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SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE HUB

In our efforts to support our small business community, we have curated over 120+ resources for small businesses & employees.

  • FEDERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
    FEDERAL 1. Small Business Administration (SBA): Support America's small businesses. The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their businesses. 2. Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. 3. US Treasury: National treasury and finance department of the federal government of the United States, which serves as an executive department. 4. US Department of Labor (US DOL): Executive departments of the U.S. federal government responsible for the administration of federal laws governing occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, unemployment benefits, reemployment services, and occasionally, economic statistics.
  • NEW JERSEY BUSINESS RESOURCES
    NEW JERSEY 1. New Jersey Small Business Development Center Headquarters: To better assist New Jersey’s small business owners and entrepreneurs, we have prepared this website with coronavirus-related small business updates, resources, and support. 2. The New Jersey Business Action Center: Provide mentoring, technical training, regulatory assistance, site selection, emergency preparedness guidance, and access to business recovery programs and services. 3. NJEDA SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES: With the creative and versatile loan solutions available to small to mid-sized businesses through the NJEDA, now is an opportune time to contact NJEDA to determine if any of our programs may be the right fit for your small to mid-sized business needs. 4. NJBIA SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES: Provides information, services, and advocacy to its member companies to build a more prosperous New Jersey. We are the nation’s largest statewide employer association. 5. NJEDA E-Commerce Technical Assistance Intake Form: In order to help stores, restaurants, and personal care businesses continue to operate safely, the NJEDA has partnered with e-commerce contractors throughout the State to provide free assistance for businesses that need help with web page design, online order fulfillment, online booking, digital payments, and other technology-related challenges. 6. New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL): NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updated Information for Employers & Businesses 7. NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard: This is a beta version of the Eligibility Wizard that focuses on newly announced State Emergency Assistance programs and the SBA disaster loan program. 8. NJ.gov Updates for Businesses: Learn about new rules, resources, and upcoming changes that may affect your business—including critical information and programs for state emergencies. 9. NJEDA Latest News: Latest Press & News from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority 10. NJ Division of Taxation: COVID-19 Related Tax Information 11. One Jersey Pledge Posters For Businesses: To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, New Jersey businesses, organizations, employees, and customers can participate in the One Jersey Pledge, committing to follow health and safety guidelines during New Jersey’s economic and social restart and recovery. LOCAL: Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce Hudson County Economic Development Center (HCEDC) Jersey City Economic Development Center (JCEDC) Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity (HCOBO) Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (Bayonne UEZ) Urban League of Hudson County Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ Hudson County Chamber of Commerce African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Paterson County Business Resources Gloucester County Business Resources Middletown County Business Resources Burlington County Business Resouces Trenton County Business Resources Livingston County Business Resources Cherry Hill Small Business Assistance Raritan Valley Small Business Assistance Collingwood Business Resources
  • FEDERAL FUNDING (SBA)
    SBA CARES ACT Overview: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at addressing the impact of COVID-19. The CARES Act includes: COVID-19 EIDL: This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Paycheck Protection Program: This forgivable loan helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Restaurant Revitalization Fund: This program provides assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other food service businesses impacted by COVID-19 Shuttered Venues Grant: The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program provides emergency assistance for eligible venues. SBA debt relief: SBA provides a financial reprieve to existing borrowers during the pandemic. Cross-program eligibility: A summary of the criteria to meet when considering different funding options. U.S Department of Agriculture Business & Industry Loan Guarantees: This program offers loan guarantees to lenders for their loans to rural businesses.
  • STATE FUNDING (NJ & NY)
    NEW JERSEY NJ STATE GOVERNMENT Small Business Fund – A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low-interest working capital to micro-businesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak. NJEDA NJEDA Financing and Incentives: Programs to provide businesses with low-interest financing through bonds, loan participations, loan guarantees, and variable or fixed-rate loans. To check on the status of an NJEDA Grant, go here: https://forms.business.nj.gov/grant-2-status/ Additional details on the NJEDA’s new programs, including complete eligibility requirements, are available here: https://cv.business.nj.gov. NEW YORK New York City Employee Retention Grant Program: Small businesses with one to four employees can apply for a grant of up to $27,000 that covers 40% of payroll costs over the course of two months. You must show that you lost 25% of your revenue due to the coronavirus. Refer to New York City’s coronavirus resource page for small businesses for more information. New York City Small Business Continuity Fund: If your business has fewer than 100 employees, you can get up to $75,000 in interest-free loans from the city to cover revenue losses.
  • OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS
    For informational purposes only. The NJSBDC is affiliated with any company below: announced a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local Seattle small businesses. From March 26 to April 30, Amazon Lending is also pausing repayment from sellers who have outstanding loans, and seller loans will not accrue interest during this time period. has brought together national arts grantmakers to help. Qualified artists may receive $5,000 grants to help with dire financial emergencies. has pledged $3 million in relief to bars and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns as part of its #RaiseYourSpirits campaign. is offering $1,000 Relief Grants. Grants are funded by the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation and CDN Creative Nail Design and are available to working professionals and students of beauty programs. to Assist in Securing Stimulus Funds Checkout this easy-to-use, consumer facing platform for small business owners and a white-label version for SBDC advisors to use with small business clients. announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track. , an online marketplace startup, launched a financial calculator tool that helps small businesses understand the changes in their finances before and after COVID-19. , a payment technology provider, has partnered with Gift Up! to allow its clients to sell virtual gift cards. Gift Up! is waiving its usual 3.49% fee for Fattmerchant’s members’ first $5,000 in gift card sales. created a relief fund that will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household. Small Business Relief Fund provides micro-grants to small businesses affected by coronavirus. To qualify, small businesses must raise at least $500 in a GoFundMe fundraiser, and the company and its partners provide matching grants to provide additional support. Businesses must also be independently operated and use the funds to support employees. Partners include Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, Bill.com, and GoDaddy. pledge to donate $800 million for COVID-19 relief includes efforts to help small and medium-sized businesses gain access to capital. is offering $340 million worth of ad credits to SMBs around the world. The company has also committed grants to support health organizations and non-profits. The funds available to SMBs are available to those who have had active Google Ads accounts over the past year. And the credits are automatically available, so you don’t need to apply. SMBs can use the funds for ad spend throughout 2020. has made a commitment of $550 million in total relief funds. Much of that is set aside for emergency small business loans. The rest is available in grant funds to organizations, healthcare providers, and communities. , an investment crowdfunding platform, announced a small business relief loan program that’s providing $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital to qualifying businesses. started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need. pledged $50 million to help struggling customers, and $8 million in aid to small businesses, specifically. launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. wants to support business owners who are unable to be physically present at their offices: The security startup is offering free (for three months) security cameras and monitoring kits. is urging small businesses to apply for 0% interest loans for up to $15,000. The company is also offering a longer grace period: New borrowers can access a grace period of up to six months. launched a cash runway scenario planning tool that helps small business owners gauge the impact COVID-19 could have on their companies. , a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, 0% interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick-and-mortars affected by the shutdown, in addition to its normal fundraising offerings. A contest for a chance to win $10,000 to take your business to the next level. Submit entries between February 24th and May 30th for your chance to win! , which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants, and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest-rate loans to business owners in need. and Ureeka have partnered to offer $10,000 grants to small businesses experiencing hardships. To qualify, businesses must have between 2 and 50 employees, have at least 2 years in business as of March 2020, and have between $250,000 and $2 million in annual revenue. Applications are open in phases based on location. Qualified businesses can apply online. launched a hotline for restaurant owners to get advice from finance and law experts in the hospitality industry. created a $1 million relief fund for minority-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. donated $5 million to support women-owned businesses affected by COVID-19 and has teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund, which will provide 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. for female-founded businesses, Stacy’s is offering a grant, mentorship, and advertising program to provide support during this time. Fifteen female founders will receive $10,000 grants. And applicants may also receive free ad space and expertise from PepsiCo and Frito-Lay business leaders. This grant and mentorship program includes $100,000 in non-dilutive grant funds and mentorship opportunities with accomplished entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban and Rebecca Minkoff. Two qualified businesses will receive the funds and ten more will receive coaching. has made emergency relief funds available to independent restaurants and food service businesses. The applications are currently suspended due to overwhelming demand. But they may re-open the program going forward. announced the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund that will provide grants on a first-come-first-served basis to restaurant owners and employees in need. formed a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for small businesses and their restaurant workers and is accepting donations. is a program that accepts donations and distributes them to gig workers and low earning contract employees who do not qualify for unemployment benefits but have lost work due to coronavirus. The Workers Lab is working with Canary to get funds out to verified freelancers and gig workers. An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Verizon will highlight and bolster these efforts through their inaugural “Pay It Forward Live” online concert series. , an investment crowdfunding platform, launched a Coronavirus Crisis Loans program enabling small businesses to crowdfund loans of $20,000 to $1 million from supporters. is offering $25 Million in relief specifically for restaurants and nightlife businesses facing coronavirus challenges. This relief includes free advertising and waived fees, like free page upgrades and three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist features. Independent local advertisers in other industries can also apply for relief.
  • NJ EMPLOYEE RESOURCES
    Guidance for Self-Employed Individuals FILING A PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE CLAIM NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know Self-Employed NJ Workers: Unemployment Benefits During the Coronavirus Emergency NJ Employees FAQ NJ Main Page for Unemployment COVID-19 Jobs & Hiring Portal COVID-19 Employee Benefit Scenarios Employee Earned Sick Time/Leave
  • HEALTH & SAFETY
    World Health Organization CDC How to Protect Yourself NJ Response to COVID-19
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