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New Jersey Business Action Center

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Business Action Center Update

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Small Business Advocates

Office of Small Business Advocacy

New Jersey’s small businesses are a critical component to New Jersey’s economy. In fact, the State ranks 11th in the number of small businesses in the U.S., with over 861,000 enterprises and counting. That’s impressive, considering New Jersey ranks 47th in size! The State is spearheading programs that make it easier for small businesses to flourish, including free small business consulting services offered by the New Jersey Business Action Center. If you’re ready to launch or grow your venture, New Jersey is proactive and pro-business. Our office also hosts “Resource for Growth” events throughout the year that match business owners with state and county representatives, lenders, and community partners, including the New Jersey Small Business Development Center and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Small Business Advocacy

NJBAC’s Small Business Advocates supports small business throughout the state. From startups to main street businesses, our Advocates can help you access a variety of resources tailored to meet your needs including:

  • 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
    Our 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.
  • Licensing and Professional Certifications
    We offer services that can help you trouble shoot issues you may encounter with licensing or professional certifications.
  • Navigating Regulatory Processes
    Advocating on your behalf, we can coordinate with other state departments to quickly identify any challenges and formulate a sound and effective solution. We can also provide redevelopment guidance and coordination for municipalities and developers.
  • Labor and Workforce Issues
    Hiring and retaining the right people is crucial to the success of your business. We 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. 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), our Advocates can provide businesses with essential information and be better positioned to compete for government contracts.
  • Export Assistance
    If you are a small business owner and 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 from NJBAC’s Office of Export Promotion who can help you lay the ground work for global success.
  • Business Helpline 1-800-Jersey-7
    Staffed by our Advocates, business support is just one call away. We offer guidance in both English and Spanish on starting a business, incorporating, and accessing government resources. Our Call Center also serves as an important resource in the event of emergencies, storms, and other disasters, providing crucial information and guidance to help businesses recover quickly after a crisis.
  • For more information call our Business Helpline 1-800-Jersey-7



NJ Business Resources

Increasing Your Exports with NJ STEP Financial Award - webinar

Thursday, December 9 from 10-11am

New Jersey small businesses may be eligible for awards ranging from support for attending a foreign trade show to internationalizing your firm's website through the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJ STEP). Whether your business is new to exporting or you’re already selling goods and services to other countries, learn more about NJ STEP on Thursday, December 9 from 10-11am during a free webinar.

Register for the Webinar

Inclusive Hiring: One Solution to the Labor Shortage

Representatives from the New Jersey Business Action Center, the Department of Labor, and Easterseals New Jersey share the way companies can reach this talent, what language to use and avoid, interview etiquette, and accommodations to consider.

This pre-recorded free webinar will help you learn how your company can strengthen its recruitment strategy by attracting and retaining people with disabilities – especially as employers face a major labor shortage and the Great Resignation.

For additional assistance, please contact the New Jersey Business Action Center at business.nj.gov for our "live chat" with our NJBAC business experts from 8:00am - 5:00pm ET, Monday-Friday.

You can also contact us by phone at 1-800-JERSEY-7.

Resources for Digital Operations and Franchising Virtual Series
This September, four free webinars presented by the New Jersey Business Action Center will prepare businesses to secure their data, maximize their digital presence for sales and explore franchising opportunities.

View the Webinars Series

Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series
This free, webinar series presented by the New Jersey Business Action Center will feature tips, processes and resources from state departments and partners to help your business.

View the Webinars Series

Growing your Business through Exporting

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Let's Talk Compliance

Podcasts with NJ Department of Labor

NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

The NJOHSP Bulletin is a weekly publication of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to provide intelligence and resiliency publications and announcements.

Motion Picture & Television Commission

Motion Picture & Television Commission
Qualified production companies can receive a transferable tax credit equal to 30% (35% in the following municipalities: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, or Salem County) of qualified production expenses ....

Congratulations to NJMEP

Congratulations to NJMEP
We are proud to announce the official launch of the Educational Resource Directory, an online directory that connects manufacturers with the critical resources needed to train their employees in New Jersey...

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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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