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


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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 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
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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Employment Opportunity!

P/T staffer needed for a Healthcare agency.

(As a staffer they match up the client with a home health aid who is available)

Call for more information: 973-399-1066 (Mention name Susanne from the Chamber)

Reliable Healthcare Agency Inc.
50 Union Ave., Suite 801- B
Irvington, NJ 07111

There are also jobs available for men and women who have their CHHA license and would like to work.

April New and Renewal Memberships

Welcome and congratulations to our newest April Member!
• Ms. Robin Hollows Olivera, Bloomfield Resident

Thank you to our membership renewals for April. We appreciate your continuous and generous support!
Bella Napoli Restaurant
• Compass Self Storage
• Cowan’s Public
• Dunkin Donuts (Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield)
• Everside Health (formerly Paladina Health)
• Generazio Associates, Inc.
• Lynnes Auto Group
• Nutley Auto Kia
• PS Optical
• Susanne Kaltsas, Professional Counseling
• Terry Drugs
• The Eye Care Center of NJ
• Vincent J. Castellano, DMD
WBMA-TV (Bloomfield)
• Zippo’s Mobile Electronics

NJBAC: New Business Handy Check List

The NJ Business Action Center has just produced a handy check list for all individuals thinking about starting a business. It is the "New Business Checklist" which can be accessed and downloaded at this link nj-new-business-checklist.pdf.

The checklist walks a person through all the stages of starting a business with the necessary links. It also connects the person to the NJBAC for any additional questions.

Thank you.

Melanie L Willoughby
Executive Director
NJ Business Action Center
33 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08068
609-462-6917 cell



Phase 4 provides short-term, immediate payroll and working capital support to NJ small and medium businesses and non-profits
TRENTON, N.J. (April 14, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency. More information is available here.

Interested business owners will need to pre-register here to access the application. Pre-registration will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will close on April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The application will be available via a phased approach following the end of the pre-registration period, as detailed below. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.

In line with Governor Murphy’s commitment to a stronger, fairer recovery, Phase 4 funding will be allocated to support the most adversely affected businesses, including restaurants, micro-businesses, and child care providers, as well as other small businesses. To ensure grants reach businesses in the hardest hit communities, including communities of color, one-third of funding will be targeted to businesses with a primary business location within the 715 census tracts designated as eligible to be selected as an Opportunity Zone.

“The economic impact this pandemic has wreaked in New Jersey is still being felt one year after it started, and it has disproportionally affected woman- and minority-owned businesses. The $85 million in additional funds committed to Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will directly and expeditiously help these businesses stabilize their operations and minimize potential furlough or layoffs,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Businesses that are still struggling cannot wait for assistance and we are working uninterruptedly at the NJEDA to ensure that our communities don’t just survive the pandemic, but emerge from it stronger, fairer, and ready to rebuild.”

The Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program was created to provide funding as efficiently and quickly as possible to small and medium-sized businesses that needed payroll and working capital support as a result of adverse economic impacts following the March 9, 2020 declaration of a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. Since the launch of Phase 1 of the program on April 6, 2020, the Authority has approved nearly 44,000 grant applications representing over $214 million in total grant funding awarded through Phases 1 – 3. The program has evolved with each phase to offer expanded eligibility and award amounts.

Phase 4 funds aim to reimburse lost revenue as result of the business interruption caused by the pandemic between March 1, 2020 and the date of the grant agreement, providing the necessary resources to any eligible business that has been temporarily shut down, has been required to reduce hours, has had at least a 20 percent drop in revenue, has been materially impacted by employees who cannot work due to the outbreak, or has a supply chain that has materially been disrupted and therefore slowed firm-level production during the pandemic.

Phase 4 once again increases the amount of funding available to businesses. Grant awards will be calculated based on the number of full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) businesses employ. Micro-businesses with five or fewer FTEs and sole proprietorships will receive up to $10,000; businesses with six to 25 FTEs will receive up to $15,000; and businesses with 26 to 50 FTEs will receive up to $20,000. A grant size estimator is available here.

To maximize the funding businesses can receive in Phase 4, grant awards will be based on the peak FTE count from a business’s past eight quarters of WR-30 filings. Businesses must use funds from the Grant Program for reimbursement of lost revenue as a result of business interruption caused by the pandemic. Businesses may not use grant funds for capital expenses.

The $85,000,000 in funds available through Phase 4 will be allocated as follows:

Restaurants: $35 million of funding to support businesses classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722, given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to the pandemic, including caps on on-location dining and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations.
Child Care Providers: $10 million of funding to support businesses classified as “Child Day Care Services” under NAICS code 624410, given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to the pandemic, including caps on capacity numbers and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations.
Micro-businesses: $25 million of funding to support businesses that have had 5 or fewer FTEs in each of their past eight quarters of WR-30 filings (including businesses with no FTEs), given the unique financial vulnerability experienced because of the pandemic by micro-businesses, which typically have lower financial reserves.
Other small businesses (6-50 FTE): The remaining $15 million of funding will support businesses that are not eligible under the micro-business category.

Applications will become available on a rolling basis following the pre-registration period (April 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to April 29, 2021, 5:00 p.m.) Pre-registered applicants will need to return to to complete an application based on the following schedule:

• Businesses that did not apply for, or were not approved for Phase 3 funding – 9:00 a.m. on May 3, 2021
• Restaurants and child care providers – 9:00 a.m. on May 5, 2021
• Micro businesses (five or fewer FTEs) – 9:00 a.m. on May 10, 2021
• All other small businesses, excluding restaurants, micro businesses, and child care providers – 9:00 a.m. on May 12, 2021

Applications for each category will be open for a period of one week and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date and time the Authority receives a completed application submission.

The NJEDA is partnering with three leading marketing agencies to coordinate strategic outreach to targeted communities. Tara Dowdell Group, Medina=Citi, and 360 Marketing and PR were selected to support these outreach efforts based on their established connections to diverse communities across the state. All three firms are minority- and/or woman-owned.

The NJEDA is providing the online pre-registration and application in English and Spanish and offering applicants access to interpretation services to support speakers of ten additional languages –Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.

In addition to the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, the NJEDA administers a variety of technical assistance and low-cost financing programs for small and mid-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19. More information about these programs and other State support is available at or call 844-965-1125.

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 and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.



Worrall Community Newspapers won four (4) awards for reporting in the weekly newspaper division of the 2020 NJ Press Association annual contest.

Winners are: EmilyAnn Jackman "Education Writing Category" - 2nd Place and "Responsible Journalism Category" - 2nd Place; Daniel Jackovino "Business and Economic Writing Category" - 2nd Place; Yael Katzwer "Coverage of Government Category" - 2nd place; Amanda Valentovic "Education Writing - 2nd Place"

Congratulations to all the winners!


The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Its Mission:

“We are a volunteer association of businesses and professional people, working together for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Townships of Bloomfield and Belleville, and the Borough of Glen Ridge, NJ.”

Thank you for your sponsorship donation for the 2021 Foundation Scholarship Program!

March New and Renewal Memberships

Chamber Welcomes March new Memberships!
Beacon Wealth Partners, Daniel Cocco, Financial Advisor
Robin Hollows-Olivera, Patron

March Membership Renewals!

All Star Pediatrics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Ruchi Mehta
American Roofing and Siding, Michael DeRosa, President
Belleville Motor Lodge, Cecelia Polizzi, President
Bloomfield Auto Body, Anthony Trama, Owner
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Michael Sceurman, Director
Job Haines Home, Noreen Haveron, Exec. Dir., President; Reineen Dohman, Dir. of Mktg.
Minor Rubber, Robert Walker, Manager
Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements

Thank you for membership and support!