Just 12 short months ago when we met to honor NJBIZ magazine’s “50 Fastest Growing New Jersey Companies,” we were taking a short pause from dealing with the damage and hardships that Superstorm Sandy had caused our individual businesses and the communities of New Jersey. There was a somber note about our celebration of entrepreneurship.
What a difference a year makes! Although much remains to be done to help the victims of Sandy recover, it’s obvious that New Jersey has come back and shown that—in the words of the TV ad—we really are stronger than the storm.
New Jersey’s strength is reflected in the diverse mix of companies whose successes we celebrate this year: information technology, software, internet services, professional services, contracting defense, banking, energy, and oh yes, there are 10 companies on the list that have something to do with health care.
Over the past few weeks, we have been reminded many times how large a sector of the economy health care has grown to be. And we’ve been reminded how important decisions about health care are, not only to individuals, but to businesses of all sizes.
But thank goodness for information technology and the Internet, two industries which together represent another 15 or so of New Jersey’s fastest growing companies.
The use of information technology and the Internet has enabled UnitedHealthcare to launch major programs to educate consumers and businesses on health care issues. For example, UHC-TV breaks down industry jargon into simple, everyday language, sometimes with a touch of humor. Our online tools and mobile apps help people better understand their payment responsibilities and comparison shop for medical help based on quality and cost.
Last year it was Sandy. This year, it’s the much less threatening, but certainly more confusing, rollout of the Affordable Care Act. And next year there is likely to be another imposing challenge pressing on the minds of New Jersey’s 50 fastest growing companies.
But whatever the challenge, New Jersey’s businesses have shown we have what it takes to handle it - and none more so than the companies recognized this year. Congratulations to all 50 companies not just for their successes, but also for their resilience, dedication to quality, innovation and commitment to their employees and the community.
Congratulations to all of the awardees who were also honored
with the "50 Fastest Growing New Jersey Companies" award