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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.

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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:

Lloyd Raheem, Acting Director, Dept of Policy,

Planning and Development

Alycia Cohen, Assistant Director

Antoinette Brevard, Economic Development Manager

973 266-5411, ext. 5416

Jamillah Beasley-McCleod, Economic Development Rep

973 266-5411, Ext 5138

Mark Cheatam, Economic Development Rep

973 266-5411, Ext 5413

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Small Business Administration
Learning Platform

SBA's online learning programs are designed to empower and educated small business owners every step of the way.

SBA New Jersey District 


Learn more about the services SBA provides and the areas they serve.

Learning Center

Start, pivot, or grow your small business with courses from SBA's Learning Center. 

Courses include:

  • 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.

Ascent For Women  


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.

Boots to 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.

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Welcome to NJEDA - Learn More

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.


Your first stop for doing business in New Jersey

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