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Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC)

298 Academy St, Jersey City, NJ 07306 • 201-284-9478 • •  
Finance/Capital/Loans • Startup Services • Jersey City

The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation created in 1980. 

Mission: To promote and facilitate economic development throughout Jersey City.

JCEDC offers small business loan programs and assists with NJ’s Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) application.

Jersey City Small Business Services–First Stop to Open Shop–guides new and existing small businesses from idea to build out. Contact Vanessa Quijano at 201-284-8609 or to make an appointment


Urban Enterprise Zone
Tax Incentives • Jersey City

With UEZ certification, a business can receive the following benefits:

  • Reduced Sales Tax [Currently 3.3125%] passed onto consumers
  • Tax-Free Purchases on certain items such as capital equipment, facility expansions, and upgrades
  • Financial Assistance from agencies such as NJEDA
  • Subsidized Unemployment Insurance costs
  • Energy Sales Tax Exemption
  • Tax Credit Options – Owners may elect one of the following:
    • Up to $1,500 for new permanent full-time employees hired
    • Up to 8% Corporate Business Tax Credit on qualified investments

The UEZ Program exists to revitalize designated urban communities and stimulate their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private sector jobs through public and private investment. One-third of Jersey City is designated UEZ.

Map of UEZ in Jersey City

Call JCEDC at 201-284-9478 to verify that your business location is in the UEZ and application assistance.