Multi ethnic group of women with various occupations

Breaking the mold

Some government procurement programs favor women-owned business, and a number of programs “in New Jersey in general, and Newark in particular, encourage women entrepreneurs in general,” said Zago Manufacturing Chief Executive Officer Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich. “But not so many in manufacturing. There could be more.”

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Making waves (access required)

Gov. Phil Murphy announced grant awards on Feb. 11 totaling $2.8 million to seven New Jersey businesses, colleges and other organizations for training programs that will employ 480 new apprentices within the next 12 months. The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program received $596,000 for its efforts through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors program. The training is designed to promote economic growth by building experience.

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On the job learning (access required)

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is hosting training classes consisting of four sets of courses that meet requirements of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council in safety awareness, quality practices in management, manufacturing processes and production and maintenance awareness.

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Faster fashion (access required)

Suuchi Ramesh spent years in the technology business, including a stint with the supply-chain analytics division at Intel. In 2016, she leveraged that experience to create Suuchi Inc., a next-generation supply chain platform provider for fashion brands and retailers.

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