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Incubator helping small companies grow 'in spite of being in Camden'

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A SOUTH JERSEY business incubator, the Applied Communication and Information Networking Program at the Camden Center for Entrepreneurship, is helping some 60 startups grow - but some of its companies are facing envious challenges.

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               “People are beginning to recognize New Jersey wines.
         the quality is coming up dramatically, and we really are a bargain.”
                                                          Larry Sharrott Jr., owner, Sharrott Winery




                                                                                                                                                                          Christina Mazza
                                                                                                                                                                                            Smarter Agent CEO Brad Blumberg jokingly says his firm
                                                                                                                                                                                            may be kicked out of a Camden business incubator for
                                                                                                                                                                                            being too successful. He now employs more than 30.


                                                                                                                                                                                            Incubator helping
                                                                                                                                                                                            small companies
                                                                                                                                                                                            grow ‘in spite of
                                                                                                                                                                                            being in Camden’
                                                                                                                                                                                                      By João-PIErrE S. ruth
                                                                                                                                                                                            A SouTh JERSEy business incubator, the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Applied Communication and Information
                                                                                                                                                                                            Networking Program at the Camden Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ter for Entrepreneurship, is helping some 60
                                                                                                                                                                                            startups grow — but some of its companies
                                                                                                                                                                                            are facing envious challenges.




                                                                                                                                                                          Joe St. Arney
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brad Blumberg, a tenant at ACIN and
                                                                                                                                                                                            chief executive of software developer Smarter
                                                                                                                                                                                            Agent Inc., jokingly said his company may be
                                                                                                                                                                                            shown the door in the near future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “They’ll probably kick us out if we keep
Like many other South Jersey wine producers, Larry Sharrott Jr., above, of Sharrott
                                                                                                                                                                                            growing,” he said. “We started with four people
Winery, is frustrated by what he calls the ‘long, slow progression of taxes’ the Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                            three years ago, and now we’re clocking over 30.”
State has levied upon its wineries. In August, the Legislature approved a 3.5-cent tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Smarter Agent is actively hiring, with plans
hike on bottles of wine, which most producers have been forced to swallow, owing to the
                                                                                                                                                                                            to expand, but Blumberg said finding the right
recession. At right, grapes ready for harvest at Cape May Winery, one of three wineries in
                                                                                                                                                                                            talent has been difficult. “I don’t know if i
								
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