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Murphy appoints diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging head (access required)

Jayné Johnson will lead the newly created unit in the governor’s office, which will aim to dismantle inequity within state government based on race, ethnicity and other protected characteristic, and to expand opportunities for communities of color and other underserved New Jerseyans.

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Two NJ groups win $50K each to support inclusive entrepreneurship (access required)

The New Jersey Innovation Institute in Newark and Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship in Union won as part of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition program track, which included entries from accelerators and incubators proposing targeted assistance to STEM and R&D entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, rural areas and veteran entrepreneurs.

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Still waiting (access required)

Business owners and executives may have to grapple with a new hiring reality, given that the expiration of supplemental unemployment benefits apparently has not changed the way individuals are looking for work. Businesses in industries such as retail, dining, leisure and hospitality are still facing labor shortages, a phenomenon that could undermine the economic recovery.

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