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Business 2 Business Council

Through the Business to Business Council, CIANJ is seeking to provide opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to gain the contacts, knowledge, and information necessary to grow their businesses profitably. The B2B Council events will connect them to opportunities across New Jersey’s diverse business landscape.

Business Impact Group (BIG)

BIG has joined CIANJ and will be working with the Small Business Council to bring value to the small business sector within CIANJ and the New Jersey Small business community. BIG operates as a closed group within CIANJ similar to the CEO Roundtable providing an opportunity for its members to gain insights in a peer-to-peer atmosphere.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable provides a forum for chief executive officers or business owners to seek advice and share experiences. Participants freely discuss issues they confront daily, such as compensations, financing, dealing with family members, relocations, sale of a business and many of the topics.

Environmental Business Council

Since its inception, the EBC’s mission has been to recognize the important economic role the environmental industry plays within the state, to demonstrate that environmental issues are also business issues, and to teach the business and regulatory communities that environmental responsibility and economic growth are fundamentally related

Financial Decision Makers Roundtable

CIANJ’s Financial Decision Makers Roundtable is intended for senior executives in key financial positions within their firms, as well as CIANJ members and invited guests. The purpose of this roundtable is to share critical information related to financial decision making and to allow attendees to develop professional relationships with each other. CPE credits are offered.

Generation Now: A Young Professionals Or

Generation Now is a group of young professionals in alliance with one another for the purpose of education, networking and peer-to-peer exchange leading to personal and professional growth.

Healthcare Roundtable

CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable is a forum for professionals who work within a spectrum of related disciplines to interact with one another by discussing critical issues that affect healthcare, as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and develop relationships that enhance business

Human Resources Council

CIANJ’s Human Resource Roundtable is intended to advocate HR awareness by providing information and resources in various HR disciplines. It educates those responsible for HR in their organizations by sharing knowledge to solve common challenges. As an HRCI Approved Provider, attendees can earn continuing education credits toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR

Manufacturing Roundtable

The Manufacturing Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complimentary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect manufacturing, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Marketing Roundtable

Without a savvy marketing strategy, any product or service is doomed to failure. Industry leaders guide this roundtable as it helps businesses promote their brand, harness social media, and determine the best ways to identify new customers and clients

Real Property Roundtable

CIANJ’s Real Property Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect real property, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Technology For Business Roundtable

The Technology For Business Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect technology, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business.

Recent News

  • Record High in New Business Openings in NJ

    As sign of continued positive trends in our state’s economy, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced the number of new businesses that filed to start operations in New Jersey last year soared to a record 97,835, the highest level in Garden State history. The 2015 level is higher than 2014, when 94,898 new businesses were formed, and continues the upward momentum of new filings since the start of the Christie Administration in 2010 when there were 80,773 new filings, according to the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. "I am proud to announce that 2015 was a record year for business growth in New Jersey," Guadagno said. "More than 97,000 new businesses filed to begin work in our state last year which marks the highest level in New Jersey history. To put this into perspective, this marks a 21 percent increase in business filings since we came into office six years ago. Our administration stands ready with new and innovative tools to help all these new companies and prospective employers grow, create jobs and offer more prosperous opportunities for New Jersyans." The increase in new business filings is consistent with recent positive trends in the New Jersey economy, according to James Fruscione, director of the state Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, which regulates business registrations through the state Department of the Treasury. “Calendar year 2016 filings continue the upward trend with 54,052 new filings so far this year,” Fruscione said. “Based on the 2015 filing patterns, we can project that new business filings will jump to 103,000 this year.” Another trend involves increased filings of Limited Liability Companies, which combine the tax and legal characteristics of a partnership and a corporation. So far in 2016, there have been 43,175 new LLC filings, representing 80% of all new filings, according to Fruscione. In 2015, LLCs represented 79% of new filings. By September, the Division plans to roll out a modernized business annual report and update service. The new service will allow business entities to file annual reports and registration information online as well as allow companies with revoked charters to file for reinstatement. Last summer, the Division introduced a new, online Business Formation service to streamline the process of forming a business in New Jersey. The service is mobile-friendly and automatically adjusts for the type of device employed by the end-user, including smart phones and tablets. Guadagno made the business filings announcement at Patella Woodworking in Passaic earlier this week.  This company provides premium-grade architectural and custom-made woodwork to clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Patella was previously based in Jersey City, then relocated to New York. After working with the state Business Action Center, the company chose to move back to New Jersey and purchased an 89,000 square-foot facility in Passaic – the former Hercules Chemical Company site – receiving a $10.3 million Grow NJ Award.  The project will create 70 jobs and will provide the state with a net benefit of $35.8 million over a period of 30 years.

  • Member News - WeiserMazars

    WeiserMazars, a leading accounting, tax and advisory services firm, recently completed its second annual Days of Service – a volunteer initiative that encourages employees to devote a full work day to assisting local service and not-for-profit agencies. More than 500 employees, including 68 partners, spent the day supporting non-profit programs in five states on June 1, 9, and 16. In New Jersey, volunteers helped to gather and sort food at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, and partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to throw a “Frozen” themed party for a young girl. “At WeiserMazars, we emphasize the importance of collaboration in everything we do at work. The Days of Service is an opportunity for us to bring the spirit of teamwork and helping others to the world outside of our offices, all while supporting our local communities,” said Kenneth R. Pogrob, leading Partner of the “We Are WeiserMazars” program. Click the link below to read the full press release:

  • Member News - HackensackUMC

    The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC would like to congratulate the 2016 Alice and Marvin Gottlieb Summer Scholars and 2016 Summer Volunteers in Pediatric Clinical Research.  The Summer Scholars Program allows the students to explore various aspects of the health care profession while gaining first-hand knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of clinical team members, administrative personnel, support services, and the latest technological advances in the delivery of health care services. The Summer Volunteer Pediatric Clinical Research Program offers pre-medical students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related to their specific sub-specialty. The students worked in: Neonatal Intensive Care, Bone Marrow Transplant, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Intensive Care, Endocrinology, Rheumatology and Developmental Pediatrics.

  • Member News - is pleased to announce that it has franchised its New Providence site to Bobbie Peer, owner and publisher of TAPinto Berkeley Heights and TAPinto Mountainside. Peer has been the owner and editor of TAPinto Berkeley Heights since 2013. Her enthusiasm for community involvement has driven her passion for TAPinto as the source of news on which residents can rely. Since leaving her insurance brokerage career in New York to raise her four children, Bobbie has remained active in her community by joining organizations that focus on giving back. "Since leaving the corporate world to raise my family, I have enjoyed my involvement with volunteerism on all levels and giving back to the community. This community involvement is what led me to TAPinto, and the love of what I do with TAPinto has led me to expanding into Mountainside and now New Providence," Peer said. "What I enjoy most about TAPinto, is knowing that TAPinto is the quality source of objective news on which the citizens and leaders of our community can rely."

  • Member News - GZA GeoEnvironmental

    GZA, a leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, announces that Joseph Galley has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Fairfield, New Jersey office. A resident of Sparta, New Jersey, Galley has been with GZA since October of 2013 where he holds the title of Vice President; prior to joining the firm he was a Senior Project Manager with H2M Associates and previously served as President of TSA Environmental, Inc.  He began his career at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he rose to the rank of Assistant Bureau Chief before leaving for the private sector. Galley’s areas of specialization include environmental consulting and compliance, groundwater remediation and environmental permitting.  He is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager and is a New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional. Galley is a graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.