Veterans Affairs

Scotch Plains Receives Designation as First Veteran Friendly Community in Union County

Scotch Plains Township became the first municipality in Union County to achieve 'Veteran-Friendly' status after passing a resolution complying with new standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce.  Jeff Cantor, a retired Army colonel and founder and CEO of the chamber presented the resolution to the Council at Tuesday evening's Council Business Meeting.   


The criteria to be designated Veteran-Friendly — helping to boost veteran-owned businesses — include:   

  • Proactively notify veteran-owned businesses registered with the state of New Jersey of each public bid opportunity
  • In the procurement of goods and services, making a good-faith effort to award 6% of the total contract dollars to Veteran Owned Business Enterprises
  • In the hiring of employees, making a good faith effort to achieve a hiring goal of a minimum of 5% veteran workforce
  • Establish a minimum of three Veteran-Only parking spots in municipally-owned parking lots 

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PSE&G Supplier Diversity Event on October 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 21st for the PSEG Supplier Diversity Fair 2020. Attendees will have the chance to meet PSEG leaders, supply chain staff members, PSEG prime suppliers and discuss opportunities to become a PSEG supplier.


A matchmaker session will also take place in which suppliers and contractors will receive an invitation based on the business opportunities available.


The virtual matchmaker session will be open to certified diverse businesses to support our identified sourcing opportunities, including:

· Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

· Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

· Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE)

· Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise(SDVBE)

· Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)

· Other Disadvantaged Business

· Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)


The event will offer opportunities to network and discuss potential supply opportunities. Those invited to the matchmaker session or interested in attending the fair can register on our registration portal designed by Eventdex.


The matchmaker segment is not a public event. This is an invitation only event to match suppliers to known sourcing opportunities. Complimentary Admittance REGISTER HERE - 


Questions? Please contact Marisol Ramirez, Supplier Diversity Manager at

Veterans Job Fair on Monday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newark, NJ


The event is designed to connect our veterans with the corporations that need them. We are proud to welcome some of the area’s largest employers, such as Port Authority of NY&NJ, Amazon, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Goodwill, Transform SR Home Improvements, and many more.


Our Job Fair is open to ALL veterans, their spouses and their adult children who want to find a new career or even change their current one. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible with the information provided below. Once you book your reservation, please wear professional attire, have a digital copy of your resume on hand, and prepare to possibly find the job of your dreams.


Special thanks to the Essex County Veterans Subcommittee for its work on behalf of veterans and our Veterans Job Fair. It’s just one way we can give back to the soldiers who have given so much to our country.


Veterans Job Fair RSVP to Samantha Washington at 973-645-3213 or 202-689-9076.


New Jersey Veterans Benefits Guide

Procurement Opportunities for Veterans

NJSVCC has been contacted by multiple organizations for procurement opportunities. If you are interested in any of the below opportunities, please send an email to for consideration.


1. Engineering - A companies looking to subcontract general civil engineering (structures, highway, drainage, traffic, geotechnical, CADD support, etc.), environmental, and field survey work.

2. Aluminum - A company is looking to subcontract the purchase of aluminum for signs (either in sheets or rolls, that would be .080 thickness)

3. Flags - A company is looking for a veteran vendor that sells American Flags to replace their current vendor


If you are interested, please email the veterans chamber at with the following information: 

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • A description of what your company does
  • Certification (VOB, SDVOB, SBE, MBE, WBE)

* Which Procurement Opportunity you are interested in?

Keeping you informed is part of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMAVA) continuing outreach efforts. Through extensive research and preparation, NJDMAVA has assembled valuable material into this edition of the Veterans Benefits Guide.  Many New Jersey Veterans are unaware of the numerous federal and state program benefits, entitlements and services they have earned in defense of this great nation. 


For more information about the program visit  


Earlier this year Scotch Plains Township became the first municipality in Union County to achieve 'Veteran-Friendly' status after passing a resolution complying with new standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce.


MWBE Certifications in New Jersey

The Department of the Treasury recently proposed updated rules governing how businesses can be designated as Minority or Women Owned Businesses (MWBE) by the State of New Jersey. The Department seeks public input on these proposed rules, which seek to clarify eligibility requirements & procedures for certification; establish reciprocity with other certifications entities, including other states and the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification; and creates processes for challenging a denial as well as an individual application submitted.


The 60-day public comment window ends on October 16, 2020. Individuals wishing to comment are encouraged to submit comments electronically; via email to; or via mail to: Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Assistant Treasurer, 225 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295.

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