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Women for the Millennium

These articles were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on April 28,

1999. All rights reserved.

Two Princeton-area entrepreneurs, Katherine Kish

and Marcia Guberman, will offer workshops at the annual

conference of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners Inc

(NJAWBO) from Thursday to Saturday, April 29 to May 1, at Trump

Plaza/World’s Fair Atlantic City. The conference focusing on "A

New Attitude for the New Millennium" will feature two keynote

addresses, more than 25 workshops, a golf clinic and outing, and a

member mall. Package

registration for the whole conference is $475. Registration for April

29 only is $200; $325 for April 30. For more information, visit

http://www.njawbo.org.

"No One Knows What You Want Unless You Ask For It" by

Kish, founder of Market Entry Inc., a strategic marketing and sales

consulting firm, will help you find out how to ask the right questions

of the right people in the right places.

Guberman, owner of Business Builders and M.D.S. Cleaning, speaks

on "When to Expand Your Staff and How to Do It." She offers

advice to employers for determining the job description needed, the

type of employee to add, and how to go about interviewing and

selecting

that person (U.S. 1, April 21). Guberman has been named Business Woman

of the Year by the Mercer Chapter of the NJAWBO.

Dayna Waitley, national speaker and author of "The

Psychology of Winning for Women," will be the keynote speaker

on Thursday, April 29. This motivational program will explore

time-tested

ideas and new breakthroughs in the behavioral sciences for women who

seek to realize their full potential.

Aldonna Ambler, CMC, CSP, a business strategist and growth

management consultant, will give the keynote "Reach for It"

on Friday, April 30. Using three sets of athletes as comparative

examples,

Ambler applies the key points of their training process to business

people who are questioning the growth of their companies.

Entrepreneurs

can learn how to tap into their hidden growth potential and how to

recognize the signs of when it is time to take their business to the

next level.

Workshops on Thursday, April 29, include "Turning

Your Web Site Into a Profit Center" by Maybelle Cowan, a

former English teacher, and co-founder and president of M.L. Burke

Internet Services. Cowan will discuss how you can plan a site that

can be used for aggressive marketing or one that can increase your

profits by streamlining your business.

Participants will hear advice on how to identify and implement basic

organizing skills into the day-to-day administration of business,

which will increase productivity, save time, and reduce stress at

the workshop "Get Organized to Maximize Your Time, Money, and

Productivity" by Patty Gallagher, owner/president of PRG

Consulting and Management Services.

Sandy Musson, owner of By The Hour Inc., and Susan

Ananian,

a certified massage therapist, will present "Using Your Woman’s

Intuition in Your Business." You will learn simple techniques

to help you tune into your inner voice and hear clear examples of

how listening to that inner voice has brought both business and

personal

success.

Workshops on Friday, April 30 include:

"Energy for the Entrepreneur, Feeling Fit and Fabulous,"

by Susan E. Davis, a licensed physical therapist and co-owner

of Marlboro Physical Therapy. You will learn simple exercises you

can do at your desk, on lunch break, or after work. Build your self

esteem, improve energy and metabolic level, help focus and

concentration,

and learn to sail past that afternoon slump.

"To Scream or Not to Scream" by Karen Bennett,

owner of Karen Bennett & Associates, will help you identify stressors

and develop mechanisms in order to cope and plan more effectively.

Lathea V. Morris, former assistant secretary of state

of New Jersey, principal of The Credit Alternative, and co-producer

of "Your Credit Rating," will present "Have Credit Cards

Taken a Bite Out of Your Bottom Line?" You will learn to develop

a strategic plan to make credit cards work for you and avoid the

perils.

"Find it on the Internet: Lost at Sea" by Barbara

Zaccone , a web design and marketing communications professional

and president of Barbara Zaccone Associates, will help you find out

what search engines are the best and discover some sites that will

increase productivity.

In "Keep Business Booming Through Smart Media

Relations,"

Pat Nunno Rouque, owner of Business Boomers, a company that

focuses on landing heavyweight results for healthcare,

telecommunications,

and luxury living clients, will share the secrets that have helped

her land nearly one million dollars in free publicity for herself

and her clients.

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Employment With Complex Issues

<B>Richard Dodds, director of technology from

Community

Options Inc., and Connie Britt, a leader in supported employment

from the University of Indiana, will be speaking at the two-day

workshop

"Employment for Persons with Complex Situations" on Thursday

and Friday, April 29 and 30, at 9 a.m. at the Daily Plan It,

Morristown.

Call 973-644-4750.

The workshop will provide an in-depth discussion of how persons with

significant disabilities can be employed in real jobs and revisit

key concepts from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A panel

of employers will discuss the types of positions available in the

workforce. (For an article about Community Options, see page tk.)

The Farber Road-based national nonprofit organization was founded

by Robert Stack in 1989, to develop housing and employment

opportunities

for people with disabilities. The philosophy of the agency is that

all people, regardless of their level of disability, can and should

live and work in the community.

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Federal Tax Credits

Developers applying for federal Low Income Housing Tax

Credits (LIHTC) in the fall cycle for 1999 should do so by July 15.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) is currently

reviewing the 44 applications representing $29 million in requests

for the state’s $10.1 million allocation for the spring cycle. The

announcement of awards for successful applicants is anticipated to

take place on June 21.

The LIHTC program provides federal tax incentives to encourage the

private financing and production of rental housing for low-income

households. Tax credits are awarded to developers planning to build

new rental apartments or rehabilitate existing units. HMFA is the

designated housing credit agency for New Jersey, and allocates tax

credits to qualified applicants.

"The federal housing tax credit program has spurred construction

of more than 13,000 rental units statewide since 1987," says

Deborah

De Santis, HMFA executive director, "and is just one of the

many financing programs HMFA offers to help developers complete

essential

and worthy projects."

Project eligibility is determined by the 1999 LIHTC Qualified

Allocation

Plan, which evaluates each development on a point system in a variety

of categories. The highest ranking projects fall in the urban,

suburban,

special needs, and Hope VI categories.

Developers may obtain a complete application package from the HMFA.

Training seminars and one-on-one counseling sessions for developers

are also offered by the HMFA. The HMFA offices are located at 637

South Clinton Avenue in Trenton. Call 609-273-7400.

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Realtor News

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) can supply speakers

on real estate, financial, legal, and accounting matters, says

Stephen

M. Segal, 1999 chairman of the New Jersey chapter. Founded in 1953

and based in Chicago, it awards the CRE designation to its members

who are selected by invitation (http://www.cre.org). For

information

on the speakers program call Segal at 609-882-3737.

The New Jersey Apartment Association holds its 10th annual

multi-family

housing conference and exhibition at the Tropicana in Atlantic City

on May 11 to 13. Though a golf outing features prominently in the

plans, two full days of workshops range from maintenance workshops

for managers (everything from lead paint strategies to hot water

systems)

to managing capital projects (hiring contractors) and "The

Workplace

Battlefield" (sexual harassment, affirmative action, and

termination

lawsuits. Celebrity speakers include Michael Fortino and Dan

Thurman. One-day registration costs from $175 to $250 or $100 for

employees. Call 888-886-NJAA.

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Federal Rental

Assistance

A landlord cannot refuse to rent to tenants who receive

federal rental assistance. The Supreme Court of New Jersey upheld

a New Jersey statute which made it unlawful for a landlord to refuse

to rent to a tenant because the tenant was a recipient of governmental

rental assistance through the federal Section 8 statute.

The court noted that the act would protect tenants from "a severe

shortage of rental housing in this state." The anti-discrimination

statute will assist recent welfare reform efforts to assist people

in the transition from welfare to work. The Congress had recently

appropriated $238,000,000 for rental assistance to help eligible

families

make the transition from welfare to work. The court observed that

"housing plays a major part in any effort at becoming

self-sufficient."

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Corporate Angels

<B>The Forrestal was a major sponsor at Princeton’s

"Taste of the Nation" anti-hunger fundraising event on March

29 that generated over $45,000. American Express and Williams-Sonoma,

national co-sponsors, covered organizing and promotional expenses.

Other local sponsors included Drinker Biddle & Reath.

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Donations Please

It costs $10,000 to raise a dog to be of service as

a "canine companion," but those who need a dog pay only $125.

Canine Companions for Independence has provided highly skilled

assistance

dogs for people with disabilities since 1975.

Ken Longman, a marketing consultant with Longman Moran

Analytics,

and his wife Mary Longman (president of Princeton Community

Housing) are among the volunteers who raise the puppies. These

"Puppy

Raisers" keep the dogs eight weeks to 15 months of age and then

return them to the organization to receive eight months of advanced

training. "Service dogs" help those in wheelchairs or with

mobility limitations, and "signal dogs" alert the deaf or

hearing impaired to important sounds. Among those in Princeton who

use the services of a canine companion is Barbara Martindale.

Puppyraisers are invited to the dog’s "graduation" ceremony

when the dog is presented to his human partner. To volunteer, call

973-786-5656 or E-mail JRoseff@aol.com or send a check

to the New Jersey Champions, 33 Sleepy Hollow Road, Andover 07821.


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