Thursday, May 27, 2021

New Jersey Business.NJ.Gov Update - May 27 2021

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Trenton New Jersey

Remote Work Requirements To Be Lifted

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Beginning Friday, June 4th, 2021, businesses and non-profits will no longer be required to accommodate remote work arrangements or be required to reduce on-site staff to the minimal number necessary. Also, at indoor worksites closed to the public, employers may allow employees who can verify they are vaccinated to not wear a face mask and social distance.

Read the Press Release


Indoor Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements Will Be Relaxed

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Effective May 28th, 2021, the indoor mask mandate for most public spaces will be lifted, as well as the six-foot social distancing requirement in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the prohibition on dance floors at bars and restaurants, and the prohibition on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants. Additionally, effective June 4th, 2021, indoor gathering and capacity limits will be lifted. Businesses may continue to require face coverings for employees, customers, and guests, and businesses are not permitted to restrict the use of face masks by their staff, customers, or visitors.

Read the Requirements


Free Support for Employee Training

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SkillUp New Jersey is a free virtual training program for both employed and unemployed workers. Available courses include but are not limited to: information technology, business analysis, customer service, industry certifications, and more. This program is open 180 days after registering.

Sign Up for Free Classes


Participate in the Symposium on COVID, Women and the Economy: Avoiding the Next "She-cession"

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Get a firsthand look at some of the long-term solutions being proposed to help women displaced from the workforce. The half-day, virtual event will bring together leading economists, academics, business professionals, and policy specialists. The panels are hosted by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and take place June 4th, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register For The Event


Pre-Registration for Phase 4 Grants Reopen

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Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program provides grants up to $20,000 to small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-registration has reopened for business owners who did not pre-register in April. Businesses that have already applied for Phase 4 funding can check their application status at programs.njeda.com. Pre-registration for Phase 4 will be open until June 30th, 2021.

Apply Now


Sell Your Net Operating Loss and R&D Tax Credits for Cash

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The Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program enables early-stage technology and life sciences companies to sell their New Jersey net operating losses and unused research and development (R&D) tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations for cash. Capital raised through this program can be used for costs including, but not limited to: fixed asset purchases; construction, acquisition, and development of real estate; materials; tenant fit-out; working capital; salaries; and, R&D expenditures. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is accepting applications online through June 30th, 2021.

Apply Today


Apply to the New Jersey Future of Work Accelerator

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Businesses, non-profits, or individuals with an idea, solution, or initiative that improves job quality and economic security for New Jerseyans are invited to apply to the New Jersey Future of Work Accelerator. Through the free Accelerator, accepted participants will receive connections to funders, custom coaching, and opportunities to pilot or scale worker-centric programs in New Jersey. Applications are now open.

Apply To The Accelerator


The PPE Access Program Deadline is May 28th, 2021

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There is only a couple of days left for New Jersey-based businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees to apply for and use discounts of nearly 70% off purchases of personal protective equipment through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Businesses that were approved previously do not need to reapply, but any discounts they have redeemed to date will be counted toward the program cap.

Apply For Discounts


Read about additional regulations and funding opportunities on our COVID page and Business Updates page.


Business Question? Speak to an Expert!

Visit Business.NJ.gov and chat with a live business expert, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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This Newsletter is Brought To You By:

Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey  New Jersey Business Action Center  New Jersey Economic Development Authority  New Jersey State Office of Innovation




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Friday, May 21, 2021

New Jersey COVID-19 Updates - May 21 2021


Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.


Get Help Paying For Utility Bills

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Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at nj.gov/dca/dcaid.

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Operation Jersey Summer

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New Jersey announced new incentives to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinated New Jerseyans can receive a free "State Parks Vax Pass" for free access to State parks and can enter to win dinner with a guest with the Governor and First Lady. New Jerseyans who get their first vaccine dose in May are eligible for free wine and beer from participating wineries and breweries.

Learn More


Mask Mandate Update

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Masks are no longer required in most outdoor settings. Those who are unvaccinated should continue to exercise caution and businesses have the right to insist on stricter mask policies.

In New Jersey, all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and workplaces. Individuals at indoor gatherings numbering fewer than 50 people in a private residence are not required to wear masks.

Mask Rules


Get Vaccinated Today – Walk-In Appointments Available!

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Getting vaccinated is easier than ever with walk-in availability for vaccines across the state. All six megasites have walk-in availability or use the Vaccine Appointment Finder to find a site that may have walk-in availability near you.

Help is available. Call the Vaccine Help Line at 855-568-0545 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week to get your questions answers and to get help finding a vaccine near you.

As of this week, more than 4.7 million New Jerseyans have received at least one dose and more than 3.8 million are fully vaccinated.

Get Vaccinated


All Students Back in School Next Year

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Schools will be required to provide full-time, in-person instruction beginning Fall 2021. All students will be back in school for the 2021-2022 school year and the full-time remote learning option for families will be removed. Summer school programs and summer camps will not be impacted and will still be required to follow relevant health and safety guidance.

School Guidance


Your Voice, Your Shot!

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Participate in the "Your Voice, Your Shot!" video contest to show why YOU are getting vaccinated and encourage others to do the same. Show off your creativity and get behind and in front of the camera for an important cause. Your videos can make a difference in helping others get vaccinated. The winner will be used in the State's COVID-19 public health campaign.

Vaccine Video Contest


Sign Up for Virtual Town Hall with Gov. Murphy

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On May 26th at 4:15 p.m., Governor Murphy is hosting another virtual town hall. The Governor is looking forward to providing you the latest updates on getting New Jerseyans vaccinated, combating the pandemic, our state budget, and more. If you want to attend, please complete a brief form to sign up and be notified if a spot is available.

Sign Up Here


Need Info On Vaccines To Forward?

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In case you missed it, we sent out this note yesterday – if you've been looking for something to forward to friends and family with some info on why one should get the vaccine and how to sign up for one, it might be just the thing. We'll be sending out some other notes like this in the next few weeks, in the hopes that they are helpful to you and your loved ones.

Vaccine Info


Visit the Info Hub


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NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - May 21 2021

 
 

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Since he switched parties and decided to go all in with Donald Trump, Rep. Jeff Van Drew has continued to drift further and further out of the mainstream and towards the extreme right wing. That continued this week when he voted no on a bipartisan bill to create an independent commission to study the horrific events of January 6th, when an angry mob spurred on by Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Read our full statement on Van Drew's disgraceful vote here.

Even Rep. Chris Smith, who is one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, did the right thing and joined dozens of Republicans and every Democrat in voting to establish the commission. Van Drew's no vote is another disgrace and all the more reason why he must be defeated next year. Join our "Traitor Van Drew" campaign here to stand up for our democracy. 

Header: Gov. Murphy Update

With the Supreme Court threatening women's reproductive rights with a pending case that could weaken Roe v. Wade, states are mobilizing to codify abortion rights to ensure that women's right to choose is protected. Here in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has made his support for women's reproductive rights 100% clear and he is working to pass the Reproductive Freedom Act to ensure that women in our state continue to have access to these critical health care services regardless of what the Supreme Court does. Yesterday, the Governor was joined by legislators and advocates on a video roundtable organized by Planned Parenthood of NJ to discuss the urgent need to pass the bill. 

For up to date information regarding new cases and directives regarding coronavirus, or information on vaccine registration and signup, visit the state's dedicated COVID-19 Information Hub or follow Governor Murphy's official pages on social media. You can also reach the state's Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.  

Twitter: @GovMurphy

 
Header: President Biden Update

President Biden got behind the wheel this week to help showcase the new Ford F-150 Lightning, the American car icon's first fully electric pickup truck. The President used the event to highlight the need to pass the American Jobs Plan to invest in electric vehicles and other forward-looking initiatives that will create millions of jobs and also help fight climate change. 

Thank you, 

Chairman John Currie 



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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New Jersey Business.NJ.Gov Update - May 19 2021

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New Jersey Statehouse
Trenton New Jersey

Outdoor Mask Mandate Lifted

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Masks are no longer required for public outdoor settings and outdoor gathering limits have been removed, though those who are unvaccinated should continue to exercise caution. The indoor mask requirement will remain in effect to protect workers and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals are not required to wear masks at private indoor gatherings of fewer than 50 people.

Updated Mask Rules


Receive Tax Credits for Residential Development Projects

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The Residential Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program provides tax credits for developers and businesses to address financing gaps in development projects. Projects can receive tax credits of up to 30% of total eligible project costs, or up to 40% in targeted cities. Applications for the Residential ERG Program open June 1st, 2021.

ERG Program Details


Sell Your Net Operating Loss and R&D Tax Credits for Cash

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The Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program enables early-stage technology and life sciences companies to sell their New Jersey net operating losses and unused research and development (R&D) tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations for cash. Capital raised through this program can be used for costs including, but not limited to: fixed asset purchases; construction, acquisition, and development of real estate; materials; tenant fit-out; working capital; salaries; and, R&D expenditures. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is accepting applications online through June 30th, 2021.

Apply Today


Emerge Job Creation Tax Credits Available Soon

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Small and large businesses, as well as non-profits, will soon be able to apply to the Emerge program for tax credits to support projects that meet minimum capital investment and job creation or retention requirements. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board recently approved rules for the program, which will go into effect soon. Applications will open after the rules go into effect.

Read The Rules


PPE Access Program Deadline Extended to May 28th

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There is still time for New Jersey-based businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees to apply for discounts of nearly 70% off purchases of personal protective equipment through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Businesses that were approved previously do not need to reapply, but any discounts they have redeemed to date will be counted toward the program cap.

Apply For Discounts


Business Question? Speak to an Expert!

Visit Business.NJ.gov and chat with a live business expert, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more business updates and live support

Visit Business.NJ.Gov


This Newsletter is Brought To You By:

Office of the Governor, State of New JerseyNew Jersey Business Action CenterNew Jersey Economic Development AuthorityNew Jersey State Office of Innovation




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