Our Vision for New Jersey
New Jersey will reclaim its stature as the innovation state; the home of economic vitality, business prosperity, workforce skill excellence and a great quality of life so that NJBIA members can grow and sustain.
NJBIA exists to advance the competitive excellence and financial success of our members by:
- Delivering member value through essential information and services.
- Championing a competitive business climate, both locally and globally.
- Facilitating partnerships among business, government and academia.
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies to build a more prosperous New Jersey. We are the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Our members employ more than one million people.
Founded in 1910, as the New Jersey Manufacturers Association, this organization began as a group of manufacturers sharing ideas about workplace safety. In addition, they also want to have a say in government policies affecting their businesses. The Association later formed New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance to protect their members with workers compensation insurance.
Entering the last 25 years of the 20th century, the makeup of its membership changed dramatically. For this reason, the Association changed its name to the New Jersey Business & Industry Association in the mid-1970s.
Today, our members represent every industry in the State. This includes contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind.
NJBIA is widely regarded as the most credible and effective advocate for business in the Garden State. Our headquarters at 10 West Lafayette Street in Trenton is strategically located near the State Capitol. Our staff of government affairs experts testify frequently before the Legislature and state agencies to protect the interests of our members.
In addition to powerful advocacy, we also provide member companies with practical information and a number of money-saving benefits to help make the Garden State’s businesses prosperous.
Contact our membership department to learn more.
History of NJBIA
Marking Over a Century of Service to New Jersey Business
Founded in February 1910, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association has served the State’s private-sector employers for more than 100 years through good times and bad.
Read the History of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as published in the September 2010 issue of New Jersey Business magazine.
In this 1926 photo, Association President J.P. Bird points to a bronze plaque outside its then-headquarters at 175 West State Street. The plaque contains the names of NJBIA’s executive staff and board.
Board of Trustees
Celestina S. Quintana, Chairperson, Owner/Operator McDonald’s restaurants
Clifford F. Lindholm, III, Vice Chairperson, President & CEO, Falstrom Company
Lori Roth, CPA/ABV, CFF, Treasurer, Co-Managing Partner, Prager Metis
Brian F. Neuwirth, Immediate Past Chairperson President, UNEX Manufacturing, Inc.
Rashaad Bajwa, CEO, Integris
Marcy Bliss, President, Wedgewood Pharmacy
Dan Borok, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners
Domenick Cama, President, NYC Metro & New Jersey Markets of Citizens Bank
Jessica Gonzalez, Chief Innovation Officer, BluLabs and IBrands Global
James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO, Junior Achievement of New Jersey
Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC, President & CEO, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President-Corporate Citizenship, PSEG
The Benefits of Membership
For more than 110 years we have been focused on the advancement of competitive excellence and financial success of our members. We are the voice of thousands of businesses bound together to build a more prosperous New Jersey by providing advocacy, support, networking and exclusive money savings benefits to businesses throughout the 21 counties of the Garden State.