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Small Business Week: A look at how some companies are surviving and thriving

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Small businesses dominate the New Jersey economy. Listed here, we profile success stories of bakers, brewers, entrepreneurs and more throughout the state.

Zahra Amanpour of Indiegrove: “I started seeing co-working becoming a wonderful solution for entrepreneurs all over New York City and around the world. I was thinking, 'We need one of these here.' ”

THE ENTREPRENEUR: (Indiegrove—Jersey City)
Indiegrove is a space where start-ups can grow and prosper together

Rhythmedix  leaders: (l to r) Joseph DeAngelo, Edward Niewiadomski and Brian Pike: “Because of our technology, we will extend the continuation of care beyond the hospital.”

THE LIFESAVERS: (Rhythmedix—Mount Laurel)
Rhythmedix feels its wireless device is a breakthrough in cardiac monitoring

Papa Ganache owner Lisa Siroti: “I'm a foodie — our  biscotti is as good as you're going to get.”

THE BAKER: (Papa Ganache—Matawan)
At Papa Ganache, good (vegan) food is just half of a great story

Rich St. Maur is the managing member of Coordinated Project Solutions: “This problem (care for Alzheimer's patients) is huge.”

CPS is creating a new model of care for those suffering with Alzheimer's

River Horse Brewing Company owner Chris Walsh: “We want to be at every bachelor party, every barbecue, every bar mitzvah, every christening.”

THE BREWER: (River Horse Brewing Company—Ewing)
River Horse Brewing out to prove you can make and sell beer in New Jersey

Cravings creator Marisa Blackwell: “You have to be able to meet the needs or the requirements of people's diets.”

THE CATERER: (Cravings—Newark)
Cravings handles the appetites of big companies and corporate events

Pinnacle Freight owner Michael Ravallo: “We're a mom-and-pop-type shop and we like it that way.

THE SHIPPER: (Pinnacle Freight Systems—Edison)
Pinnacle finding big success by doing little things that make a difference

SEMGeeks president Chris Delany: “There's a ton of hype in this business — it's our job to provide our clients direction.”

SEMGeeks integrated digital marketing agency is proving to be a hit show

THE FINAL CHAPTER: (Designer Sign Systems—Carlstadt)
Q&A—Designer Sign Systems' Judith Barbieri is a study on a how to sell your business

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