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Office Space: May, 2012

by Editorial Staff--South Jersey Biz
On the Books: Finding Inspiration
Sometimes learning from example is the best way to get ahead in business. There are countless successful companies and business people to draw your inspiration from, and these new releases can get you started.

How Will You Measure Your Life? (pictured) Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, with the help of fellow authors James Allworth and Karen Dillon, reflects on his experiences teaching some of the country’s brightest minds to provide valuable insight into what it takes to stay grounded and satisfied in any career. (HarperBusiness, May 2012, $25.99)

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau explains how to turn your ideas into income without ever settling into what he calls a “real job.” He divulges his tips to turn your talents into a financial future. (Crown Business, May 2012, $23)

Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking Author Andy Sernovitz teaches readers the five steps that help you master the art of word-of-mouth marketing, using examples from viral marketing, social media and more. (Greenleaf Group Book Press, April 2012, $15.95)

IT: Modern Office
Turn your office into a private retreat with some of these great tools. We’ve selected our top picks to create a fun and functional workspace for you to show off.

Air Multiplier Table Fan This bladeless fan doesn’t just look interesting, it also generates a safer, smoother source of fresh air for your office. No blades means no dust collection, no break in the flow of air, and less noise. Dyson, $329.99

Staple Free Stapler Save yourself a trip or two to the supply closet. This cool tool does the work of an average stapler without the actual staples, by cutting a small slit in your papers and tucking them together neatly. Made by Humans, $12.99

Swyvel LED Desk Lamp Brighten up your space with this innovative desk lamp. It’s built with five dimming options and four eco-friendly, bright white LED lights, and comes with a built-in USB charger to give your phone or other electronics a battery boost. Bulbrite Industries, $188

Crunching the Numbers

$495 million: Price offered by New Jersey-based Bed Bath & Beyond to purchase Cost Plus Inc., owner of World Market and Cost Plus Imports.

$1,000,000: Donation to WomenHeart: National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease from Burlington Coat Factory. Funds were raised through the retailer’s Red Dress event, held from February through Easter in support of women’s heart health.

$35 million: Increase in South Jersey Industries’ Capital Investment Recovery Tracker program, approved by the Board of Public Utilities, which helps accelerate planned capital expenditures that enhance the delivery of safe and reliable service and create jobs.

$12,500+: Money raised at the Jewish Business Network of Southern New Jersey's recent Mitzvah Magic event.

$25,000: Value of items donated for area charities.

64%: Philadelphia area workers that report enjoying work more than they did in 2010, the peak of the economic collapse, according to a recent Regus Work-Life Balance Index. That is even though 56 percent report spending more time working, and 67 percent report taking on additional duties.

$19 million: Sale price for the 91,758-square-foot Town Square Shopping Center, a J.S. Hovnanian & Sons LLC property in Mount Laurel sold to The Hampshire Companies.

2013: Year the new Cooper Cancer Institute, a $100 million project that broke ground earlier this month, will open in Camden.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 2, Issue 5 (May, 2012).
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