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Jun 05, 2017

Bell Works Update

By Lori Draz

Bell Works is kicking off the summer season with spectacular growth and successes. As more tenants and businesses move in, and more events continue to be hosted there on a near daily basis, the energy and excitement continue to grow.

On Wednesday, May 17, WorkWave®, a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for the field service and “last mile” delivery industries, officially cut the ribbon on its new headquarters at Bell Works. The company is bringing over 200 jobs to the historic building in 2017. WorkWave is rapidly expanding and received a $15.7 million incentive from the EDA’s Grow NJ program to relocate its headquarters in Bell Works and plans to add more than 250 new jobs to New Jersey over the next three years. Attending the ceremony were Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo, President and CEO of WorkWave Chris Sullens, President of Somerset Development Ralph Zucker, and President and COO of NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) Tim Lizura.

Additionally, Mr. Zucker will be the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Visionary Award for his collaborative efforts to identify a solution for the future of one of the country’s most celebrated architecturally and historically significant buildings, the iconic former Bell Labs facility. Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur of the Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges that includes entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national, and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

Among the many other activities Bell Works recently hosted was “The Future of Podcasting in Business and Culture,” with an exciting panel featuring Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic of AMC TV’s “Comic Book Men” and Felecia Wellington Radel and Alex Biese, hosts of the popular podcast, “Fan Theory.” They discussed the explosive growth of podcasts, how the medium is changing, and how to get started in the business. They also hosted the NJ Strategic Tech + Design breakfast panel discussion on Tuesday, May 16. Called “Scaling Your Business for Success,” the forum of experts and business owners discussed topics like long-term vision, hitting revenue goals year over year, attracting the right employees and partners, and keeping investors happy.

Once the home of some of the most monumental technological inventions of the 20th century, Bell Works reimagines the historical building as a workplace of the future. Today, Somerset Development is transforming the building into a mixed-use “metroburb,” complete with offices, retail, dining, healthcare, recreation, and hospitality. To learn more, visit www.Bell.Works.