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The thing about set-asides (access required)

In March, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill requiring New Jersey school districts to incorporate instruction on diversity and inclusion. Some business leaders wish he’d do the same thing for entrepreneurs. It’s not as though the state has ignored minority business owners, they say. It’s just that the process is so convoluted — at the federal level too — that many small business owners get discouraged.

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April 12, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ

April 12, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ (access required)

This week’s digital issue of NJIBZ – featuring a look at what President Biden's infrastructure plan means for the Garden State, how NJ universities are diversifying their energy sources, how the New Jersey Salon and Spa Alliance is looking out for its members, we shine our spotlight on Accounting, and more!

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Newark Bay Bridge, officially known as Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge, connects the cities of Newark and Bayonne.

Walls and bridges (access required)

The U.S. in general, and New Jersey in particular, face some significant challenges when it comes to concerns like crumbling infrastructure and educational racial equality. Experts and activists who have called for government solutions to these issues have been cheered by President Joe Biden’s moves since he’s been in the White House. But is the country prepared to foot the bill? These kinds of issues have a sizeable local impact.

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Christine Modica, co-owner of Stag House, trimming hair at her salon in Bergen County.

Seat at the table (access required)

There are 39,000 hair stylists in New Jersey. That’s a number bigger than the populations of many Hunterdon or Gloucester County towns, and more than half the size of Salem County. But these 39,000 people, many of them women and people of color, had no advocate, no administration, nobody to lobby for and speak up for them, until Christine Modica created the New Jersey Salon and Spa Alliance.

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A rendering of the future Portal North Bridge which will be much higher off the river, allowing boats to pass without having to open and close. - GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT CORP.

On track? (access required)

New Jersey – the most densely populated state in the nation with myriad roads, bridges, tunnels, trains and pipes along with clean energy aspirations – stands to reap much from the American Jobs Plan. But the program has been mired in partisan warfare since President Joe Biden unveiled the proposal.

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Middle aged executive businesswoman sitting at computer and laptop and doing some paperwork. Home office.

Normal days (access required)

During a recent NJBIZ virtual panel discussion on Positioning Your Company in a Post-COVID Environment, one takeaway was that companies should be prepared for significant, long-term workplace changes. That observation was reinforced in conversations with executives from one high-touch industry — accounting — who confirmed that their traditional business model appears to be undergoing a shakeup.

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Solar panels at Stockton University. - STOCKTON UNIVERSITY

Power, renewed (access required)

Stevens Institute of Technology will source 100% of its electricity directly from a local renewable energy source beginning this fall. But it's not alone, several colleges and universities in New Jersey - like Rider, Stockton and William Paterson Universities - rely on renewable energy for some portion of their campus power.

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