Selected Websites for Businesses During COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration

Federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s resource and voice for small businesses. Includes information on starting a business, creating a business plan, how to get loans and grants, research guides and online learning tools as well.

Business Plans and Profiles Index

A strong business plan is essential for understanding your enterprise and securing funding. Learn how to create a business plan with basic templates by type of business. Created by the Carnegie Library.

Small Business Development Center of Northwest NJ

Assists Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. Includes consulting sessions, workshops, taxation info, and funding opportunities.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Offers free and low-cost seminars, counseling, and mentoring opportunities in Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties.

NJ Entrepreneurial Training Institute

Finances small businesses or non-profits, administers tax incentives, and provides access to mentoring and training programs.

NJ Business Portal

Includes step-by-step start-up procedures, online forms, and more. Get answers from government agencies, appropriate officials or contacts, facilitate meetings and follow-ups with regulatory agencies and so much more, all at no cost.

NJIT Innovation Acceleration Center

NJIT hosts the Enterprise Development Center, numerous classes whose main focus is innovation and the commercialization of new technologies.

NJ Manufacturing Extension Program

For small to mid-sized NJ manufacturers. Holds workshops and offers many services regarding tax credits, green manufacturing, business strategies, and much more.

Demographic Data

From the Morris County Department of Planning & Public Works, has info on population, housing, income, and education.

NJBiz

Important business news in New Jersey.

Consumer Expenditure Survey

From U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides data on expenditures, income, and demographic characteristics of consumers in the United States.

Reference Solutions 

A compiled target list of companies by industry, size, and location. (NJ library card required).

Internal Revenue Service

The time to file and pay federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides small employers refundable tax credits to reimburse the cost of providing paid sick and family leave for leave related to Covid-19. Details can be found at  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Wells Fargo Community Grants

National Grant – There is to strengthen communities and help create local jobs by investing in underserved small business owners. Funds financing, technical assistance, and networks of support for entrepreneurs.

Contact: smallbusinessphilanthropy@wellsfargo.com

Local Grant – Morris County is served by local grant giving. Follow the link to find particulars on the grant process, eligibility, and completing the online application.

VISA – Visa Everywhere Initiative (VEI) 2020

If your start-up is looking to grow in financial technology, then VISA is looking for you.  This opportunity offers grant funding for small business startups with innovative fixes—awarding $50,000 to the final three winners every year. Applications close April 13, 2020.

The Zach Grant

Fundera (a business funding matchmaker) is offering a $2,500 grant to an entrepreneur who submits a three-minute video explaining why he or she started their own business. This annual grant award is based on creativity, originality, and quality.

The Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

A newly developed fund for restaurants, bars, and others in the food industry sponsored by the James Beard Foundation. So new, they are still working on the application materials. 

Facebook

The social media giant is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for 30,000 small businesses. At this time New Jersey is not included as an eligible region. But, what was true yesterday may not be true tomorrow!  Keep checking!


Below are resources for women who own businesses can apply for.

Red Black Pack Fund

The Sarah Blakely Foundation (founder of SPANX) has made it possible for 1,000 grants of $5,000 each for female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The next application portal will be made August 3 through August 10 to apply.

Amber Grant

The Amber Grant began in 1998. It was launched by WomensNet to honor the memory of a young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at the age of 19 – unable to fulfill her entrepreneurial dreams. A $4000 winner is chosen each month, and one of those is chosen by vote for the annual $25,000 prize.

Branch Locations
Main Library 449 Halsey Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 887-5150
Lake Hiawatha 68 Nokomis Avenue
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
(973) 335-0952
Mount Tabor 31 Trinity Park
Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
(973) 627-9508
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