October 24, 2018

Mayor Baraka Receives 2018 Small Business Advocate Award

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka was awarded the US Conference of Mayors, Partner America 2018 “Small Business Advocate Award” at a ceremony this morning at =Space, at 2 Gateway Center, in recognition of his commitment and work to support Newark’s small business community in the city.

The award is given by Partner America, a public-private partnership that was created by The US Conference of Mayors to assist mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and the global economy.

“I accept this award not for myself, but for every small business owner and entrepreneur in the City of Newark, who has worked with energy and creativity to strengthen Newark’s economy and prosperity,” Mayor Baraka said. “It is recognition that we are on the right track, that we recognize the central role of small businesses in transforming Newark and that our creative initiatives will contribute to defining the course of our nation’s.”

The Mayor was recognized for his innovative programs to strengthen small businesses including Shop Newark, Moms who Hustle, retail incubators, shared neighborhood storefronts for retail entrepreneurs, preferences for small contractors in tax-abated development, training small businesses on how to secure City contracts, developing a comprehensive database of local businesses to enable anchor institutions to buy locally, teaching small construction companies how to become developers, and more.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Newark’s economy,” Newark Community Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Aisha Glover said. “They have an immediate impact on the lives of every Newark resident, they provide many residents with opportunities to be entrepreneurs and their own boss, and career and employment opportunities for residents.”

The Partner America Program is a United States Conference of Mayors small business initiative to provide Mayors with best practices, information and support to help grow and sustain local businesses. The committee is co-chaired by Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Past recipients of this award include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, among others. More information about the program is available at

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About PartnerAmerica™

PartnerAmerica™ is a unique, small business growth program developed by American Management Services, Inc. and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Formed in 2000, the program is the nation’s first public-private small business resource initiative, providing management expertise, technical assistance and educational opportunities to small businesses across the country.