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May 30, 2011

He’s keeping the home fires burning

Vladimir De DelvaRowan University When Vladimir De Delva proposed his plan for Haiti Biofuels — a venture to make fuel from the oil of a tree that thrives on the island — at a business plan competition at Rowan’s Rohrer College of Business, it won first place. But the Haitian chemical engineering major, who graduated […]

May 30, 2011

SPOTLIGHT Future Entrepreneurs

Tomorrow’s executives demonstrate how they fuel entrepreneurial drive while in school Smartphones power early success Matt Bischoff New Jersey Institute of Technology When Apple Inc. approved Quotebook, a smartphone application for finding, saving, sharing and organizing quotations, it was a big hit for Lickability.net. Since March, thousands of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners have [&hell[...]

May 23, 2011

N.J. ranks No. 22 in export adaptability

New Jersey ranks 22nd in the nation when it comes to adapting to the international export market, according to a study by The Center for Business and Economic Research at Indiana’s Ball State University’s Miller College of Business. Pennsylvania ranked 19th on the list, while New York was 41st. The study considered the ability of […]

May 23, 2011

Atlantic City places bets on Web gaming

A South Jersey gaming research and consulting group has teamed up with a pair of British firms to get an inside edge on an industry the group hopes will one day boom in the United States — if the practice is legalized. Spectrum Gaming Group, in Atlantic City, last week announced the creation of Global […]

May 23, 2011

Tax collection gets updated estimate

Personal income tax revenue in New Jersey is running higher than estimated, but the state is bringing in less than expected in corporation business taxes, according to updates from the state treasurer and the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff announced during state budget hearings May 17 and 18 that income tax revenue […]

May 23, 2011

Pascack case may get input from top court

Two Bergen County hospitals last week asked the state Supreme Court to overturn an April appellate court ruling that barred the hospitals from appealing a decision by the state’s former heath commissioner that could help Hackensack University Medical Center reopen Pascack Valley Hospital, in Westwood. Valley Hospital, in Ridgewood, and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, […]

May 23, 2011

Report N.J. must allocate more for repairs

New Jersey Department of Transportation’s fiscal 2012 capital budget could pose a threat to the state’s smart-growth programs and aging infrastructure, as a result of increased spending on new road construction and eliminating funding for transit-friendly development, according to an analysis released last week by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a New York-based policy and advoc[...]

May 23, 2011

Expanding focus by assessing IT’s value

When CEO Robert J. Svec and his business partner, Alan Maltz, bought the assets of ComSci LLC in August 2005, the company concentrated on reducing businesses’ telecommunications costs. But the business partners reoriented ComSci by expanding its focus and channeling Svec’s inner accountant to sniff out inefficiencies across IT departments, helping chief information officers understand [...]

May 23, 2011

Social media an effective strategy for tight marketing budgets

As tourism agencies deal with tight budgets, one increasingly popular way to reach an audience on the cheap is through interaction on social media platforms and tourism websites. Ed Dombroskas, executive director of Connecticut’s Eastern Region Tourism District, said his agency used social media, essentially for free, to exploit a growth area. “We know that […]

May 23, 2011

Relying on flexible, simple, low-cost campaigns

One of the region’s most iconic branding campaigns was actually designed to be a low-cost effort. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp.’s iconic “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign, which features snarky “hand-written” notes from “Philadelphia,” brought in $100 in tourism spending for every dollar spent on the campaign, according t[...]

May 23, 2011

Drawing more to the Garden State than just ratings

Grace Hanlon has a $9 million budget and a goal of besting last year’s mark of 67.7 million tourist visits to the Garden State.  Hanlon, executive director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, plans to spend nearly one-third of that budget — $2.8 million — on the department’s spring marketing campaign. “The […]

May 23, 2011

Becoming the hunter

Elizabeth Mackay’s experience at the state Division of Consumer Affairs prepared her to serve as the lieutenant governor’s senior policy adviser for reviewing red tape and advocating for small businesses. But it was hardly the only plus on her resume, which also includes a four-year stint as a prosecutor, both at the state and federal […]