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Department of State

New Jersey Business Action Center

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Business Action Center Update

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NJBAC Grant Opportunities

FY22 Business Marketing Initiative – Grant Opportunity

Grant Proposals Due Date: July 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

The New Jersey Department of State (“NJDOS”) is seeking proposals to award a grant for $5,000,000 to develop and execute a business marketing initiative to highlight the benefits of doing business in the state of New Jersey and to encourage national and international business entities to relocate and expand in State. The grant period will run from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

The NJDOS is seeking these proposals from qualified New Jersey non-profit 501c3 entities specializing in state or international based economic development marketing, with demonstrated prior experience in working with other governmental or public entities for the purposes of business marketing.

Download the Grant Proposal Application

New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program

Through the SBA, the New Jersey Business Action Center received funding for the NJ STEP to provide financial awards on a first come, first served competitive basis, to New Jersey eligible small businesses that are new to export, as well as those businesses who currently sell their goods and services to other countries.

NJ STEP Eligibility:

  • Company must be considered a New Jersey small business as defined by the SBA
  • Your company must be in business for at least one year as of the date of the application
  • Company must be NJ tax compliant
  • Your product or service must contain at least 51% U.S. content
  • Must be a registered business in NJ

Eligible businesses for the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program will be considered to receive financial awards to partially offset export promotion costs such as the following:

  • Participation in International and U.S. Trade Events
  • Participation in Department of Commerce Organized Trade Missions
  • Fees for services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)
  • Translations of websites and marketing literature
  • Application Requirements: New for 2019-2021

How to apply for a NJ STEP Grant



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Countdown to 2022 Ban on Single-Use Plastics Begins

New Jersey's ban on single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products in stores and food service businesses will take effect on May 4, 2022. The law also bans single-use paper carryout bags in grocery stores over 2,500 square feet, and limits single-use plastic straws to only by request effective November 4, 2021. The New Jersey Business Action Center and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection have launched online resources to help businesses prepare for the move to reusable and recyclable products. A vendor clearinghouse of manufacturers and suppliers will soon be added. Learn more here: Business.NJ.gov/recent/disposable-bag-ban


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