Innovation and Mentorship at This Year’s Next Level Conference


Last week, I participated in the eighth annual Next Level Conference, hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC). This incredible event is geared at helping Newark’s small-business owners innovate and grow their businesses.

IFEL is an organization that has proudly supported for several years (full disclosure: I have been invited to serve on their board), and we love to see the great work they are doing helping small business owners. This is, after all, part of what we try to do at

Anyone is welcome to join IFEL, and the NextLevel Conference is designed to benefit real businesses—operating businesses, from restaurant owners to small manufacturers, from retail store owners to construction companies. It is always amazing to see how a true startup begins and becomes a prosperous business, employing people in the community. It is especially amazing when you follow businesses that you have helped. This is what IFEL does.

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