Kelly's Creations Salon and Spa, Ad Wraps Inc., TJ’s Ice Cream Plus, and Comfort Mechanical Corp. were among the businesses to receive Stronger NJ Business Grants from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) on Thursday.
To date, 36 grants have been approved in Ocean City, totaling over $1.6 million. Statewide, more than 630 businesses have been approved for grants and loans totaling over $68.7 million.
“While I have heard from many business owners that the summer is going well, our business advisors continue to work closely with all eligible businesses to ensure grant applicants get the help they need,” EDA CEO Michele Brown said.
Since early May, EDA has hosted 13 workshops in some of the hardest hit communities, including one Thursday in Ocean City.
Applicants are contacted via telephone prior to the workshops to
schedule appointments and are informed of any documentation or
information needed to complete their application.
Through these workshops, one-on-one assistance has been provided to nearly 100 businesses.
The Stronger NJ programs are funded through New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant
Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocation from the United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Similar to other
Sandy relief programs, there are strict federal eligibility requirements
to which the EDA and applicants must comply.
For more information on the Stronger NJ Business programs, visit http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusiness or call EDA’s Sandy hotline at 1-855-SANDY-BZ (1-855-726-3929).