Yes, New Jersey has several agencies with programs that are designed specifically to help small businesses get started and develop.  These agencies provide many different kinds of services, from financing and training to counseling and mentoring services.

 

The NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) is an independent state agency that puts special emphasis on financing small and mid-sized businesses. Additionally, the EDA administers tax incentives to retain and grow jobs and revitalize communities. Visit www.njeda.com.

 

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent federal agency committed to counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of the small business community. The SBA's New Jersey office assists small business owners by providing access to capital and business financing. Visit www.sba.gov/localresources/district/nj/index.htmI to learn more.

 

The NJ Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide educational resources to help business owners finance, market and manage their businesses. Business can find help through the SBDC regional centers, which are hosted by colleges and universities throughout the state.  Visit www.njsbdc.com to get started.

 

The UCEDC is a private, nonprofit economic development corporation that makes loans to high-risk borrowers, and women and minority entrepreneurs. It also provides training and mentorship services.

 

Q. What if I just need help getting my business off the ground?

A. SCORE is com­mitted to educating entrepreneurs and small business owners through free, confidential business counsel­ ing services. Central New Jersey's SCORE mentors can help small business owners connect with the people and information they need to run a successful business.