Trenton, New Jersey

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Trenton is a city located in the northwestern portion of the present-day U.S. state of New Jersey.  Prior to invasions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by the Algonquian-speaking Native American Acquackanonk tribe of the Lenape, who have often been referred to as the Delaware peoples.  As for this area specifically, the first Europeans to permanently settle in the region were English Quakers in 1679, when the region was referred to as the Falls of the Delaware.  The city of Trenton, New Jersey was first established in 1719, when it adopted the name ‘Trent-towne,’ after William Trent, who was one “of its leading landholders who purchased much of its land.”  Eventually, the town name was shortened to ‘Trenton.’  The city of Trenton, New Jersey was then officially incorporated on November 13th, 1792.  For a time, the city of Trenton, New Jersey served as the capital of the entire United States.  Today, though, it serves as the capital of the state of New Jersey.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Trenton, New Jersey has a total population of 84,056 people.  This makes it the 10th most populous city in the entire state of New Jersey.

Historically, during the late 19th century and early 20th century, the city of Trenton, New Jersey was known as a major manufacturing center.  In fact, even today, along the Lower Trenton Bridge, a slogan depicts the local attitude at the time: “Trenton Makes, The World Takes.”  The city of Trenton, New Jersey adopted this slogan all the way back in 1917 in order to “represent the city’s then-leading role as a major manufacturing center for rubber, wire rope, ceramics, and cigars.”

Now, however, in these days of industrial decline, Trenton, New Jersey is perhaps best known for its role as the capital of the U.S. state of New Jersey.  In fact, the state of New Jersey is the city of Trenton, New Jersey’s largest employer, with 20,000 locals working for its various apparatuses in the area.  Among these apparatuses is the New Jersey State House.  The New Jersey State House, which was originally constructed by Jonathan Doane in 1792, is the third-oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States.  Other buildings and other sites of note in and around the Trenton, New Jersey area include, but are certainly not limited to, the New Jersey State Museum, The New Jersey State Library, Trenton War Memorial, Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton City Hall, William Trent House, Cadwalader Park, and three sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places: Adams and Sickles Building, Friends Burying Ground, and Trenton Friends Meeting House.

The city of Trenton, New Jersey is home to one professional sporting franchise of note.  Baseball’s Eastern League’s Trenton Thunder play their home games at Arm & Hammer Park.  Established in 1994, Trenton Thunder are a minor-league affiliate of MLB’s New York Yankees.  The Trenton Thunder have three championships to their name.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Trenton, New Jersey area?  Have you ever considered the opportunity to become such an entrepreneurial pioneer?  Well, in that case, you need look no further!  Below, we have provided potential entrepreneurs such as yourself with several helpful small business resources:

Apply for a Business License in Trenton, New Jersey:

Division of Economic Development | Trenton, New Jersey:

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce:

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