The 18th Annual Trenton Small Business Week, a celebration of activities for business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals, especially those starting or changing careers, is made possible by the generous donations of local businesses.

The event, which attracts nearly 5,000 people to the capital city, will be held October 17 to 21. It will feature 17 free seminars, the Mayor’s Awards during the Kick Off Networking Breakfast, a special Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Power Luncheon as well as its popular Business EXPO and Renaissance Ball, a TD Bank Networking Reception, a Capital City Real Estate Reception and more.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to all our sponsors, but in particular TD Bank, our Presenting Sponsor," said Marsha Stoltman of The Stoltman Group Event Planners. "Along with fellow ‘Chief Executive Officer/Major General Level Sponsors’ the City of Trenton, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center @ The College of New Jersey, Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mercer County, TD Bank’s significant contribution enables us to offer so many free events during the week."

On Monday, Oct. 17, the week starts with a Kick Off Networking Breakfast featuring the Mayor’s Small Business of the Year Awards, which will include a special keynote by Richard Lisk, president and CEO of the Trenton Titans, as well as an economic update. A full description of the schedule, current news and registration may be found online at www.smallbizweek.com.

"We are delighted to thank our ‘President/Brigadier General Level Sponsors,’ too," Stoltman added. "The Times, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, WIMG AM 1300, PNC Bank, U.S. 1 Newspaper, Thomas Edison State College, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Trenton Titans have stepped up to make sure we can offer programs to a wide audience."

The free seminars and workshops are carefully researched and targeted to reach diverse audiences. There is a seminar in Spanish, and a focus on doing business internationally. Other topics cover profitability, financing, resources for veterans, tips for small developers, making the most of government resources, mobile marketing and social media, tourism sponsored by Destination Trenton and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, sustainability, government procurement certification and more.

"We also must thank our ‘Chief Financial Officer/Colonel Level Sponsors’ The Trentonian, Mercer County Woman, Vision Latina, Digital Dog Direct, Hill Industrial Park, 94.5 PST and Nassau Broadcasting, Mercerspace.com, Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce and Trenton Social," Stoltman said. "You can see it takes many committed business partners to create an event of this magnitude."

Rounding out the sponsors list are the "Director/Brigadier Major Level Sponsors" the Roma Bank, Hutchinson Industries, BRS Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, Bogopa Service Corp., Mercadien Group , Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, Tara Developers, The Fourth Estate and USA Environmental Management, as well as "Patron Level Sponsors" Stark & Stark, Clarke Caton Hintz, Richardson Commercial Realtors, Trenton Thunder and Central Aluminum Supply.

Participants are urged to register in advance as events fill quickly. More information also may be obtained by calling 609-771-2947.

18th Annual Trenton Small Business Week. Carmen Natal-Melendez or Tom McGough, City of Trenton, Division of Economic Development. 319 East State Street, Trenton. 609-989-3508. SmallBizWeek@yahoo.com www.smallbizweek.com

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