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NJ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANTS

On June 9, 2020, the NJEDA began accepting applications for Phase 2 of the Emergency Assistance Grants.  The grants are available for businesses with 25 or less employees.  The NJEA has $45 million dollars available to distribute, as part of the federal CARES Act. The grant will be in the amount of $1,000 per full-time Read More…

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2020

On Friday June 5, 2020, the President signed H.R. 7010, cited as the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020” into law.  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) that was signed into Law on March 27, 2020.  The new Flexibility Act provided many Read More…

OPERATING COST REDUCTION STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER DURING CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY

By Ross Forman In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, operational challenges are among the top sources of pressure for businesses. Unforeseen costs, disruptions in services and, for most organizations, significant material hits to revenue are top of mind as you navigate new issues related to maintaining facilities and business functions. For these reasons, identifying and Read More…

SMALL BUSINESSES: ACT NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SBA LOANS AND PAYROLL TAX INCENTIVES

Background In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, many small-to-medium sized businesses are struggling to manage revenue losses amid prolonged economic uncertainty. To offset the pandemic’s financial impacts, Congress has passed several stimulus bills, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes provisions Read More…

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS – LOW-INTEREST LOANS

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting the small business community across the country, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury. Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary Read More…

EMPLOYERS CAN IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE TAX-FREE QUALIFIED DISASTER PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES IN CONNECTION WITH COVID-19

Employers are scrambling to find ways to help their employees who are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Help is available.  Now that the COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency,[1] Internal Revenue Code Section 139 can be used to allow employers to make tax-free payments or reimbursements to employees as “qualified disaster payments.” Below are Read More…

FEDERAL AID PACKAGE HELPS INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201),  became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. The Act includes up to 80 hours of emergency Read More…

IS IT TIME TO RECONSIDER THE DECISION TO BUY OR LEASE EQUIPMENT?

Given the historically low interest rate environment in which we find ourselves, most business owners in capital intensive industries will be impelled to explore their options when it comes to obtaining new equipment. Whether it’s best to use lease financing or purchase equipment outright depends on multiple factors including (but not limited to) the type Read More…

USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONTROL COSTS IN YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

Controlling overhead costs is critical for all construction managers. Increased competition and slim profit margins have forced contractors to take a hard look at overhead cost management.  Budgeting and variance analysis Technological changes have made budgeting systems, planning, and control techniques available to all contractors. Budgeting allows contractors to evaluate current operations, assess future costs, Read More…

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