Extremely Urgent News for NJ Businesses

URGENT NEWS
Act Fast – The N.J. Economic Development Authority will begin accepting applications for small business emergency assistance grants starting this Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m. Applications will be accepted for a week, or until funds run out for this particular grant, the NJEDA said. Applications for other NJEDA COVID-19 programs, including no/low interest loans, will be available in the coming weeks.
More info on the EDA offerings can be found here.
Breaking – The New Jersey state tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15 to July 15, Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced this morning. The new date matches the new Federal tax deadline.
State Fiscal Year Extended – Additionally, the state fiscal year (which ends on June 30) will be extended to Sept. 30, Murphy, Sweeney and Coughlin said. They said it will allow government officials to focus on containing the pandemic.
Critical Info on Federal Grants and Loans – Join our conference call tomorrow, April 2, at 5:15 p.m. with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss what the $2 trillion federal relief package means to your business.
Cases in New Jersey – New Jersey officials announced 2,196 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, increasing the statewide total to18,696 positive tests with 267 deaths as the outbreak continues to expand.
Inside the Numbers – There have been about 45,773 coronavirus tests performed on New Jersey residents, of which 18,696 have tested positive, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. This brings the positivity rate to 40.8 percent.
Resources
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put out a guide for small businesses on the coronavirus emergency loans introduced by the federal government.
U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses in New Jersey.
The state’s jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.
For employers to participate, click here.
New Jersey’s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.
New Jersey’s website with information for businesses and the impact of coronavirus.
To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at http://njconsumeraffairs.gov.
The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.

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