Mom. She has three kids of her own and through that experience, she developed an appreciation for the value of local connections and information for creating a holistic and social community for raising your kids in.

She found the Macaroni Kid website which brings you news and info that's great for moms and families featuring advice, entertainment, product reviews, holiday fun, and parenting tips and she decided to sign on as a local publisher for our area. She launched in December, before the quarantine, and has realized that her company has new-found relevance in our new locked-down world. 

If you're a Mom or Dad and have busy kids who need to GET OUT, you'll love her story.
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June 14, 2020 @ 2:04 am

Episode 84: Montclair’s Community Response Business Re-Openings & Black Lives Matter

In this episode, we speak with a wide range of people who own businesses here in town supporting their efforts to open successfully.  We talk with many business owners to see what their thoughts are as we move into this phase and how they plan to manage the re-openings, or in a few cases, delaying or not re-opening, just yet.
 
We begin with introducing you to some of our area's black owned businesses and encourage you  to frequent their shops and services as well. These businesses are just a small sampling of the inclusive culture Montclair has to offer and how we value everyone as great citizens. Please join us in helping them all thrive and grow in this difficult time.  Black Lives Matter --- Now, more than ever...
 
Light of Gold PR
Artisan Gallery
Cafe Moso
Velvet Lush Boutique
Johari Montclair
 
We also hear from some other Montclair businesses that are eager and ready to reopen and looking forward to your business once again. We'll speak to some who feel they need to reorganize online first to rebuild their brand before reopening in brick and mortar. We encourage you to give these and all Montclair businesses your support in whatever way you can.
 
DeNovo
Gelati by Mike
Powerhouse Tattoo
Fleet Feet
 
Here are the links to their websites:
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May 31, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Episode 83, Part 2: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona - Graduation Season & Youth Impact

Part 2: In this episode, we take a look at the effect that the shutdown has had on our teens, graduation celebrations and how it will alter the way seniors and their families are making college decisions for the fall. We'll get some guidance on the outlook for making preparations for college this year from College Admissions Consultant and Counselor Scott White. He has counseled and led teams at various schools in the New York and New Jersey area and was the former Montclair High School Director of Guidance. We'll also talk to Erika Insana and Shannon Gibson, who are leading the volunteer team for the yearly Project Graduation festivities for Montclair High School. Plus we'll have an added mini-segment on what seniors are thinking of distance learning and the disruption to their college plans.

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May 31, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 83, Part 1: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona - Graduation Season & Youth Impact

In this episode, we take a look at the effect that the shutdown has had on our teens, graduation celebrations and how it will alter the way seniors and their families are making college decisions for the fall. We'll get some guidance on the outlook for making preparations for college this year from College Admissions Consultant and Counselor Scott White. He has counseled and led teams at various schools in the New York and New Jersey area and was the former Montclair High School Director of Guidance. We'll also talk to Erika Insana and Shannon Gibson, who are leading the volunteer team for the yearly Project Graduation festivities for Montclair High School. Plus we'll have an added mini-segment on what seniors are thinking of distance learning and the disruption to their college plans.

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May 17, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 82: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona - Marketing Strategies for Business in Recovery

In this episode, we'll be looking at the strategies and marketing ideas for reopening our local businesses as we continue to recover from COVID19. We'll talk with two of our local business people who are known for their marketing expertise and creativity.

Barbara Lemley is the principal at the Montclair-based branding studio, Identity In Design in Upper Montclair. She's also the founder of Montclair Design Perspectives and has been an active member of the Montclair community for over 15 years. Her experience has been proved in sales and marketing programs at places like Estee Lauder, Donna Karan Beauty and Bloomingdales. Barbara has used her strategic voice in both the retail and wholesale sectors and has developed customer engagement through shop design, digital content, and social platforms. She's been involved with many Montclair-area organizations such as the Montclair Center BID, the Upper Montclair Business Association, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. She's currently a member of the Board of Management at The Van Vleck House & Gardens.

We'll also be speaking with Paul Giordano. He is the owner of White Rabbit, Black Heart. His first store, Paul Michael Designs, was in Whippany and had a greater focus on floral arrangements and event preparations. But he discovered Montclair and decided to open Sweet Home Montclair on Glenridge Avenue. It carried homemade sweets, cards and stationary as well as unique, thoughtful gifts. He rebranded as White Rabbit, Black Heart about a year ago and he now carries all sorts of beautiful, snarky, spunky, and lovely gifts for all occasions and he still sells those candies he's made famous. We talk with him about these challenging times along with how he has been using his store windows to communicate with his customers through posting sentiments there.

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May 3, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 81, Part 1: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona - Montclair Center BID, Feliciano Center at Montclair State University, Ani Ramen’s #BeAwesomeFeedSomebody

In this episode of Podclair, we're focusing on the business aspect of our town's recovery.  Today we'll talk with three people who are deeply involved with this question.
 
First, we'll be talking to Carley Graham Garcia. Carley became executive director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Montclair State University in September 2019. Previously, she served as Head of External Affairs at Google where she was responsible for public policy, government relations and community engagement for the New York City region. Carley lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Montclair. She's working with Jason Gleason of the Montclair BID and Petia Morozov owner of DesignShed and founder of Montclair Design Week to direct attention at recovery strategies through an online group of local business owners.

We'll also speak with Jason Gleason, a long-time resident of Montclair, NJ, formerly associated with The Pig & Prince Restaurant, who has served on the board at the Montclair BID and has recently taken the helm as Executive Director.

And lastly, we'll wrap up this episode with a short interview with Luck Sarabhayavanija of Ani Ramen. Luck closed his business due to the Covid19 emergency but opened up again recently with a revamped business plan that includes making his business a non-profit, #BeAwesomeFeedSomebody, that provides support and food for first responders and victims of Covid19 using a new restaurant,  Rock City Pizza and Bang Bang Chicken where they'll offer take-out for our residents and raise funds for those in need. He's on the leading edge of figuring out how businesses can survive in the new economic and social reality.
 
https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/

https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/innovation-3d-printing/mix-lab/
https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/featured-programs/2020-pitch-contest/
 
https://montclaircenter.com/montclair-mondays/
https://montclaircenter.com/covid-19-resources-for-small-businesses/
 
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May 3, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 81, Part 2: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona-Montclair Center BID, Feliciano Center at Montcair State University, Ani Ramen’s #BeAwesomeFeedSomebody

In this episode of Podclair, we're focusing on the business aspect of our town's recovery.  Today we'll talk with three people who are deeply involved with this question.
 
First, we'll be talking to Carley Graham Garcia. Carley became executive director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Montclair State University in September 2019. Previously, she served as Head of External Affairs at Google where she was responsible for public policy, government relations, and community engagement for the New York City region. Carley lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Montclair. She's working with Jason Gleason of the Montclair BID and Petia Morozov owner of DesignShed and founder of Montclair Design Week to direct attention at recovery strategies through an online group of local business owners.

We'll also speak with Jason Gleason, a long-time resident of Montclair, NJ, formerly associated with The Pig & Prince Restaurant, who has served on the board at the Montclair BID and has recently taken the helm as Executive Director.

And lastly, we'll wrap up this episode with a short interview with Luck Sarabhayavanija of Ani Ramen. Luck closed his business due to the Covid19 emergency but opened up again recently with a revamped business plan that includes making his business a non-profit, #BeAwesomeFeedSomebody, that provides support and food for first responders and victims of Covid19 using a new restaurant,  Rock City Pizza and Bang Bang Chicken where they'll offer take-out for our residents and raise funds for those in need. He's on the leading edge of figuring out how businesses can survive in the new economic and social reality.
 
https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/

https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/innovation-3d-printing/mix-lab/
https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/featured-programs/2020-pitch-contest/
 
https://montclaircenter.com/montclair-mondays/
https://montclaircenter.com/covid-19-resources-for-small-businesses/
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April 19, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Episode 80, Part 2: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona - Distance Learning, Daycare, Working from Home

We speak with three local professionals whose businesses are part of a support system for Montclair families. They help manage our households full of busy, active teens, toddlers, and their overworked parents. In America today, in 2020, an average of 57% of households have two working parents. That means this pandemic has severely complicated the lives of most of our residents here in Montclair.
 
In Part 2, we speak with Howard Weinrib who handles the Education Technology for Montclair School System and who also owns an educational company called TEKI that provides experiences that build self-confidence and leadership qualities in young people while integrating 21st-century technology into learning. And finally, we'll talk with Jay Shah who owns The Education Station Day Care Center in Bloomfield. We'll hear about the problems that arise for the families who have had to forego daycare while still working from home and we'll hear about the daunting position our local businesses are facing as they look forward to the end of the quarantine.
 
(In Part 1, we'll speak with Paula Ochs from the Family Service League. They provide support and strengthen families in need in Essex County through counseling, education, and social services.)
 
Financing website resources for small businesses:
 
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