New Jersey

We are a coalition of New Jersey small business owners working to build a new voice on issues that matter to our businesses and our communities.

Our members include both small employers and self-employed business owners, with a diverse representation of business types, race, gender and geography.

We’re sponsored by New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) which provides staff support for our coalition.



We hope you’ve been well!  We’ve hit the ground running in 2016 working on tax fairness and budget issues. We’d like to thank members Erick Cedano and Dan Preston for all their work on the newly re-introduced “Combined Reporting” bill, which closes tax loopholes for multi-state corporations, levels the playing field for New Jersey small businesses, and could generate up to $290 million in additional revenue for essential publics services and projects. We expect the bill to be voted out of Budget and Appropriations in the next few weeks.  NJ Spotlight has a fine article on the bill that includes’ Erick’s testimony in favor of it.

Save the Dates!

Money Back to Main Street Action: April 12th, 10 a.m., 36th West State Street, Trenton

Over the course of past several years the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (EDA) has given billions of dollars away in corporate subsidies to massive corporations for little economic return. In Camden, such policies have cost taxpayers an average of $150,000 for every low-wage job created. New Jersey’s economy continues to lag behind the rest of the northeastern states, and it’s obvious such over-generous policies to large and multi-state corporations are not working.

Meanwhile, New Jersey small business owners have to fork over good money to be simply considered for an EDA grant, while facing many new challenges in an ever-changing economy. We need to send a message to our state EDA to stop giving massive subsidies to large corporations and start putting money back into Main Street.  Join other small business owners as we take this message directly to a state EDA board meeting.  To sign up, or learn more details, contact Jerome Montes at 609-540-9197 or via e-mail at

Women’s Pay Equity Day of Action on Monday, March 14th 10:30 a.m., at the State House in Trenton.

In New Jersey women earn 80 cents on the dollar, and the wage gap is even greater for women of color. Join leading women’s groups and progressive organizations for a Day of Action at the NJ State House to support the NJ Pay Equity Act, S992 / A2570. Assembly.  The NJ Pay Equity Act will arm women with tools to combat wage discrimination and help us take a big step closer to wage parity.

The bill already has passed the Senate. With strong support in the Assembly, we can make this bill law. Participants will be able to talk to legislators to help build bipartisan support for the bill in the Assembly.  Sign up now!


Member Spotlight

We are continually expanding NJ MSA membership and every month we want to highlight our small business owners who have recently joined or been recently active with one of our campaigns.

Joyce Sagi "JerseyJoyce" of New Brunswick is a much sought after public speaker, author of the E-book “Keys for Conscious Business Growth ”the Past President Elect 2016 of the National Association of Women Business Owners,  and CEO of Disaster and Risk Associates, LLC, also known as DARA. DARA provides emergency preparedness, disaster recovery and authorized OSHA training for individuals, communities and businesses to be more resilient in the event of natural and man-made disasters. Appointed by Gov Christie to NJ Public Employees OSHA Board 2014-2017. Joyce is a Community Integration Specialist harnessing the abilities of all individuals and institutions within a community towards resiliency and sustainable solutions.  For more details, visit

Joyce, like many members and supporters of the New Jersey Main Street Alliance, is a proponent of paid sick days for all workers. “Workers shouldn’t have to choose between a paycheck and having to take care of themselves or their families,” said Joyce. “I am an advocate for legislation that inspires change to benefit workers and businesses"

Mary Stabile of Bordentown is CEO of Pro-Tec-Advantage, which provides low-cost legal services and identity theft protection to small business owners. She started her business because she believes all businesses, regardless of size, should have access to the legal system without having to pay exorbitant hourly fees. To learn more, visit  

Mary has also been a fine art and diamond consultant since 1980. She sells jewels of distinction, conducts jewelry, precious gem and fine art searches for the investor and collector. Mary locates important artwork or jewelry to help fundraise for charities. To learn more, visit

Like many other NJ MSA members and supporters, Mary in strongly in favor of the proposed combined reporting bill that would close tax loopholes for multistate corporations. "I'm in favor of closing tax loopholes because everyone should pay their fair share for public services," says Mary. "All the taxes I pay and the profits I make go right back to making sure my local community is prosperous and well-supported."

If you’d like your business featured in our Member Spotlights, or you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Jerome Montes at 609-540-9197 or by e-mail at

Recent News

We Strongly Condemn Racist and Hateful Legislation Against Refugees; Call for Leadership by Governors

The Main Street Alliance strongly condemns the passage of H.R. 4038, the so-called “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act.” This bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, November 19, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the United States without meeting additional stringent screening requirements. [Read more]

National Executive Committee Member Kelly Conklin Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Stay focused on the goal, which is to make sure every American has access to high quality health care. That was National Executive Committee Member Kelly Conklin’s message to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) during the “Small Business Health Care Challenges and Opportunities” roundtable.... [Read more]

Main Street Alliance leaders from around the country joined together to think BIG about the kind of world we want to live in

Santa Fe, NMThe Main Street Alliance National Board members: David Borris, Owner, Hel’s Kitchen CateringNorthbrook, Illinois; Melanie Collins, Owner, Melanie’s Home Childcare, Falmouth, Maine; ReShonda Young, Operations Manager, Alpha Express, Inc, Waterloo, Iowa; Kelly Conklin, Owner, Foley-Waite Associates, Bloomfield, New Jersey; & Jim Houser, Co-Owner, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Portland, Oregon, along... [Read more]

Paid Sick Days: Good for Workers, Good for Business

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Small Business Leaders Urge Senators to Move Immigration Debate Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 11CONTACT: Joshua Welter, jwelter[at]mainstreetalliance[dot]org SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS URGE SENATORS TO MOVE IMMIGRATION DEBATE FORWARD IN FIRST FLOOR VOTES TUESDAY AFTERNOON Main Street small business owners urge Senators to support motion to proceed to debate on Gang of Eight immigration package Seattle, WA—With first floor votes... [Read more]

Business is (Baby) Booming

While corporate CEOs are pressuring Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare as part of a so-called "Grand Bargain" to reduce the debt, small business owners say that cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating to small businesses across the country. A new series of reports from the... [Read more]

MSA Leaders Weigh in on ACA Ruling, Highlight How Health Law is Helping Small Businesses

Small business leaders from the Main Street Alliance and our state affiliates weighed in and framed the debate in press coverage of the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. MSA small business leaders shared concrete, personal stories of how the law is helping their businesses and what small... [Read more]

Small Business Owners Celebrate Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Law

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Main Street Alliance business leaders celebrated the decision, saying they're already benefiting from the ACA and the court ruling means they can look forward to more benefits going forward. The Main Street... [Read more]

June 28: Small Business Owners Hail Supreme Court's Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2012CONTACT: Sam Blair,, (603) 831-1835 SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HAIL SUPREME COURT’S DECISION UPHOLDING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Business owners say they’re already benefiting from ACA, court decision means they can look forward to more benefits Washington, DC – This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced... [Read more]

What Do Small Business Owners Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address?

A few days ago, the Main Street Alliance asked small business owners to share what they wanted to hear the President talk about in his upcoming State of the Union address. We asked: “As a small business owner, what policies would you like to hear the President put forward in... [Read more]

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