Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program Grants up to $20,000 are available for small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in these grants, you will need to pre-register between Monday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. If you do not pre-register, you will not be eligible for these grants. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday it will begin accepting applications in May for a number of the recently announced programs that are aimed at providing $85 million in grants to various types of small businesses. The programs include $25 million for microbusinesses (5 or fewer employees), $15 million for small businesses (6 to 50 employees), $10 million for... Read More

Girls Weekend 2021 in Downtown Ocean City, NJ

Girls Weekend 2021 in Downtown Ocean City, NJ

                                    Visit the Facebook Event Page for the most up to date information on Girls Weekend 2021! The full list of specials posted below!   Girls Weekend 2021 Participating Stores: LEH- in-store special will be 20% off our exclusive LEH bundles featuring our soaps, and our specialized Face Care, Foot Care, Argan Oil, Coffee, and Beach Scents product lines We Make It Personal- Transform a handwritten recipe into a cutting board or engrave a picture of your favorite pet onto a plaque! Check out our website for different options.  Engraving is FREE! 20% off all Willow Moon Candle Sets & Perfume. Diamond Barre Fitness- Join us for a high energy, low impact total body workout. Strengthen, lengthen & tone the body! Beginner friendly, all levels, ages 15 (with parent consent) & up. Mask & socks required to... Read More

Restaurant Revitalization Act – Important Info

Restaurant Revitalization Act – Important Info

$28.6 Billion in Relief for Restaurant Industry American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”)—Restaurant Revitalization Act (“RRA”) Summary KEY Points •   A good deal of money is obtainable! •   Grants are non-taxable! •   All of your independent restaurants/beverage establishments will surely qualify! •   The ARPA provides $28.6 billion in grants designed to support the recovery of small and medium-sized food and beverage businesses. The grants will be awarded by the SBA (the federal Small Business Authority), and individual businesses are eligible to receive up to $5 million in grants, while businesses with up to 20 locations are eligible for a maximum of $10 million. •   The RRA grants are not treated as taxable gross income by the IRS. •   Eligible Entity— any restaurant is eligible if it’s consider a place where public or patrons can gather for the primary purpose of being served food... Read More

Easter Bunny to Tour Ocean City on Saturday

Easter Bunny to Tour Ocean City on Saturday

The Ocean City Fire Department will help the Easter Bunny greet children throughout Ocean City on Saturday, April 3. The Easter Bunny will ride atop a fire engine leaving from the station at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue at about 10 a.m. and finishing at City Hall on Asbury Avenue at about 12:30 p.m.   Anybody can see his planned route through town by clicking here. Families can track his progress in real time by downloading the official Ocean City Vacation app (look for the blue OCNJ icon). Anybody with the app will receive notifications with a link to a map that will follow the Easter Bunny’s trip through town.   Weekend events will continue Saturday afternoon (April 3) with the Great Egg Hunt. The traditional beach event moves up onto the boardwalk this... Read More

Ocean City Announces Events Schedule Through April

Ocean City Announces Events Schedule Through April

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/25/2021 Ocean City is planning to open the 2021 season with a number of safe events for families. “We’re looking forward to the return of as many events as possible this year, but health and safety will always be our top priority,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. “We may not be able to hold all of them, and some may look different. Every event that happens will fully comply with the most current public health guidelines.” As the recovery from the pandemic continues, look for further announcements on events throughout the year. The Great Egg Hunt (March 27): The traditional beach event moves up onto the boardwalk this year. Participating merchants will invite children up to age 7 to visit stores with their families to collect eggs filled... Read More

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This year we’ve had wins big and small for New Jersey restaurants. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund based @WeRRestaurant’s Blueprint for Recovery is the most important. Find out if your restaurant is eligible here: http://bit.ly/UnderstandingRRF   We’re committed to preparing all eligible restaurant owners to successfully apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants. Sign up to get the latest information from @WeRRestaurants in your inbox: http://bit.ly/RestaurantsAct... Read More

Summer Work Exchange Programs Vital for Seasonal Tourism’s Recovery

Summer Work Exchange Programs Vital for Seasonal Tourism’s Recovery

Summer work exchange programs vital for seasonal tourism’s recovery, by Cape chambers of commerce Many of the businesses in Cape May County depend on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) exchange programs and could not operate without them. We live in an area with a high percentage of seasonal businesses and the available American workforce in the area is not sufficient to provide all of the local businesses with the staff that they need during the busiest times. The SWT program helps the businesses in the community keep their doors open and serve more Americans during the peak tourist season. As we come out of the pandemic and are given the thumbs up to increasingly open up our economies, we need to ensure that local businesses can operate to the capacity they are... Read More

Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 3/4/21

Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 3/4/21

Today's News for New Jersey Business: New rules for self-employed and sole proprietors applying for Paycheck Protection loans. Restrictions are loosened for weddings and summer camps. Breaking News – New rules have been released for self-employed and sole proprietors applying for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. For these small businesses, it will mean larger forgivable loan amounts going forward. Here's what you need to know. (CNBC) Information on Applying for PPP Loans – Guidance and details on forgivable business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program can be found here. (U.S. Small Business Administration) Restrictions are Loosened on Weddings and Summer Camps – Wedding receptions can proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity, up to 150 persons, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. Outdoor weddings may have up to 150 people. Murphy... Read More

Expanded Capacity and PPP Loan Update

Expanded Capacity and PPP Loan Update

Expanded Capacity for Sports, Entertainment Venues, and Religious Events Effective March 1st at 6 a.m., large venues, including sports and entertainment venues, with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or more are permitted to host events at 10% capacity indoors and 15% capacity outdoors. High school and collegiate sports events can now have up to 2 parents or guardians attend per athlete, but may not exceed 35% of a room’s capacity. Houses of worship and religious services can now operate at 50% capacity. Read more on expanded capacity on business.nj.gov. PPP Loans Now Open to Businesses Under 20 Employees Beginning Wednesday, February 24th, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have 14 days of exclusive access to the Payment Protection Program application. If you receive a loan, it may be fully forgiven if all... Read More