SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
The federal government, the State of New Jersey, and the City of East Orange offer programs to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about these programs for business owners and workers here.
The SBL-EAGP will assist tenants and landlords adversely impacted by COVID-19. The intended use of this program is to provide financial support to small businesses while also assisting landlords who may have also fallen behind in his/her mortgage payments.
The creation of a Small Business Lease-Emergency Assistance Grant Program (“SBL-EAGP”); The intent of this program is targeted towards small businesses located in NJRA’s 64 eligible municipalities adversely impacted by COVID-19. The SBL-EAGP will provide grants to:
· Tenants leasing commercial space in mixed-use buildings
· Tenants leasing space in commercial buildings
· Tenants leasing space to operate a storefront business
Non-profits entities with the following designations will also be permitted to receive grant funding: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(7).
The maximum grant per applicant will not exceed $10,000. All funds must be expended by December 30, 2020
Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
The online application portal will open on August 10, 2020 at 9am. Click here for the application.
New Jersey Redevelopment Authority | 150 West State Street, Trenton NJ 08625
SMALL BUSINESS LEASE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The online application portal opened August 10, 2020 at 9am.
Additional Resources for Business Owners
Coming Up on June 4th - Understanding Programs & Eligibility for NJEDA's $50M in New Funding
NJEDA Director of Small Business Services will provide a detailed explanation of the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, and whereas a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships. The program will also feature a special focus on businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.
Our Fair Share:
Our Fair Share's goal is to educate and guide minority small business owners, non-profits, independent contractors and churches through the SBA PPP loan programs available to you through the recently passed CARES Act
NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard
If your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, Mayor Ted Green and the East Orange City Council urge you to take advantage of new grant and loan programs at the federal and state levels. To determine your eligibility and which programs best fit your needs:
Rising Tide Capital
Rising Tide Capital is offering assistance to business owners working to apply to grant and loan programs. Businesses interested in receiving support should send an email to: for more information.
US Chamber of Commerce
The Save Small Business Fund is a grant-making initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Verizon have partnered to form the Verizon Business Recovery Grant Program. The program provides eligible businesses up to $10,000 to meet urgent financial needs.
The $50 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program that will be formally approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Friday morning will set aside $15 million specifically for companies located in Opportunity Zones
NJ ADVANCED MEDIA
This program is meant to help give your business an extra boost this summer as you reopen and need to communicate to existing and potential customers that you are open for business. LEARN MORE HERE
Webinar: Positioning Your Business To Sell Online…Or Sell MORE Online
It's more important than ever to be able to sell online. This webinar goes over inexpensive and free options to get started online - from listing inventory to making email campaigns to selling on social media.
Webinar: Navigating Long-Term Uncertainty and the Aftermath of Disruption
This webinar provides 'navigational tools' for working with uncertainty and planning for the aftermath of disruption.
Webinar: Essential PR Tools and Tactics - Elevate the Visibility of Your Business While Being Sheltered in Place
This webinar will provide the tools and steps you can take to make sure your business remains visible to your customers, potential customers, and even the media.
Webinar: The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should Be Focused on Right No
This webinar will focus on the four areas of your business you should be focused on right now, to successfully traverse through these turbulent times:
Webinar: Black in Business, Manage Your Mental
This webinar, though primarily directed at Business School students, provides practical tips for staying grounded and focused through high-stress times.
Launching and supporting Black-owned businesses
Mandy Bowman, founder of the Official Black Wall Street discusses how it's time to focus on creating and supporting Black businesses to build long term/generational wealth.
Resources for Employees
The New Jersey Department of Labor has developed a webpage dedicated to explaining the state benefits and protections that may be available to you under a range of different scenarios. There are 10 scenarios listed which include situations like:
A person who is losing hours because of a reduction in force related to COVID-19
A person who is out of work because their employer voluntarily closed (temporarily or
otherwise) due to COVID-19.
Resources for Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits has developed a resource for non-profit organizations.
Resources for Artists
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It has developed a comprehensive list of resources for artists and arts organizations dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
EO Shops Local- 2020 Census Drive
A complete count of every person living in the United States has tremendous benefits for you, your customers, and employees.
Provides the basis for distributing economic development grants
Offers valuable demographic information on your customer base, including income levels and household size
Informs decision-making for financial lending, investments, and other sound business practices and more!
East Orange needs an accurate count to make sure our city gets the resources it needs.
Fill out the 2020 Census today at 2020census.gov.