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Keeping Montclair Residents Informed

COVID-19 Jobs Portal
Dear Resident,
 
I hope you and your families are safe and healthy during this challenging time, and that you have the financial resources to continue staying home and following social distancing directives. However, many of our friends and neighbors are being negatively impacted not only by the health effects of COVID-19, but by the financial strain this crisis is inflicting. 

Millions of Americans are currently out of work due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.  Governor Murphy's administration launched a new COVID-19 Online Jobs Portal, with job listings from hundreds of companies. 

While many businesses must remain closed to stop the spread of the virus, others who are providing essential services are in need of new employees to meet the current demand. This is an opportunity for residents who need financial assistance to earn money while also helping provide the essential services our communities need during this crisis.
   Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community.

Need help finding a job that's a good fit for you? You can enter some key terms into the search box that will help narrow down the list. You can type in the type of job(s) you're interested in (for example: Home Health Aide, Cashier, Delivery Driver). You can also type in your town or county to see some places hiring near you. If you're looking to work for a specific company, type their name in the search box.

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 HERE.

NJEDA Announces New Initiatives
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The package of initiatives includes a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information.

Collectively, they will provide more than $75 million of State and private financial support, with the opportunity to grow to more than $100 million if additional philanthropic, State, and federal resources become available. The initiatives will support between 3,000 and 5,000 small and midsize enterprises and are meant to complement recently announced federal economic recovery initiatives.


The NJEDA suite of new initiatives includes:

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  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $5 million program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, and other services – such as repair, maintenance, personal, and laundry services – to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs.
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program – A $10 million program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenues. Loans made through the program will have ten-year terms with zero percent for the first five years, then resetting to the EDA’s prevailing floor rate (capped at 3.00%) for the remaining five years.
  • Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund – A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low interest working capital to micro businesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak.
  • CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak.
  • NJ Entrepreneur Support Program – A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80 percent loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs.  
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program – A $10 million program that will provide 50 percent guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA’s existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs.
  • Emergency Technical Assistance Program – A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide.
Additional details on the NJEDA’s new programs, including eligibility requirements will be available HERE.
The health and well-being of our residents is our priority. We want to ensure you are accurately informed and empowered with the tools and knowledge to tackle this challenge calmly, with coordination.

Thank You,


Sean M. Spiller
Montclair's Third Ward Councilman
Candidate for Mayor

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