As we all know, these last few weeks have been an extremely difficult time in the midst of a global health and economic crisis. Choose New Jersey stands ready to assist companies and organizations that are struggling at this time. We are working together with the State of New Jersey and our partners at New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the Business Action Center (BAC) to address some of the challenges posed by this pandemic. NJEDA just introduced a suite of small business assistance programs available to those in need of financial relief.
Choose New Jersey has created a web page with information on resources and statewide efforts including support offered by the private sector. We encourage you to visit and bookmark this page to keep up to date on New Jersey business news and economic forecast in the weeks ahead.
Please note that this data is reported from February and precedes COVID-19.
▲Increase .2% YoY | U.S. 3.5%
XXX No change over 2019, stable
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Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ramsey-based Konica Minolta announces partnership with Google Cloud to develop productivity tools for businesses. Konica is setting out to create the “Workplace of the Future” with AI, blockchain, and facial recognition services.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we have seen extraordinary philanthropic efforts from New Jersey’s corporate community. PSEG donated 50,000 N95 masks. Prudential Financial has also donated PPE equipment. New Jersey American Water is giving to local food banks. Audible is offering free unlimited streaming for kids quarantined at home. Wakefern and Shoprite stores are donating trailers to transport field hospital equipment. L’Oréal is converting its New Jersey manufacturing facility to produce hand sanitizer. New Jersey’s pharmaceutical companies are leading the fight to increase test kits and help find a cure. Our healthcare providers like Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJBarnabas Health and Morristown Medical Center are working hard to treat patients and mitigate this crisis. And of course, all of our essential businesses and employees that are on the front lines of this pandemic – we salute you. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but we know that New Jersey will get through this together.
First Lady Tammy Murphy, along with Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart and other New Jersey celebrities, launch the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund over video chat to provide financial assistance and resources to combat coronavirus.
“Your job is to go support the local economy.”
– Don Katz, Founder & Executive Chairman of Audible, regarding Audible’s Lunch Out Wednesdays initiative and corporate social responsibility.
The audiobook giant gives employees a lunch stipend every week to spend at Newark restaurants in an effort to boost the local economy. Audible employees have eaten 30,000 lunches in Newark since 2017.
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