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State of New Jersey

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Small Business Advocates

Small Business Advocates

New Jersey’s small businesses are a critical component to New Jersey’s economy. From startups to main street businesses, the Business Action Center’s Small Business Advocacy Team can help you access a variety of resources tailored to meet your needs.

Services include:

Mentoring Assistance
Whether you are already in business or just starting, having a mentor provides a valuable resource. From creating a business plan to preparing financial statements or developing valuable social media strategies having a business mentor can help your business succeed. The Small Business Advocacy unit will help connect you with programs around the state that offer one on one mentoring opportunities.

Financial Resources
The Small Business Advocates can refer you to a variety of financing options available to your business through the NJ Economic Development Authority and community based micro-lending organizations. We can identify the specific programs for which your business may be eligible and help locate the resources that best meet your needs. Furthermore, we can assist you with credit repair services to help position a favorable application process.

Advocacy Services
The Small Business Advocates offer services that can help you trouble shoot issues you may encounter with licensing or professional certifications as well as regulatory red tape issues. Advocating on your behalf, the BAC Small Business Unit can coordinate with other departments to quickly identify any challenges and formulate a sound and effective solution.

Labor and Workforce Issues
Hiring and retaining the right people is crucial to the success of your business. The small business advocates can guide companies through the variety of state training grants and resources to help you recruit the best staff or train new and current employees. The advocates can help provide information on issues regarding employer responsibilities.

Procurement Assistance
When it comes to government contracts, New Jersey offers a variety of resources to help small companies take advantage of these important opportunities.

From training and technical assistance, to email notification of requests for proposal (RFPs), the small business advocacy unit can provide businesses with essential information and be better positioned to compete for government contracts.

Export Assistance
If you are a small business considering exporting, our advocates can equip you with valuable information to help you grow your business globally. From exporting basics about regulatory compliance, custom procedures, reporting or other topics we can put you in touch with our team of International advocates who can help you lay the ground work for global success.

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