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NJ Business Action Center November Events for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

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Upcoming Webinar – How to Become an Exporter or Expand Your Exports
In partnership with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the NJBAC will participate in an upcoming webinar, “How to Become an Exporter or Expand Your Exports,” on Wednesday, November 9, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. The Office of Export Promotion Manager William Spear and the Export Promotion team will provide expert insight on expanding export operations for New Jersey businesses.
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State Plan Update
Prepared by the State Planning Commission (SPC), The New Jersey State Development & Redevelopment Plan contains a comprehensive framework intended to guide future development, redevelopment, conservation, preservation and restoration efforts in New Jersey. The SPC recently hosted a series of webinars to collect valued feedback for the forthcoming update to the State Plan. 
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Funding Opportunities Alert
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s website provides grant and funding information, including current and past programs and awards focused on training and workforce development opportunities. 
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Cybersecurity Webinar Recording
On September 21, 2023, NJBAC hosted, “Small Business, Big Threats: Together for a Cyber Resilient Tomorrow,” an informative and educational webinar focused on helping small businesses understand the importance of cybersecurity planning. Facilitated by Meshach Walker, Cybersecurity and Election Security Coordinator at the Division of Elections, the webinar touched on phishing/smishing, ransomware and business email compromise.
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Minimum Wage Increase
On January 1, 2024, the New Jersey statewide minimum wage will increase by $1 to $15.13 for most employees. This increase exceeds the goal of Governor Murphy’s 2019 legislation to raise the minimum wage to at least $15.00 by 2024 for New Jersey employees. 
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Question of The Month
The NJBAC talks through questions and topics with thousands of New Jersey business owners yearly. Whether through a call or live chat, we can answer your questions and provide helpful information about any of your business needs. You can even reach out to us anonymously. 

Have a question about business registration or regulations? Contact us for assistance at 1-800-JERSEY-7
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Cannabis Corner
On September 27, 2023, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission began accepting applications for wholesale, manufacturing and delivery cannabis licenses. Through December 26, 2023, only social equity business applications are being accepted. Diversely owned businesses can submit applications as of December 27, 2023. The application process opens for all other applicants on March 27, 2024. 
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Diversity Finance Board Established
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced the establishment of the Diversity Finance Advisory Board (DFAB), which will work to increase access to institutional capital for women- and minority-owned startups. The board will provide knowledge, guidance and insight on ways to best increase capital, access and investments for New Jersey’s diverse entrepreneurs.
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Resource Hub
Have you checked out the New Jersey Small Business Development Center’s “Small Business Resource Hub”? This one-stop digital resource center provides information from starting your business to venture capital firms, tool kits and incubator programs. The Resource Hub helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and employees launch and grow operations. 
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A Big Thank You – Resources for Growth
On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, NJBAC hosted its “Resources for Growth,” (RFG) information-sharing and networking event for small business owners and entrepreneurs at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. RFG brought together the small business community, state agencies and community organizations to help business owners and entrepreneurs discover the many incentive programs and services available to help businesses grow and thrive. Hundreds of New Jerseyans participated – we thank you!
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Learn About NJ Legislature
NJ Spotlight News has launched a new election-focused series, “Gotta Know Jersey,” to help readers make informed decisions on Election Day. The series will include information about the legislative process, representatives and other voting-related topics.
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Contact Us For AssistanceVisit business.nj.gov for a “live chat” with our NJBAC business experts,from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.You can also call us at 1-800-JERSEY-7.
The New Jersey Business Action Center is a division of the Department of State. 
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820