Support for Business Owners
The federal government, the State of New Jersey, and the City of East Orange offer programs to help you grow your business. Learn about these programs for business owners and workers here.
East Orange Dept.of Policy, Planning and Development/Division of Economic Development
Mission and Purpose
The goal of the Economic Development Division in the Department of Policy, Planning and Development is to foster the growth and retention of business activity and, through a healthy local economy provide employment opportunities and a strong tax base.
Liaison to Business & Community Organizations
The Economic Development Division serves as the liaison to the business and community organizations. The Division is committed to a vibrant, creative, sustainable business community that expands opportunities within the City.
Our Programs focus on Specific Objectives, including:
Attracting new businesses
Nurturing small and start-up businesses
Retaining existing business and industry
Support for the redevelopment and/or adaptive reuse of underutilized or vacant properties
Community Development Block Grant
East Orange Urban Enterprise Zone Program
For more information, please contact:
Tiffany Harris-Delaney, Director, PPD
973 266-5140, Ext 5351
Jamillah Beasley-McCleod, Economic Development Rep
973 266-5411, Ext 5138
Mark Cheatam, Economic Development Rep
973 266-5411, Ext 5413
Small Business Administration
SBA's online learning programs are designed to empower and educated small business owners every step of the way.
Start, pivot, or grow your small business with courses from SBA's Learning Center.
PLAN - Research, plan, and document your ideas.
LAUNCH - Turn your business plan into a reality.
MANAGE - Master day-to-day operations to run your business.
MARKET - Understand your competition and strategies to win customers.
GROW - Expand by finding new funding, customers, and locations.
SBA Mentor-Protege Program Tutorial.
A free online learning platform for women interested in starting or growing their small businesses. Ascent is divided into major topics called Journeys, developed by experts in women's entrepreneurship. Chose any journey to start, skip the ones you already know. Within each Journey, you'll find Excursions with the tools you need to master a topic. Each excursion includes a time estimate for completion. You are the boss of when and how to apply these tools to your business.
Entrepreneurial education and training program for transitioning service members and their spouses. Additionally, it produces educational and informational content that will educate public and private sector actors about their capacity to be agents of social change; and conduct research into the existing landscape of public and private social responsibility and the potential for the future.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority has announced the Small Business Improvement Grant which offers reimbursement for costs associated with making building improvements or purchasing new furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
For program details, eligibility, award size and fees, please see the link below.
Small Business Improvement Grant - NJEDA
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) grows the state's economy, increases access to opportunity, and fosters vibrant, inclusive community development. NJEDA works in partnership with a diverse range of stake holders to implement programs and initiatives that improve quality of life, enhance economic vitality, and strengthen New Jersey's long-term economic competitiveness.