|In this issue, we provide our 2014 Business Forecasts, featuring information that may help our business readers better plan for a successful new year. Beginning on page 38, we present the outlooks of seven individuals who have their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in industry sectors vital to a business’ success: healthcare; energy; the stock market; small business lending; real estate; and employment growth. Based on the comments of our experts, there are bright spots on the 2014 business horizon.
Additional features in this issue include: our profile on Hudson County, which details a variety of residential, commercial and infrastructure projects going on throughout the 62.24-square-mile county; a primer on global commerce and how businesses can reap the benefits of “New Jersey: An International Trade Gate”; “The Benefits and Pitfalls of Operating a Franchise”, which reveals the intricacies of the franchising industry; “Meeting Place Modifications,” a look at continuous facility renovations in the lodging and conference center industries; and “Advancing Nursing Education,” in which we discover how colleges and universities in the state are helping nursing students obtain advanced degrees.
We hope you enjoy these and other stories in this issue.
Finally, the entire staff at NEW JERSEY BUSINESS magazine wishes all of our readers a very Happy Holiday Season.
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