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With the distraction of the gubernatorial and legislative elections out of the way, a primary focus of this year’s legislative agenda will undoubtedly be on growing New Jersey’s economy. What legislation is needed to spur private sector job growth and private investment? How will the budget battle end with revenue projections falling short?
Guest speakers: Sen. Oroho, Asm. Johnson and Asm. Bucco.
The EBC Roundtable meets the last Wednesday of every other month to discuss relevant environmental issues, regulatory changes and new developments that may impact our members provided by our sub-committees which focus on: Regulatory Affairs, Brownfields & Site Remediation, Natural Resource Damages, Water, Air, Environmental Technology, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations.
As the line between our personal and business lives continues to blur and employees increasingly use their personal devices for work, employers must understand the numerous legal implications involved and develop appropriate policies and practices. Join us as our experts address:
-Litigation - Issues of Workplace Privacy - Information Security - Wage and Hour Issues - OSHA Compliance - Records Management
Men and women run for elected office for a variety of reasons. While some are motivated by a singular issue that is critical to them, once elected they are obliged to accept the responsibility of working with one another on a wide range of issues that improve the quality of life for their constituents.
This is especially true of statewide office holders. Among the core issues in New Jersey is the responsibility to enhance our state’s business climate to make it more attractive to companies who can choose where they have facilities and employees.
Essentially that means creating a climate in which there is a reasonable expectation that a business will be able to earn a profit, and ultimately, “choose New Jersey.” Over the last four years, a serious focus has been placed on that goal and significant progress has been made.
There is always an underlying struggle between political parties to advance their vision of how to make the world a better place. Make no mistake, elections do have consequences, and the party that is in the majority has considerable sway over the agenda and the range of issues that are introduced and ultimately voted upon.
Too often, improving the state’s business climate gets lost, as does the need to create new jobs. The proof is undeniable. Rutgers economist Joseph Seneca has reported that from 2001 to 2010, New Jersey experienced a net loss of 156,100 private sector jobs. But New Jersey doesn’t have to accept this troubling legacy.
In recent years, we have witnessed a complete “aboutface” with New Jersey adding 143,000 private sector jobs for the period February 2010 to August 2013. People are once again “choosing New Jersey.” There are myriad examples, large and small, of businesses either starting or expanding their business here. In addition, this year the NFL selected New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII (see page 10).
Members of both parties can take credit for the progress that has occurred in New Jersey over the last four years, but much more needs to be done. Our elected leaders—both the Christie administration and the Democrat-controlled legislature—need to refocus on governing and limit the distractions of partisan politics. With a mixed government, Democrats and Republicans must cooperate and be willing to engage one another on specific issues, if anything positive is going to take place.
Broadly, fewer taxes and fees, less regulation and policies that support free enterprise are the ticket to bipartisan success. Small businesses create the majority of new jobs, and helping this sector thrive is a key piece of the equation that will set New Jersey on the right course for its financial future.
The challenge is clear: if New Jersey won’t do what’s necessary to attract new businesses and keep the companies that are already located here, other states will. From incentives to outreach from agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, every step in the right direction—each business-friendly decision—will pay off in the form of jobs and ratables for the state’s municipalities.
The business community is an economic engine, but it is also a vital source of philanthropy. That’s why this year’s Chairman’s Reception on March 6, 2014 (see page 86) honors “companies that care.” The good works of 33 companies are showcased in this issue and will be recognized at the event for making important contributions to people in need, worthy charitable causes and communities still recovering from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
In his book Liar’s Poker, author Michael Lewis writes that, “in America, the greedy don’t get what they deserve. They get rich.” But there is another side to the pursuit of wealth that allows successful companies and entrepreneurs to give back to the communities where they do business. In COMMERCE, we celebrate the generosity of New Jersey’s businesses, “because caring works.”
To view the complete February issue of COMMERCE Magazine, click here.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
The mission of the Legislative Roundtable is to provide a forum where business executives can meet with state and federal lawmakers to discuss the latest issues affecting commerce.
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
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
The Technology 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.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released the 2014 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This sets a factual baseline for the state of clean energy industries in the United States. Also useful is this infographic and brochure, highlighting the findings of the Factbook.
Don’t miss the Passaic County Veterans Job Fair – 1 PAL Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 on March 22, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm sponsored by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and in cooperation with Wayne Police Athletic League, Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano and Town Council, US Department of Veterans Affairs, NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation, and Passaic County Veterans Services.
The Provident Bank and its wealth management subsidiary Beacon Trust Company recently participated in National Go Red For Women® Day. Employees were encouraged to wear jeans and something red for the day and donate $5 to support the cause. Registered nurses from Raritan Bay Medical Center were on site at three bank locations to provide blood pressure screenings, demonstrate Hands-Only™ CPR and distribute heart healthy information.
The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce released a comprehensive report on the latest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage data for New Jersey. This report offers a general overview of the New Jersey labor market and breaks down employment in key industry sectors highlighting interesting aspects of each in a concise user friendly way. Here is the link to this report: NJ Labor and Wage Data.
Earlier this week, the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), the agency responsible for monitoring elections, campaigns and political contributions, released a report on the amount of money spent in 2013 on lobbying. More than $60 million was spent on political activity, exceeding 2012 by $2 million. Hospitals led the way with more than $4.5 million followed by labor unions at $4.3 million. The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) led all special interest groups with more than $3.3 million on lobbying. To view the report see here.