Dear Members and Future Members,

We are currently dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and life has been different, to say the least. The Chamber is continuing to hold meetings but instead of being in-person, we’re meeting via Zoom. Although it’s not the same as meeting face-to-face, the meetings are remarkably effective, enabling us to still connect, learn and grow, in the words of our tagline. We hope you’ll join us.

If there is something we can do to advocate with Maplewood Township on your behalf, please let us know. As always, we count on you to help us weather this emergency as a community. We’ll be sure to continue to support you with information and resources.

Please stay safe and follow the public health practices to decrease the chance for contagion: wear a mask, practice social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands frequently and avoid coughing into your hands.

Wishing you good health and good business,

Ellen Donker, President

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce

Resources

Small Businesses Programs
 
New Jersey Program
New Jersey Economic Development Authority include a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for small-to-medium-sized companies, and a variety of resources providing technical support.
To see which of these programs you are eligible for, use the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard.
 
Federal Programs
The Federal Government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 2 to assist business owners with current needs. The CARES Act programs will be administered through the Small Business Administration.
Two programs of note under the CARES Act are:
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants–OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS NOW
  • These loans and grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance DOES NOT need to be repaid. The advance may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans–Apply through a local lender
    The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses.  You apply for this loan with a bank or a mission-based lender. SBA has a free referral service tool called Lender Match to help find a lender near you.
Open for Business? Get Listed on NJ.com
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Springfield Avenue Partnership –Merchant Resource Page
Maplewood Village AllianceMerchant Resource Page