MORRIS COUNTY — A new free app for Morris County small businesses was officially launched in Parsippany Township today by Zoomus Marketing, which was awarded a $15,000 grant through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program.
“After much research, today I am releasing a new app available on Google Play and Apple Store called MAURICE 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 application from Google Play or Apple Store absolutely free of charge,” he added.
The announcement was made during a press conference at the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce office at 90 East Halsey Road. Among those in attendance were members of the Morris County Board of Commissioners, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Jamie Barberio, Council President Michael De Pierro, Vice President Loretta Gragnani and Council Member Justin Musella.
Mayor Barberio praised Cahill for the creation Morris now app, noting that Cahill has dedicated himself to improving business in Parsippany in his other roles as publisher of the Parsippany Focus and Morris Focus, a member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board 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 Zoomus and Cahill have been awarded $15,000 through the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, which is designed to help small businesses that still affected by the pandemic, cover certain expenses incurred after March 3, 2022.
“I’m a small businessman, so I’ve seen firsthand what small businesses face,” said Commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo. “One thing about these grants, and I’ve talked to some of the small businesses in my town that have received them, it’s given them hope and it’s given 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 launching 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 developers MAURICE NOW addition
The MAURICE NOW apps, shopping, local events, local news, weather, neighborhood chats and local classifieds all 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.
Click here to learn more about Morris Now.
Apply now for a Morris County Small Business Grant by clicking here. We remind you that the deadline is September 30.
The Morris County Small Grants Program was the brainchild of the Morris County Commissioners as they developed a unique way to use funds provided to the county through the USA Rescue Plan Act. Federal rules allow only 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.