Below is a list of agencies and organizations that provide services, support, and guidance for small businesses in a variety of ways.  Use the search bar and category filter on the right to find the right resources for you.

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Small Business Development Center – Hudson County

285 West Side Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey • 201-200-2156 • •
Business Development • Business Plans • Jersey City

Small Business Development Center(SBDC) is one of the Counseling Services provided by the SBA(Small Business Administration). We provide counseling and training to small business entrepreneurs that are looking to start a business or are in business. Our services are free of charge and we provide assistance with all the functionality of operating a small business, including: marketing,business plans, obtaining funding and MBE/WBE Certifications. We have been servicing Hudson County for the past 14 years.

Small Business Majority
Advocacy Group • Jersey City

The Small Business Majority advocates on behalf of small business owners, through conducting research and promoting an economic policy agenda. They also offer an entrepreneurship program designed to educate and deliver practical resources to participants.

The Intersect Fund

59 Lincoln Park, Newark, NJ 08901 •
Business Development • Finance/Capital/Loans • Jersey City

Provides loans and training to entrepreneurs

The Jersey City Fund

30 Montgomery St, 14th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302 •
Finance/Capital/Loans • Jersey City

10 million dollar loan fund for small businesses plus technical assistance to businesses with unique growth potential.

The New Journal Square Special Improvement District

14 Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306 •
Business Association • Journal Square & India Square

The Journal Square SID oversees the maintenance, security and other programs. The staff also provides day-to-day advocacy on behalf of the district to ensure that the district is safe and clean.

Business Development • Finance/Capital/Loans • Startup Services • Any or All

Resources and Solutions for Small Business

Union County Economic Development Corporation

79 Chestnut St, Cranford, NJ 07016 •
Finance/Capital/Loans • Jersey City

Offers low-interest loans and technical assistance (counseling) to business owners

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.