Mission Statement

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Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action

The Resource Center is a center for better business.  Get connected to Essex County; get links to contracts/business opportunities; information and access to business resources; and an office/meeting space to work.

Our mission is to ensure equal opportunity and fair play in the procurement and contracting processes of Essex County through our efforts in the following areas:

  • Strategic partnerships with private sector financiers and insurers of small, woman, and minority-owned businesses.
  • Outreach to individuals, groups and organizations to expand our network of small, woman, and minority-owned businesses.  Towards that end, Essex County advertises all bids on Tuesdays in The Star Ledger and on our website at Essex County Purchasing Portal.
  • Technical assistance to help business owners gain necessary certifications, financing, and bonding.
  • Collaborative partnerships with groups and organizations that share the County’s commitment to equal opportunity
  • Partnering with the Economic Development Corporation of Essex County to further our commitment to expanding contracting opportunities to small, woman, and minority-owned businesses.

Putting Essex County First