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The State of Business in New Jersey

December 8, 2020

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year for New Jersey businesses would be a massive understatement. An already challenging business environment become exponentially more challenging when the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread shutdowns earlier this year. From restrictions and closings, to supply chain issues, to workplace safety and staffing, the issues that business owners have had to grapple with are numerous. Listen to our sobering and insightful conversation with Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, about how New Jersey business owners are coping — and how things are looking for 2021.

Jeffrey  Kaszerman

Jeffrey Kaszerman

Jeff Kaszerman is the vice president of government relations for New Jersey Society of CPAs. He works with the CEO and board of trustees to create and implement advocacy initiatives that protect and promote the interests of the CPA profession, the business community and the public.

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Michele  Siekerka

Michele Siekerka

Michele Siekerka, President, NJ Business & Industry Association leads the nation’s largest employer association representing over 20,000 member companies and 1.1 million employees within the state. She brings a diverse background steeped in executive management and a reputation for effective leadership along with her understanding of business and government and how they can productively interact. A former Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, she has also served as president and CEO of the Mercer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as vice president and senior legal counsel for AAA.

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