T-Off Small Business Owners New Morris County Grant Applications – Morris County, NJ

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Posted on June 10, 2022

“That, for me, was a big help! It just helped us get over the hump!

More than a dozen entrepreneurs reviewed and submitted new applications for Morris County Small Business Grants after a “City hall” hosted today by the Morris County Economic Development Corporation. in the “Top Golf Suites” at 1776 by David Burke in Morristown.

More than $2 million left available to small business owners and nonprofits who are eligible for up to $15,000 in unconditional grants under the program. Today’s ‘town hall’, held in the virtual golf rooms of the new Morristown Restaurant, was aimed at educating and helping small business owners apply for financing online.

“I thought to myself, what do I have to lose,” Executive Business Machines’ Timothy Haddad told Butler.telling the business crowd how he successfully applied for a $15,000 grant under the program several weeks ago.

Small Business Morristown Town Hall 6 10 2022 2.jpgMy dad started this business about 40 years ago owning a small business. We all make copiers and printers in office environments, so when COVID hit us, we couldn’t go into office environments to do what we do best,” Haddad said. “So for me it was a big help because my dad is still around and he could see that business was still working… It’s still striving and moving forward, and this (grant) just helped us get through the obstacle.”

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A demonstration on how to file an application was provided by Solix Consulting Solutionswhich operates the grants portal under contract with Morris County.

Joining the event were representatives of the Morris County Economic Development Corp., Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Valley National Bank, Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the members of the Morris County Board of Commissionerswho created the grant program.

“Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the pandemic, so I’m thrilled that we can bring this program to you,” said Deborah Smith, Morris County Commissionernoting $10 million was initially invested in the grant program.

“Morris County received none of the initial CARES Act funds from the federal government, and we really could have used it for our small businesses. But we got this money from the American Rescue Plan Act and I would like to consider it, rather than spending it, we are really investing it. The first thing we wanted to do is invest it in our small businesses,” said Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw.

Ed Ramirez of the Economic Development Corporation hosted the event as part of a partnership between the Chamber, EDC and Morris County to educate small businesses about the grant opportunity.

“The best thing anyone can do is spread the word. I believe in the program. The program helps a small business owner, and our commissioners haveSmall Business Morristown Town Hall 6 10 2022 3.jpg really went out of their way to make this program work,” said Ramirez.

The Morris County Small Grants Program was the brainchild of Morris County Commissioners, who developed a unique use of funds provided to the county through the American Rescue Plan Act. The $10 million in funds set aside for the Small Business Grant Program are for pandemic recovery efforts that continued after March 3, 2021, and most of the money has already been committed for local small businesses and non-profit organizations. non-profit.

Read the qualifications and apply: morriscountysmallbusinessgrant.com

Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly what expenses are eligible for coverage and what claims can be approved.

Grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs that they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single application exceeds $15,000. .

A final review may determine that some costs submitted for review are not covered by program guidelines. However, by submitting all expenses that may be eligible, applicants increase the possibility of obtaining the maximum possible grant dollars.

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Top right: Timothy Haddad of Executive Business Machines in Butler (center) tells the business crowd how he was able to secure a $15,000 grant through the program several weeks ago.

Center left: Commissioners Stephen Shaw and Deborah Smith spoke about the creation of the Morris County Small Business Grant Program. With them were (lr) Pina Portanova and Matthew Byrnes of Solix Solutions, which operates the grants portal, and Craig Schlosser, vice president of Morris County Economic Development Corp.

Bottom right: Small business owners and town hall attendees met during the event to learn about the application process for small grants.

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