Woodbridge has enjoyed a lucrative economy since its early days, with a focus primarily in agricultural business. With the region’s fine clay deposits, it did not take long for the brick manufacturing business to surpass that of farming. While the detection of fine clay deposits proved to be a successful venture, initially bringing big industry to the township, many other businesses were drawn to the area, making today’s economy as diverse as ever. Now, Woodbridge is home to top industries of healthcare, education, professional services, retail trade, social services, waste management services and many others.
Acclaimed businesses, such as Siemens Corporation, Prudential, Bayshore Recycling, FedEx Ground and Hess, have established commerce in Woodbridge. The attraction of businesses such as these is due to Woodbridge’s ever-prospering economic sector, its strategic location among major markets and transportation routes and the availability of organizations for unsurpassed commerce support.
Positioned at the crossroads of the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, and in close proximity to busy Newark Liberty International Airport, industrial rail lines and additional highways, Woodbridge is afforded quick access to the bustling markets of New York and Philadelphia. The area’s great transportation network makes it easy for businesses to reach the consumer market efficiently and effectively. The proximity to several international airports, intercontinental railroads, a strategic port and a superb network of interstate highways enable our community to take its place among the best places to do business and a great place for business and industry to locate or expand.
Aiding the township’s already business-friendly environment are organizations dedicated to the well being of local commerce. Working to attract new businesses, as well as support the area’s already established businesses, the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) has designed a number of programs to create successful ventures for area entities.
For more than 48 years, the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce has been a significant part of the business community. Boasting a membership of more than 450 businesses, the Chamber has given Woodbridge companies endless opportunities for growth through networking events, educational programs, affordable advertising, member-to-member discounts and referrals – not to mention the organization’s legislative influence, which ensures that each business’ voice is heard on the political forum. www.woodbridgechamber.com
The Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is actively working to bring together the public and private sector to oversee our area’s workforce development activities. www.co.middlesex.nj.us/employment
Small businesses, whether established or just starting up, have an excellent avenue through the College of New Jersey Small Business Development Center. Counseling over 600 businesses and training around 2,000 each year, the SBDC is important to small businesses in the community. The organization offers free management and technical assistance through one-on-one and/or group consultations, informational seminars and interactive workshops. www.tcnj.edu/-sbdc
Additionally, the state of New Jersey provides a full range of programming for businesses in Woodbridge through the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission. Businesses can access departments specializing in Business Retention and Expansion, Business Attraction and Real Estate Services and Sustainable Business – to name a few. www.state.nj.us/commerce
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