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NJ Ignite: Rental Support
January 4, 2022

NJ Ignite provides rent support for technology startups that are moving to an approved collaborative workspace.

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Renters can be early-stage technology and life science companies in New Jersey with 10 or fewer employees and less than $1 million in trailing 12 months gross sales from date of application submission. Collaborative workplaces can be entities with a minimum of 5 unique paying tenants over the last 2 years. Renters and collaborative workplaces must apply together.

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Benefits for Renters: Rent support grants.

Benefits for Collaborative Workspaces: A tenant attraction tool.

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Small Business Fund
January 3, 2022

The Small Business Fund provides creditworthy small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and nonprofits in New Jersey access to financing.

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Eligibility:

Small businesses that have been in operation for at least 1 full year and not-for-profits that have been in operation for at least 3 full years, and have no more than $3 million in total revenue. Special consideration for creditworthy small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses.

Benefits:

Financing up to $500,000.

Apply to Sell Recreational Cannabis in New Jersey

March 21, 2022

Applications for prospective Cannabis Retailers are open now. While there is no limit to the number of applications the State accepts, you should check with your local government on their requirements. The Business.NJ.gov Navigator can provide you with a personalized step-by-step business registration guide for your new cannabis business.

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Help Your Employees Get Their Income Tax Credits

March 21, 2022

For tax year 2021, people who earned less than $57,414 could receive a refundable credit of up to $2,691 from the state and $6,728 from the federal government. About one in four New Jersey residents who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) fails to claim it. The NJ EITC Marketing Toolkit includes posters and other downloadable materials to help you tell your employees about money they might be leaving on the table.

See the Toolkit

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State COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs

February 11, 2022

The Small Business Improvement Grant reimburses eligible small businesses and nonprofits for up to 50% of eligible project costs associated with building improvements or the purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment made on or after March 9th, 2020. The maximum grant award is $50,000. Applications are first-come-first-served.

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Traditional NJEDA Programs

In addition to the programs listed on this page, the NJEDA encourages businesses to explore the Authority’s business support programs that are not specific to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. More details about these programs can be found on the NJEDA’s website at www.njeda.com

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COVID-19 Required Workplace Health and Safety Standards

October 22, 2021

All  new state contracted workers, workers in certain state and private health care facilities, and high-risk congregate settings in New Jersey will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. Learn more about the requirements.

All businesses, offices, and worksites may open in New Jersey.

Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the public.

Businesses have the right to require stricter mask policies, but businesses are not allowed to restrict the use of face masks by their staff, customers, or visitors. Municipalities and counties are also permitted to impose stricter requirements on masking in businesses open to the public.

New Jersey is strongly encouraging both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask and social distance in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

Social distancing, masking, and other safety measures are still required in high-risk areas such as healthcare settings, public transportation, child care centers, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.

In addition, the majority of State offices open to the public, including New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations, continue to require masking of staff and visitors. Individuals should review setting-specific requirements in advance of arrival.

Requirements At Worksites

Under legislation signed by Governor Murphy on June 4, 2021, the majority of Executive Orders issued pursuant to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency expired on July 4, 2021. This included Executive Order 192, which provided many COVID-19 worker rights and protections.

However, certain federal COVID-19 worker rights and protections are in place for specific occupations and industries, such as healthcare workers and medical facilities. Learn more and stay up to date by visiting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 website: osha.gov/coronavirus.

Under federal OSHA law, employers must protect workers from workplace hazards that can cause illness or injury, provide required personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure its use. It's also against New Jersey Wage and Hour law for an employer to deduct the cost of protective equipment from an employee's pay.

Health & Safety Recommendations For Businesses

The NJ Department of Health has issued industry-specific health and safety recommendations for:

General public health and safety recommendations to help businesses protect employees and customers:

  • Businesses are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidelines and social distancing to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Masks are not required for most indoor workplaces, however businesses should encourage unvaccinated employees, customers, and guests to wear masks.
  • If masks or gloves are required by employers, businesses are encouraged to provide them to employees
  • Businesses are encouraged to provide approved sanitization materials for employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals
  • Employees should practice hand hygiene and employers should provide employees with sufficient break time for that purpose
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch areas is encouraged in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines
  • Prior to each shift, employers are encouraged to conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, consistent with CDC guidance
  • Employers are encouraged to keep sick employees from entering the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws
  • Encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Employers should promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite

For more safety tips, refer to the CDC's COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

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Small Business Lease Grant Program

October 14, 2021

The Small Business Lease Grant supports the growth and success of small businesses and non-profits by providing grant funding to cover a portion of lease payments for businesses and non-profits leasing new or additional space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.

  • Benefits: Two grant awards of 20% of the total annual lease payment.
  • Eligibility: Small businesses and nonprofits entering a new lease, lease amendment, or lease extension for at least a five-year term that includes at least 250 square feet of street-level space.

Learn more about the program.

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Return & Earn Program: Wage Subsidies for Employers

September 27, 2021

The Return & Earn Program will help small businesses fill the positions they need to grow, thrive, and lead our economic recovery.

Visit the NJ Department of Labor’s “Return and Earn” program page for more information.

Wage Subsidies for Employers

Employers can receive up to $10,000 in wage subsidies to hire and train new employees. The subsidies will help cover wages for a new employee for up to their first six months on the job, a time when employers are providing on-the-job training to on-board and upskill new workers.

Eligible businesses must have 100 or fewer current employees, and the positions to be filled must pay at least $15 per hour.

During the employer-provided training period of up-to the first six months of employment, Return & Earn will reimburse employers for half of the wages paid for regular hours worked. The total reimbursement will be capped at $10,000 per new employee, and at $40,000 per employer. This reimbursement will be valid whether this training occurs in-person at the job site or virtually.

Employers can complete this form to express interest in this program and to receive application information as it becomes available.

Return-to-Work Benefits for Employees

Employees getting jobs through Return & Earn will receive a $500 return-to-work bonus in their first paycheck, on top of any other hiring bonus or benefit provided by their employer.

In addition, the Department of Labor will coordinate its wraparound services with Return & Earn to provide additional supports for workers to help workers meet the costs associated with returning to work, such as transportation and child care costs.

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New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020

September 13, 2021

Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA) into law on January 7th, 2021. The ERA creates a package of programs that includes tax credits to incentivize job creation, new construction, and revitalization of brownfields and historic properties; financial resources for small businesses; support for new supermarkets and healthy food retailers in food desert communities; new funding opportunities for early-stage companies in New Jersey; and support for the growing film and digital media industry.

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