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Small Businesses Need Us

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We hope that you are able to share a few hours of your time and skills to support small businesses in our area. Together, our impact is limitless.               


-  Jill Kingsly & Marleigh Friedman

Together we can make a difference.

For Volunteers

We are asking our friends to join us in using our collective skills and professional expertise to help black-owned small businesses recover, re-start, and thrive.

We are asking you to carve out a few hours to use your skills to help black-owned small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While medical professionals have been on the front lines saving lives, we need people with business, creative, and administrative skill to join together to save the small businesses that create jobs and build communities. This is how we can make a difference.

Sign Up to Volunteer

 All work is done remotely by phone and video conferencing. 
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Whatever time you have available is fine:

  • Work on a short project

  • Contribute a set number of hours per week

  • Answer questions online

  • Offer a webinar or free business services

It's easy to get involved and make a difference.

Sign up to share your area of expertise and how much time you can volunteer.

You get matched with a small business that can use your expertise.

You get access to easy to use project management and tracking tools. 

Make a difference for our small business community and help rebuild our economy.

Expertise is needed in many different areas:


Administrative support


Business model reinvention

Copy writing/Content development

Culinary arts/Restaurant management

Human resources


Loan packaging




Presentation development

Public relations

Real estate - commercial leasing

Real estate - development

Relationship development/Networking

Sales strategy/Sales training

Social media

Strategic consulting

Supply chain management


Website development

And more!

 This is an opportunity to use your skills to make a difference.
We hope you join us.

Contact Melissa Parker at 973-353-0610x121 or
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The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.


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Small Businesses Need Us is funded in part by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation.

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