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  • Home COVID test now a reality.

  • State workers returning to Trenton in October.

  • N.J. COVID numbers soar month-to-month driven by delta variant.

August 27, 2021
Curated by Scott Goldstein
Today's News

Home COVID Test Now a Reality
A COVID-19 test that you can take at home — and get results back in minutes on your smartphone — is now a reality. BD announced Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the BD Veritor At-Home COVID-19 Test. The test will initially be made available to businesses, schools and governments potentially serving the need of the numerous organizations that will require vaccination or proof of a negative test. (ROI-NJ)

State Workers Returning to Trenton in October
All New Jersey state workers will return to their offices full-time for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit beginning Oct. 18, officials in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration told NJ Advance Media. (

N.J. COVID Numbers Soar Month-to-Month Driven by Delta Variant
New Jersey on Thursday reported another 1,726 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 more confirmed deaths as hospitalizations remained the same a day after they surpassed 1,000 hospitalized patients for the first time since early May. The Garden State’s seven-day average for newly confirmed positive tests is 1,747. It’s 21% more than a week ago and 150% higher than this time last month. The delta variant accounted for 96% of cases in New Jersey. (

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Classroom Worries
As another school year approaches, the delta variants continues to rage in New Jersey while children under 12 remain ineligible for COVID-19 vaccines. It could mean a surge in coronavirus cases next month when classrooms reopen, some experts said. (

Delta Variant Cases Overwhelming States
Kentucky and Texas joined a growing list of states that are seeing record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a surge that is overwhelming doctors and nurses and afflicting more children. Intensive care units around the nation are packed with patients extremely ill with the coronavirus — even in places where hospitalizations have not yet reached earlier peaks. (Associated Press)

Celebrate Diversity in N.J. with Us: Exceptional People. Extraordinary Stories. Inspiring Results.
The N.J. Chamber and The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey are hosting receptions across New Jersey this fall to honor exceptional people that have contributed to diversity and equal opportunity in the state. Find a reception near you and register here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)

Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (

N.J. COVID-19 Community Calendar
This calendar contains events related to COVID-19 vaccinations in New Jersey, including pop-up vaccination sites, clinics, virtual town halls and other community events. (NJ Department of Health)

Business Resources

Federal Grants for Restaurants and Bars
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Guidance, Restrictions, and Assistance for Businesses
(State of N.J.)

State & Federal Financial Assistance
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Pandemic Resources for Small Businesses
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Reopening Playbook for Employers
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Vaccine Guide for Businesses
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guidance
(U.S. SBA)

Discount PPE for NJ Businesses
(State of N.J.)

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
Job Seekers | Employers

General Pandemic Information
(State of N.J.)

Guide to Starting a Business in N.J.
(New Jersey Business Action Center)

N.J. Coronavirus Cases

Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 24,104

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 945,717

Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 5,526,890

Data: Hospitalizations and Discharges | Vaccinations




























Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Coronavirus relief options

SBA offers several different relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. You can view all options or skip to a specific program below.

SBA is currently offering the following funding options:

SBA is preparing to offer:

  • Shuttered Venue Operator grants
  • Targeted EIDL Advance (limited eligibility)

SBA previously offered the following funding options:

  • EIDL Advance (No longer available)

Learn more about SBA's coronavirus relief options

Coronavirus recovery information in languages other than English

Recovery Information in Languages other than English

Guidance for businesses and employers

Visit the Recovery Hub

Local assistance

SBA has 68 District Offices around the country that provide guidance and assistance to small businesses in their area. We also work with a number of local organizations to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses through our official Resource Partners: SCORE mentors, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. You can use SBA’s Local Assistance Directory to locate the SBA District Office or Resource Partner service location nearest you.

SBA offices have been fully operational since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and are maximizing telework to best serve our small business customers. Check the operating status for all SBA locations.

Join the SBA's relief efforts

Join our team! SBA is hiring additional employees to assist with disaster relief efforts. Bilingual language skills are a plus. Remote jobs are available nationwide.

Additional SBA resources

SBA is here to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their own preparedness plans.

You can read SBA’s plan for use of covered funds provided through public laws: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

Loan programs

SBA provides a number of loan programs for small businesses. Learn about loans and how to connect with a lender.

  • 7(a) loans offer amounts up to $5,000,000. The uses of proceeds include: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.
  • Express loans offer up to $350,000 for no more than seven years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • Community Advantage loans allow mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • 504 loans are designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.
  • Microloans are made through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery and equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.

Exporting assistance

SBA provides an array of trade tools and export finance programs to help small businesses increase international sales and respond to opportunities and challenges associated with trade, such as COVID-19.

The following loans are available to U.S. small businesses that export directly overseas, or those that export indirectly by selling to a customer that then exports their products:

  • Export Express loans provide quick access to capital for businesses that need financing up to $500,000. Businesses can apply for a line of credit or term note prior to finalizing an export sale or while pursuing opportunities overseas. For example, identifying a new overseas customer should an export sale be lost due to COVID-19.
  • Export Working Capital loans enable small businesses to fulfill export orders and finance international sales by providing revolving lines of credit or transaction-based financing of up to $5 million. Businesses could use a loan to obtain or retain overseas customers by offering attractive payment terms.
  • International Trade loans help small businesses engaged in international trade retool or expand to better compete and react to changing business conditions. They can also help exporting firms expand their sales to new markets or to re-shore operations back to the United States.

More information and assistance with international sales is available from our Office of International Trade.

Government contracting

SBA is focused on assisting with the continuity of operations for small business contracting programs and small businesses with federal contracts. SBA has issued special guidance for federal small business contractors impacted by COVID-19.

If a situation occurs that will prevent small businesses with government contracts from successfully performing their contract, they should reach out to their contracting officer and seek to obtain extensions before they receive cure notices or threats of termination. SBA’s Procurement Center Representatives can assist affected small businesses to engage with their contracting officer. Use the Procurement Center Representative Directory to connect with the representative nearest you.

If your small business is currently not working on any government contracts, and is interested in competing for them, SBA offers the following certifications:

  • 8(a) Business Development program serves to help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, and the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate. The 8(a) program offer and acceptance process is available nationwide, and the SBA continues to work with federal agencies to ensure maximum practicable opportunity to small businesses. 8(a) program participants should stay in touch with their Business Opportunity Specialist.
  • HUBZone program offers eligibility assistance every Thursday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET at 1-202-765-1264; access code 63068189#.  Members of the HUBZone team answer questions to help firms navigate the certification process. For specific questions regarding an application, please contact the HUBZone Help Desk at
  • Women-owned small business firms who have questions are encouraged to learn about the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program or write to

Contact SBA

For assistance with SBA programs, please contact us.


Monmouth County Economic Assistance

The Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program provides financial support up to $10,000 for those qualifying businesses, business owners, and nonprofits that do not exceed $5 million in annual gross revenue and have experienced costly interruptions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. A total of $10 million of allocated CARES funding is available. The grant application is available in English and Spanish.

Small business applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Physically located in Monmouth County since January 1, 2019 or earlier
  • Negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $5 million or less in gross revenue
  • 50 or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) employees including the owner as of March 1, 2020

Some categories of businesses, including banking, educational, governmental and medical service providers, are not eligible for the grant program.

Nonprofit applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Physically located in Monmouth County since January 1, 2019 or earlier
  • Provides a public service to beneficiaries residing in Monmouth County
  • Negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6 limited to local and regional chambers of commerce, or 501(c)19
  • May be a local affiliate of a larger state or national service organization



Contact: New Jersey Economic Development Authority


 About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.





NJBIA - 10 West Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 - 609-393-7707


NJBIA - 10 West Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 - 609-393-7707