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Netcong Community Partnership Encourages People to Shop and Dine Locally

Vince Baglivo

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 • 12:38pm

NETCONG, NJ - The holidays are a special time of year. A time for friends and families to celebrate a happy, healthy and joyous season. In Netcong, the warm welcome provided by local business and restaurant owners contributes to a hometown feeling of hospitality and goodwill.

“During the holiday season, and all-year round, we encourage people to shop and dine in Netcong, supporting the many locally and family-owned and operated stores, restaurants and service providers that are proud to be a part of our community,” stated Gina Thomas, Executive Director of the Netcong Community Partnership (NCP).

The Partnership has focused on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, and the upcoming holiday season, as an opportunity to promote the importance of shopping and dining locally. Information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Small Business Administration (SBA) underscore the importance of small businesses, like the ones you will find in Netcong, as the foundation of our local, regional and national economy.

More than 50 percent of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of the net new jobs since 1995. Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month, but more businesses shut down than start up. Statistics show that seven out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two years, half at least five years, a third at least 10 years and just a quarter stay in business 15 years or more.

Whether you are shopping or sharing a meal, Netcong makes your holiday visit convenient – long-term construction projects have been completed so it’s easy to reach without highway traffic jams and tie-ups. Free parking close to all businesses and restaurants helps you avoid the crowds and hassle associated with shopping malls and outlet centers. 

Netcong’s restaurants and specialty food stores have earned a regional reputation for fine food, casual, family-friendly dining and catering services that will make your holiday celebrations memorable. Local businesses offer a wide range of products, plus personal and professional services perfect for distinctive gifts for family and friends.

For more information, including directories of businesses and restaurants in Netcong, upcoming events plus NCP programs and services, visit GoNetcong.com or follow the district on Facebook at Facebook.com/GoNetcong.

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