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Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ida

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is creating a $10 million grant program that will provide short-term, immediate rent and mortgage reimbursement support to New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 employees that suffered physical damage on September 1st and 2nd, 2021 as a result of weather caused by Tropical Storm Ida and any additional flooding immediately thereafter. 


The proposed program will provide small businesses and non-profit entities with up to 50 employees grants of $1,000 to $5,000 dollars. Landlords and home-based businesses are not eligible. As proposed, grants will be provided in the form of reimbursement of a business’s August rent or mortgage payment.

To be eligible, a business or nonprofit must:


  • Provide certification of an unmet need due to damage and/or business interruption.
  • Provide documentation of physical damage to the applicant’s physical commercial location.
  • Present a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • Submit recent wage reporting form (WR30), if applicable.
  • Be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey.
  • Be in good standing with the Department of Taxation.
  • Comply with any additional requirements that are announced when the program is finalized.

The parameters of the program announced today are preliminary and are subject to change.  The proposed program will be presented to the NJEDA’s Board for consideration of approval at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. If approved, the NJEDA expects to announce full details and the application timeline for the grant program following that meeting. 




Melanie Willoughby

Executive Director

NJ Business Action Center

33 West State Street

P.O. Box 820

Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

P: 609-633-8301

C: 609-462-6917







All Retail Stores, Groceries, and Food Service Businesses Statewide

To help businesses to prepare for the new law, P.L.2020 c.117, effective May 4, 2022, the NJ Business Action Center has prepared a downloadable flyer, explaining the key elements of the law.  Please follow the link below for details! Thank You.


Membership Renewals for June 2021!

Congratulations to our newest member Secrets to Plush, Ms. Farrah Pate,
Business Owner located at 274-276 Belleville Avenue in Belleville! Wishing you

Chamber of Commerce Announces Membership Renewals for June 2021!

~ Atlantic Uniforms
~ Delissio & Associates, PC
~ Gaccione Pomaco, PC
~ Investors Bank
~ J.T. Murdoch Shoes
~ J.W. Pierson Co.
~ Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home & Cremation
~ Media Consultants, LLC
~ Patrician Associates Realtors
~ Provident Bank (Bloomfield and Belleville locations)
~ ShopRite of Belleville
~ Staples Office Supply
~ Town Pub of Bloomfield


I am pleased to announce our newest member Secrets to Plush with a grand opening ribbon cutting that is scheduled on Monday, July 12th at 12:30 PM.

Congratulations Ms. Farrah Pate and welcome to our business community!
Secrets to Plush, Ms. Farrah Pate, CEO, Owner
274-276 Belleville Avenue, Belleville

They provide services such as Lashes, Brows, Facials, Messages and Make Up for Special Occasions!

Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce May membership renewals!

Thank you for your continuous support!
Belleville Public Library
Bloomfield Center Alliance
Bloomfield Lions Club
Bloomfield Surgi-Center (ACES)
• Legal Shield, Lee Roy Jefferson, Independent Associate
• New York Life – New Jersey Office, Nelson Barrera, Partner
• The Green Labs
• William Rupp, Patron

Please patronize our local chamber member businesses!

Suburban Essex Chamber Foundation Awards 2021 Scholarships

The Foundation scholarship awards program is sponsored by our business members each year. The scholarship awards are presented to graduating high school seniors that reside in the towns of Bloomfield, Belleville and Glen Ridge. The criteria for the scholarships are based on their financial need, fall attendance at a college, university, or vocational school, intention to pursue a career that is business oriented and extra-curricular/community activities. The scholarship application included the recipients application, 500 word typed essay, GPA Scores, letters of recommendation from high schools and acceptance letters from the college (s) of interest.

The Class of 2021 Scholarships are sponsored by Belleville Motor Lodge, Ms. Cecelia Polizzi, Business Owner and Provident Bank, Mr. Michael Kahn, VP, Marketing Manager.

Congratulations to our 2021 Class Recipients!
Belleville: Vivian Shu Yi Li (Northeastern University) and Cybel Cobbinah (Emory University)
Bloomfield: Gwen Reoch (Macalester College)
Glen Ridge: Sawyer L. Smith (University of Rhode Island)

Wishing all of our recipients the best of luck for a successful future!
Posted in Belleville, Bloomfield, Community Categories, Glen Ridge, Recent SECC News


The Garden State's One-Stop Shop for Business


Garden State businesses are urged to prepare for new requirements that will ban single-use plastic carryout bags, polystyrene foam food service products, single-use paper carryout bags in grocery stores over 2,500 square feet, and limit plastic straws to by-request-only.
A new law will take effect on May 4, 2022 to reduce pollution and protect New Jersey’s health, economy, and environment. It will apply to all retail stores, grocery stores and food service businesses, including restaurants, cafes, delicatessens, coffee shops, convenience stores, food trucks, vending trucks or carts, movie theaters, and business or institutional cafeterias. The provision of plastic straws will be limited to by-request-only after November 4, 2021. The new law signals the state’s move toward reusable, recyclable and biodegradable products.

The latest details on the law are available on business.nj.gov and experts are available both on the website’s live chat feature and at 1-800-Jersey-7 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday to help businesses learn how to comply with the new requirements.

New Jersey Clean Communities will present a virtual seminar, Rolling Out the Bag Ban: Everything Business and Government Need to Know, on Thursday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join state representatives and policymakers to learn about the new law, pending deadlines and how your business can prepare. More information on the seminar may be found at NJClean.org.
Learn How You Can Prepare

Contact Us For Assistance
Melanie Willoughby, Executive Director
New Jersey Business Action Center
(609) 633-8301
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

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