#HipNJ Cares: The CANswer Project

#HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio is in Kettleworth where the Burb Neighborhood Fair has gathered over forty local vendors in support of the CANswer Project!

Stefania Colosimo, chairwoman of the CANswer Project, has recently lost her mom to lung cancer. In honor of her mother and other’s fighting the horrific disease, local vendors gather to sponsor local charity at this event.

The CANswer Project’s mission is to host fundraisers focused around life! Everyone at the event is a local business and this is great in helping promote the local community!

One local business is “not your grandma’s antique shop”. Garret Maney IV, owner of Antique Antics, closed shop just for the event! Now that’s dedication. Another local owner, Paul Mecca, owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, has a stand for locals to sample all of his great entities. He even donates 10% of all proceeds to the CANswer Project!

To check out more about this event and see what other great things this local community is doing for the CANswer Project check out their website! www.TheCanswerProject.org


#HipNJWeddings: Brides Against Breast Cancer

Calling all brides-to-be!

#HipNJ went behind the scenes at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event. There were ample opportunities for brides to come in and purchase designer dresses at a discount, with all proceeds going to breast cancer efforts!

To “ensure that no one has to face cancer alone”, the Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families all over the country.

In Weehawken, #HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio met with show manager Mya Widmyer to learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer. Mya told us that this charity event is hosted in over 170 cities around the country, bringing in six to seven hundred deeply discounted couture and designer wedding gowns to these events. (That’s a TON of fab dresses!) They even include local area wedding vendors as well.

It’s a one-stop shop for the brides, and 80% of proceeds go straight to funding free programs for cancer patients and their families. Mary Kay makeup even offers a drawing at this event for brides to get a free makeover, facial, and gift certificate!

One bride-to- be, Alex, is really excited about this event and chose to participate in the dress shopping here instead of purchasing a dress on her own.  She shares that her fiancé’s aunt died of breast cancer, so to Alex and her fiancé this event personally meant a lot.

For more info on this amazing event, visit www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org.

#HipNJ: Tech Launch

#HipNJ recently took a visit to New Jersey’s Tech Launch event where founder and CEO Mario Casabona shared the importance behind this great event!

Mario shares with #HipNJ that the event is ” a place to get a little more grounded and even have your business plan tailored”. Its a great way to mitigate  start-up risks in growing businesses. Tech Launch helps with everything from seed funding to business training.

CEO of Fusar Technologies Ryan Shearman says “I still would be working nights and weekends at Starbucks if it weren’t for the accelerated program.” Stuart Hinds, CEO of ASC “wouldn’t have all of the support and wouldn’t be ready to take on the start-up world” without Tech Launch. He also tells us the ten minute pitches they do allow the companies to get great feedback. He has also learned the benefit of catering his pitches to the different audiences he comes across and Tech Launch has helped him and his company recognize that.

Many of the owners of these companies like Dariusz Jamiolkowski of Outdoor Exchange are “jersey born and bred men” and love that it is a local New Jersey program. Ed Berde, co-founder and CEO of Retail Shopping Systems says it would cost more to go overseas but by staying locally in New Jersey, his product was manufactured successfully in a few weeks.

“There is a pent-up demand for all these innovators to come out and start companies”, Mario tells #HipNJ. “They’re all my babies, and they’re all beautiful.”

For more information on Tech Launch, visit them at TechTaunch.com

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