New Jersey Business Action Center

Department of State
New Jersey Business Action Center
The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Connections Archive

  • November 2023 - Updates from The NJBAC

    The New Jersey Business Action Center is grateful to be able to serve the businesses of the state of New Jersey to help them expand and grow. Please be sure to support your local businesses on Shop Small Business Saturday and all this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from the New Jersey Business Action Center team!

  • October 2023 - Updates from The NJBAC

    In partnership with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the NJBAC will participate in an upcoming webinar, “How to Become an Exporter or Expand Your Exports," on Wednesday, November 9, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. The Office of Export Promotion Manager William Spear and the Export Promotion team will provide expert insight on expanding export operations for New Jersey businesses.

  • September 2023 - Updates from The NJBAC

    Last week, Secretary of State Tahesha Way was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey by Governor Phil Murphy. The NJBAC, a division of the Department of State, would like to congratulate Lieutenant Governor Way, who comes to the position with over two decades in public service. In addition to fulfilling her duties as Lieutenant Governor, she will continue serving as Secretary of State.

  • You're Invited: NJBAC's Resources for Growth Event

    The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) will host its free 'Resources for Growth' networking event for small businesses on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. This NJBAC signature event will bring together the small business community, state agencies and community organizations to encourage business owners and entrepreneurs to discover the many incentive programs and services available to help businesses grow and thrive in the Garden State. 

  • August 2023 - Updates from The NJBAC

    Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver was a true pioneer, a dedicated public official, a trailblazer, and a lifelong New Jerseyan. Her remarkable contributions to the state and all who knew her will be her legacy; she will be missed but never forgotten. In a testament to her dedication and legacy, Governor Murphy has commissioned an official State portrait, a tribute to an extraordinary career in public service.

  • July 2023 - Updates From The NJBAC

    Last month, NJBAC hosted the State Pavilion at the annual Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits Center in New York City. NJBAC and its Office of Export Promotion (OEP) represented all the Garden State has to offer alongside 12 NJ State Trade Expansion Program (NJSTEP) award recipients. Secretary of State Tahesha Way attended to welcome guests at the pavilion ribbon cutting. The 12 businesses at the show took an exciting first step to launch their export operations.

  • June 2023 - Updates From The NJBAC

    The summer Fancy Food Show is coming up in New York City, and NJBAC is thrilled to be a part of it! From June 25-27, NJBAC and the Office of Export Promotion (OEP) will host 12 New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJSTEP) companies at the State Pavilion. This event is the largest food trade show in North America, and it's sponsored annually by the Specialty Food Association. NJBAC and OEP will share information about export opportunities, NJSTEP and other business services and resources. If you’re attending the show, stop by booth #6056 to connect with our team!

  • May 2023 - Updates From The NJBAC

    The New Jersey Business Action Center has been recognized for its dedication to serving the statewide business community. The staff was awarded the "Innovation and Efficiency Award" in honor of Public Service Recognition Week, an annual May event. The agency's innovative approach to service to the business community post-pandemic, including the launch of live chat and the development of strategic partnerships, along with the creation of new departments and programming initiatives, like the Cannabis Training Academy and the NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission’s Film Ready certification program, has earned it this distinguished honor from the state of New Jersey.

  • Spring 2023 - Updates From The NJBAC

    Do you have questions about business entity filings or registration? The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (DORES) is now offering a video series to help the general public and business community navigate online services, ranging from business formation to business status and certification reporting. Currently, six videos are available and DORES is actively soliciting feedback from the general public about what other topics should be covered in future videos.

  • April 2023 - Updates From The NJBAC

    To strengthen the small business community, Governor Murphy has signed three bills into law to help businesses continue to recover after the ongoing economic hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation will result in the development of expanded resources for small business owners as well as forgiveness for select first-time violations that do not pose threats to public safety or welfare.

  • February 2023 - Updates From the NJBAC

    You are invited to meet with dozens of government agencies, technical assistance providers and lenders to help your business grow. NJBAC, the NJ State Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County will host this event which will provide one-on-one expertise to navigate a variety of state departments, business certifications, contracting opportunities and financing assistance.

  • Winter 2023 - Updates From the NJBAC

    Join USDA Rural Development Business Programs for an update on the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on its Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP).  Learn about REAP changes and grant funding available for energy efficiency improvement projects and renewable energy system installations to cut energy costs for agricultural producers and rural small businesses in New Jersey. The registration link to the 90-minute webinar, which begins at 10 a.m., is below.

  • Happy Holidays from the NJBAC

    Check out the NJ Business Action Center publications to help your business grow! 

    Topics include: A checklist for starting a business, Services provided by the Small Business Advocates, Information on how to export your goods and services internationally, And much more

  • NJBAC is Thankful For All Of Our Small Businesses

    The NJ Economic Development Authority Small Business Improvement Grant is still available. Applications are still being taken by the NJEDA. It offers reimbursement for costs associated with making building improvements or purchasing new furniture, fixtures and equipment.

  • New Grants, Cyber-Safety and More Updates From The NJBAC

    Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of the New Jersey Manufacturers Voucher Program – a $20 million pilot program that could provide up to $250,000 in grants to manufacturers in targeted industries to use toward updating their equipment.

  • Mark Your Calendar: Resources for Growth Event for Small Business

    Mark Your Calendar: Resources for Growth Event for Small Business, Greetings from NJBAC Executive Director Melanie Willoughby!, Five Steps to Qualify for NJ State Contracts (non-construction)

  • Resource for Sustainable Product Wholesalers & Small Businesses

    Become a Listed Vendor of Sustainable Products, Access a List of Sustainable Product Vendors, Export Assistance and Business Development Webinar, Meet Anthony Martinez, Small Business Advocate, New Jersey Legislature Launches Revamped Website, New Jersey Celebrities Come Home to Film

  • NJBAC Launches Revamped Website for Businesses

    NJBAC Launches Revamped Website for Businesses; NJ Office of Export Promotion Awards $2.77 Million to Exporters; Virtual Program for Minority-Owned Food Businesses Launching; Primeros Pasos y Mejores Prácticas para Montar un Pequeño Negocio; LAEDA Offers First Steps/Best Practices Virtual Seminar for Entrepreneurs; NJBAC Introduces New Business Advocates

  • Digital Tool for Starting a Business in NJ Launches

    Navigate the Upcoming Cannabis Application Process; Business Navigator: Soup to Nuts Walk-Through for Starting a NJ Business; Business Advocate Experts Ready to Help; West Side Story Helps Solidify New Jersey’s Appeal as a Film Destination; Production Assistant Bootcamp Training Held in Old Bridge

  • New Resource Launches in Advance of Plastics Ban Law

    Webinar: Increasing Your Exports with NJ STEP Financial Award; Vendor Clearinghouse Launches in Advance of Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bag Ban; Inclusive Hiring: One Solution to the Labor Shortage; NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission Setting the Scene for a Booming Film Industry

  • New Group Helps Small Biz Get Funding They Deserve

    Capital Team Helps Small Businesses Get Funding They Deserve; Legislation Signed to Protect New Jersey Workers, Employers From Unlawful Misclassification; State Pushes for More Vaccinations; Vaccine Promotion Toolkit for Employers; Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series; Webinar: Starting & Running a Business in NJ; Resource to Help Businesses Prepare for Plastics Ban Law

  • EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance, And More...

    36 Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Small Business; Tax Incentives for Minority-Owned Businesses; Six Resources for Small Business Recovery and Growth; Resources for Businesses in Advance of Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban

  • Resources for Businesses In Advance of Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban

  • New Program Impacting NJ Employers & Retirement Savings, And More...

    Not Offering a 401K? New Employer Requirements in 2021, Security Resource to Ensure Your Business Stays Safe, New Recreational Marijuana Law & Impacts on Employers, Webinar Recap: COVID-19 Workplace Health/Safety & Worker Benefits

  • NJ Lease Assistance Grant Program Expanded, Checklist for Starting a Business

    Small Business Lease Assistance Grant Program Expanded, Phase 2 of Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program Deferred, Cross Program Eligibility on SBA Coronavirus Relief Options, Checklist for Starting a New Business, Upgrade Your Business with NJSBC Webinar Series, Legislation Signed to Expand Outdoor Dining

  • NJ Legislation Signed for Incentives and Reduced UI Tax + PPP Reopen

    Join Webinar on January 13 for Information on Export Tools and Assistance, $14 Billion Tax Incentive Program Signed by Governor Murphy, Minimum Wage to Rise to $12/Hour for Most Employees Goes into Effect, Paycheck Protection Program Re-Opening This Week, Legislation Signed to Reduce Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax

  • New Programs for NJ Businesses to Help With Impact of COVID

    New Grant Program to Support Restaurants via Bulk Purchases, NJ Offers Free Support for Retailers Shifting to Online Sales, Download New COVID Exposure App for NJ, NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program Extended, Free Webinar: Grow Your Business in Global Markets, Holiday Guidelines from the Department of Health

  • New Business Survey to Help with State Recovery Strategy

    New Business Survey to Help with State Recovery Strategy, New Executive Order for Health & Safety of Workers, Find Information About Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program, Have You Worked With An SBDC Lately?, Daily Updates on New Business.NJ Website

  • New OSHA Requirement for Employers on COVID-19 Notice

    A Guide to Celebrating Halloween Safely, Employer Obligations to Employees During COVID-19, NJ Announces $1M In Funding to Expand Small Business Exporting, Celebrate Your Pride In NJ - Watch the NJ Hall of Fame Broadcast

  • Updates on Utility Payments, SBA Loans & Economic Disaster Loans

    Update on Utility Payments During Pandemic, SBA Lowers Interest Rates for 504 Loan Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans Are Still Available, A Guide for Small Business Assistance by NJ Location, Indoor Dining & Entertainment To Resume Sept. 4th, State Applies for Lost Wages Assistance Funds, Looking to Do Business With the State? Start Here.

  • NJ Launches New Business Website. Also, FAQ Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

    New State Business Website Launches, Including Live Chat for Help with Business Questions; SBA Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness; Clearinghouse of Virtual Events for Small Business Community Launches; E-Commerce Resource for Businesses Reliant on Foot Traffic, In-Person Transactions; Potential Lifeline for Young NJ Businesses

  • Working With You As State Transitions to Recovery

    Quick Resources, Federal Resources, Additional Resources

  • More Businesses Permitted to Open Under Guidelines

    More Businesses Permitted to Open Under Guidelines; Change to Indoor Dining, Which Will Remain Closed; Gathering Capacity Limits Raised; Financial Assistance Programs Available for Business through Local Governments; COVID-19 Or Not, NJBAC Is Open for Business Assistance;

  • Operational Guidance for Reopening & Recovery

    Safety & Health, Employment Practices, Financial Planning, Marketing

  • Which Businesses May Reopen?

    Which Businesses May Reopen?, Guidance for Office Openings, Limits on Gatherings Raised, Employee Health & Safety Protections, COVID-19 Or Not, NJBAC Is Open for Business Assistance

  • The Status of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program Phase 2

    NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Phase 2, OSHA Guide to Re-opening the Workplace, Status of Re-opening: Entering Stage 2, View Details on Re-Opening

  • COVID-19 Impacted Your Business? New Jersey Wants to Hear From You.

    Help Us Help You: Take NJ's Official COVID-19 Impact Survey

  • COVID-19: Provisions on Resuming Business Operations

    Resuming In-Person Operations; State Opens Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores; Fair Labors Standard Act for Telework and Essential Employees; Tax Credits Available to Pay Furloughed Health Care

  • COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available

    Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available, Support for Microbusinesses and Nonprofits, New Credits Available: A Message From The IRS, Additional State Resource for COVID-19 Questions

  • COVID-19: New Jersey's Severance-Pay Law Pushed Back

    Severance-Pay Law Pushed Back Due to COVID-19, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Payments Have Begun, Remote Notary Services Temporarily Allowed, State Parks Are Now Open

  • COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program Updates For NJ Businesses

    The Paycheck Protection Program Part II is Open, Governor Murphy Announces "The Road Back", Unemployment Insurance for Self-Employed, Census Data for Healthcare Heroes, Help for Entrepreneurs

  • COVID-19: Business Resources and Information for NJ Employers

    Staying Informed About Coronavirus, Economic Development Assistance During the Pandemic, New Federal Paid Sick Leave Information for Employers, Federal Relief for Small Businesses, Technical Counseling and Assistance for Employers, Additional Resources for Businesses

  • NJ Connections: March 2020 Updates

    Let's Talk Compliance: A New Podcast by NJBAC, Protecting Against Coronavirus, Know Before You File, New Legislation: Commuter Tax Benefits, Cybersecurity in the Digital Age, Working for a Cleaner Future

  • NJ Connections: February 2020 Alert

    Talent At Core of New Economic Development Strategy, New Policies Regarding Severance Packages, Online & Mobile App Tools for Businesses, Extended Tax Credits for Film Production

  • NJ Connections: January 2020 Alert

    Joint Employer Regulations Updated Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, New Bills Will Enforce Employee Misclassification, Discrimination Based on Hairstyles Declared Illegal, Securing the Financial Future of Your Employees, NJBAC: Your Business Resource Hub

  • NJ Connections: December 2019 Alert

    Increase in 2020 Taxable Wage Base

  • NJ Connections: December 2019 Updates

    Be a Reel Scout for the Motion Picture Commission, Program to Help Minority- & Women-Owned Businesses, Mark Your Calendars: "Resources for Growth" Event, From Us to You: Happy Holidays!

  • NJ Connections: October 2019 Updates

    Record NJSTEP Funding for NJ Companies, Clarifying Guidelines for Employers and Contractors, Reforming Family Leave Act, Is Your Website ADA Compliant?, Don't Forget: Upcoming Business Symposium

  • NJ Connections: September 2019 Updates

    New Legislation Promotes Equal Pay, Employees v. Contractors: Are You In Compliance?, Reforms Coming to NJ Medical Marijuana Program, Reminder: Join Our Sept. 25th Export Promotion Webinar

  • NJ Connections: August 2019 Updates

    Small Business Impact on New Jersey, New Podcasts for NJ Small Businesses, Join our Export Promotion Webinar

  • NJ Connections: April 2019 Updates

    New Law Requires Employers to Offer Retirement Savings, Pre-Tax Transit Benefits for Employees Now Mandated, In Other News: Additional Resources for Your Business, Join us April 22: "Resources for Business Growth"

  • NJ Connections: March 2019 Updates

    Updated Guide for Business Assistance & Incentives, New to NJ: Opportunity Zones in 75 Communities, Tax Alert: Attention Remote Sellers

  • NJ Connections: January 2019 Updates

    A New Manufacturing Resource & Real Estate Support; Plus NJBAC Small Business Advocates

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