Jeffrey Robinson

Jeffrey Robinson explains minority small business accelerators in The Gainesville Sun article

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Gainesville, FL

Minority business accelerators have launched in a handful of metropolitan areas in recent years as local businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development groups work to create more jobs and improve the quality of life in their regions.

A key goal of the accelerators is to help minority owned-companies win contracts with large companies. Despite the rapid growth in the number of minority-owned businesses — over 45 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the Census Bureau — they struggle to get business with major companies.

One reason for the disparity is that a small company may not have the infrastructure, such as computer systems, and the experience to operate on the level needed to fulfill a big contract, says Jeffrey Robinson, a professor of management and entrepreneurship at Rutgers University. He is working on the Newark accelerator.

"There's a leap you have to take from the five-person company to a couple hundred, to being a multimillion-dollar company. You can't run them the same way," Robinson says.

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TAGS: Entrepreneurship Jeffrey Robinson Management and Global Business Small Business

Three Rutgers Business School professors among recipients of university's 2014 faculty awards

Friday, May 9, 2014

Three Rutgers Business School professors were among 35 faculty members across Rutgers University who received awards on May 7 honoring them for teaching, scholarly excellence and leadership.

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Professor Jeffrey Robinson lends expertise to U.S. News & World Report article on choosing an MBA program in entrepreneurship

Monday, May 5, 2014

U.S. News & World Report highlighted the insights of Rutgers Business School Professor Jeffrey Robinson in a recent article about what students should consider when they're making a decision about where to pursue an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

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5 Questions to ask when choosing an MBA Entrepreneurship Program

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Washington, DC

1. Is entrepreneurship an official track or concentration? A school that has entrepreneurship as a designated area of study may treat this area of business more seriously than schools that don't. "That in it of itself says there's some commitment by the school in this area,” says Jeffrey Robinson, the academic director for the Center of Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

At the business school, MBA students can select entrepreneurship as a concentration and take required courses as well as electives such as Technology Ventures and Social Entrepreneurship.

Robinson, whose first business included selling CDs, records and cassette tapes as a Rutgers undergrad, encourages students to also ask if their school of interest has a center for entrepreneurship.

"Centers are good at a few things," he says. "One of them is coordinating activities from inside and outside of the school."

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TAGS: Entrepreneurship Jeffrey Robinson Management and Global Business The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Some small businesses still wait for Sandy grants, Jeff Robinson quoted

Friday, October 25, 2013
New York, NY

A year after Superstorm Sandy sent more than six feet of ocean water into their ice cream store and destroyed everything inside, Brian and Michelle McMullin are still waiting to hear if they'll get grant money from New Jersey to help pay rebuilding costs.

But 60 miles away, in New York City, a $250,000 grant from a utility helped Madelaine Chocolate start its recovery after more than four feet of water flooded the factory and left mud, rust and mold covering walls, floors and more than 100 pieces of equipment.

Small business owners who applied for grants after the Oct. 29, 2012, storm are more likely to have gotten money by now from private sources like corporations, charities and chambers of commerce rather than the government. The problem: States must, by law, follow certain steps to give grants. But a lack of planning and negative attitudes about businesses also stand in the way of getting money quickly to companies that need it, according to people who study disaster recovery.

There's also resistance to giving small company grants because of the belief that business owners are well off, says Jeffrey Robinson, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

"They think, 'they're making money, why should we give it to them?'" Robinson says. "But you don't know how much you rely on the local supermarket or the corner Dunkin' Donuts until it's gone."

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Jeffrey Robinson in Wall Street Journal Regarding Whole Foods Coming to Newark

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Newark, NJ

For Mr. Booker, a vegetarian and foodie who began courting the chain soon after his inauguration in 2006, the store helps fulfill a promise to bring more fresh food to the city.

"You have to convince the retailers that there is a market here," said Jeffrey Robinson, an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School-Newark, who said the city is working on attracting residents downtown.

Neighboring Halsey Street has filled with bars and restaurants frequented by office workers and college students. A $444 million Prudential corporate tower is being erected across the street, and the adjacent Military Park is undergoing a $3 million renovation by the developer who rehabilitated New York's Bryant Park.

Whole Foods could bring further change. The chain's move into an emerging neighborhood tends to cause other stores to follow and property values to rise, said Jerry Johnson of the land-use consultants Johnson Reid.

A specialty grocer locating in a neighborhood tends to boost property values by an average of 18%, according to a 2007 report by Johnson Reid.

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In a workshop on social innovation, participants are urged to be fearless and unafraid to fail

Monday, September 9, 2013

The director of President Barack Obama’s Social Innovation Fund shared his views on the importance of the emerging movement and what sometimes stands in the way of new ideas when he appeared at the Rutgers Workshop on Social Innovation.

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Two Rutgers doctoral students elected as leaders of PhD Project's marketing association

Friday, August 16, 2013

Two Rutgers Business School students were elected to leadership positions in the Marketing Doctoral Students Association during the group’s annual conference in Boston.

TAGS: Brett Gilbert City of Newark Geraldine Henderson Jeffrey Robinson Jerome Williams KPMG Marketing PhD

New book on complex issues around food marketing and childhood obesity inspires thought leadership event

Monday, May 13, 2013

In one chapter of “Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” the challenge of trying to reign in the pervasive influences that lead to unhealthy diets and overweight young people becomes painstakingly clear.

TAGS: City of Newark Jeffrey Robinson Jerome Williams Management and Global Business Marketing Research Thought Leadership

Jeffrey Robinson, assistant professor of management, quoted by Star-Ledger on hiring practices of small businesses

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Jeffrey Robinson, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was quoted by The Star-Ledger in an article about hiring practices of small business owners. The practices were captured in a poll conducted by Wells Fargo/Gallop Small Business Index report.

In the article, Robinson said business owners who fear their companies will fail before the economy improves can take a few steps to ease the pain.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Jeffrey Robinson The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Thought Leadership

Officials begin compiling detailed data on N.J. businesses for critical phase of Sandy recovery

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TRENTON - State business leaders are facing a stark and chilling reality: Hundreds of companies remain perilously close to losing their battle against Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

This is a critical point in officials’ efforts to resuscitate ailing businesses in the Garden State. They have to rapidly turn the rounded numbers and estimates from the early days of the hurricane’s aftermath into hard figures that will help them cut a clear path to recovery.

Jeffrey Robinson, assistant professor at Rutgers Business School in Newark, has studied data collected from companies after other U.S. disasters.

"In post-Katrina Louisiana, one of the things they found is businesses will go away permanently if they lack just $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000," he said. "They set up a business grant program there. You’ll find most companies had some kind of loan or line of credit before the storm, so the idea of another loan doesn’t sit will with many of them."

In academic terms, Robinson said, New Jersey’s survey would need to generate at least 4,000 responses before it could claim represent a signficant cross-section of the estimated 40,000 businesses impacted by the storm.

"The only way to get that is by going door to door, getting people to go out and collect this information," he said. "Anyone can go online to fill out that form right now, for better or for worse."


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Social Innovation Institute recognized for its work to create economic change in the community

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The New Jersey Black Issues Convention awarded its prestigious Community Change Award to Jeffrey Robinson, director of the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute, part of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Robinson was awarded for community change in the area of economic security and opportunity.

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Rutgers Business School hosts Echoing Green Global Fellows retreat

Friday, September 14, 2012

This past summer, Rutgers Business School played host to some of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs whose goal is nothing less than changing the world.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Jeffrey Robinson Social Entrepreneurship The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Profiting From A Cause

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Newark, NJ

It's a nice premise: Buy stuff to help those in need. Companies using this model are profiting off people wanting to "do good." Is there anything wrong with that?

Watch Professor Jeffrey Robinson discuss this with the Huffington Post.

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Growing community of social entrepreneurs look for ways to establish legitimacy

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Warren County, NJ

Whether they choose to work through B Lab or the state, social entrepreneurs need to establish legitimacy, said Jeffrey Robinson, assistant director of the Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. He teaches a social entrepreneurship course and has organized an institute that nurtures burgeoning nonprofit-business hybrids.

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Social Innovation Institute to help NJ entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Newark, NJ

Entrepreneurs hoping to make the world a better place will get a helping hand next year from the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute, a new program offered through a partnership between Rutgers University and PSEG, the parent company of Public Service Electric & Gas.

Both individuals and organizations will participate, and there are 16 slots for the program, which is open to entrepreneurs focused on either a social or environmental good.

"The big idea is, how do you encourage non-profit organizations and innovative individuals who want to solve problems and create jobs at the same time," explained Professor Jeff Robinson of the Rutgers Business School. "It’s not an easy task to pull off."

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Innovation institute aims to solve social problems through entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Newark, NJ

The creation of a New Jersey Social Innovation Institute was announced Wednesday during the New Jersey Social Enterprise Summit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark.

In a statement the institute said its goal is to foster social entrepreneurship, which integrates social goals and social or environmental problem-solving into its core business model. These social ventures may be affiliated with nonprofits, but are run as companies, or may be independent companies devoted to using business to affect positive changes.

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State takes wraps off social innovation program

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Newark, NJ

The New Jersey Social Innovation Institute, which will train entrepreneurs to launch ventures combining business enterprise with a social mission, was launched today by Rutgers Business School, Public Service Enterprise Group, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.

Rutgers professor Jeffrey Robinson, assistant director of the school's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, said during a press briefing at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark, that the institute is being funded with $100,000 from a federal grant. By mid-December, the institute will chose 16 teams from among applicants with ideas for social ventures, and applicants can be nonprofits or individuals that want to start a social enterprise.

"This idea is not new — it has worked in Louisiana and other countries, and now is the time to bring it to New Jersey," Robinson said. "If you do this kind of work with a mission and still play in the marketplace, you need certain skills and training."

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