Minding Our Business Receives Support from Investors Bank Foundation

Investors MOB check presentation

photo credit: Don Addison

$2,500 grant to support Summer Program for Low-Income Middle Schoolers, held at Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ – April 10, 2014 –  Celebrating its first year as an independent 501(c)3 organization, nonprofit Minding Our Business (MOB) has received valuable financial support from Investors Bank Foundation. MOB will apply the $2,500 grant toward its summer program for low-income middle school students.

To be held on the campus of Rider University from June 25-August 31, the Minding Our Business Summer Program: A Bridge to the Future for Mercer County Low-Income Youth, is an intensive two-week program providing 35 low-income middle school students with entrepreneurship training, motivation and mentoring at Rider University each summer. It also provides reading and math assistance to help facilitate student transitions from middle school to high school.

At a check presentation ceremony at the Rider University School of Business on Thursday, April 3, Investors Bank Vice President and Senior Market Manager Linda Martin stated, “Having merged with Roma Bank in December 2013, Investors Bank is proud to increase both its business and philanthropy in Mercer County. We support the efforts of hardworking nonprofit organizations that help people in the communities we serve.” Martin indicated that the Foundation was particularly impressed by MOB’s efforts to provide inner-city students with education regarding fiscal management, budgeting and business planning.

MOB Executive Director Kevin Wortham said, “MOB would, and could, not exist without donations such as this one from Investors Bank Foundation. The work we do with low-income youth contributes to the futures of not only these students, but to the overall Trenton and Mercer County communities. In addition to entrepreneurship, Minding Our Business encourages students to pursue their dreams, and, in a very hands-on way, emphasizes the power of motivation responsibility, education and hard work.”

About Minding Our Business

Minding Our Business, Inc. (MOB) is a new independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that had operated for more than 16 years as a community outreach program of Rider University’s College of Business Administration. With a mission to change the lives of low income youth and adults and their communities through entrepreneurship, it is committed to helping urban students identify and work toward their dreams.

MOB has trained and mentored more than 3,000 Trenton students in starting and running their own businesses since 1997. MOB currently operates a variety of after school and summer educational and mentoring programs focused on entrepreneurship and experiential learning. Each MOB program emphasizes business training, as well as math, reading, communication and life skills.

For further information about Minding Our Business, and/or to donate to support its efforts, please visit  minding-our-business.com or call Executive Director Kevin Wortham at 609-731-9311.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With more than $15.6 billion in assets and a network of over 125 retail branches in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ consumer banking services include complete deposit products, online banking, home equity loans and lines of credit and a full array of mortgage loans.

Serving the business community, Investors provides deposit accounts, cash management services, business loans and lines of credit, and commercial real estate financing solutions to small and middle market companies, professional services firms, municipalities and other businesses. Investors Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.