“As we move into recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we continue to provide the resources business owners need to reopen and thrive,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The improvements to Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program approved today will make much-needed financing available to New Jersey businesses with a focus on growing businesses that have been left out of previous COVID-19 relief programs.”
The NJEDA created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program in March of 2020 to make low-cost financing available to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the NJEDA has approved 145 loans for a combined total of more than $10 million.
Businesses with $10 million or less in annual revenue that have executed a new lease, leased additional space, or acquired an owner-occupied commercial space of at least 500 square feet on or after January 1, 2021 will be prioritized as “Stage 1” applicants and will have an exclusive application window, after which all eligible businesses may apply.
To ensure timely processing of applications, the NJEDA is implementing a two-step application process for Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. Businesses and nonprofits interested in applying for loans must first pre-register for the program. Following the pre-registration period, applications will open for “Stage 1” applicants for a ten-day period, after which the Authority will open applications to all other qualified entities based on the availability of funding.
The NJEDA anticipates opening the pre-registration period beginning in July 2021, and specific dates and timing will be posted at https://business.nj.gov/covid/emergency-assistance-loan-program. All businesses must pre-register during the pre-registration period in order to be eligible to apply during Phase 2 of the Loan Program.
More information about Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/emergency-assistance-loan-program.