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Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 12/2/2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business: They're back: New drive-thru COVID-19 test sites open in New Jersey as cases rise. First COVID-19 vaccine shots can be given within days of FDA approval. First doses should go to health workers and long-term care residents, CDC Panel says. New Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites in New Jersey Open Amid Rising Demand – With cases of COVID-19 increasing, public demand for testing is growing. To meet the need, counties are once again opening drive-thru testing sites, a déjà vu from this spring. (NJ Spotlight News) CDC Panel Says First Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Should Go to Health Workers, Long-Term Care Residents – The first doses of coronavirus vaccines should go to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, an expert panel advising the Centers for Disease... Read More

Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 12/1/2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business: Indoor sports ban applies to games and practices for youth, school and adult recreation. Some businesses resist Newark's 10-day lockdown. The stats are in: Travel was down on Thanksgiving 2020. N.J.’s Indoor Sports Ban Applies to Games and Practices for Youth, School and Adult Recreation – All indoor organized sports at the youth, high school, and adult recreation levels – both games and practices – will be suspended for four weeks to battle the pandemic, Gov. Murphy announced Monday. It takes effect Saturday and lasts until Jan. 2. College and professional sports are not included. (nj.com) The Fine Print – Here are the new rules on indoor sports and outdoor gatherings. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 25 people, with exceptions for wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial services and religious and political events.... Read More

Learn About the State News Impacting Your Business 12/1/2020

New Jersey Business Update Stock Up on PPE With New Discounts Sign up for the NJ Economic Development Authority’s PPE Access Program to receive discounts on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) purchases made through partnering online retailers: Boxed, Staples, & Office Depot. All NJ Businesses are eligible for a 10% discount. Businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees can receive additional discounts up to 65%. Apply for discounts by December 10, 2020, at covid19.nj.gov/ppeaccess. New Guidelines for Winter Outdoor Dining Establishments that want to maintain the use of tents past November 30, 2020, must follow the Department of Community Affairs’ new guidance for the use of outdoor space during winter months. This includes, but is not limited to, applying for a Uniform Construction Code permit where applicable by November 30, 2020, and ensuring that all mechanical equipment is... Read More

Earlier than the Bird 2020

  NOVEMBER 21st – “Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN Shopping Extravaganza – 8:00am – 12noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials.  Enter to win gift certificates and door prizes from Downtown Merchants while you shop over 100 unique stores.  Be sure to stop at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro and Ocean City Coffee Company,  for free coffee in the morning and head over to Drip N’ Scoop for a free standard donut!  A printed flyer of store specials will be available at Jon & Patty’s, Ocean City Coffee Co., and Drip N’ Scoop.  The best dressed shoppers will win free turkeys awarded by the Turkey Mascot!  Hang around from Noon-3pm... Read More

Murphy Announces Additional $60 M for Small Business Grants

Move Will Enable Funding of Approximately 13,000 Additional Grants Gov. Phil Murphy announced a commitment of at least $60 million in additional Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to fulfillment of grants under Phase 3 of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA’s) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. This funding is in addition to $70 million in federal funds already allocated for the current phase of the program and will enable the NJEDA to fulfill grants for the entire pipeline of eligible businesses that applied for Phase 3 funding prior to the application deadline. Without this supplemental funding, approximately 13,000 of the nearly 22,000 businesses that applied for Phase 3 grants would have been declined based on the program being oversubscribed. “COVID-19 is above all else a severe... Read More

NJ Mandates COVID-19 Safety Rules for Workplaces

N.J. Mandates COVID-19 Safety Rules for Workplaces   Beginning November 5, employers that require or permit their workforce to be physically present at a worksite must abide by the following requirements, at a minimum, to protect employees, customers, and others who come into contact with its operations:   Require workers and customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another, to the maximum extent possible;   Require everyone to wear face masks, except when an employee is at their workstation at least six feet from others, or is alone in a walled space such as an office - Note: employers may be authorized to prevent individuals who refuse to wear a mask from entering the worksite, where such actions are consistent with state and federal law;   Provide face masks for their employees;   Provide approved sanitization materials for employees... Read More

NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – Phase 3 Pre-Registration Now Open

NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Phase 3 Pre-Registration Now Open Information for Phase 3 of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Mandatory Pre-Registration and Application Periods Pre-Registration Opens at 9am EST on October 19, 2020 and Closes 5pm EST on October 27, 2020. To be Eligible for Phase 3 funding your business MUST pre-register. Access the Pre-Registration here. Phase 3 of the Grant Program will likely be oversubscribed. To streamline the application process, the Authority is requiring all applicants to pre-register online. Applications will become available on a rolling basis following the pre-registration period. Pre-registered applicants will need to return to complete an application based on the following schedule: Restaurants – 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020 Micro businesses – 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020 All other businesses,... Read More

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. “The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against... Read More

Virtual Fall Block Party!

Even though the Annual Ocean City Fall Block Party may be cancelled, that doesn't mean that you can't shop from home! The Block Party is going virtual! October 9th thru 11th you can SHOP LOCAL from your own home, or visit the store for in-person shopping specials! October 3rd & 4th-Downtown & Boardwalk stores will offer their annual tables sales with great buys! October 9th thru 11th-Downtown & Boardwalk stores will offer their annual tables sales and even more specials with their Virtual Block Party deals!  Shop online, shop in person and shop local! Store specials are posted below and you can shop online or shop in person!       ... Read More