NJEDA Releases Amended Emerge Program Rules for Public Feedback

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NJEDA Releases Amended Emerge Program Rules for Public Feedback

TRENTON, N.J. (November 17, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today released for public feedback updated rules for the Emerge Program as amended by P.L. 2021, c. 160. Members of the public are encouraged to review the preliminary rules and submit written feedback through an online form available on the Economic Recovery Act website.

The Emerge Program is New Jersey’s new job creation incentive program created under the ERA. Through the program, small and large businesses, as well as non-profits, can apply for tax credits to support projects that meet minimum capital investment, job creation or retention, and other requirements. To date, the NJEDA has approved two projects through the Emerge Program to support more than 3,500 good jobs.

The updated rules are the result of statutory changes made by P.L. 2021, c. 160. The draft amended rules will be available for public comment until December 1, 2021. Members of the public can review the rules and provide comment at https://www.njeda.com/economicrecoveryact/program-specific-feedback/.

In addition to the Emerge Program, the ERA creates a suite of programs that includes tax credits to incentivize job creation, new construction, and revitalization of brownfields and historic properties; financial resources for small businesses; support for new supermarkets and healthy food retailers in food desert communities; new funding opportunities for early-stage companies in New Jersey; and support for the growing film and digital media industry. The NJEDA will continue to engage the public as new programs and rules are developed.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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OSHA Sets Jan. 4 Deadline for Employers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines

https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-23643/covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-emergency-temporary-standard

• Employers with more than 100 employees will need to implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for their employees — and offer a weekly testing alternative to those who refuse or are unable to receive a vaccine — by Jan. 4, 2022, according to an emergency temporary standard (ETS) issued Thursday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

• In determining whether they meet the 100-employees threshold, employers must include all employees across all of their U.S. locations, regardless of employees' vaccination status or where they perform their work, per the ETS. Part-time employees do count towards the company total, but independent contractors do not. Additional sections of the ETS detail how the threshold should be determined in situations involving franchisees, multi-employer workplaces and staffing agencies.

• All covered employers are required by the ETS to bear the cost of providing up to four hours of paid time and reasonable paid sick leave needed to support vaccination, but where an employee chooses to remain unvaccinated, the ETS does not require employers to pay for the costs associated with regular COVID-19 testing or the use of face coverings. Some employees may be entitled to reasonable accommodation from their employer, absent undue hardship, due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Stakeholders have until 30 days after the date of the rule's publication to submit public comments.

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
Melanie.Willoughby@sos.nj.gov

OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS!

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Jocelyn Michaelson, Realtor, Sales Associate, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan who recently became our newest membership addition!

Membership Renewals October
• America’s Mortgage Lender, Mr. Rafael E. Gavidia
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs
• International Martial Arts, Master Manuel Nieves
• IVYREHAB Physical Therapy, Michael Mossia, PT
• McCarthy’s Appraisal Services Inc.
• Nevada Diner
• Serenity Senior Care, Ms. Wanda Ince
• Wells Fargo, Francisco Branco, West Essex District Manager

Thank you for your continuous support!

PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR LOCAL MEMBERS BUSINESSES! Thank you!

Essex County Booster Shots Are Available

Pfizer, Moderna and J&J Booster Shots at Essex County Sites

Essex County is currently offering Pfizer, Moderna and J & J booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines based on eligibility at the County’s current vaccination and testing locations: Sears (Livingston Mall), Kmart (West Orange) and Essex County College (Newark).

Check www.EssexCOVID.org for vaccine eligibility including eligibility to receive a booster shot.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey? | FAQ https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine

Call 973-877-8456 or visit www.EssexCOVID.org to schedule a vaccine, booster shot or to schedule a COVID-19 test.

Resolution Counseling Center Joins the Chamber!

Congratulations Joel Levine, MSW, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT, Executive Director at the Bloomfield Office located at 256 Broad Street, Suite 2E and welcome to the chamber!

The center is in-network with Aetna, Horizon, BCBS, United Healthcare/Optum, Meritain & 1199 SIEU plans. We offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointment times. We work with couples, adults, teens, and children age 8 and above. Right now, we are offering tele-health sessions only but will be re-opening this summer for office visits.

NJ’s Ban on Plastic Carryout Bag & Polystyrene Foam (May 4, 2022)

Latest update from October, 2021 effective May 4, 2022, NJ's ban on plastic carryout bags & polystyrene foam in stores, grocery stores & food services businesses. Please see the below links from NJBAC for further information. Thank you!

English
https://files.business.nj.gov/BAC/Plastics%20Ban%20Law%20Factsheet%20English%20%20(10.01.21).pdf

Spanish
https://files.business.nj.gov/BAC/Plastics%20Ban%20Law%20Factsheet%20Spanish%20(10.01.21).pdf

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
Melanie.Willoughby@sos.nj.gov
https://www.nj.gov/state/bac

NJ's Ban on Plastic Carryout Bag & Polystyrene Foam (May 4, 2022)

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SEPTEMBER RENEWALS AND NEWEST MEMBER!

THE CHAMBER WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER!

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Maurice Lyle, CRPC, Financial Advisor located at 17 Lackawanna Place, Bloomfield

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Membership Renewals in September
• Berje, Inc.
• Blue Leaf Laundromat
Eastern School of Acupuncture & Traditional Medicine
• Family Dental Associates of Brookdale, Dr. Michael Panitch
• Forest Hill Field Club
• Great Cents Bookkeeping LLC
• Happy Trees by MGM
• Kitchen Tune Up of Bloomfield
• Nanina’s in The Park
• Safety NJ LLC
• Westbridge Academy
• Zi Zia Pizzeria & Trattoria

PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR LOCAL MEMBERS BUSINESSES!

Maurice Lyle, Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor joins the chamber!

The chamber welcomes its newest member!

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Maurice Lyle, CRPC, Financial Advisor located at 17 Lackawanna Place, Bloomfield

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

August Memberships Renewals
• Dog Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley
• Excel Termite and Pest Control
Express Employment Professionals
• Subway / Shoppers Express

PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!

NJBAC – Time-Sensitive Article for Business.NJ.Gov

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

Melanie.Willoughby@sos.nj.gov

https://www.nj.gov/state/bac