Posted on August 12, 2022
Creator receives $15,000 as Morris County grant program surpasses 600 approvals
Morris County’s new free app for small businesses was officially launched in Parsippany Township today from Zoomus Marketing, who simultaneously received Fr A $15,000 grant from the Morris County Small Business Grant Program.
“After much research, today I am releasing a new app available on Google Play and the Apple Store called MORRIS NOW,” said Frank Cahill, owner of Zoomus. “MAURICE NOW connects local businesses in Morris County with more than 500,000 residents. Residents can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store absolutely free,” he added.
The announcement was made during a news conference at the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce office off Halsey Road. In attendance were members of the Morris County Board of Commissioners, Parsippany Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael De Pierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani and Council Member Justin Musella.
A large hair salon praised Cahill for creating The Morris Now appnoting that Cahill has dedicated himself to improving business in Parsippany through his other roles as publisher of the Parsippany Focus and Morris Focus, a member of the executive board of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Parsippany Economic Development Advisory Committee.
“I’m so glad I got to know Frank because when I tell you he’s really committed to the economic development of Parsippany, he really is, and this is a great example of that. Thank you for your commitment to Parsippany,” the mayor said.
Morris County Deputy Commissioner John Krikus and Commissioners Thomas Mastrangelo and Steven Shaw announced simultaneously that Zumus and Cahill qualified for $15,000 through the Morris County Small Business Grant Programwhich is designed to help small businesses still affected by the pandemic to cover specific costs incurred after March 3, 2022.
“I’m a small businessman, so I’ve seen firsthand what small businesses face,” he said Commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo. “That’s one thing grants and I talked to some of the small businesses in my town that got them, it gave them hope and it gave them a sense to go out and compete a little bit. Part of what these grants have done is put a little more fuel in their engines, it’s given them a shot and helped them not quit.”
Deputy Director Krikus noted that the program has already approved more than 600 grant applications submitted by small businesses and non-profit organizations.
“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 expand,” Krikus said.
“This has been a huge advantage for our business,” added Commissioner Shaw, urging more companies to apply quickly. “Out of our total fund of $10 million, we’re down 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. Bhagirath Maheta and Ed Ramirez, Director of Business Resources for the Morris County Economic Development Corporation, also spoke at the event, praising the small grants program and Cahill’s vision in development of the MORRIS NOW program.
The MORRIS NOW app brings together shopping, local events, local news, weather, neighborhood chats and local classifieds in one place. Local businesses can use it to advertise deals and special offers.
“Send messages directly to customers. Powerful Bluetooth contactless marketing. Beacon sends company promotions to passing client devices using the app. The app also allows ads and links. The app also includes detailed advertising analytics. The app also automatically sends ‘happy birthday messages’ to enterprise customers,” Cahill said.
Learn more about MORRIS NOW
Apply now for a Morris County Small Business Grant!
Morris County Small Grants Program was the brainchild of Morris County commissioners as they devised a unique way to use funds provided to the county through the USA Rescue Plan Act. Federal rules only allow Morris County to apply the dollars to pandemic-related expenses incurred during and after March 2021.
The application is FREE.
Federal guidelines for the grant program will determine exactly what costs are covered and what applications can be approved. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit applications that include all expenses they believe may qualify for a grant.
Top right: Cahill on the podium explaining how his MORRIS NOW program works. With him (left) were Commissioners Cricus, Mastrangelo and Shaw.
Above left: Parsippany Councilman Musella and Mayor Barberio joined (left) Parsippany Council President Michael DePierro and Vice President Loretta Gragnani, right, for the announcement.
Center right: Former MP BettyLou DeCross, a local small business owner, cut the celebration cake at the event with Cahill.
Bottom left: The Parsippany Area Chamber and other business people joined the event.