Helpful Business Links for Chamber Members

helpful links
The Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce is here to help you including providing you resources to be more successful doing business in the greater Pascack Valley.

Below are a variety of links to websites that we feel can be helpful to our local businesses and we have collected some of the best for you. Many of these are actual professional groups. We support belonging to as many of these professional groups that make sense for your particular business. Some are hyper-local and others are on a national level. The helpful business links are presented below in the following groupings:

  • Business Planning and Support Links
  • LinkedIn Group Links for Bergen County Professionals
  • Business Organization/Association Links
  • U.S. Federal Business Links

If you have additional links you think would be helpful to the businesses located here in the greater Pascack Valley, just let us know. We’ll be happy to add them.

Business Planning and Support Links

Need Help Writing a Business Plan
Need Help Writing a Business Plan?… These websites can help.

Bplans – Contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans.
http://www.bplans.com/

The Center for Business Planning Help – Very useful business plan resources.
www.businessplans.org

AllBusiness.com One of the world’s largest online resources for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow, and manage your business.
http://www.allbusiness.com/

BusinessUSA – Created by US Presidential decree, BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
http://business.usa.gov/

OpenForum (by American Express) – Stay up to date with growth topics and areas of interest to you. Connect to business owners like you and see what powers their growth. Access member exclusive content by experts in small business.
https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/explore/

SCORE.org – SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
http://www.score.org/

Shopify – Free business tools from a commercial, cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Some good canned idea generators on their site. Their ultimate motive is to use their resources to set up an online merchant web site.
https://www.shopify.com/

Smallbiz NJ – A good commercial site supporting small businesses.
http://www.smallbiznj.com/

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LinkedIn Groups for Local Professionals

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LinkedIn has many specialized groups to support local businesses in the greater Pascack Valley. We encourage you to join as many of them as possible to increase your networking possibilities.

LinkedIn is of course THE social media platform for professionals and a natural fit for virtually every business in the greater Pascack Valley.  While you may already have a personal account and even a business page, do you belong to any of these influential professional groups expressly for Bergen County professionals? (You’ll have to be a member of LinkedIn to access these groups):

The Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce – An “open” LinkedIn group founded in 2014 for local business professionals interested in networking and promoting the business and community interests of the greater Pascack Valley.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=8184091

Pascack Valley Professional Network – Founded in 2011, this “open” LinkedIn group’s mission is, “Connecting local professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs” in the Pascack Valley.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3798705

Pascack Valley Beer & Business Club – Founded in 2009, this is a relatively small private LinkedIn group of business executives who live in the Pascack Valley region of New Jersey and enjoy drinking beer and meeting other people.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2482696

Linked-N Bergen County NJ – This LinkedIn private group is for you if you are in the Bergen County, NJ area or do business in this part of New Jersey. This group brings diverse information & resources to its members to assist both professionally & personally. An honest networking support group.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2649790

New Jersey Bergen County Networking Group – Founded in 2009 and with over 2,000 members, this LinkedIn private group is a group “for local professionals in Northern New Jersey.”
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1850095

Bergen County Professional Women’s Network – Founded in 2010 and with over 800 members, this LinkedIn private group is run by an organization committed to the professional development of women in and around Bergen County.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3187488

Small Business Network of Bergen County NJ – Founded in 2012, this “open” LinkedIn group is a valuable resource for Small Business men and women in Bergen County, providing networking, valuable resources, and relevant discussions to its members.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4268266

Bergen County Business Professionals – This private LinkedIn group founded in 2010 focuses on building and growing your business network through the platform of Social media, which creates a much faster way to meet and work with business professionals in a positive, supportive environment.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2993241

Local Connect Bergen County – Founded in 2010, this LinkedIn private group is for local professionals in Bergen County, New Jersey so that we can help one another and strengthen our community.
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3541151

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Business Organization/Association Links

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There are many official organizations and business associations that local businesses can benefit from being a member.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – The world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.
https://www.uschamber.com/

Better Business Bureau of New Jersey – The BBB was founded in 1912 and is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust.
http://www.bbb.org/new-jersey/

American Business Women’s Association – Brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
www.abwa.org

National Association of Women Business Owners – The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
www.nawbo.org

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Bergen County Business Links

Seal of Bergen County, New Jersey
Bergen County has many support services for local businesses.

Bergen County Website – The official governmental website for Bergen County, New Jersey with a wealth of county information including business services.
http://www.co.bergen.nj.us

Bergen WIB / Job Training – The Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (Bergen WIB) is dedicated to supporting workforce and economic development by connecting Bergen County New Jersey residents to jobs and ensuring that employers have the skilled workers they need to grow, compete, and prosper.
http://www.bergenwib.org

One-Stop Career Center (for businesses) – The One-Stop Career Center is a vital source to area businesses. In partnership with the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the Business Resource Center (BRC), outreaches to local businesses to assist with their Human Resource needs.
http://www.onestopbwc.org/index.php/businesses

Bergen County Economic Development Corp. – The Bergen County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) is a partnership of business, government and economic development allies dedicated to leveraging resources, fostering investment and delivering programs and services that result in business retention, attraction, creation and economic growth for the economy of Bergen County.
http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcedc

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U.S. Federal Business Links

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The U.S. Federal government has many programs to support local businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration – An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
https://www.sba.gov/

Fed Stats – Your Window Into U.S. Federal Statistics.
http://fedstats.sites.usa.gov/

U.S. Business Advisor – One stop access to federal government information service & transactions.
http://www.business.gov/

Census Bureau – 2000 Census Bureau – Statistical Information collected from the 2000 Census.
http://www.census.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency – Compliance Assistance Center
http://www.epa.gov/

Federal Trade Commission – The Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws.
http://www.ftc.gov/

U.S. Department of Labor – Find OSHA Compliance assistance, as well as, statistical information, research and publications.
http://www.dol.gov/

Internal Revenue Service – Find out anything and everything you want to know about our ever-changing tax laws.
http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/

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