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Video View: Celebrity wine author & Biz4America Expert
George Taber on wine..
Jersey Wines Triumphant - French & Napa Vintages, Crushed
Garden State Wine Pride - Jersey Wines Crush French & Napa Vintages Again
Fashion expert Leanne Philip discovers what brides will be wearing this season - and what they are willing to pay for their special day
Biz4NJ: Harvest Celebration
Best Celebration of the Season - Biz4NJ treats its Circle of Experts to a congenial Business Feast.
Biz4NJ Fulfills First Year with a Flourish
Amidst New Jersey’s finest wines, the crew of Biz4NJ hoists a glass to it’s first thriving year.
First Lady's Choice
Isabel Toledo - Artist, Designer, and Seamstress
Chambers: Separate - Equal - Coordinated
Do Ethnic Chambers of Commerce promote needed diversity, or merely unwarranted separatism? John Harmon argues for their existence and explains their benefits.
Business “Walks” and Frolics on to Washington
Biz4NJ’s Speech and Communications Expert Eileen Sinett takes You All Aboard
Your Career + Your Life = Perfect Fit?
Aligning your life and career doesn’t mean working less, but working more joyously. Renate Novak tells professionals of all levels how to do it.
The Meeting of Commerce and Soul
Dr. Stephen G. Payne states that business leadership stems from the soul, and it’s time our churches’ resources of spiritual leadership be tapped to achieve individual and corporate success.
Completing the Circuit of Experience
Jim Granger demonstrates an effective way to bring your own full powers to bear in banishing stress and dealing with business trauma.
Report on NJ Crime Rates
Crime rates are a problem in many of the larger cities. NJ has two cities that are among those with the top ten crime rates inn their size category. One glaring exception in the North East is NJ's neighbor, New York City. Among cities with populations over 500,000 New York City apparently has the third lowest crime rate.
Leaving the Garden
A "Migration Trends" study by Atlas Van Lines, claims that the state saw 2,356 households move out last year, while 1,480 households moved in.
NJ Population Peek
# New Jersey has a population of 8.7 million (Census estimates, July 1, 2009) and the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,174 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
A big, rich, lush red wine from Amalthea cellars
Looking at this wine from Amalthea cellars, we see a deep, dark, vivid ruby color indicating a fresh, youthful wine. It is 3 years old and will keep in a good cellar for another 3 – 5 years and probably change a bit in the process. Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are the best bets for cellaring and often turn smooth and mellow with time
To Pino Gris or Not to...
A few friends, with excellent wine tasting abilities, and I tasted a few Pinot Gris (blind) from around the world. We tasted the Santa Margherita, another Italian from Collio, one from Alsace, one from Carneros, CA, and the 2008 Bellview Pinot Grigio from New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Coastal Plain AVA. The Bellview from New Jersey, came out on top.
Intensely fragrant Viognier
The Viognier grape is actually one of the most intensely fragrant varieties. Tasting this wine is a real pleasure. It is dry, but not bone dry. All the fruitiness gives a mellow and sweetish impression. The wine is best described as having a medium weight in your mouth and it is mouth-filling. The balance is very fine and although Viognier wines never nearly have the racy acidity of a Riesling, this wine cleans up your palate (done mostly by the acidity in a wine) quite nicely. It feels smooth and well balanced and tastes flavorfully. It has a nice long finish. It has 12.5% alcohol just like a classical European food wine, making it perfect to have a glass or two with dinner.
Three outstanding articles on NJ wines worth noting
To celebrate the new year, Prof. Brattsten has offered us insights on three special wines from three unique NJ vineyards (Amalthea, Bellview and Natali).
Minimum Sentencing for Drug Related Crimes Eased
A group of bills led by assemblywoman Bonnie-Watson-coleman and sponsored by six legislators is designed to save taxpayer dollars by reducing recidivism and giving prisoners an increased likelihood of success.
Saving on Gas in NJ
NJ Gas station have in recent years offered significant savings to cash paying customers. Many gas station owners who upgrade their pumps purchase machines that have the ability to track cash and credit card purchases independently.
NJ's Cash Cow
The NJ Department of Agriculture was almost shut down by Governor Corzine. With Chris Christie's penchant for cuts, it will surprise Biz4NJ if he too tries the same stunt. The artticle Biz4NJ wrote during the Corzine crisis is still pertinent.
Profile of Terri Petry, Publisher
“The current amount of wealth that women directly control is an astounding $14 trillion,” she says. “According to a survey conducted by J.D. Power & Associates and the Washington Post, women directly purchase or influence the purchase of 83% of all products or services. This includes $3.7 trillion spent annually on consumer purchases and an additional $1.5 trillion on business purchases. That’s a lot of purchasing power.”
Ode to NJ
All New Jersey natives:
Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen,
Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon,
Connie Francis, Jimmy (Azah) Carter, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg,
Norman Mailer, Marilyn n McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Zack Braff, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Cliff and Theresa Maddox, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman,
Yoga helps those with breathing problems
One of the many great things about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere — at home, in school, at work, in your car — said Joshi, who recently conducted a team-building yoga event for students and teachers at Eisenhower School in Bridgewater — while in a suit and tie.
Venture Capital - State of the State
How well are New Jersey venture capitalists keeping up with the rapid spread of the state’s businesses? What industries are being funded, at what stages? Jay Trien, president of the Venture Association of New Jersey reports.
No Strings Financing
Do you have to sell your business to fund it? Alain Martin announces a loud NO to venture capital’s demands and shows a more independent way to launch.
What Do Bankers Want - Part III
New Jersey’s 176 banking institutions with 3,351 offices around the state are claiming to offer new flexibility for commercial customers. In this third of a three part series, Tony Pirretti tells how the big boys play it.
What Do Bankers Want - Part II
New Jersey’s 176 banking institutions with 3,351 offices around the state are claiming to offer a new flexibility for commercial customers. In this second of a three-part series, we invite bankers to demystify themselves. Giving straight, unvarnished answers, Jim Hughes, CEO of Unity Bank tells us what banks can provide and what entices them.
What Do Bankers Want - Part I
New Jersey’s 176 banking institutions with 3,351 offices around the state are claiming to offer a new flexibility for commercial customers. In this first of a three part series, we invite bankers to demystify themselves. Giving straight, unvarnished answers, bank CEO’s tell us what they can provide - and what kinds of loan applicants entice them.
Assaulted by cut throat competition and donors seeking sustainability, many non-profits are launching related for-profit businesses. Marion Zajac describes the benefits and tells how it should be done.
Economic illiteracy in America has reached alarming proportions. Robert Duvall, CEO of The National Council of Economic Education tells how the NCEE is fighting this epidemic and fanning entrepreneurial fire in students. Educator Glen Donelson reportss how one such NCEE program forges new business founders in New Jersey’s depressed Salem County.
Today’s Ever Evolving Prototype
Two years ago, Dave Dingott’s launched Sword Diagnostics to develop and market a quicker way to find pathogens that caused food poisoning. Along the way he learned how the steps in the old linear model of research: prototype - testing - wooing investors - and finally marketing have blurred into a faster, more flexible entrepreneurial style.
The Inner Entrepreneur : Entrepreneurial Advice from a Master
Master entrepreneur Randal Pinkett, who has launched successful companies since age 18, outlines the common character traits which he and friend Donald Trump have - and you must acquire.
Seeking to Start a Non-Profit? Part I: Choosing the Right Slot
Guiding your non-profit’s urge to serve into the optimum legal and tax categories can be a labyrinthian maze. Linda Czipo gives the options and advice for this vital choice.
Looking for a Few Good Partners
Partnering with the U.S. Army has just gotten a whole lot easier. Thanks to InSitech, Inc., private firms and entrepreneurs are now linking into the vast facilities and brain trust of Picatinny Arsenal. Maybe your company could invent something new for the soldier’s knapsack - or take some existing military tool and commercialize it from the knapsack into the briefcase.
Proving Yourself Abroad - A Holiday Parable
Showcasing Your Product Abroad Aids a Society in Need, and Grows your Firm
Reinventing the Sword
From the optimal food pathogen detection device to the identifier of the whole range of human diseases, Sword Diagnostics has reinvented itself, and its product, finding a whole new market. Founder Dave Dingott explains the advantages.
Letting NJ businesses meet in your office?
Biz4NJ will initially be contacting membership organizations & service businesses who want to increase their exposure to the business community. Biz4NJ may charge a nominal registration fee of $100 a year for businesses to be listed on a searchable database that would also present the following information:
Foreign Firms Grow Rich in Russia
Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) hold a population about the size of the the U.S. They now have ample disposable income; they need every type of product and service imaginable. Yet little Luxembourg boasts four times the investment in Russia as the mighty United States. With a host of free, advisory agencies waiting to grease the wheels, what is America waiting for?
International Shipping Tips
Setting out on the uncharted seas of foreign exports involves no little risk and demands a great deal of tenacity. To help would-be exporters take the first steps, Olga Leznevic of Bellville Rodair International, spins a few tales, offers some vital answers and provides helpful resources.
Stand and Deliver - Part II: Up to the Podium
With the mental preparation done, (Part I), Speech Expert Eileen Sinett takes us through the crafting and delivery of a fine tuned presentation
Halting Employee Theft
With American workers stealing $600 billion annually from their companies, what’s a manager to do? Attorney Kevin Hart, who has investigated and prosecuted some of the state’s highest profile white collar crimes, offers some pre-preemptive strategies that won’t shatter company morale.
Tomorrow’s Management Tools
Dr. Stephen G. Payne details the steps in a leadership journey, and the shift tomorrow’s successful managers must make.
Business on the Block
Certified Business Evaluator and CPA Sharyn Maggio tells why you may need your business evaluated sooner, and more regularly than you think. She also gives tips on choosing the right evaluator for your firm.
Online Benefits Programs
The right program not only organizes all employee records on one simplified disk; it offers employers and employees a shared wealth of advantages ranging from retirement planning to repairing identity theft. It’s about time.
Recession Proof Your Negotiations
Dealing from strength is tough enough. Trying to negotiate with the wolf at at the door when leverage is crumbling into an economic slide is-well-very possible, says master negotiator Greg Williams. Find how it’s done.
The LLC - Raising the Veil
Why file to become a Limited Liability Croporation? What are the caveats and advantages? Attorney Martin Shenkman offers an LLC primer
Stand and Deliver - Part I: The Speaker’s Mindset
Making a business presentation haunts novices and veterans alike. In this first of a three-part series, Biz4NJ’s Expert on Individual Communication, Eileen Sinett guides us through the process - beginning with developing an advantageous mindset.
Stand and Deliver - Part III: Making Speech Sparkle
Getting beyond a good speech, into a speaking style that sparkles, means injecting that unique essence of yourself. Eileen Sinett tells how to find it, and how to incorporate it.
Unleashing the Spirit
Step by step, Dr. Stephen G. Payne shows how managers can peel back layers of resistance and release the enthusiastic potential in each employee.
Finding Friendlier Skies
Expert travel agents Trudy Dougherty and Bonnie Kessler offer ways to keep flight costs down, and prevent business travel from becoming travail.
Trends in Testing
For more than forty years Herb Greenberg and his staff at Caliper, Inc. have been identifying the top performers in everything from sales and management to professional sports. Today, their psychological tests are finding that despite a revolutionized workplace, people are still people. But managers face a whole new challenge in accommodating this era of top talent.
A Compromising Position
Attorney J. Warren Wood Tells why More Companies Resolve Through Mediation
You Need a Chief Revenue Officer
Who’s Watching Your Company’s Money? Need a CRO?
Toward More Effective Meetings
Time is money and meeting time should be profitable to your company. Biz4NJ surveys some of the best meeting facilitators and shares their ideas.
Mastering Your Domain
The modern influx of business paper and missives can cause costly bogging down in any size company. Focusing on smaller firms, Ellen Tozzi gives an organizing outline that can save a bundle of time, frustration, and money
When your present position is as important as its content. Greg Williams tell how to bring the fine art of timing into your negotiating.
The Deadly Assumptions of Contracting
In the complex business of construction, assuming that the contractor has it all well in hand is a recipe for disaster. Mark Trapani tells owners where to step in and what assumptions lead to disaster.
Making Time Management Work for Everyone
Most time management programs prescribe a specific process, and those who do not follow that process cannot use the program. For best results, the seeker will benefit from a customized approach, developed with the help of a coach, mentor, guide and cheerleade
Small Business Survival Index
The bizarre claims made by the Small Business Survival Index are the direct result of half baked economic data being analyzed without the application of common sense.
Can wellness programs increase job satisfaction?
There are many things companies can do to retain their best workers, who have endured declining wages and benefits, coupled with heavier workloads. For example, employers could be sensitive to employee lifestyles and help them reduce workplace stress.
Game.Set.Life, Peak Performance for Sports and Life
The book is broken down into 26 chapters, with a lesson summary at the end of each one. The emphasis is on positive thinking
Continuing Ed for Real Estate Agents in 2013?
NJ Senate passed bill, S-2068, that would require real estate agents to complete an additional 16 hours of classes every two years -- or face $200 in fines
Jump Start your Career
What to Wear? What to Wear?
How does a woman entering the workplace for the first time achieve that much desired professional image? For ladies of every age, Sharon Kornstein, professional image consultant, separates the fashion enhancers from the blunders, and tells how to bring out that essence that is you.
For Ladies Only, (Gentlemen Excused)
Janet Neal has opened the first Professional Women’s Center for ladies trying to lead a balanced life. And beware, gentlemen, more will soon be coming your way
Time to Jump Ship?
Is there a better career out there? Or are you sensing a downsize? Don Sutaria outlines the sure signs that it’s time to leave and gives hints on building a safety net.
A Man’s Best PR Tool
Do you just throw on the suit and tie and figure you’ve got it covered? If so, you are tossing away the best sales pitch and promotion tool in your arsenal. Author and expert image consultant, Janet Cargill leads bewildered men through the dark mysteries of dress and grooming, into the light of making a winning impression.
Secret Strategy for Handling a Deceitful Negotiator
Not everyone plays fair. But everyone can be out-negotiated. Here’s how..
A Job After 50
Don Sutaria shows the specialized strategies after-50’s jobseekers need to shatter the glass ceiling
De-Stress, not Distress
Schedule packed, but still need stress relief? Leanne Philip tells how she blitzes tension with a single hour of pampering.
The Right Way to Ask for a Raise
Communications coach Eileen Sinett shows that what you say, and how you engineer the pitch, may prove as effective as your work record itself.
Meeting the Right People
Why is it some people just seem to know everybody? Bart Jackson explains the simple secrets of those who have all the influential individuals calling them.
Matters of Money
Recession Investing: Beyond the Mattress
As 2008 ends with a crash, are there still safe, adequate-yield investments to be had? Roy Williams states a resounding ‘Yes” and tells where they are hiding.
Hitching one’s investment wagon to a worn out index can rein back the entire portfolio. John Cusack, of New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustanability, and many of the nation’s largest financial players are pointing to the new environmental-responsibility index as a more accurate indicator of long term growth.
Want to make the big three credit reporting agencies sit up, rollover, and beg? From Dun & Bradstreet to simple credit card ratings, financing veteran Roger Pierson tells how restore and boost your credit and avoid the bottomless credit pit.
Earners vs Heirs
How you feel about your money depends very much on how you came by it. PNC’s survey shows the differences.
New Jersey’s New Budget - Who’s Saying What
New Jersey’s New Budget - Who’s Saying What
Analyzing Garden State Foreclosures
How bad is it? How did we get here? Who’s to blame? And most important, how can we fix our foreclosure epidemic? Roger Pierson reports.
Making it vs Keeping it
Too many entrepreneurs and established owners become so concerned with nourishing the incoming cash flow, they neglect the care, feeding, and cautious spending of it. For veteran CPA Gary Edleman, who has nursed several wildly successful entrepreneurs into financial solidarity, money is a tool, and a lubricant. He teaches us how to use it sparingly.
Boot Strapping the Coat Tail
The federal government does not want your small business to fail and they’ve got dozens of new programs to help out. Learn what they are, and how to take advantage.
Who’s Getting the Money - From Whom?
As lenders strive to unkink the nation’s cash flow, The Small Business Administration’s latest survey shows where the funds were - where they will be - who gets them - and who will be denied.
NJ Senate urges US Fed
A 36-0 resolution in the NJ Senate calls on the Fed's board of governors to regulate pre-paid debit cards more closely. Requiring all issuers to clearly disclose fees.
Death of a Sale
What do you do when the sales process hits a brick wall? Joe Roman suggests a strategy for rekindling the interest in carefully cultivated clients who suddenly begin to back off.
Needing vs Wanting the Sale
“Never let them see you sweat,” - an easy sales maxim to say, but woefully difficult to achieve. Veteran salesman and instructor Mitch Schaefer tells how it’s done and how to build a more advantageous attitude
Saying it with Flowers
Whoever said marketers don’t shovel it hard and deep, never attended the New Jersey or Philadelphia Flower shows. Tons of mulch and earth, truckloads of brick and gravel, and hundreds of individually forced flowers and shrubs go into the making of each major display. These landscapers are gambling a half year’s preparation on this show. Does it pay off?
Today’s Video - Picture This
Videos now market everything from established brands to Cub Scout car washings. And often the quality appears the same. Vern Oakley, CEO of Tribe Pictures, tells what good videos require and where to place them.
Better Business Cards
Expert designer Mike Sigety tells how to sculpt your business card for a better first, and lasting, impression.
To Sell From Inside - Or Outside?
Whom do you want taking your product through the marketplace: your own employed sales force, an independent contract firm, or some of each? Joe Roman advises on this tough decision.
Negotiating: Let Persistence Break Resistance
Master negotiator Greg Williams tells how to tread that fine line between persisting and futilely attacking or annoying.
Blackjack & Sales
Every sale is a gamble. Mitch Schaefer outlines a few tried and proven gaming maxims that apply to successful selling.
Trademarking - The Selection Spectrum
Second in a series of branding articles, veteran IP attorney Carole DeNatale sets your trademark choice on the strong-to-weak selection spectrum.
The Shy Self Promoter
For the small business person, working out of the home, marketing remains a daunting, and often neglected task. Ilise Benun, CEO of Marketing Mentor, shows how even the most timid of us can promote themselves and their products in a time-thrifty manner.
Anatomy of a Cold Call
Stephen Schiffman literally wrote the book on making cold calls. This most paralizing part of the sales process, he insists, need not be a Waterloo. Shiffman breaks cold calling down into logical choices, then provides sensible next steps and winning responses.
Selling a Home in Today's Market
Even in recessions, people still live in houses. Diane Dilzell shows how you can both sell and make a tidy profit.
Elevator Introductions - A Bullet-Proof Speech That Connects
That first Face-to-Face
When is the right time to present your specific product to a customer? Sales trainer Mitch Schaefer provides a scenario.
Whether its an opinion or product sale, Eileen Sinett outlines an effective, surefire strategy for having your words listened to and acted upon.
“Speaking That Connects” meetings will be held at Eileen Sinett's offices in Plainsboro.
The new “Speaking4Biz” meetings now directly run by Biz4NJ, will focus less on speaking and more on developing business opportunities for speakers who present to Corporate buyers at “Speaking4Biz,” meetings.
Health & Human Resources
What's Your E.Q.?
Intelligence is great and necessary. But executive Sharyn Mosca shows there's a lot more to corporate success than just being able to do the job.
Standing Up to Workplace Bullying
That whip cracking supervisor who constantly screams himself horse at the employees may be your company’s biggest bottleneck, rather than its golden boy producer. Consultant Michael Greene and Judge Sue Pai Yang explain how the national epidemic of bullying in the workplace injures us all.
College Graduate Salaries
Compensation Resources gives an accurate nationwide picture of education’s fiscal perks. For graduates, here an ideal guide to finding the top salaried fields. For employers, here is what you had better start paying your new hires to lure in the top talent.
From Personnel to HR management
They have been given the task of grooming businesses’ greatest success factor. How far have they come? Where could they improve? Herb Greenberg, for 40 years one of the nation’s most respected testers of executive candidates, holds the scales to human resource professionals, offering both his praise and some sage suggestions.
The Fate of the Traveling Salesperson
Read how rising gas prices are nudging a change in the traditional sales force structure and its remuneration methods.
Slimming Your Organization
Chef and nutritionist Elizabeth Stelling shows the best way to trim the fat from your company - one person at a time.
Unfortunately, (especially) in these trying times, employers have many issues to grapple with. They are therefore often less interested in the people skills of their supervisors. Some of them feel that “soft” skills– such as listening, articulating core values, coaching, mentoring, conflict resolution, cultural sensitivity– are incompatible with meeting production quotas, finding mistakes and eliminating waste.
Legal Implications of Employee Wellness Programs
As employers search for ways to reduce skyrocketing health care costs, many are implementing a wellness program to help accomplish that goal. In fact, studies have shown that for every dollar spent on a wellness program, a company can save as much as $6 in insurance costs.
NJ Employeers want to better support employee healthcare while reducing cost
Healthcare costs are rapidly becoming a major concern of employers in New Jersey. “According to our latest survey, only 51 percent of EANJ members are confident that they will be able to provide healthcare benefits to their employees within the next 10 years,” Sarno continued.
Introduction to Hakomi: Body Centered Therapy
In most methods of self-study, the challenge has been to look at the mind, using the mind. It’s a bit like trying to look at the eye with the eye. The only way we can do that is by using a mirror. The Hakomi body centered process towards self awareness is that mirror.
Introduction to Advanced Eyecare
At Advanced Eyecare & Vision Gallery, our primary emphasis is on preventive healthcare. A test called the visual field, for example, administered at regular intervals, can help us monitor changes in a patient’s peripheral vision that can indicate the onset of glaucoma or the presence of a previously undetected traumatic head injury.
Using Technology to Make Things Easier for Seniors
Advances in technology like cell phones, text messages and TV sets that get hundreds of cable channels can be daunting obstacles for aging eyes, ears and fingers – but technology can also help seniors adapt to the new world in which they are required to live. There are, for example, a variety of affordable devices designed to enhance sensory perceptions that tend to diminish with age and permit manipulation by fingers that are no longer as nimble as they used to be.
A Simple Exercise Program is more likely to be successful
When it comes to an exercise program, however, simpler is better. Everyone should be able to participate and have fun at the time and place of their choosing. If you’re uncomfortable with the structured atmosphere of a gym, you can have a great workout session in your own home, in your back yard or even in a local park.
Ensuing a Relaxing Massage
Regardless of your size, shape, age or gender, there are some things you can do to make sure your massage is an enjoyable experience. Concentrate on your breathing, for example. Breathe in, breathe out, as deeply and regularly as possible. Before long, you’ll find yourself forgetting about the cares of the day. If music is playing, try breathing in rhythm with it. Think of a relaxing experience you’ve had or place you’ve visited and let your mind wander to it.
Detect & Control Diabetes with Regular Testing
In recent years, type 2 diabetes has become a serious problem. According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million people in the United States—7.8% of the population—have diabetes. About 0.22% of children and adolescents under 20 suffer from this chronic disease. Among those 60 or older, the incidence rises to 23.1%, affecting both men and women.
"No Fat" vs. "Low Fat"
Our bodies need some fat to keep our metabolism in balance. Because fats take longer to digest than sugar, they tend to better satisfy our appetites and keep our craving for sweets under control.
A Gentle Push to Get Ourselves Unstuck?
At the Healthy Living Institute, we replace thoughts of personal inadequacy with happy thoughts of feeling good, looking good and being healthy. We believe in keeping it simple and making it fun, encouraging our clients to stretch toward one goal at a time.
Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Patients
“Clinicians should now feel pretty comfortable prescribing gentle Hatha Yoga for their patients,” said Karen Mustian, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Hatha Yoga describes any of the physical practices of Yoga such as stretching and relaxation techniques. If you see a class described as Hatha Yoga, it will likely be a slow-paced restorative class with some gentle stretches, breathing and relaxation routines and perhaps seated meditation. Because it doesn’t involve strenuous exercise, it is well suited for people who are experiencing pain or are subject to fatigue. One such patient is David Goldberg, a 30-year-old computer programmer and recreational athlete who recently learned that he has leukemia. A patient at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, he takes part in 20-minute sessions in his hotel room. Somewhat skeptical at first, he now looks forward to his series of slow, gentle stretches, beginning with his feet and ending in his shoulders, followed by guided breathing instructions that encourage him to let go
Health Kiosks in Corporations
In the words of Michael McGuire CEO of United Health NJ, "The technology helps eliminate time constraints, location barriers and other obstacles employees face when trying to keep tabs on their health".
Back health is an issue that progressive HR Managers support
This is why progressive HR Managers and business owners often invest in the right chairs for their employees (especially senior executives). Some companies also negotiate special demos of and discounts for a wide variety of products and services designed to prevent back problems. These in addition to quality chairs, include Tempur-Pedic mattresses, cushions, lumbar supports and many more innovative and useful products that are now emerging.
Academics + Entrepreneurs = Greener America
Are our environmental solutions being strangled by an age-old academic/business rift? Stevens Institute’s Center for Environmental Systems says yes and has come up with a system to streamline the discovery to marketplace time. Christos Christodoulatos reports.
It is more than just the bucks, nowadays. To attract today’s best and brightest, corporations of all sizes are finding they had better show an environmental and social responsibility that are a lot more than lip service. Young MBA’s and veteran professionals together are demanding companies develop climate change policies, and alternative energy programs. And right behind, even the labor unions are joining in.
Health vs Livelihood
Do we have to crush an entire industry to breathe clean air? Or is it merely a case of better living through better chemistry? The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection proposes to do away with PERC - the primary solvent used by most Garden State dry cleaners. Cleaners are citing the enormous hardship of replacement costs. Can we find a solution that will let everyone breathe easier?
The Wind at Your Back
For the entrepreneur seeking a profit from mid-size wind farm installation, Peter Richards offers a way to power up a small housing development and reap cash from your easy chair.
Keeping the lights on CLEANLY
PSEG CEO Ralph Izzo Meets Today's Energy Challenges
Matters of Law
Trademarking - Why? and How?
First in a series of Branding articles, veteran IP attorney Carole DeNatale walks readers through Trademark registering basics.
Workplace Bullying - A Crime
Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein has sponsored a new bill that would make bullying in the workplace illegal. Her hopes are that it will not only improve the work environment, but should markedly boost production for employers. Almost everyone is behind her - but not all.
Is Einstein's Alley really in contention with California's Silicon Valley or Massachusetts Rt. 128 Corridor? Representative Rush Holt claims central Jersey already is already a contender and soon will lead as "Number One in the rapidly expanding universe of high tech." As countless supporters raise high the Einstein's Alley banner, how will they change the shape of central Jersey?
Your FBI: Hunting Down Free Speech
Tech expert Rebecca Mercuri fights Big Brother’s secret attempt to load your computer with child porn and shut down your Usenet groups.
The Predatory Annuities Prevention Act
New Jersey’s new Predatory Annuities Prevention Act clamps down on the fraudulent sellers and elder fiscal abuse.
Finally - New Tax Breaks for Startups
Wouldn't it be nice if the IRS let you deduct expenses before your startup turned a profit? Now you can, and Martin Shenkman explains how.
OEG Chief Zaro: Building a Road to Recovery
Zaro beats back the many-headed hydra of the recession.
New Jersey Budget Summary - March 10
On March 10, 2009 Jon S. Corzine became the first governor in 60 years to cut state spending in his first term. See a summary of what the Governor’s $29.8 billion proposal holds
Mr. Corzine’s Folly: Gutting the “Jersey Fresh” Golden Goose
Mr. Corzine seeks to destroy the state’s one program that’s making 50 times its own cost. Can we afford to sacrifice “Jersey Fresh’s” source of income and pride?
Bill banning text message ads-Practical ?
A proposed bill (S-1501), sponsored by Vitale, D-Woodbridge, and Sen. Sean Kean, R-Wall, would bar the sending of unsolicited ads by text-messaging. Offending companies would face fines under the state's Consumer Fraud Act:
Permits have been extended til Dec., 2012
Corzine on his last day in office, extends NJ Permit Approvals after January 1, 2007 till July 2012.
Fund Raising Sources for Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie raised: 5,778,000 from 7,208 donors for his election. This ncludes 17 who paid $6,800 each totaling 115, 600. 25 donors gave $5,000 or more
Regulatory Deadline for Contractors
Contractors and property owners or Managers should be aware of a new EPA lead rule that applies to virtually any industry affecting home renovation. Affected professionals include painters, plumbers, contactors, window and door installers, carpenters, electricians and similar specialists. On April 22, the rule requires that all contractors have EPA certification and mandates employee training at an EPA-accredited facility.
An important step towards reducing recidivism in NJ's corrections system
The legislation (A4202 and A4197) would give ex-offenders a chance at avoiding the vicious cycle of recidivism. The legislation allows ex-offenders to receive welfare benefits and require most inmates to receive job training and high school educations while behind bars. The third bill (A4201) would ensure inmates receive copies of personal documents like birth certificates upon release.
Tools & Technology
The Monster Evolves
Jeff Taylor -The Monster Evolves: A candid conversation with Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor in which he tells why he left his world’s largest job site, to launch Eons.com, which has been dubbed the “MySpace for seniors.”
From customized in depth financial analysis and office managing tools, to instant marketing and competition research, Google’s got an avalanche of new offerings. Learn from Joel May what new goodies and oft-forgotten oldies are now available to your computer, hand held, or even phone.
Automating Your Home Office - Part 1
Some will make you drool, some may make you shudder. Robert Conlin boasts a list of 21 upgrades that will rocket your home office into almost sci-fi efficiency. In this first of a three-part series, he explains just some of what the 21st century already has in store.
Automating your Home Office - Part II
From your thermostat to your copier, Robert Conlin shows you how to take back total control of all those of all electric gadgets that are supposed to be serving you.
Constructions: Two Giant Mistakes - (And How To Avoid Them)
Construction's Two Giant Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them - by Mark Trapani
The Absolutely Best Phone Serivice
Want to get more and pay less for Telecomnunications? Joyce Frazza details how her VoycEnterprises team did it for one multi-office business - and can do it for you.
Biotech: Hanging Together
What's in Biotech's Stocking for 2009
Effective E-mail Etiquette
Are your e-mails falling on deaf ears or into the spam barrel? Bart Jackson provides protocols that will get your messages opened, scrutinized, and increase comprehension.
Five Free Tools available for businesses
In a knowledge based economy, information tools are of special importance. Alka Bhatagar says that the NJ State Library and your local library want to help small business with valuable services, at no charge.
Web Video Can Help Your Business in NJ
It is time to use video as a serious tool in the arsenal of business survival.
An easy solution for converting your Word document while away from your computer is at hand. Just go to www.pdfonline.com to convert your Word document to Word or the other other way round. You can do this from any computer
The virtual assistant goes one step further than the administrative assistant. Like the administrative assistant the va has strong administrative, organizational skills, and technical expertise, but works as an independent contractor, and does not “report” to an office, but works remotely. Technical expertise allows the va to make the most of today’s technology to work remotely and still successfully conduct client business.
Tracking Trends in Environmental & Energy Technology
A stable regulatory environment is critical to the alternative energy industry. Tax credits, for example, are very helpful but constantly changing their terms is not. Governor Corzine made tax credits more long term, but now Governor Christie is re-examining them and we are holding our breaths.
The Future of Cellular Technology
Overview: Since the introduction of Smart Phones such as the BlackBerry and especially the iPhone, building applications for wireless, mobile Internet and broadband services has been one of the most exciting areas of development in the technology area. As the trend toward mobile Internet continues, however, especially with the introduction of new devices like the Android, what will be the relationship between Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) like Verizon and AT&T and independent application developers? Will data-devouring devices like the iPad strain the resources of the ISP’s, even as they continue to roll out their new 4G networks?
Free Lunch: Are Corporations Taking Over our Government
David Cay Johnston's Pulitzer Prize winning journalistic talents are still apparent in this disturbing expose of rampant governmental reverse-'Robinhood'-ism. "Free Lunch" details in clear and concise terms our government's policies which consistently allow some of the largest companies, and thus, some of the wealthiest Americans, to defray and sometimes eliminate their legitimate costs of doing business by reaching deep into the pockets of middle-class taxpayers.
Coaches for HR Managers?
Mindy further suggests, “ By implementing a ‘Wellness Coaching’ model, a company can expect to reduce their Health Insurance Costs, reduce absenteeism and improve job satisfaction.
NJTC Discussion on Telecom
Mobile data traffic is experiencing 131% compounded annual growth and total bandwidth consumed by data now exceeds that consumed by voice. By 2015, the number of mobile data connections is expected to increase from 3 billion to 50 billion
Wellness Strategies for Employers
“Our company just implemented a Wellness Program in May of this year that includes our first annual comprehensive screening,” says Renee Peabody, Director of Human Resources. “We plan to continue this every year, depending on the interest of our staff. It is not a complete physical, but will include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, heart rate, height, weight, a paper-based Body Mass Index, and brief wellness counseling.
Determinants of Investor trust when considering advisors
Participants in the experiment did not express more interest in investing with a broker who allegedly had a certification in Senior Citizen Advising or in Risk/Reward Analysis, as compared to a broker with no advanced professional designation. Participants also did not view those with either certification as more trustworthy, or competent, or less needy of a background check, and they did not wish to invest more money with them.
For those considering leveraged buyouts
In short, while leveraged buyouts enable individuals or a firm of modest size to acquire a significant business with a relatively small cash investment, the risks are high, and you might find yourself supervised like an employee by the lender. Therefore, we urge that these transactions be thoroughly evaluated with your CPAs (hopefully us at Abo and Company), that thorough financial projections be developed, and that you err on the side of conservatism in deciding whether to proceed with this type of transaction.
The NJ Legislature Rallies Around NJ's Wineries
New Jersey is one of only 13 states that used to ban winery to consumer shipments. Despite being one of the top ten consumers of wine, the distributor lobby in the state had earlier been able this far to squelch any talk of shipping wine.
Women succeed by inspiring their inner explorer
Be “in the moment” at work or when you are with friends and family. When we have clear communication at work and at home we nip nascent problems in the bud. Careless communication creates misunderstanding, confusion, and frustration (for others and for us!).
Try not to be perfectionists, focus on getting things done.
NJ's Nuclear Family
The Great Garden State, (which at 1,195 people per square mile* is the most densely populated state in the US) also has the dubious distinction of housing the country's oldest nuclear plant (Oyster Creek, built in 1969 and located in Ocean City). Oyster Creek was recently re-commissioned for another term and is now scheduled to be retired in 2029.
Jobs for Jersey?
Christie's administration deserves credit for this initiative which connects the businesses that are creating these jobs to the New Jerseyans who want them. thereby bringing the same one-stop approach that have been used at more than 30 One-Stop Centers throughout the state.”
Power Management for New Jersey Businesses
A few consulting companies like American Energy Savings LLC (www.aesavings.com) are therefore well positioned to partner with companies who are looking at potential savings of 20-30% per year if consumption savings and unit cost savings are taken into account. Savings of the kWh price alone could be between 10 & 20%.
Biz4NJ Weekly Group Profile
The Gateway Chamber has membership fees that range from $285 for home based businesses with two or less employees and $380 per company (1-5 employees) all the way to $8,000 for companies that have 4,000 employees or more. There are over 15 rate slabs that includes memberships for individual sales execs, non-profits and even community banks.
Urban Business Success?
the Hummingbird Cafe in Downtown Trenton is a refreshing example of an emerging minority owned business that has an excellent chance of success. This, despite the urban environment that it operates in
Power to the People
The high cost of energy in New Jersey is a significant threat to the states competitiveness in relation to the nation and the north east as well.
Some programs have been put in place to reverse this trend (like encouraging and incentivizing companies to invest in higher efficiency equipment, funding solar power projects, promoting conservation etc.
New Jersey's knowledge based economy is often intertwined with technology. Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent bulb blazed a path that the technocrats of today (like Jeff Hoffman) continue. To this day, the symbol for an idea remains a picture of a light bulb! Edison, like many idea driven NJ inventors, did not begin his career in the Garden State, but he certainly found fame and fortune here
Helping Corporations Feed the Hungry
Elijah's Promise, the New Brunswick based social services organization has several creative programs to support the needy. Elijah is also an acronym for "Empowering Lives, Inviting Justice in Alleviating Hunger.
Converting Foreclosed Properties into Affordable Housing
“They’re just giving away the store if they do that,” said Kevin Walsh, associate director of the Cherry Hill-based Fair Share Housing Center, in the same NJ Spotlight article referenced. He reportedly called the bill “overall, a good piece of legislation" but quipped “A person can’t live in a bonus, they can live in a house. At minimum, they should cap that.”
The NJ Tax Skim-Scam
Well, to begin with it was gradual, and to compound matters, it was complicated. Until 2010 it was only a very genteel and artful skim, so no one was really breaking a sweat. Of the estimated $3.4 billion over 10 years, New Jersey’s towns lost some $888 million (or 26% of the 10 year total) between 2010 and 2011 alone says Mr Moran of the NJ League.
Letter to NJBIZ on utility management in NJ
The Mayor also makes the larger point that municipalities should not have to coordinate relief efforts with two utility companies. He therefore asked the Governor to look into the feasibility of rationalizing utility service so that (at least in West Windsor) they would only have to deal with PSE & G.
Hope for chronically infected patients?
When asked why fecal or “human probiotic infusion” was not more widely used, Dr Skoles said, “perhaps people think it’s disgusting.” He said he was drawn to the method because “it was logical.” “Using antibiotics to treat a problem caused by antibiotics does not make sense.”
Networking in NJ evolves
Over the past decade or so, Network Plus has served thousands of professionals most of whom it has not been able to retain as regular members. Network Plus Pro’s challenge is going to be in reaching this group of potential members who think highly of Founder Ted Fattoross but have not stuck with the organization. Time will tell if Network Plus is able to reach and re-energizing these former members. If successful in this, the organization could well become a Networking phenomenon through a program of steady sustained growth in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Once it has done so, many other opportunities and regions will beckon.
Thank Mom and Make a Difference
Making a difference while thanking your mother sounds like a good way to go
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