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The Newark Experience

Businesses in Newark

Data Axle Reference Solutions
Search the "US Businesses" database for directory information on businesses currently located in Newark. Rutgers-restricted Access
Newark's Largest Businesses Ranked by Number of NJ Employees
njbiz. December 30, 2013.
Newark's Local Business Directory
Search by kind of business and location.

Economic and Business Statistics

QuickFacts: Newark City, New Jersey
Basic demographic, economic, and business statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
2017 Annual Business Survey: Newark, N.J.
Tables and Maps
Newark-Union, NJ-PA: Economy at a Glance
Monthly statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

See also the "Employment and Economic Health" section of the Newark By the Numbers guide.


Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Institutional Logics, and Informality: A Study of Entrepreneurs and Urban Entrepreneurship Policy in Newark, New Jersey
Lutisha S. Vickerie. (Ph.D. Thesis) Rutgers University--Newark, 2018.
"This qualitative study profiles the way immigrant entrepreneurs from African and Caribbean countries navigate a different institutional environment than their home country."
Urban food entrepreneurship, governance, and economic development in the post-industrial cities of Newark, New Jersey and Dayton, Ohio
John C. Jones. (Ph.D Thesis) New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2018.
"This dissertation documents urban food entrepreneurship in the post-industrial communities of greater Newark, New Jersey and greater Dayton, Ohio. The dissertation examines both: a) the characteristics of existing enterprises; and b) the network of laws, policies, regulations, and incentives that affect them."
Luso-American Communities in Newark: Entrepreneurial Initiative and Self-Employment
Miguel Filipe Barbosa Machado. (Thesis). Universidade do Porto, 2021.
"The purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to the enrichment of the available body of literature on immigrant entrepreneurship and self-employment initiatives in Portuguese communities overseas, focusing on the specific case of Luso-American communities in Newark, New Jersey, in the United States. This is achieved by means of an exploratory case study based on a sample of eight semi-structured interviews the subjects of which were all either self-starting entrepreneurs or self-employed individuals born in Portugal and who emigrated to the U.S., mostly in the late 1960s and in the 1970s and 80s."

Women in the Labor Force

Women's Labor in the Global City
Carmen-Laura Lovin. (Ph.D Thesis), Rutgers University New Brunswick, 2014.
"This dissertation explores depictions of working women in three transnational urban spaces, Sibiu (Romania), Berlin (Germany) and Newark (New Jersey, USA)." Available?

Metro Newark!

The publications of the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce (and the earlier Newark Association of Commerce and Industry) highlighted Newark programs and events; included features on prominent Newarkers and Newark (and North Jersey) institutions; and included a lot of local advertising.

Newark Commerce
Newark, N.J., Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, 1956-1967. Available?
Newark, N.J., Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, 1967-1975. Available?
Metro Newark!
Newark, N.J., Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, 1975-1987. Available?
Metro Newark!
June/July 1980 issue.

Archival Collections

Newark Business Collection (1807-2005)
Newark Public Library collection. Pamphlets, catalogues, business cards, ink blotters, and other printed material related to the promotion and history of various Newark businesses.
Business and Industrial Coordinating Council (BICC) Collection
Established in 1963, the Council was formed to address issues of employment inequities. The collection, which includes reports, minutes, training manuals, and budgets, has been digitized by the Newark Public Library.
"Newark at Work" Research Materials (ca. 1936-1942)
Part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) New Jersey Writers' Project Historical Records Survey, the collection consists of extensive research materials, including typed extracts from many publications as well as original interviews carried out by project staff. The firms visited range from those with a handful of workers to those with hundreds of employees. New Jersey State Archives.


Newark, N.J. Bongiorno Productions, 2021.
Documentary that "presents the history of Rust Belt poverty, detailing industrialization and deindustrialization, racism and mass incarceration, using the city of Newark, NJ as a microcosm. It explores solutions to inner city poverty through the voices of scholars, economists, physicians, activists, and the community." Rutgers-restricted Access

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