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Author Archives: Bethany Wiegand

Book of Lists 2022

NJBIZ 2022 Book of Lists

Power lists? The Top 250 Privately Owned Companies? Yep, they're both in here, along with all the rest of our NJBIZ Lists that are updated throughout the year. Find out who's No. 1 in New Jersey business in this year's publication.

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Toward greater awareness

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer people with disabilities in the U.S. were employed in 2020, with a total employment rate of 17.9%, down from 19.3% in 2019. Globally, the pandemic has increased the unemployment rate among people with disabilities to 12.6%, the highest rate in seven years.

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Meeting needs

An artist’s rendering of the Meadowlands Sports Complex

Local officials have drawn up plans to tear down the retired 20,000-seat Meadowlands Arena and replace it with a new 460,000 square-foot space that would host conventions, trade shows and conferences, as well as children’s and amateur sporting events and graduations, among other events. 

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‘My dream came true’


Cesar Cardenas started washing dishes at Rumson’s Salt Creek Grille at age 18 in 2001, months after arriving to New Jersey from Ecuador. This year, 20 years later, he became executive chef.

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Turning out

Police Security Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Aug. 24 and 25. Courtesy of Meet AC

Over the course of a typical weekend, tens of thousands of guests descend upon Atlantic City, with its nine casino hotels and varied restaurant, retail and hospitality offerings. That’s a problem this year: Although the delta variant outbreaks of the late summer and early fall have begun to trail off, public health officials are nonetheless warning of COVID-19 spikes from holiday gatherings, and a “twindemic” of the flu season.

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Price protections

Everyone is feeling supply and cost issues amid the pandemic. From the shelves at the grocery store not being stocked with items that have always been available to the cost at checkout, the impact on the consumer is unarguably at an all-time high.

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Concrete results

Weina Meng, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, is developing a new, low-cost ultra-high-performance concrete for the New Jersey Department of Transportation that would be used to rehabilitate bridges.

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