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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.
south jersey NJBIZ File Photo “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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