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Treasury: Progress Continues on Statewide Disparity Study of Contracting Opportunities for Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses
2021/10/21

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

NJ Treasury Hires Diversity Portfolio Manager to Identify a Wider Universe of Diverse Investment Professionals to Oversee State's $80 Billion Pension Fund
2021/01/08

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

During National Small Business Week, Treasury Announces $100 Certification Fee for Small, Minority, Women & Veteran Owned Businesses Will Be Waived Indefinitely
2021/05/05

During National Small Business Week, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that the Department of the Treasury will be indefinitely waiving the $100 filing fee to become certified as a Small, Minority, Woman, or Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (SMWVBE).

Treasury Announces Several Initiatives Designed to Position New Jersey as a Model for Equitable and Sustainable Change
2020/12/23

The Department of the Treasury announced several key initiatives on Wednesday that will advance the Murphy Administration’s commitment to ensuring Minority-, Women-, and Veteran-Owned Businesses (MWVOB) can more fully participate in New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar supply chain. Chief among these initiatives is the commissioning of the first disparity study in nearly 20 years to measure current spend data, which is viewed as key to identifying and opening up new opportunities for MWVOBs to contract with the State of New Jersey to provide goods and services.

NJ Treasury Launches New Online Service to Streamline Certifications for Small, Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses
2019/09/18

State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio today announced the launch of a new web-based portal that streamlines how small, minority, women, and veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBEs) certify with the state, allowing them to more easily compete for state contracts with the Department of the Treasury.

New Jersey to Host Garden State's First Ever Summit to Connect Minority, Women, Veteran, & LGBTQ Businesses with Billion-Dollar Economic Engine
2019/07/25

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that the State of New Jersey will host NJ Connects, the first-ever state summit designed to connect minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses with roughly one billion dollars in public and private sector contracting opportunities.

Treasury & EDA Hosting Follow-up Subcontractor Opportunity Forum to Boost Inclusivity in $225 Million State Office Building Development Project
2019/08/04

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will host a second opportunity forum next week to help small, women, minority, and veteran-owned subcontracting companies (SMWVBEs) explore opportunities to work on the new state office building development projects underway in Trenton.

Governor Phil Murphy Appoints Hester Agudosi as Chief Diversity Officer of New Jersey
2018/04/20

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

State Strives for Inclusivity with $225 Million Downtown Trenton Investment Poised to Get Underway
2018/10/02

In an effort to attract small, minority- and women-owned businesses, the Department of the Treasury and the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) will host a networking event next week for entrepreneurs to showcase the opportunities that lie ahead as two new state office building projects get underway.

News from External Sources

Panel tackles how to enact DEI inside and outside of your organization
09/01/2021

Less than 10% of New Jersey’s spent public dollars goes to diverse businesses, according to New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer Hester Agudosi. The number comes from a disparity study Agudosi’s office is currently working on and was shared while she moderated the virtual NJBIZ Diversity in the Workplace panel on Aug. 31.

N.J. drops $100 fee to certify as small, minority-, women- or veteran-owned business
05/06/2021

Women, minorities and veterans face unique challenges when it comes to opening businesses and accessing capital. But it just got a bit easier for them in New Jersey. In recognition of National Small Business Month, state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that the $100 filing fee to become certified as a Small-, Minority-, Woman- or Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise is being waived indefinitely.

Dreams Will Not be Deferred: A Conversation Between Diversity Offices Across NJ
09/30/2020

Rowan’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) met with the same department leaders from schools across New Jersey. The event was called “Dreams Will Not Be Deferred,” hosted by Hester Agudosi, the chief diversity officer (CDO) of the New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

‘Diverse teams drive better returns’: Somerset Business Partnership holds diversity summit
09/30/2020

Diversity in the workplace leads to greater success. That was one of the messages delivered at the Somerset County Business Partnership's first Somerset County Diversity and Inclusion Summit held virtually on Sept. 24.

Find your voice, make time & negotiate: lessons from women in business
12/18/2019

Hester Agudosi, New Jersey’s chief diversity officer and a panel moderator at the symposium, shared statistics on the success in women-led businesses. Companies that have higher numbers of women in their workforce have gained higher financial profits and productivity when compared to companies that have fewer women employees, Agudosi noted, and four out of 10 U.S. businesses are women-owned.

Officials, execs highlight N.J. as place to grow film industry — with nod toward inclusion, diversity
03/21/2019

State officials and industry leaders — and plenty of both were present — made one thing clear Wednesday at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum in Newark: New Jersey has everything the industry needs to grow its presence in the state.

Editorial: Paterson Taking its Turn in the Hollywood Limelight
04/09/2019

Paterson has found a niche, in particular, with companies looking to film movies that represent other time periods.

Film Tax Credit Already Luring Moviemakers Back to New Jersey
04/02/2019

Film and television productions officially have returned to New Jersey, thanks to the reinstatement and significant bolstering of the Film Tax Credit Program, signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last summer.

Officials, Execs Highlight N.J. as Place to Grow Film Industry - with Nod Toward Inclusion, Diversity
03/21/2019

State officials and industry leaders - and plenty of both were present - made one thing clear Wednesday at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum in Newark:
New Jersey has everything the industry needs to grow its presence in the state.

New Jersey is Poised to Turn itself into Hollywood East
03/18/2019

Thomas Edison is credited with inventing motion pictures at his studios in West Orange, NJ, in the late 1880s. So New Jersey could've become what Hollywood turned into.

NJ Transit Gave $1.4 Million in Raises Following New Pay-Equity Law
02/10/2019

NJ Transit said it issued $1.4 million in raises to more than 200 workers last year to comply with New Jersey's new pay-equity law

State’s chief diversity officer is taking crucial first steps, bringing inclusion to the fore
09/04/2018

Gov. Phil Murphy hired Hester Agudosi in April as the state’s chief diversity officer to oversee greater inclusion efforts, both within the government’s hiring practices, as well as for third-party and contractor positions.

Murphy names state’s first chief diversity officer
04/23/2018

New Jersey is joining a trend with its first chief diversity officer, appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy last week.