Impact Stories

In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Helping Small Businesses Re-Open

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Realtime connection leverages the power of Newark People’s Assembly in assisting a small business owner to successfully re-open by facilitating access to appropriate municipal staff when the state mandated Covid-19 lockdown was lifted. 


“Communities in Conversation give small entrepreneurial businesses a chance to make connections that yield big changes.”

– Lisa Charles, Author & CEO, Embrace Your Fitness, LLC (Newark)

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