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Women-Led Companies: Get Expert Advice and Potential Funding From Golden Seeds

January 30, 2023

Female entrepreneurs who are inthe early stages of launching companies and seeking funding are encouraged toregister for an upcoming Golden Seeds – New Jersey Chapter Office Hourssession. Golden Seeds is a nationwide angel investor network dedicated to investingin women-led startup companies. This event is limited to companies with afemale founder or C-level officer. The next session is being held on February 8th, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

During Office Hours,an experienced Golden Seeds member will lead an overview presentation on the basics of angel funding and the Golden Seeds investment process. This will be followed by 15 minute one-on-one sessions with experienced angel investors who will provide feedback on business ventures and answer questions you might have.

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Access Capital From the New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF)

January 30, 2023

Calling all venture capitalists, private equity investors, and New Jersey startups who want to access capital from the New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF). The NJIEF is catalyzing up to $600 million to support early-stage innovation-focused businesses in New Jersey, while creating mentoring, networking, and educational opportunities to help position these companies for success.

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Modernize Your Vehicle Fleet with Help from NJ ZIP

January 30, 2023

Learn about the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP) and how your small business can participate. NJ ZIP is designed to help New Jersey businesses and institutions purchase new, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Base vouchers will range from $20,000 - $175,000, based on vehicle class, with additional bonuses available. NJ ZIP is expanding eligibility and updating application processes for the program. A virtual information session will be held on February 2nd, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Several small business owners that participated in Phase 1 of the program will share their experiences and lessons learned.

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Developers May Now Contract with Private Inspectors After 72-Hour Window

January 17, 2023

The law now requires local officials to conduct construction inspections within three days of a request. If they miss that deadline, the developer making the request may contract with private on-site inspection agencies to complete the inspection. Final approval on a certificate of occupancy will still come from local construction officials.

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Apply for Grants to Manage and Preserve Historic Properties

January 17, 2023

501c non-profit organizations can apply for matching grants worth up to $750,000 to plan and implement the management and preservation of historic sites through the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the grant guidelines to determine if their proposal is eligible for funding. Applications are due April 19th, 2023.

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Faith Based Organizations Workshop on Disaster Preparedness

January 17, 2023

Faith-Based Organizations can join a virtual workshop on disaster preparedness, resilience resources, and FEMA grant opportunities. Attendees will learn about a range of resources for faith based organizations. Current NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives grantees can consider adopting these programs into their grant's scope of work. The workshop will be held January 30th, 2023 at 12:00pm.

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Help Reduce Litter at Your Business

January 17, 2023

Providing trash and recycling receptacles outside your store and in parking areas can reduce litter on your property. This is one of many tips in a new, freely available guide that can help your business become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Cannabis Cultivators: Social Equity Excise Fee is Increasing to $1.52 in 2023

December 16, 2022

The Social Equity Excise Fee (SEEF) on each ounce of recreational cannabis sold in New Jersey will increase from its current rate of $1.10 per ounce to $1.52 per ounce, beginning January 1st, 2023. The SEEF payment is due to the Treasury each month on each usable ounce of recreational cannabis sold by Class 1 license holders. Medicinal cannabis sales are not subject to the SEEF.

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Food Service Businesses: “Skip the Straw” Poster Available for Display to Customers

December 16, 2022

Under state law, plastic straws can only be provided upon request of a customer. Paper straws may be distributed at the business’s discretion. Packages of straws and items like juice boxes may still be sold in stores. A new printable flyer is available to help explain the law to customers and employees.

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Coming Soon: Get Grants to Start Your Business in the Innovation Economy

December 1, 2022

Teams of first-time entrepreneurs will soon be able to apply to receive grants of up to $400,000 and mentorship through a competitive program: New Jersey Innovation Fellows. Eligible applicants can apply so that entrepreneurs can devote their full-time attention to building out their new businesses.

Applications will open in early 2023.

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Pace Apprenticeship in Career Education
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January 10, 2023

The Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) program aims to better align secondary, post-secondary, adult education, and occupational training to meet labor demands unique to New Jersey and develop career pathways leading to economically sustainable wages.

Programs funded through PACE provide education and training leading to one of the following outcomes:

  1. Admission into a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program
  2. Admission into a post-secondary college, or occupation-specific career training
  3. Employment with a starting wage no lower than $15 per hour

Start Date:

November 1, 2022
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Child Care Facilities Improvement Program
Date Updated:
January 10, 2023

The Child Care Facilities Improvement Program provides grants for facilities improvement to New Jersey child care providers that provide high quality early childhood learning environments.

Applicants are limited to one application per DCF-licensed child care center location, and two applications per Entity ID Number (EIN) .

Start Date:

November 15, 2022
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