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We Need You: Important Survey on NJ Food Processing

NJFPA's First Industry Benchmarking Effort

This project is an effort made possible thanks to several organizations, including NJFPA, Rutgers Food Innovation Center, the NJEDA, and Grassi Advisors & Accountants.

Take the short 5-10 minute survey and you will help provide invaluable insight into our industry. The result is valuable information that you can leverage to strengthen your operations and enhance your ROI come year-end.

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2021 Conference Schedule

2021 Annual Conference, Presented by M&T Bank

Education Days: April 22nd and 29th (both Thursdays)
Session Days: April 23rd and 30th (both Fridays)
All Elements Are Virtual This Year

This year's conference features an expanded schedule of presentations along with two standalone educational offerings and special pre-conference experiences.


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Cultivate Small Business Program

Note: The NJFPA is pleased to let you know about the program mentioned below. If you have any questions, please email the contacts listed below.

Cultivate Small Business was created to help early-stage entrepreneurs (focused on women, people of color, and immigrants) build food businesses. It’s like a mini MBA for food businesses and it’s completely FREE. This year it’s virtual and open to anyone in New Jersey.

When is it?
The 16-week program runs April - June 2021.

What do I get?
The program provides:
  • classes taught by Babson business professors
  • connections to mentors in the food industry
  • support from a network of entrepreneurs, and
  • the chance to apply for grants to support your business

Who runs this?
It’s a collaboration between 
Santander BankBabson CollegeCommonWealth KitchenLAEDA and ICIC.

How can I get more information?
Join an online info session on February 17th at 10 am. You can register for each session by clicking here. If you have any questions about the program you can contact [email protected]

Applications are due March 1, 2021.
The team will review applications and begin scheduling interviews on a rolling basis beginning February 15th. We strongly encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time for gathering the necessary documentation.
 
 

HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - 2020 Bonus COVID-19 Risks

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: 2020 Bonus - COVID-19 Risks

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

COVID-19 Risks
In addition to these 5 major areas of HR risk, which are all exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, there are risks inherent in the pandemic itself. Employee morale and loyalty can be severely tested in situations where furloughs and layoffs are inevitable. If you find yourself needing to make these tough decisions to contain employee-related costs, take purposeful steps to make the process easier for those who are leaving and staying. To the extent possible, communicate with remaining employees about the potential and timeline to bring furloughed employees back. Discuss how laid-off or furloughed employees’ roles will be covered. Offer departing employees job coaching and resume building services to support them in this transition.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #5 Talent Acquisition

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #5. Talent Acquisition

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#5. Talent Acquisition
Before any employee can become a key team member, you first need to be able to identify and attract them in the recruitment process. Oftentimes, the inability to find or secure the right candidates is due to mistakes made in this selection process.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #4 Career Planning & Progression

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #4. Career Planning & Progression

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#4. Career Planning & Progression
Your responsibility to your employees should not end with providing them a salary and job responsibilities. Employees will want to stay with employers who also value and enable their career progression. If you do not have one already, design your organizational chart by department to map out the progression of positions available in your company. Include descriptions that allow employees to understand how the roles are gradually elevated and connected.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #3 Work-Life Integration

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #3 Work-Life Integration

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#3 Work-Life Integration
In today’s stressful and fast-paced existence, employees may find value in getting paid less if it means they can better balance their lives in and out of the office. Offering part-time or flex options to employees in this situation can sometimes mean the difference between retaining a key employee or losing them to a more flexible employer.

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NJFPA & NJMEP Training Partnership

NJFPA & NJMEP Training Partnership

5 Self Paced, Online Food Training
Courses - Available Now!
NJFPA partnered with NJMEP to provide members
with even more access to critical training.
Get started today!

New NJFPA Partnerships : NJ Manufacturing Extension Program

New NJFPA Partnerships : NJ Manufacturing Extension Program

The NJ Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is a private, not-for-profit organization that improves the profitability and competitiveness of New Jersey’s manufacturers. Backed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NJMEP enables organizations to enhance their productivity and efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve employee performance.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #2 Employee Compensation

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #2 Employee Compensation

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#2 Employee Compensation
With many companies focused on containing costs and freezing pay raises or bonuses during the economic downturn, it is more important than ever to be creative in the ways you are compensating your employees and communicating these benefits to them.

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - #1 Employee Retention

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks: #1 Employee Retention

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

#1. Employee Retention
Your business is your long-term priority, but have you considered what keeps your employees connected or disconnected from your organization? Most likely, it is employee culture – or the lack thereof. Employees stay when they like who they work with, are treated well and feel part of the organization’s mission.

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News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

Intentional adulteration…when a food product is intentionally contaminated by a person or group of people, either internal or external to a food business, has become even a greater concern as food processors battle through the challenges and ramifications of COVID-19. The most common cause of intentional adulteration within the food supply chain has been disgruntled employees seeking revenge on their employer or co-workers. On July 26, 2019, the FSMA final rule for intentional adulteration came into force: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. 

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New NJFPA Partnerships : Rutgers Food Innovation Center

New NJFPA Partnerships : Rutgers Food Innovation Center

The Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University (FIC) is a unique food business incubator and accelerator. Combining years of industry expertise and the advanced technologies offered by Rutgers, we provide business, marketing, food safety, product design and scale up expertise within FDA and USDA certified facilities to help companies successfully build and grow their business.

Through a partnership with the FIC, NJFPA membership now has additional benefits!

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HR Corner: Top 5 HR Risks - Intro

Overcoming the Top 5 HR Risks

Jeff Agranoff, HR Consulting Principal, Grassi Advisors & Accountants

Through the ups and downs of your business, the people behind your company name will play a large part in its rise or fall. Like any major element of your business, your workforce and Human Resources (HR) function should be regularly evaluated to ensure they are moving the company in an upward path.

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Partner Programing : Investors Bank Virtual Business Exchange

Investors Bank Virtual Business Exchange

In the current world, where we are all trying to increase business through virtual efforts, any assistance or tips to improve on this would help. Investors Bank is hosting an event led by speaker Jeb Blount. Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 10:00 AM ET

Jeb Blount is a celebrated author, speaker and trainer on sales training, creating connections, overcoming objections, and virtual selling.  He has authored—Objections: The Ultimate Guide for Mastering The Art and Science of Getting Past No, Fanatical Prospecting, Sales EQ, Inked and many more.  In the new reality attached to doing business in COVID, Investors Bank sees how effective Jeb’s training has been and wanted to offer it to our community.

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Partner Programing - Webinar: Election 2020 Tax Policy

Webinar: Election 2020 Tax Policy
Wednesday, October 28
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Join Withum’s Federal Tax Experts, Dan Mayo and Jeremias Ramosas for an overview of the tax proposals from both candidates and what they mean for you and your business. We don’t know yet which proposal will be implemented but tune in for the different possibilities of what could happen November 3, 2020.

Discussion Topics Include



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Fall 2020 Industry Resources

Regular readers of the NJFPA newsletter will already be aware of these industry events and programs but we wanted to broaden our reach! 

For more details on each of these and other ongoing programs be sure to visit Ongoing Industry Events & Programs

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