Posted on August 12, 2022
Creator receives $15,000 as Morris County grant program tops 600 approvals
A new free app for small businesses in Morris County has been officially launched in Parsippany township today by Zoomus Marketing, which simultaneously received at $15,000 grant through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program.
“After doing a lot of research, today I am releasing a new app available on Google Play and Apple Store called MORRIS NOW,” said Frank Cahill, owner of Zoomus. “MORRIS NOW connects local Morris County businesses to over 500,000 residents. Residents can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store completely free,” he added.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the offices of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, off Halsey Road. Among those present were members of the Morris County Board of Commissioners, Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael dePierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani and Councilman Justin Musella.
Mayor Barberio praised Cahill for creating the Morris Now appnoting that Cahill has been dedicated to improving business in Parsippany in his other roles as Publisher of Parsippany Focus and Morris Focus, Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Parsippany Economic Development Advisory Committee.
“I’m really happy to have met Frank because when I tell you that he is really committed to the economic development of Parsippany, he is really committed and this is a perfect example of that. Thank you for your commitment to Parsippany,” the mayor said.
Morris County Deputy Commissioner John Krickus and Commissioners Thomas Mastrangelo and Stephen Shaw simultaneously announced that Zoomus and Cahill had qualified for $15,000 under the Morris County Small Business Grant Programwhich is designed to help small businesses that are still impacted by the pandemic with specific expenses incurred after March 3, 2022.
“I’m a small entrepreneur, so I’ve seen with my own eyes what small businesses face,” said Curator Thomas Mastrangelo. “One thing about these grants, and I’ve talked to some small businesses in my town who have gotten some, it’s given them hope and it’s given them the sense to get out there and compete a bit. Part of what these grants did was put a little more fuel in their engines, it gave them a boost and helped them not give up.
Deputy Director Krickus noted that the program has already approved more than 600 grant applications from small businesses and nonprofits.
“Since our launch in February in Dover, more than 600 small businesses in Morris County have taken advantage of this program to help them recover and grow,” Krickus said.
“It has been a tremendous asset to our businesses,” added Commissioner Shaw, urging more businesses to apply quickly. “We’re down, across our entire pool of $10 million, to about $1.3 million and we’re going to close applications on September 30.”
Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso, Parsippany Economic Development Co-Chair Dr. speaking at the event, praising Cahill’s small grants program and vision. in the development of the MORRIS NOW app.
The MORRIS NOW app combines shopping, area events, local news, weather, neighborhood talk and local classifieds in one place. Local businesses can use it to promote offers and promotions.
“Push messaging directly to customers. Powerful Bluetooth proximity marketing. The beacon pushes business promotions to customer devices that pass through the app. The app also enables promotions and links. The app also includes in-depth promotional analytics. The app also automatically sends a ‘happy birthday message’ to company customers,” Cahill said.
Apply now for a Morris County Small Business Grant!
The Morris County Small Grants Program was the brainchild of Morris County Commissioners, as they developed a unique use of funds provided to the county through the American Rescue Plan Act. Federal guidelines only allow Morris County to apply the dollars to pandemic-related expenses incurred during and after March 2021.
There are NO FEES to apply.
Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly what expenses are eligible for coverage and what claims can be approved. Grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs that they believe may be eligible for the grant.
Top right: Cahill on the podium explaining how his MORRIS NOW app works. With him (lr) were Commissioners Krickus, Mastrangelo and Shaw.
Top Left: Cahill and the Commissioners were joined in the announcement by (left) Parsippany Councilman Musella and Mayor Barberio, and far right, Parsippany Council President Michael dePierro and Vice -President Loretta Gragnani.
Center right: Cutting a celebratory cake at the event, along with Cahill was former MP BettyLou DeCroce, a local small business owner.
Bottom left: The Parsippany Region Chamber and other businessmen joined the event.