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Reader says , ” Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves”

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But, but, but . . . didn’t we need more parking becuase there is no where to park and shop in the downtown??
Face it, the regimes of Aronson / Pucciarelli and Knudsen / Hache sold off our downtown to developers. The costs of an overcrowded downtown, the needs for improvements for the hundreds of new families, the needs for more school rooms and teachers, more police and fire fighters, etc. etc., are all being placed on the backs of the taxpayers by these politicians.
We didn’t need parking and hundreds of apartments to “save” our downtown. Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves.
Our council needed to take a firm stance in the courts, with the legislature and in all other ways possible against overdevelopment and the destruction of schools, our property values and other attributes. Instead, they chose to pander to a few special interests, tear down paradise and put up a parking lot and leave us all with the tax bill.

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Handle Your Business, Not Your Printing

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Ridgewood NJ, When you own a company, or even when you manage a division, you may find that you need promotional materials. This can stop your day, or even a few days at a time, because you have so many steps to follow in the process. You already have a large number of responsibilities to handle. This can become extra challenging.

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Six expert hurricane season preparedness tips for your business

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By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator

For this blog about Hurricane Season preparedness, we thought it would make sense to get some business continuity tips from a real expert—a business owner who survived multiple disasters.
Three Brothers Bakery, a 69-year-old business owned by Janice and Robert Jucker, suffered losses of around $1 million after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston last August. In 2008, the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike forced the couple to close the bakery for nine months. They lost $1 million after that storm.

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New Jersey Legislatures Aims to Raise Taxes on Local Businesses

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June 20,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ, Today, the respective Senate and Assembly Budget Committees passed S-2746/A-4202, which would drastically increase the corporate business tax rate. The New Jersey legislature will consider the measures on Thursday.
Lawmakers are considering raising the corporate tax rate between 11.5 and 13 percent based on the size of the local business. These drastic tax increases would make the Garden State the seemingly proud owners of the highest business taxes in the nation. Business tax rates addressed in this proposal are currently levied at 9 percent.

AFP-NJ State Director Erica Jedynak issued the following statement:

“We want businesses to set up shop and thrive in New Jersey. Our businesses are the life-support of the economy, and these jobs help local workers provide for their families. Dramatic tax increases will hurt the families, workers, and entrepreneurs that hope to make New Jersey home. Due to the nation’s highest property taxes, New Jersey families are already being taxed into exile and raising the corporate tax rate could very well serve as the death blow to the New Jersey economy. Now is the time for lawmakers in Trenton to ensure that our job creators remain hiring and open for business. Instead of maintaining the failed status quo, New Jersey lawmakers should work toward practical solutions that decrease taxes in our state and increase prosperity.”
Background:
AFP-NJ issues Action Alert to Activists
AFP-NJ’s Tax & Spending Reforms

For further information or an interview, reach Anna McEntee at amcentee@afphq.org or (703)-674-9227.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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Pitfalls You May Face Opening Your Business in a Small Town

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June 17,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, There could be dozens of similar businesses in a big city. When the market is so oversaturated it can be hard to make your brand distinctive from the others. However, in a much smaller village, there is plenty of room for experimentation.

Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958, reflecting an increase of 22 from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York

Additionally, your business can be the first to appear and find a niche spot: being the only provider of tattoo machines or a flower delivery service can be a perfect way to build a name for your company.

Naturally, less competition means more opportunities for your venture, however, there are many pitfalls that a new company can face during its first few years. Typically, there are fewer industries and they are less diverse compared to the regular cities.

Additionally, the habits of the consumers will be determined by the proximity of the village to other cities. If consumers will have an incentive to travel in order to save money it may bring a small but steady income. Otherwise, you may want to hold sales from time to time in order to attract more customers.

Households in Ridgewood, NJ have a median income of $147,823.

The business volume in the small towns and villages is usually much lower in comparison to larger cities. Even with a good place in a downtown of a village, you won’t be able to reach the same level of sales as similar shops have in cities.

What is more, since the human resources of the small towns are limited and more people would rather go to the big cities where the wages are larger, you might find yourself in a situation when you will have to employ inexperienced staff in order for your venture to become more profitable.

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Small Business :Employer Identification Number famously known as an EIN is a type of tax ID issued by the IRS to keep track of tax obligations

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May 29,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, An Employer Identification Number famously known as an EIN is a type of tax ID issued by the IRS to keep track of tax obligations. Legal entities such as partnerships, corporations, estates, and non-profit organizations are supposed to have EINs. Those that don’t have it are required by the IRS to apply. They may choose to apply through the online portal. There are many things you can’t do without having an EIN so it’s important that it is one of the first things you do as a business. You can start enjoying the benefits by applying for a Wisconsin ein online today.

Why Apply an EIN Online?
An online application is the most comfortable and quickest way of obtaining an EIN when compared to traditional means such as phone and email applications. EINs online reduce paperwork complications. EIN online applications are approved within 24 hours. You can start enjoying EIN benefits immediately after 24 hours of the application. The EIN online application is secure and confidential. The system allows the applicant to access their tax id in case of misplacement. Customer care services are available for people who may experience trouble while applying for the EIN online. If your EIN is urgently needed, online application is the best option for getting it quickly. You can apply for your IRS-EIN-Tax-Id online whether you’re in South Carolina, Wisconsin, New Jersey or anywhere in the states.

How EIN Online Works
The process of applying for an ein number SC online is easy. The first step is to log into the site and select the type of tax ID you want. The next step is to fill out the online application form. The third step is to send the application via email. Wait one hour, and you will get your EIN. If you apply for you EIN after 9 p.m., you will get it the following morning. All transactions online are secure and safe so you can trust the process will be protected at every step.

 

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AHEAD OF THE PACK

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February 17,2018

By Stanley A. Kober, KC2ZXB

Stanley A. Kober, KC2ZXB(sakober@yahoo.com), Historic Ho-Ho-Kus Researcher, A.L.I.C.E. Certified Trainer, Former Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus CERT Program Manager (T-T-T) , Former CERT/Bergen County R.A.C.E.S. Deputy Liaison Officer

Ho Ho Kus NJ, Every organization whether for profit or not for profit, professional, religious, veterans, law enforcement, historical, military, municipal, emergency
services, amateur radio operations, etc., should have the strategy to operate in the most efficient and effective means as possible. Actually, that applies to each
of us as individuals as well. Not only does it have the ability to save money (and possibly lives), it allows us to do more things in the same amount of time. After
all, time is fixed and no one can change that construct.

In order for us to accomplish an organizational or personal strategy we more likely than not use technology, but technology changes over time. The
Washington Post had an on-line article that presented those changes very well at https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/entertainment/tech-generations/?utm_term=.58e805b0d158. Unless you are a Luddite, you use technology every day. [A Luddite as described in the www.UrbanDictionary.com is one “who fears technology (or new technology, as they seem pleased with how things currently are…why can’t everything just be the same?)”]

In this short article, I’m going to address just one aspect of that change which is becoming more and more evident to us on a daily basis through the use of our smartphones. That “new” technology is called “QR Codes” or “Quick Response Codes”. You know, you’ve seen that little square with all the funny black lines and boxes in advertising circulars, newspapers, etc., but don’t be fooled, these ARE NOT BARCODES. On the right is one of my own examples that I have created. If you have a smartphone, iPad, tablet, or similar device with a camera and the applicable software installed to read the code, you should be able to go to this fantastic FaceBook®page. Not all reading software is the same, so some features may not work in the software on your device that will work in other software. In other words, “Caveat Emptor”—”Buyer Beware”.

Allow me to put it in a nutshell why one should use a QR Code in their literature, signage, advertising materials, documents, procedures, manuals, etc.
Let’s take one example that was used earlier in this article—the Washington Post article on technology. In most, if not all paper printing by newspapers,
hyperlinks associated with what was displayed in print (on-line publications are different) are removed. NOTE: A “hyperlink” is the underlined portion of the
reference that allows you to click on it and bring up the article on the website.

Can you imagine how long it would take you to enter that WaPo reference into the address line of your device’s internet web browser and when you make one
wrong character you need to restart? I’m certain you wouldn’t waste your time February 07, 2018 Page 2 of 3 by entering all those characters. There we go again—that fixed construct called “time” rears its head.

In order to save “time”, because “time” is money, one can use a device that has a camera and the appropriate software to read the QR Code and go DIRECTLY to the associated reference, in this case the Washington Post article referenced earlier. Read the QR Code at the right with your smartphone and appropriate software. But, just a point of caution,
newspaper articles may not be in the same place for very long, so the link eventually might not work when going to
the original website of the media.

We know that technology is great and can do many things for us if we have the right tools with which to work. For example, QR Code generating software is all over the Internet and the software to read the codes that are
generated are abounding as well. However, when shopping for the ability to generate or read the QR code you need to have in mind what you really want to do with it—in other words, what is your goal. Remember I talked about “strategy” at the beginning of this article? Well, a “strategy” is the place where we want to be and the “goal” or “objective” is what we need to do to get there.

For example, one “strategy” might be that we want to operate in the most efficient and effective fashion as possible. One “goal” or “objective” to attain that “strategy” would be to utilize technology to the greatest extent as possible. Within “goals” or “objectives” are “tasks” that we do to meet a “goal” or “objective”. Using QR Codes is a “task” that we would use to meet our “goal” of using technology to attain our “strategy” to operate in the most efficient and effective fashion as possible. OK, enough of Management Theory, but I just wanted to put this capability in its proper perspective for
you. Now, let’s get back to QR Codes.

The first tool you need is a smartphone, iPad, tablet or similar device to be able to read the generated code. On that device you need a camera and the appropriate software to
read the code. An excellent listing of that software for many devices is found here at QR Phone Software (click on the link at the left or use your camera device to read the code at the right.)

Once you have the appropriate device and the optimal reading software, you need to have the proper software to create the QR Code that we want to use. Again, “Caveat Emptor”—”Buyer Beware”. There are many software packages on the market, but you need to test for the one you select to ensure that it operates the way YOU want it to do. For example, when I looked for my optimal reading software, one “free” package that I tested allowed me to get to the website that I wanted OK, but when I tried to download an Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file (PDF), it would not allow me to do so. I deleted that installation immediately and moved on to others. So, in short, in selecting code generator software as well as reading software, compare the “free” packages, (called “free” even though they are coupled with advertising galore, so
they are really not “free” because it takes “time” to cancel them) and those that February 07, 2018 Page 3 of 3 might cost something for the generating software. The optimal one that I have found for my use is found at QR Code Generator. (click on the link at the left or use your device to read the code at the right.) It has many options, capabilities and truly free code generation even for testing. You might want to look at the informational videos and articles as well on that site while you’re there. By the way, if you still get ads in your reads, it’s not the QR Code generator that I am recommending here,
it’s your reading software.

Speaking of the code generator, one quick point I will add is that when you chose a QR Code type, you need to have the ability to select either a “static” OR “dynamic” code. Some software may allow only one, but you need to have both options for testing and live operations. Select “dynamic” even if you have other reasons, but especially if you have any intention of making changes to the code link (remember the news article referenced earlier that might have moved to another location?), even if you can’t think of something now, or you might want to do some analytics on the actions of the code (where did the access come
from; how many clicks were made on the code; etc.). In my opinion, there are very few activities which would require a “static” QR Code.

Before concluding, I’d like to give two examples of QR Codes in which one goes to an on-line website for a senior citizens organization and the other for use by emergency services personnel. The use of a QR Code for those in emergency services is at the right. For example, as a first responder you have a requirement to look at an instructional manual, procedure, or in this example, the latest Emergency Response Guide on line, but no one around you has a computer and you don’t have the time to search online for it on your device. In your preplanning for being an effective first responder, you have created a QR Code Card with your important links on it and you have it/them in your vehicle (POV and ERV), your pocket, your go bag, go kit, your trailer, wherever. Immediately, you can click on the QR Code like the one on the right and go directly to the guide on your device. By the way, you need to think about how you place the QR Codes on the card because if they are not sized and spaced properly you will get wrong launches and errors.

The last example for the Senior Citizens site is located at https://bcscccouncil.wordpress.com/ and the QR Code
for that site is at the right. It saves Seniors keystrokes!

So, in conclusion, if you want to get “ahead of the pack” and do things that will save you time and money, as well as give you broader access to your market or to materials that may be lifesaving, then use QR Codes in your technology goal for your organization. You will be amazed at what they can do for you.

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Does the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Promote Business in Ridgewood ?

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January 3,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

 

Ridgewood NJ, Readers continue to debate the value of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce . The debate continually focuses on if you feel the chamber really promotes Ridgewood business or as many insist , “always looking to tax payers  to bail out the Central Business District ?

from the chamber website :

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to advance the commercial, professional, industrial and civic interest of the Village of Ridgewood. We are actively involved in every aspect of promoting and coordinating programs and events that support the business community and help our members expand and grow their businesses.

Membership benefits include:
Inclusion on the Chamber Website
The Chamber of Commerce website lists all members. Member listings include business or organization name, address, and phone number. Site visitors can view member by keyword or category searches.

Inclusion in the Ridgewood “Village Guide”
The Chamber has entered into an agreement with North Jersey Media Group to produce the 2010 Village Guide. The guide is an informative business directory for The Village of Ridgewood. The guide is printed annually and is distributed to every home.

Networking Opportunities
In addition to the annual meeting, the Chamber organizes networking meetings several times a year. Click here to learn more about upcoming events.

Business and Consumer Referrals – The Chamber receives calls on a daily basis. Referrals are made only to member businesses.

Use of our bulk mail permit – Save money with your advertising! The Chamber’s bulk mail permit is available to its members, giving a savings of 50% on all your mailings!

Member Discount Card
Many members offer other members discounts such as 10%, 15%, or 20% off products, free consultations, discounts on services. This is a voluntary program that you may elect to participate in – it’s like an employee discount program for Chamber members.

Membership decal with the Chamber decal
We promote “Spend Locally” and encourage shoppers and diners to look for the logo. The logo identifies your business as a member of the Chamber, and supporter of the Ridgewood community.

E-Newsletters
The Chamber E-Newsletter includes information on upcoming events and news of interest to the members. We invite members to provide us with important information about their businesses, upcoming events, special promotions, etc. The Chamber is continuing to provide new ways for members to announce their special events through our all-new e-mail marketing efforts. Click here to learn more about this exciting new benefit!

List of New Residents
Members may subscribe to the Chamber’s new residents’ listings. Addresses of new arrivals in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff are provided to subscribers by email (excel spreadsheet), fax, or hard copy.

Use of the Chamber Board Room – Need a room off-premises for a meeting? Contact the Chamber for information.

Chamber Member Mailing List – New members are entitled to a list of all Chamber members. An excellent way to introduce yourself to the entire membership base!

Questions? Email or call us today at 201.445.2600 and we’d be happy to answer your questions!

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New Jersey Posts a Better Than Expected Economic Growth Rate

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November 29,2017

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Ridgewood Nj, The United States economy has been in a period of encouraging, consistent growth for several years now. According to 24/7 Wall Street ,the U.S. GDP has now increased uninterrupted for 14 straight quarters. The stock market continues to hit new all-time highs with yesterday marking the 61st closing high since Donald Trump became president , and the unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in October, the lowest it has been since the year 2000. Based on the most recent quarterly estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the growth or lack there of, of American state economies over the past three years more or less the time since the last nationwide quarterly economic contraction. Nationwide, GDP grew by 2.2% over the three years ending in the second quarter of 2017.

Using data provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 24/7 Wall St. ranked all 50 U.S. states based on percent changes in real GDP growth in all 50 states from the second quarter of 2014 through the second quarter of 2017. and the U.S. Figures provided are adjusted to account for yearly inflation. GDP figures published by the BEA are preliminary and subject to annual revision. Figures on poverty rate, median household income, and educational attainment came from the American Community Survey. Employment and unemployment metrics were provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

New Jersey came in a better than expected 38th place while its neighbor to the north Connecticut came in 46th . New York came in 32nd and Pennsylvania came in a a respectable 27th.

38. New Jersey
> 3-year GDP growth: +0.9%
> Q2 2017 GDP growth: +2.3% (tied — 16th smallest increase)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
> Fastest shrinking industry: Utilities
> 3-year employment growth: +3.4% (17th smallest increase)

46. Connecticut
> 3-year GDP growth: +0.3%
> Q2 2017 GDP growth: +1.4% (6th smallest increase)
> Fastest growing industry: Mining
> Fastest shrinking industry: Nondurable goods manufacturing
> 3-year employment growth: +4.2% (23rd smallest increase)

32. New York
> 3-year GDP growth: +1.4%
> Q2 2017 GDP growth: +1.2% (tied — 4th smallest increase)
> Fastest growing industry: Information
> Fastest shrinking industry: Nondurable goods manufacturing
> 3-year employment growth: +2.7% (13th smallest increase)

27. Pennsylvania
> 3-year GDP growth: +1.6%
> Q2 2017 GDP growth: +2.5% (tied — 21st smallest increase)
> Fastest growing industry: Mining
> Fastest shrinking industry: Durable goods manufacturing
> 3-year employment growth: +2.5% (10th smallest increase)

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Reader Feels the Village of Ridgewood is Anti-Business

Betsy the Sheep

As of Ridgewood regimen for 40 years I’m so embarrassed that this business owner received a summons for such nonsense. If this business owner summons is not thrown out by the village attorney prosecutor and judge mayor and council manager Building department zoning department then that will be a shit storm like I never seen before. Because then we’re going to get every major news network in the CBD in the village Ridgewood to ride around take pictures of all the legal structures that will put up by you know hoo and where .and by hoo. And upper officials let it slide by. Because of dirty politics in the village of Ridgewood slime balls