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Anjalee Khemlani

About the Diversified Blog

Regardless of industry, cultural, racial and identity issues affect the business community. Here, Anjalee Khemlani blogs about the many facets of one of the most diverse states in the country. anjaleek@njbiz.com.

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Morristown businesswoman finds Ivanka Trump 'incredibly engaged' during meeting with Hispanic Chamber group

Katherine O'Hara was surprised to find out she had been invited to meet with Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and a businesswoman herself, last month.

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'Stand up and be counted': Joel Sherman finds he can speak his mind and still run his business

At the end of a rather surprisingly apolitical discussion, Joel Sherman stood up and asked the million-dollar question of the executives serving on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Business Roundtable on the role of race in the workplace this...

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Where are rents rising faster than Manhattan: Would you believe Oak Tree Road in Iselin?

When Saurabh Gadgil chose Oak Tree Road in Iselin to open the first East Coast location of his India-based business this month, it wasn't just because of the commercial district's reputation of being a South Asian hub.

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Black and Latino Tech Initiative, created to help diversity-led early-stage companies gain access to capital and coaching, to launch this week

The Black and Latino Tech Initiative, a collaborative program with the goal to aid early-stage companies with black and Latino co-founders with viable business models, will launch this week in Newark, organizers said.

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N.J. 'Day Without Immigrants' protest shows consequences of an immigrant nation without immigrants

Some immigrants in New Jersey participated in the silent protest of “A Day Without Immigrants” Thursday to show what cities and schools would be like in their absence.

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Number of Hispanic-owned businesses continues to grow, economic study finds

There are now 116,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the Garden State, according to a recent report for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Recent controversies fueling interest in Jersey man's documentary on Arab-American experience

Everyone assumes that people from the Middle East are Muslim and Arab, but that isn’t always the case. That is why Abe Kasbo, a New Jersey resident, began working on a film in 2007 to dispel the ignorance about his home region.

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Immigrants relying on payday loan, check cashing centers now have new option in N.J.

New Jersey’s tax-paying undocumented immigrants who have long been dependent on payday loan and check cashing centers for financial help now have a new option.

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A diverse workforce can pay off for retailers, study finds

We already know diversity in the office is beneficial because it leads to a diversity of ideas and opinions, but a new study found a similar correlation between diverse communities and retail chains.

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Latino community aims to show it has power at the bank, voting booth

What does it take to court Latino voters? That question has become easier to answer, as the overall Hispanic community has been flexing its economic power in the presence of politicians in the state.

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