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Business Support

Take advantage of the many resources to support your business. Receive hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

Business Action Center

The New Jersey Business Action Center is a business-first resource that can help you get answers from government agencies, direct you to appropriate officials or contacts, facilitate meetings and follow-ups with regulatory agencies and so much more, all at no cost and strictly confidential.

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Small Business Development Centers

There is no substitute for expert advice. Visit a New Jersey Small Business Development Center near you for help with growing your business. Receive free, hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

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SCORE (Volunteer Based Organization)

Score is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping existing small businesses maximize their potential for success. They provide free, confidential, and professional business counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs who are launching their companies, and to small business owners or individuals planning on going into business.

SCORE’s main goal is to connect small business owners with mentors who are experts in their industries. SCORE also offers online webinars and courses on various topics related to starting and operating a business.

Central Jersey Score: Somerset, Hunterdon and Middlesex Counties

Metro NJ Score: Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

Monmouth NJ Score: Monmouth County

Northeast NJ Score: Bergen and Passaic Counties

Northwest NJ Score: Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties

Ocean County Score: Jersey Shore region, from Point Pleasant to Cape May

Princeton Score: Middlesex, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester & Salem Counties

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Statewide Business Organizations


NJ Business and Industry Association

Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA)

TechUnited (New Jersey Technology Council)

BioNJ

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Support for Women Business Owners

Northern New Jersey
Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship - This organization offers classes and counseling, including guiding business owners to available funding options through its Women’s Business Center.

Southern New Jersey
The LAEDA Women’s Business Center. The Women’s Business Center supports and encourages women’s business ownership by offering business skills and creating a support, referral, and resource network. (Phone 856-338-1177 and email wbc@laeda.com.)

NJ Research Asset Database

ResearchwithNJ.com is a free database for businesses and entrepreneurs to search for experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and learn about their professional backgrounds, publications, and achievements. It also contains information about research departments and specializations of six participating New Jersey universities: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Rowan University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Montclair State University.

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New Jersey Libraries

New Jersey libraries provide a wealth of information to help businesses grow and succeed, whether in the beginning stages of writing a business plan, conducting market research, or exploring financing options.

Statewide, the New Jersey State Library makes available a suite of resources for all New Jersey residents with a library card, accessible anytime from anywhere.

Individual libraries may select to provide additional online tools for their users covering a range of business and entrepreneurship topics, including but not limited to:

  • Job & Career Accelerator (available on-line at public libraries)
  • Frost & Sullivan – Competitive business intelligence. Provides comprehensive industry and market research articles to encourage growth and empowerment
  • Workforce Learning Link
  • Business Source Premier – Over 2,300 full-text journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Covers business, marketing, accounting, management, economics, finance, banking and more
  • Regional Business News – Comprehensive coverage for regional business publications, incorporating coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S.
  • Reference Solutions – Select any of the seven Reference USA databases to search from a main access page: U.S. Businesses, U.S. New Businesses; U.S. New Movers/Homeowners; U.S. Healthcare; U.S. Standard White Pages; Canadian Business and Canadian White Pages

Many libraries also conduct and host training offered by partner business organizations, including the New Jersey Division of Taxation, Small Business Administration, SCORE, UCEDC, Small Business Development Centers, and more.

For more information, visit your local public library, JerseyClicks.org, or the New Jersey State Library.

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Chambers of Commerce (Member Supported Organization)

A Chamber of Commerce is a business network that connects its members with ideas, resources, and each other. Chambers of Commerce also frequently lobby on behalf of businesses for laws and policies that are favorable to its members. A Chamber can be organized around a specific region, such as businesses located in Morris County, around a specific type of business, or around another affinity such as an ethnic group. Find a Chamber that suits you and your business.

Here are some statewide Chambers of Commerce:

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce New Jersey
African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
New Jersey Chinese American Chamber of Commerce
Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
Portuguese American Chamber of Commerce

Main Street New Jersey

Main Street New Jersey is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in New Jersey. Every two years, select communities join the program and receive valuable technical support and training to assist in restoring their Main Streets. These communities demonstrate commitment to a volunteer board of directors, procurement of long-term funding, development of private-public partnerships, the hiring of an executive director, and other criteria. Exploring this program is a good idea if you are a business owner interested in whether your downtown is a part of Main Street New Jersey or interested in starting the process.

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U.S. Small Business Administration 

New Jersey District Office 

(SBA) Learning Platform. Includes courses ranging from launch to manage to market. It also includes a free online learning center for women - Ascent - and development programs for transitioning service members and their spouses.

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