Author Archives: Gabrielle Saulsbery

Former federal prosecutor joins CSG

Former federal prosecutor Shirley Emehelu has joined Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC in West Orange as a member in the firm’s government and corporate investigations group. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she investigated and prosecuted individuals and companies in complex financial fraud matters. Emehelu brings her trial and litigation experience, along with an understanding of prosecutorial strategy, to the firm. Emehelu served as ...

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NJ retailer lands on best workplaces for women list

Burlington Stores Inc. ranks No. 39 on Fortune’s Best Large Workplaces for Women list, released Sept. 19. The retailer is the only New Jersey-headquartered company on the list of 75. Over its 629 locations, Burlington employs 35,015 people. Three out of four are women. “They hire people because their potential as an employee–they don’t care what preference you have in your ...

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Murphy: India trip brings 1,250 jobs to New Jersey

At a press conference at the Spice Culture Restaurant in South Plainfield on July 15, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he will travel to India in September.

Three India-based technology consulting companies with operations in New Jersey will expand their presence, adding approximately 1,250 jobs. The new jobs are a direct result of face-to-face meetings Gov. Phil Murphy has conducted during his seven-day trade mission in India, according to his office. The companies have decided to increase their presence without any tax incentives, the administration said. “We’re ...

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NJ small businesses looking to export goods get $900k SBA grant

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the New Jersey Office of Export Promotion $900,000 to support small business owners looking to export goods. It’s the largest grant received through the State Trade Expansion Program in state history. It will help small businesses participate in trade shows and other events that may have been cost prohibitive. “New Jersey’s diverse small business ...

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Booker better for vice president than president, according to NJ poll

Most New Jerseyans see Sen. Cory Booker as a better running mate than a winning presidential candidate, according to a Monmouth University Poll. Half the public also sees Booker as having some responsibility for Newark’s water issues, the poll found. Booker’s performance as the state’s junior U.S. senator has a 45 percent approval rating. While 37 percent disapprove of his ...

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Evonik Venture Capital invests in Nutley-based animal free ‘leather’ start up

The $190 billion animal and artificial leather market has gotten the attention of Parsippany-based venture firm Evonik, which has invested in leather alternative company Modern Meadow. Modern Meadow, based in Nutley, produces a leather alternative made of sustainable biofabricated materials. Its technology produces animal-free collagen, something naturally found in animal hides, through a fermentation process using yeast cells. “Consumer demand for ...

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Most employees believe men and women have equal opportunities in the workplace, NJBIA survey says

Michele Siekerka, president and CEO, NJBIA.

About a third of women feel they have fewer opportunities at work than men, according to a survey by Taft Communications and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. The fourth annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey also found that 21 percent of men believe women have more opportunities than men. Younger respondents were less likely to perceive that women had ...

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Genova Burns creates India practice group

Genova Burns LLC in Newark has created an India practice group. Partner Rajiv Parikh will lead the practice, which will address the regulatory, transactional, immigration, and labor and employment aspects associated with locating the United States operations of India-based companies in New Jersey and the northeast. Parikh is a partner at the firm and the chair of its construction law ...

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Division on Civil Rights issues guidance on race discrimination based on hairstyles

A high school wrestler from Buena Regional High School in Atlantic County had his locs cut on the mat before a wrestling match in December, rather than forfeit the match because of his hairstyle. The referee who gave him that ultimatum has been suspended for two years, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Division on Civil Rights announced Wednesday; and now, ...

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NJ lawsuit climate ranks 43rd out of 50

For 89 percent of senior business executives, a state’s legal environment impacts decisions about where to locate and where to do business. New Jersey’s not high on the list, according to a national survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Its lawsuit climate ranks 43rd out of 50, the state’s lowest rank ever since the survey ...

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Destination Maternity considers sale

Destination Maternity is considering a possible sale or merger after reporting a decline in sales for its second quarter. The Moorestown clothing retailer is also considering the pursuit of “value-enhancing initiatives” should it remain a standalone company, or capital structure optimization that could include financing or the sale of certain assets. “While we continue to believe we have a compelling ...

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Cannabis advocacy organization M4MM to host licensing bootcamp for women and minorities

Whether in processing, cultivation, or dispensing cannabis, the contrast in the percentage of minority ownership versus white ownership is stark: just two percent of cannabis licenses in the United States are held by people of color, according to cannabis advocate Roz McCarthy. McCarthy runs Minorities for Medical Marijuana, which has grown since its infancy three and a half years ago ...

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