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Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance exists to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Greater Newark, NJ. We’re here to help communities and independent businesses connect and thrive.


Connecting locally owned businesses with customers, resources and each other.

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Join a community with

42 Local Economy Fellows

reaching 34,000+ businesses and more than 1 million people through their work


Serving low income and underserved communities

32 Local Economy Investors

including 12 community foundations with more than $2 billion in investment assets

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Women’s History Month ReMIXX event on March 23, 2016 presented by Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance in celebration of Diversity in our community. Cosponsored by A Girl & Guy Thing and Off the Hanger Boutique.

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Membership Exclusives

As a Forward Ever member, you join thousands of localists working together to usher in a new economy that’s more inclusive, fair and just. We truly are better together.

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Your support makes the difference. Make a tax-deductible donation to support Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and its programs.

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With your support, we will create prosperity and a sustainable, local living economy here in the Newark and Essex County.

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Why Buy Locally Owned?

There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!

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Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance is the first urban affiliate of BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

We are a business alliance that connects small business entrepreneurs to the resources they need to INCREASE REVENUEATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS & GAIN ACCESS TO GREAT RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES.  

Our focus is to build a Greater Newark community by supporting and empowering LOCAL independent businesses and to create a BUY LOCAL precedence!

Now is the time to join forces to protect, foster, and strengthen the local businesses in our neighborhoods that give us a sense of place, ensure our diverse culture, and provide us with strong unique communities we are proud to call home.