Information for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

For assistance, please email:

hotline@investnewark.org

For Newark Small Business Guidance Program (SBGP) technical assistance, please email:

capitalconsulting@investnewark.org

*Be sure to include your business
name and address in your email.

Weekly Updates:

Please visit our instagram page: @InvestNewark as well as @CityofNewarkNJ to stay up to date with information on COVID-19 as our city responds to this pandemic.

New Rules to Fight Surge – 10/27/2020

 

 

Newark Curbside In-Store, Pickup, Retail, Re-Opening Guidelines

During this time, Invest Newark understands the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic may be having on your business. Invest Newark will provide resources and information on available financial assistance to help guide businesses through the assessment and planning process to sustain your business. Keep in mind this is an unprecedented global pandemic. Please email hotline@investnewark.org and we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can.

For businesses that remain open, please remember to have everyone sign in upon entering the premises; this way you have their information on file in the event that you need to contact them regarding COVID-19 issues.

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES ON COVID-19:

 

City of Newark – https://www.newarknj.gov/

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hubhttps://covid19.nj.gov/

New Jersey Poison Control Center and 211
Call: 2-1-1
Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211

Centers for Disease Control- (CDC)

FEMA – https://www.fema.gov/

New Jersey Department of Health – https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

U.S. Department of State – https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/

Medicare –  https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor – https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

 

A MESSAGE FROM SENATORS MENENDEZ, BOOKER: What’s in the $2T COVID-19 Emergency Stimulus for NJ

  

Click Here for a list of Sen. Menendez’s actions to protect New Jersey families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Click Here for a list of Sen. Booker’s actions to protect New Jersey families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES:

 

New Jersey Business Programs – https://cv.business.nj.gov

New Jersey Business Action Center – https://www.njmep.org/covid-19-coronavirus-faqs-resources/

New Jersey Economic Development Authority – https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-new-jersey-businesses

New Jersey SBA – https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/nj/newark

America’s SBDC – https://americassbdc.org/coronavirus-information/

SCORE – https://www.score.org/blog/coronavirus-economic-impact-will-business-interruption-insurance-help-what-are-my-other-options?fbclid=IwAR0Oc4SFkAZBkjhDOXVl0v_-cY84DSiaBAF46ubJfBIxAlx7xRHoaWpPNMY

Small Business Administration –  https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Federal Programs – https://www.sba.gov/

U.S. Government Information & Services – https://www.usa.gov/

Department of Labor & Workforce Development- https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtm

United States Department of Labor – https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Tax Relief – https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/03/12/list-of-banks-offering-relief-to-customers-affected-by-coronavirus/#537ab23ee3d1

ATTENTION TO ALL WAREHOUSE/MANUFACTURERS AND ALL ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. CLICK HERE

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES:

 

NJRA Lease Assistance Grant Program Information Session Webinar – CLICK HERE

Garden State Relief Fund from New Jersey Community Capitalhttps://www.newjerseycommunitycapital.org/initiatives/garden-state-relief-fund

NJEDA Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard – A screening tool for State and SBA emergency assistance https://assistance.business.nj.gov/

Small Business Emergency Grant Fund – United Way of Greater Newark – www.uwnewark.org

Verizon-LISC Small Business Recovery Grant Application- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LISCSBGrant

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance (ELA) program For small businesses and nonprofits.

Kiva – Crowd funded 0% interest loan $10-15K. Details on accessing Kiva loans.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – $100M to be distributed in coming weeks.

Bartender’s Emergency Assistance- Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender.

The City of Newark Creative Catalyst Fund – for artists affected by COVID-19.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

New Jersey Community Capital Garden State Relief Fund

IRS- Economic Impact Payments

CARES ACT ELIGIBILITY TOOL

Sean John “Diddy” Combs launches: Our Fair Share

 

 

ALTERNATIVE REVENUE SOLUTIONS:

 

Dining Bond Initiative – Open to all restaurants. Similar to government-issued war bonds. The Dining Bond Initiative seeks to bring in immediate cash in exchange for future restaurant purchases.  Diners can buy gift certificates sold at a 25% discount ($100 worth of food for a $75 bond) to be redeemed in the restaurant within the next month or two, depending on how individual restaurants decide to honor the bonds.

Gift Cards – Create this purchase option on your website and promote on social media.

Options: SwipeIt, Square and Shopify

CRISIS MANAGEMENT RESOURCES:

 

COVID-19 Learnings and resources (specific to real estate/artists)

Chicken and Rice Guys wrote about their experience and learnings from managing a crisis in 2017 when they had to close the restaurant for 8 days.

This webinar shared by the James Beard Association, which speaks to operations during a time of crisis.

This webinar was prepared by ThinkHR. It provides thoughts on key considerations for companies with respect to Human Resources during this period. http://links.thinkhr.com/P000W09KRT09aj0R0WaWpQ1

Protect yourself and your business from cyber scams- https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams

 

RESOURCES FOR STAFF EMPLOYEES:

 

New Jersey Jobs Portal: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov

One Fair Wage → Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund.  Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation – COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund. Email: covidhelp@restaurantworkerscf.org 

 

ASSOCIATIONS AND CHAMBERS:

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CORONAVIRUS Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist)- Click Here

Downtown New Jersey – https://www.downtownnj.com/policy-watch-covid/

New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) – https://www.njbia.org/coronavirus/

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce (NJCC) – https://www.njchamber.com/news/nj-business-news/741-n-j-chamber-here-s-how-businesses-can-weather-the-coronavirus

African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ – https://www.aaccnj.com

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ – https://shccnj.org