Small businesses have faced extraordinary challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tremendous sacrifices businesses have made were necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19. Many were forced to temporarily close their doors, either by Executive Order or by reluctant choice.

These businesses bravely soldiered on while making efforts to support their communities even though their profits suffered. Others managed to not just survive, but thrive by pivoting, evolving, and adapting to their ever changing circumstances.

Our resilient small businesses need to be acknowledged and celebrated!

The Small Business Community Champions includes nominations by members of the community. Each community nomination features the business owner’s story of resiliency during the pandemic.

Use the map below to click on each municipality, or use the links in the navigation bar to check out our local champions.

To learn more about each featured business please click the logo to be redirected to the businesses’ website.

ElizabethMountainsideBerkeley Heights
Name of BusinessMunicipality
555 BarbershopElizabeth
Accent Printing SolutionsNew Providence 
Ace HardwareHillside 
All About PawsHillside 
Apple Blossom Flower ShopScotch Plains 
Arch Angels NJRahway 
Arkad CapitalPlainfield
Arthur Murray Dance CenterCranford
Atelier RosalRahway 
Badawang Art + Your Inner Tranquility Summit
Baker Tax & Accounting Services Linden
Batavia CafeSummit
Bella Rococo at Emilia’s Garwood
BISTRO 1051Clark 
Bovella’s Pastry Shop Mountainside
Bovella’s Pastry Shop Westfield
Brownie Points BakerySummit
Candy Mountain Day CareWinfield
Carolyn Dorfman DanceUnion 
Cesar-Kai Karate Academy LLCCranford
Club Kali Roselle Roselle
CMC Food LLCElizabeth
Conant Street Auto Service INCHillside 
Cranford’s BEST Kids LLCCranford
Crincoli Service CenterHillside 
Crow and the Coconut YogaUnion 
DiMaio’s CucinaBerkeley Heights
Don Ricky BakeryElizabeth
Elizabeth Education AssociationElizabeth
Especially YoursKenilworth
Flynn’s Pub HouseRahway 
Fresh & Pretty Plus Florist Hillside 
Gale Force Media (The Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains/Fanwood Times)Scotch Plains
Gale Force Media (The Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains/Fanwood Times)Westfield
Gale Force Media (The Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains/Fanwood Times)Fanwood
Ghos Rahway 
Girl Talk MeetupUnion 
Gladys Cleaning ServiceUnion 
Grilled Chicken PalaceHillside 
Herb’s DinerHillside 
Hillside Bagel & Deli Hillside 
Hollywood LaundromatHillside 
Hung’s Shanghai RestaurantScotch Plains 
I9sports Cranford
I9sports Hillside
I9sports Rahway
I9sports Roselle
I9sports Springfield
il Forno a LegnaRahway 
IRIS Environmental LaboratoriesUnion 
Jammed Up BakeryUnion 
Linda’s Creative GiftsNew Providence 
Little Hearts Big WorldFanwood
Lord’s BagelsHillside 
Lost & Found Tattoo StudioCranford
Max Challenge of New Providence | Union | SpringfieldNew Providence
Max Challenge of New Providence | Union | SpringfieldUnion 
Max Challenge of New Providence | Union | SpringfieldSpringfield
Melao Cafe & CreameryRahway 
My Gym New Providence | WestfieldNew Providence
My Gym New Providence | WestfieldWestfield 
Nancy’s TownhouseRahway 
Naomy Dominican Beauty SalonHillside 
Nolasco’s Convience Store Hillside 
Oh Brian’s On The GreenClark 
Ola CaféHillside 
One Stop Grad, Inc.Mountainside
Outta Hand PizzaWestfield
Pao de Mel Bakery Hillside 
Parker Interior PlantscapePlainfield
Pastrami & PicklesRoselle Park
Phil’s UnisexHillside 
Ponche SuizoPlainfield
ProSign Print ShopHillside 
Providence Bar & KitchenNew Providence
Pure Movement Dance CenterBerkeley Heights
Q+ Beauty Supply Hillside 
Queen City Coffee RoastersPlainfield
Rahway Community Action Organization Rahway 
Rahway Dance TheatreRahway 
Revive Salon & SpaHillside 
Rosie’s Wine BarGarwood
Royal Tuxedo WholesaleKenilworth
Serra RestaurantSummit
Sheavon BeautyRahway 
Sheelen’s CrossingFanwood
Shock Room Fitness Berkeley Heights
Sinai Bakery RestaurantRahway 
Sirius Sales Depot Rahway 
Sofia’s Italian RestaurantSpringfield
Soul BowlsScotch Plains 
StarRehabs IncPlainfield
Summit True Value Hardware Summit
Sweet NothingsSummit
TeliApp CorporationLinden
TG Beauty SupplyHillside 
The Academy Roselle
The Coffee BoxRahway 
The Greek StoreKenilworth
The Juice HouseGarwood & New Providence 
The Lab RestaurantKenilworth
The Linwood TaphouseLinden
THE MAX Challenge of CranfordCranford
The Porch Hair SalonCranford
The UPS Store of SummitSummit
Travel Skate ShopRahway 
Two Ton Brewing Kenilworth
YK Salon New ProvidenceNew Providence 
Zappia’s Deli Summit