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 Happy Thanksgiving from the NJ Business Action Center!

The New Jersey Business Action Center is grateful to be able to serve the businesses of the state of New Jersey to help them expand and grow. Please be sure to support your local businesses on Shop Small Business Saturday and all this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from the New Jersey Business Action Center team!   

Department of State’s Annual Report Now Available

Earlier in the month, the New Jersey Department of State (DOS) announced the release of its 2023 Fiscal Year Annual Report, which underscores the department’s dedication to enhancing democracy, fostering economic growth, preserving rich history, celebrating arts and culture and supporting diverse communities throughout the state. 

Click Here to Learn More  The NJ Business Action Center (NJBAC) in the News


Recently, Governor Tahesha Way signed two bills promoting small business growth and economic opportunity in New Jersey. The first bill requires the New Jersey Department of Treasury, in partnership with the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC), to host an “Annual Business Matchmaking Event” to connect small businesses with federal, state and local government agencies and contractors. The second bill requires the NJBAC to establish a mentorship program, matching seasoned business entities with experience in particular areas alongside emerging or less experienced businesses seeking insight. The pair of bills advance the mission and success of the NJBAC, with a crucial focus on the growth of minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. 

Click Here to Learn More  Business Emergency Preparedness

Is your organization equipped to handle emergencies? Emergency preparedness involves proactive implementation of plans and tools needed to respond in times of crisis, such as natural disasters. Learn more about preparedness best practices on the Newark Regional Business Partnership webinar, “Emergency Business Preparedness with the NJ Business Action Center,” on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 am.  

Click Here to Learn More Winning Contracts


Want to increase your chance of winning a government contract? The US Small Business Administration (SBA) provides resources and tools to help take your business to the next level. On the SBA website, you can review best practices, complete small business searches and review contract opportunities. 

Click Here to Learn More  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.  

Click Here To Learn More  Cannabis Corner 

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission website provides information about New Jersey’s cannabis related laws, as well as access to legislation, details regarding open comment periods, guidelines, rules and other related updates. 

Click Here To Learn More  Apprenticeship Grant Opportunity

The Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) program is a competitive grant that addresses economic barriers by offering tools like job readiness, essential skills and occupation-specific training, as well as funding for associated costs, like childcare and transportation. The program is currently accepting letters of intent from prospective applicants. 

Click Here to Learn More  Finding Funding


Accessing funding is crucial to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re looking for startup capital or considering a loan to finance the expansion of your business, a variety of opportunities and resources are available on business.nj.gov. Funding opportunities are regularly updated, including eligibility criteria, deadlines and loan and award information.  

Click Here to Learn More  Webinar: ChatGPT for Small Business Marketing


Many companies use artificial intelligence like ChatGPT for basic writing, marketing, emails and other communications. The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar on December 13 at 9:00 a.m. to help participants learn more about this digital tool. The webinar will provide information on how small businesses can use these platforms to perform labor-intensive and expensive functions.  

Click Here To Learn More  Love Your Block Funding Program

The Love Your Block 2023 Program is a grant-based initiative with a mission to support cities in addressing and repairing blight in their neighborhoods. The program connects residents with municipalities and community organizations to implement community-building projects and revitalize city neighborhoods. Applications are due on December 4, 2023.   

Click Here to Learn More  Follow us on LinkedIn! 

Did you know NJBAC shares best practices, resources, and opportunities on its LinkedIn page weekly? Be sure to follow us so you can get updates on event and business resources.  

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Contact Us For Assistance
Visit 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