The Small Business Lease Assistance Program reimburses businesses and nonprofit organizations 15 percent of annual lease payments for two years when they rent market-rate, first-floor office, industrial, or retail spaces for a minimum 5-year term. Businesses in the program can lease spaces of any size, but will only receive NJEDA reimbursements on the first 5,000 square feet of leased space.
“Supporting small businesses that create good jobs for residents is a critical component of Governor Murphy’s plan to invest in communities,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Small Business Lease Assistance Program will provide businesses the support they need to get off the ground, helping to build more vibrant downtown areas that attract more businesses and the talent we need to build a competitive economy.”
The program is available in thirteen cities, including the five legislatively-designated Garden State Growth Zones (GSGZs)—Atlantic City, Camden, Trenton, Passaic, and Paterson—as well as eight Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) with Main Streets as designated by the NJ Department of Community Affairs: Bridgeton, Jersey City, Millville, Mt. Holly, Phillipsburg, Plainfield, Salem, and Vineland. Within each municipality, the NJEDA can approve up to $100,000 in lease assistance per year for three years. To ensure the greatest possible impact, the NJEDA has coordinated with the eligible municipalities on specific areas of eligibility within the cities that are consistent with local redevelopment plans and fit into the city’s long-term vision.
Each of the cities has also designated a program representative to assist businesses with the application process, questions specific to the city, and to help market the program to local businesses. Each city’s representative can be found at www.njeda.com/LeaseAssistance.
“The Small Business Lease Assistance Program is an important tool for creating vibrant, walkable communities,” said Christina Fuentes, Director of Small Business Services at the NJEDA. “Small businesses are what make communities unique and helping them thrive is the best way to foster dynamic and inclusive cities and downtown areas that make New Jersey special.”
In addition to the Small Business Lease Assistance Program, the NJEDA also supports small businesses with low-interest loans, bond financing, and educational programming. Many of these programs place a special emphasis on supporting women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses.
Business owners can apply for the Small Business Lease Assistance Program here: www.njeda.com/LeaseAssistance
To read Governor Murphy's full economic plan, please visit: https://nj.gov/economicplan
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 EDA resources for businesses call EDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.