COVID-19 Resources for Your Business

An Update for your Business and COVID-19

Choose New Jersey stands ready to support your business in these unprecedented times. We want to ensure you have the information you need and provide access to available aid. The U.S. government and the State of New Jersey have instituted several loan and grant programs to assist companies experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus.

One of the largest federal legislative efforts, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to learn more about how your small business may qualify.

The State of New Jersey is committed to stabilizing small business operations and put them back on a pathway to growth. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has introduced a suite of loans and grants to assist those that are struggling at this time. NJEDA makes it easy for organizations to understand what support programs are available to you through its electronic “Eligibility Wizard”. This tool is designed to help businesses and nonprofits determine which state emergency financial assistance programs or federal SBA disaster loans best suits them. We encourage you to explore the specific programs below to identify the support you may need. For more COVID-19 information and resources, visit https://www.choosenj.com/COVID-19/

Additional Resources

NJEDA ELIGIBILITY WIZARD


Use this wizard to find out if you are eligible for a NJEDA grant or loan.

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NJEDA GRANT APPLICATION AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW


A tutorial on NJEDA’s grant applications and details on available programs.

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SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM


A $5M program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, etc.

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SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE LOAN PROGRAM


A $10M program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5M in revenues.

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Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund


A $10M capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low interest working capital to micro businesses.

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CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program


A $1.25M program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak.

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NJ ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT PROGRAM


A $5M program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies.

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EMERGENCY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for State and U.S. Small Business Administration programs.

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CARES ACT


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.

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U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses in New Jersey.

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NJ JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL


Discover companies currently hiring in New Jersey.

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GARDEN STATE RELIEF FUND


Garden State Relief Fund ensures that small businesses and nonprofits are provided with quick, equitable and inclusive opportunities for relief, stability, and growth.

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WHAT CAN CHOOSE New Jersey DO FOR YOU

Relocation & Expansion Services

We provide customized RFI responses, demographics, detailed market assessments and other complimentary business relocation and expansion services. When your company chooses to grow in New Jersey, we also will help you publicize your good news.

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Economic Development Connections

Our public and private partners provide a wide range of services. From higher education research collaboration to regulatory and legal assistance to workforce training, they’ll ensure you have a smooth landing.

Catherine Scangarella
Chief Business Development Officer
Bill Noonan
Business Development Director Sector Lead: Technology, Financial Services, Film & TV