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  • Tax Planning This Year

    April 6, 2017

    Big or small, no matter who you are, you must file your taxes. The deadline for filing is rapidly approaching so it’s not too early for a small business to get ready. What can you do to make ...

  • Going Back To College With An Internship

    Within a blink of an eye, summer is already coming to a close. Students are beginning to flock to stores to start their back to college shopping. If you were fortunate enough to have your summer ...

  • Morning Rituals The Preface To Your Day

    It is too often we start our mornings in a state of stress.  Start the day like that, and for the rest of the day, you are in survival mode.  Instead, take steps to take back your mornings ...

  • Cloud Data Usage for the Small Business

    Cloud computing applied with the combination of data analytics is becoming a rapidly emerging sector in IT.  Products such as Carbonite, Google Drive, and Dropbox are three examples of popular ...

  • Checking Your Taxes Twice!

    Tax season can be stressful for every small business owner. For the business owners who handles his or her own filings, it can be particularly burdensome. Here are some tips that can ease the ...

  • Utilize the College Campus Career Services

    Tapping into the resources of neighboring colleges is an excellent way to pool talent. This works in a number of ways where you can find qualified students for internships or entry-level jobs, and ...

  • Creating Dashboards for Your Business

    It can be a very challenging process to pull together data from different sources and then create a simple and easy to read presentation.  Having the right software can make this difficult ...

  • Analytical Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

    With many new inexpensive analytic tools on the market, small business owners can embrace technology that will help them identify opportunities and stay competitive. Analytical software has the power ...

  • Marketing Tips For The New Year

    The New Year is an excellent time to reassess your marketing investment.  Here are some quick measurable tips for 2016 to help you make the most out of your marketing dollars.

    Build and ...

  • Social Media Marketing for the Small Business

    For many small businesses, owners need to enhance their online and digital presence to supplement strategy and growth. By implementing a plan for social media it can drive marketing for a ...

  • Goal Setting For the New Year

    Organization is the name of the game when assessing and assigning goals for the New Year.  Be sure to implement a thorough process with sound communication, this will help you and your employees ...

  • Holiday Gift Giving - Show Thanks To Your Clients

    There are a variety of ways to get in touch with your clients to show your appreciation for them this holiday season.  Companies have different policies that you have to respect but fortunately, ...

  • Self-Improvement – Becoming an Authentic Leader

    The concept of “Authentic Leadership” was largely popularized by Harvard Business School professor, Bill George, author of the best-seller Authentic Leadership. When it comes to being an ...

  • Shaking Those Summertime Blues

    Winter blues? Summer slack-off? We all know the deal: unfortunately, the changing of the seasons can affect our performance at work more than we may like to admit. And, with summer more than half way ...

  • Summer Events For Clients

    Many businesses reduce their client events during the peak summer months of July and August because of vacations and varying schedules. However, you can use this to your advantage and plan a small ...

  • Perking Up Your PowerPoint Presentations

    There are few things comparable to a boring PowerPoint presentation. We’ve all experienced this – the agony that comes when a presenter slowly reads every word on a slide that has all ...

  • Exercising At Work

    Balancing a 50-60 hour work week with your exercise schedule can be a difficult feat.  Incorporating exercise into your work day is one way to make sure you get your workout accomplished.  ...

  • “E” is for Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurs are drivers to discovering tomorrow’s innovation. They are pivotal in keeping both our society and economy thriving. Inspiration can come from a variety of places - whether ...

  • Spring Cleaning For The Small Business

    Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start cleaning! Now is a great time to assess what needs to be organized, what can be discarded, and what needs to go to long term storage. Here ...

  • Videos, The Modern Resume

    Not all recruiters are requiring video resumes today, but this has become an acceptable format for candidates for selected jobs. Video Resumes can certainly help you stand out, but there have been ...

  • Winter Events For Clients

    It’s the dead of winter and you are in the process of brainstorming new ways to reach out to your clients. You want to differentiate yourself from the standard phone call and email, but how? ...

  • Beat the Weather: Making the Best of the Winter Season

    With the changing season comes a changing mood. Don’t let your business fall into hibernation mode. The winter season presents the ideal time to evaluate the steps that can be taken to ...

  • The New Year Kick Off

    A new year brings out the question, what principles would you like to apply to your small business? Sure you have your business plan for 2015, but what is going to create that extra spark for your ...

  • Holiday Parties Beware!

    It’s the end of the year and everybody has worked hard. A holiday party is on the way and the team certainly deserves it. It will be a great time to see the corporate team in a more intimate ...

  • The Pros and Cons of Working Virtually

    Let’s face it working from home is great. Not having to participate in the morning commute or worrying about wardrobe is a huge time and stress saver. But it’s important to structure ...

  • Is It Too Early To Start Working on Your 2015 Plan?

    No! In fact, now is the best time to start working on the plan. You have two months until 2015. This is plenty of time to gather relevant examples of what worked and what did not work. It is also ...

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Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 12, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.

 

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Dear Susan: I am interested in ...

LaZare: Bringing Passion to Our Politics

October 19, 2017

Time was, New Jersey residents could at least count on their elected representatives to be good stewards of their funds they paid in taxes:  to maintain their roads, their obligations, and their air and water.  Those times are long gone.  For close to three decades, administrations of all political stripes have hedged here, and borrowed there, and put the state on a depressing ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, October 19, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness

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Thu, October 19, 10:00 AM

The Connection, Summit

Cardio Boot Camp Circuit

Health & Wellness

Thu, October 19, 2:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Retired & Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Information ...

Giving Back Other

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Thu, October 19, 5:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

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Thu, October 19, 6:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba with Miguel

Health & Wellness

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

St. Teresa of Avila RC Church-Avila Room, Summit

Citizenship Preparation Classes

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Unintentional Consequence of WWI: American Religious Pluralism and the Jewish Experience @ ScotLib

October 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Jessica Cooperman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Studies at Muhlenberg College, will discuss an unintentional consequence of involvement in World War I -- American religious pluralism and the depiction of Judaism and Catholicism as equal partners to Protestantism in the “three faiths of American ...

Nationwide YMCA Membership is Coming in November!

YMCA Members will have access to Y Facilities across the United States

At the Summit Area YMCA, we believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when the community works together to invest in our youth, our health, and our neighbors. Strengthening the community is the foundation from which the Y was built upon. In order to provide the most meaningful impact, and ...

The Summit Area YMCA kicks off Healthy U

A state-wide program promoting healthy lifestyles for children comes to the Y!

SUMMIT, NJ   As a part of our dedication to youth development and healthy living, the Summit Area YMCA provides the Healthy U curriculum that teaches children in our communities to adapt healthy living habits that will follow them into adulthood. Healthy U, a statewide initiative introducing the award winning ...

Rape Crisis Advocates Needed

The Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) needs volunteer advocates to assist victims of sexual violence. The Rape Crisis Center will train volunteers during daytime sessions at the Colleen Fraser Building at the Union County complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.  Prior to training, each volunteer must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview.

“These ...

Veteran's Appreciation Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- NJVetsConnect will be hosting a special "Veteran's Appreciation Day" on Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in honor of the upcoming Veteran's Day.  

NJ VetsConnect is a group who's mission is to bring Veteran's together in Fellowship, Camaraderie and Connection.  Led by a group of military veterans, the ...

Imagine offers Workshop on: Fostering Resilience in Grieving Children and Teens

 

Open to all members of the community, please join Imagine for a workshop on Fostering Resilience in Grieving Children, and invite your friends and family.  The workshop is ideal for parents, caregivers, social workers, teachers and therapists. CE credits are available for social workers.  The workshop will be held on October 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  ...

JCP&L Reminds Customers Assistance and Service Programs are Available to Help Pay Utility Bills

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance or energy efficiency programs that could reduce the amount of electricity they use.

    Assistance programs available to New Jersey residents include:

Lifeline – Offers a cash grant to help people who ...

Wait. What?

Don’t you have homework to do?

 

My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same time. 

 

Don’t you have homework to do?  I have to repeat myself a little louder because she is insulated in her electronic cocoon by ear buds.

 

“I am doing homework,” ...

Grand National at Far Hills Races Will Be International Affaire

October 13, 2017

GRAND NATIONAL TAKES ON INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

The $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America’s richest steeplechase race, has attracted strong international interest, with no fewer than five overseas challengers among 12 nominees to the centerpiece of the 97th annual Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 21.

One of New Jersey’s premier sporting events, the Far Hills Races will be one ...

A New Way to Approach Affordable Housing: A Statement from Council Candidates Doll and Baer Peterson

October 16, 2017

Affordable housing is a complex issue that requires communication, transparency, and inclusivity, along with dedicated leadership and coordination between many levels of our local and state governments. All too often, this issue is used as a political "hot potato" which is fueled by rhetoric, unclear narratives, and partisan politics.

As a municipality, we are currently in an ...

Meet Borough Council Candidate Jamie Baer Peterson

My husband and I moved to New Providence 20 years ago because we thought it was the perfect place to raise our kids while having access to NYC for our careers.  We have grown to deeply love this community and the friends we have made here.  I have been an active volunteer and committee chair in all the pre-schools and public schools my three children have attended. I have also ...

Keith Doll: A Call to Service

The inspiration for my campaign is rooted in my desire to affect positive change in service to the community where my wife and I have chosen to raise our family.

Since declaring my candidacy, I have been moved and motivated by the stories of all the residents I've met and spoken with along this incredible journey.

Running as a Democratic candidate for New Providence Borough Council, ...

LaZare: Trump Tax Worst Thing for District 21

For District 21, Trump's tax proposal is giving residents twenty thousand reasons to vote Democratic next month.

Trump's tax bill wants to eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction on Federal taxes. Of all the voting districts in the country, ours will be among the worst hit as residents here on average get $20,000 a year in deductions directly from SALT.

This tax ...

No More Politics as Usual

A first-time candidate running to serve in the General Assembly for the 21st District, I am, quite simply, tired of politics as usual. I believe that with the right leadership, New Jersey can be a beacon of hope amidst a volatile political and economic landscape.

Born and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, I eventually settled in ...

Solving Our Gun Violence Problem at the Polls

The loss of life in Las Vegas this week was even more tragic because it was preventable. In spite of what the gun lobby would like us to believe, we can and must make this country safe from gun violence. 

In 1996, a shooting spree in a gift shop in Tasmania left 35 people dead—the most deadly mass shooting in the country’s history. In the immediate aftermath, ...