The New York Jets and M&T Bank named Just Jersey the winner of the second annual Small Business Showcase. Just Jersey will receive sponsorship assets worth $100,000 with the New York Jets for the 2019 football season.
"We are very happy to announce Just Jersey as the winner of the Jets and M&T Small Business Showcase," said New York Jets President Neil Glat. "In partnership with M&T Bank, this program provides a great opportunity to support our community and the local, small businesses within it. The Jets gladly welcome Just Jersey into our family, and we are thrilled to work with them throughout the 2019 season."
The 2019 sponsorship assets will include stadium signage for all Jets home games, commercial units in Jets gameday radio broadcasts on 98.7 ESPN, an opportunity to have an on-site presence at Jets Training Camp presented by M&T Bank as well as an on-site presence at a Jets home game.
Located in Morristown, New Jersey, Just Jersey's mission is to boost the local economy by offering beautiful, functional and handcrafted goods made locally by Garden State artists, designers and other small businesses.
Following the application process, which saw over 200 applicants, five small business finalists were invited to attend a Pitch Night at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Monday, July 22nd, where each small business had the opportunity to present to a panel of Jets and M&T Bank executives for final consideration.
"Small businesses not only play a vital role in their local communities but our country's economy as a whole," says Giuseppe Mastroeli, Group Vice President of Business Banking at M&T Bank. "At M&T, we understand the importance of supporting small businesses and promoting economic health in the areas we serve. Our partnership with the New York Jets allows us to do just that in Greater New Jersey and beyond. We join the Jets in congratulating Just Jersey and all of this year's finalists for their inspiring entrepreneurial skills and passion for their businesses."
All eligible entries received during the submission period were judged on the following criteria: Completion of application, depth of community involvement, worthiness of business and brand, business and sponsorship category "fit" to partner with the New York Jets and M&T Bank.