Opening a Business in Madison

From its rose growing days in the early 1900's to today, Madison has been a fertile ground for the growth and development of hundreds of successful businesses. Our residents appreciate the sense of community and service provided in our downtown.
Our competitive advantages include:
  • A supportive community including residents, corporate and governing body.
  • Excellent demographic - Morris County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.  
  • Prime access to NYC via NJ Transit's Midtown Direct line and just 16 miles to Newark Liberty International Airport. 
  • A strong local "Shop Madison" campaign.
  • An effective and active Chamber of Commerce that supports local businesses. Interested in joining? Contact Executive Director Karen Giambra at info@madisonnjchamber.org.
  • Major corporations in Madison including - Quest Diagnostics, Pfizer Consumer Healtchcare, Realogy, and Merck Animal Health.
  • Madison has excellent national and statewide brands and businesses including -:Whole Foods Market, Madison Honda, Staples, Stop & Shop, Morris County Jaguar, The Pink Bungalow, and Gary's Wine & Marketplace.
  • Home to many longtime local gems including - Madison PhotoPlus, Suburban Shoe Shop,Alfred's Sport Shop, Short Stories Community Book Hub, Bar Method, Studio Allegro and so many more.
    • Shanghai Jazz (voted a top 100 Jazz Club in the world by Downbeat Magazine)
    • Salvatore Minardi Salon (voted #1 in New Jersey by Elle Magazine)
    • Studio Yoga (one of the finest and most well known yoga studios in New Jersey)
    • McCool's Ice Cream (voted best Milk Shake in New Jersey 4 years in a row)
    • Redux and Slamwich Scratch Kitchen (recognized in the February 2016 edition of NewJersey Monthly Magazine as two of the 30 Best New Restaurants in the state)
  • These bright newcomers have opened in Madison since January of 2015 - Lashz, Hilltop Bicycle, Flies & Honey Hair Studio, Celtic Golf, Mind Your Body, Healthy Italia, Sugar Rush, The Music Center, Academic Journeys, Luxe Lash &Beauty Bar,and restaurants, Osteria Trevi, Marie's Italian Specialties & Seafood, Eatalian Bistro, Grillera - Mediterranean Cuisine, and restaurant/bowling alley/event venue, STRYXE.
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Please contact us if you have any questions or need any additional information:

Jim Burnet
Assistant Administrator and Acting Chief Financial
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or

Lisa Ellis
Program Director - Madison Downtown Development Commission
office: 973-593-3042 ext. 3101
cell: 201-400-2349 (talk or text)
ddc@rosenet.org