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Female Biz Owners at NJIT's EDC Named Top NJ Entrepreneurs

Own It Ventures, in collaboration with New Jersey Monthly magazine will honor three women business owners located at the NJIT Enterprise Development Center (EDC). Marjorie Perry, president of MZM Construction, Linda Sharkus, PhD, president of AcquiSci Inc., and Peggy McHale, principal at Consultants 2 Go, will be named among the top 25 leading women entrepreneurs and business owners in New Jersey for their service, leadership and contributions to New Jersey’s economic recovery. The event (www.ownitventures.com) will be held 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2011, at the Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Park.

“It is extraordinary that so many of our women entrepreneurs in our business accelerator program in Newark are being acknowledged for their achievements.” said Judith Sheft, NJIT Associate Vice President, whose responsibilities include oversight of EDC. “It shows that our commitment to these women and their companies can have a tremendous impact on the state’s economy.”

More remarks include:

"It is an honor to be a part of such an elite group of women. With the support of the resources provided by NJIT’s EDC, I have been able to grow my business and mentor other women as well," said McHale, of Berkeley Heights.

“I cannot tell you how proud it makes you feel when your peers acknowledge you for your accomplishments. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful night of recognition,” said Perry, of East Orange.

“I would like to thank those at the NJIT-EDC Incubator who have helped AcquiSci and me through the challenging times of an early stage company. The resources have been extremely helpful with regard to our development,” said Sharkus, of Belmar.

EDC www.njit-edc.org located at NJIT, New Jersey’s science and technology university, is home to over 90 high-tech and life-science companies.  EDC companies have access to NJIT facilities and can partner with researchers to help grow their businesses. EDC  puts start-up companies on a solid track to success with additional resources that include office space and laboratory facilities available at competitive rates and with flexible leases. EDC also provides comprehensive assistance with navigating the requirements for government contracts at all levels, preparing grant applications, and meeting regulatory rules and regulations. For more information, call 973.643.4063.

AcquiSci Inc. www.acquisci.com, a private company based at EDC, is a medical device company that’s developing the d-OSAB™ technological platform. Applications include the treatment of stroke and other inflammatory diseases and the purification of biological fluids. The company’s core technology patent was issued by the USPTO in June 2010. For more information, call 732.280-8425 or email sharkus@acquisci.com.

Consultants 2 Go www.consultants2go.com  is a certified minority, women-owned consulting company that provides marketing and analytics consultants to Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies in the financial services, telecom, life sciences and insurance industries on an interim basis or as an outsourced project. For more information, call 973.645.0098 or email info@Consultants2Go.com.

MZM Construction & Management www.mzmcc.com is a certified minority, woman and disadvantaged owned company that offers services in general construction and management to large and small companies, nonprofit and government agencies, as well as various transportation industries.  MZM recently added architecture and engineering services to its capabilities. For more information, call 973.242.7100 or  email admin@mzmcc.com.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.