What we do and why we do it.

The Business Development Center was established to support economic development and encourage local business growth within the Asbury Park community. We are dedicated to entrepreneurs looking to grow their current businesses or start new ones. We offer a full spectrum of business support services and access to low-cost office space in our business incubator facility.

Our Services

Specifically, the Business Development Center offers a combination of business support services and incubator facilities through:

 

WORKSHOPS

 

  • Current business-related topics
  • Conducted by industry experts
  • In-person and online sessions available

 

MENTORING

 

  • Free mentoring services
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Access to financing resources

 

OFFICE SPACE

 

  • Low-cost office space rentals
  • Wireless internet included
  • Connections to our broad business network

Our Founder

 

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community benefit corporation that founded and manages the Business Development Center located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The agency has long been focused on community development, neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing and nutrition programs.

 

Our Sponsors

 

The Mary Owen Borden Foundation

The Mary Owen Borden Foundation was founded by Bertram H. Borden in June of 1934 to honor his recently departed wife. This Foundation provided start-up funding for, and continues to support the work of, the Interfaith Neighbors Business Development Center. The primary focus of the Foundation’s current philanthropic giving is to address the needs of disadvantaged youth and their families in Monmouth and Mercer Counties.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program

The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC) offers corporations with a NJ business tax obligation a 100 percent tax credit for funds provided to nonprofit entities carrying out comprehensive revitalization plans approved by the NJ Department of Community Affairs. Corporations that have invested in Interfaith Neighbors’ DCA-approved Asbury Park West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Plan are:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas Company
  • Jersey Central Power and Light
  • PNC Bank
  • Selective Insurance Companies
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

 

PNC Bank

PNC Bank has been a long-term sponsor and advocate for Interfaith Neighbors Business Development Center. PNC Bank has been committed to individual customers, small businesses, corporations and communities for over 160 years, providing financial expertise and resources necessary for financial success.

 

Our Team

Meet the Business Development Center team, ready to provide support for your business.

Roger Boyce

Roger Boyce is the Director and Founder of the Business Development Center. His experience as a high-tech serial entrepreneur guides entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses. Additionally, he has established several social enterprises where he uses entrepreneurial principles to solve social problems. Roger also teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology. Check out his blog, The Early Thinking. Contact him at rogerb@interfaithneighbors.org

Heather Schulze

Heather Schulze is the Community and Youth Outreach Coordinator. She is the facilities manager for the Springwood Center including the business incubator space. She takes an active role in community meetings, events and neighborhood groups. Heather is currently serving as co-chair of the Youth Employment committee of the Asbury Park Community Development Initiative and is a founding member of the newly formed Asbury Park Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Contact her at heathers@interfaithneighbors.org

Gillian Edgar

Gillian is the Business Development Center Associate. She supports the Business Development Centers client companies, business mentoring activities, and joint programming and events for the Kula Café and Kula Urban Farm. Contact her at gilliane@interfaithneighbors.org