Local Business Community

Small Business Opportunities!

“We are sharing two important messages for the small businesses in your town or anyone who might find this information helpful!”


Liz Verna, Director,  Economic Development & Regional Planning Office

Burlington County Bridge Commission

Message #1

Grant Opportunity for

Black and Minority-Owned Businesses


UCEDC received the following message from AEO. We are sharing it with you in case you or anyone you know can take advantage of this opportunity!

In response to the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19 and civil unrest,Fiserv will award grants in the amount of $10,000 to Black- and minority-owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and social unrest. The grant, which will be offered to select cities, is now open for New York and surrounding areas, including all of New Jersey.

The Back2Business Grant is a part of a larger Fiserv initiative to equip minority-owned small businesses with vital education, coaching, and capital to truly fuel growth of our communities, creating sustainable business and shared value for all. In addition to the grant, the program will include opportunities for mentorship and access to technology solutions that enable revenue generation.

Grant applications are now open for eligible small businesses in New York and New Jersey. Applications are due by February 26th, 2021, but the sooner you apply, the better.

Applicants can find more information and apply for the grant at https://aeoworks.org/fiserv/

Message #2          

NJEDA today announced that pre-registration for Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program will be deferred:


En Espanol:  https://www.njeda.com/la-njeda-difiere-la-preinscripcion-para-la-fase-2-del-programa-de-prestamos-de-emergencia-para-pequenas-empresas/

          Calling All Food Entrepreneurs!

Accepting Applications for Spring 2021

                                                                        Application Deadline 2/15/21

Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business program is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs like you!

·     Industry Specific Education - Fully virtual program focused on Food Industry Entrepreneurs

·     Food Industry Mentors - Participants are matched with mentors with food industry expertise.

·     Food Industry Networks - Participants network with a wide-variety of food entrepreneurs and professionals

Capital Grants - Participants who complete the course will have the opportunity to apply for a capital grant for their business.

Mercantile License Renewal Deadline was January 15, 2021... 

There is now a $25 fee assessed for late Mercantile License renewals.

Download this form, fill it out and return it with your $25 check or money order, payable to Edgewater Park Township, via:

  • Mail (postmarked by January 15, 2021) to Municipal Building - Mercantile License, 400 Delanco Road, Edgewater Park, NJ 08010
  • Put in Drop Box in front of the Municipal Building at 400 Delanco Road

Email any questions to ljohnson@edgewaterpark-nj.com


As of November 24th, New Jersey has expanded & extended its discount PPE Program until December 17th, especially for small businesses (100 or fewer employees).  You must qualify NOW, by Dec. 17, 2020.

New 0% Interest HELP Loans...     

Offered to Burlington County Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The Burlington County Bridge Commission’s Economic Development & Regional Planning (EDRP) Department will administer new Zero % loans for Burlington County small businesses affected by COVID-19. 

Click here or go to this website to find information about these new loans:

http://www.bcbridges.org/covid19-resources/ . 

Once you are on the website:

  • Click on the “SEE IF YOU QUALIFY!” button and you’ll see a page with 5 statements.
  • If you are able to check all 5 boxes, citing that those statements are true, then you may qualify.
  • After checking all 5 boxes, a questionnaire will appear.
  • After you fill out that information, you’ll receive an email with an application for the HELP loan.  

Loan amounts of $20,000 to $50,000 are available.

What if you don’t qualify for the HELP loan? 

You may qualify for one of the other loans offered by the Burlington County Bridge Commission (BCBC)… although having sufficient collateral is key to qualifying for all BCBC loan programs. See this page:  http://www.bcbridges.org/financial-resources-programs/ for more details.

Click here to read full press release.

ALERT from Mayor Azunnah “Charles” Amutah…

 Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program  

The application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program opens on Wednesday, August 18, 2020 at 9 am!

Tomorrow, applications open for NJHMFA's Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program, which will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020.

Although applications are not first come, first served and are open for a week, we urge you to prepare your documents and make sure you're ready to apply.

It is more important to have your application be correct and accurate than it is to submit early.

View the Application Checklist

“We (DCA – the NJ Department of Community Affairs) anticipate high application volumes. If you are unable to submit your application, please try again later. Please note that the application period ends August 26.”

 On behalf of Edgewater Park Township Committee and Administrator Tom Pullion, I strongly urge all small landlords in our township to apply for this grant.

Good luck to all!

Mayor Amutah

Mercantile License Program

  <Click this screen shot for link to Mercantile License Application

Edgewater Park Township Committee passed Ordinance No. 2019-4 on April 2, 2019, approving a method to identify and communicate with the Local Business Community by establishing a Mercantile License.

The primary use for this Mercantile License Program is to improve communications with the business community, especially in the event of emergencies.  When severe weather events occur, Edgewater Park First Responders need to be able to contact business owners immediately.  If a tree or vehicle crashes onto the business when it is closed and the owner or manager is not there, First Responders often need immediate information from someone in charge:  
Could anyone still be working or injured in the building?
Is there anything flammable inside which could be in peril?  
Will the product inventory “spoil” if not rescued immediately, e.g. from a flood or leaky roof?
Is there interior wiring near the crash site that could spark a fire & destroy the building, nearby buildings, or hurt others?  

There could be many unforeseen problems.  Hence, registering via a Mercantile License is clearly a necessary emergency tool to aid not only the business, but also the Township First Responders.

There is no charge for this annual license.  It only needs to be updated by each new January.  Failure to fill out and return the application by December 31st of each year will result in a fine.

Any business that is new, in the process of opening, or is re-opening and has not yet filled out the Mercantile License Application should do so any time during the year and return it to the Township Building at 400 Delanco Road, Edgewater Park, NJ 08010:  via mail, fax: 609-877-2308, the outside drop box, email: ljohnson@edgewaterpark-nj.com , or in person.

Normal office hours, when the Township Building is open to the public, are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the Code Enforcement Department at 609-877-2050, Ext. 312 or 314.

On behalf of Township Committee,

Tom Pullion
Township Administrator

Township of Edgewater Park - Ordinance No. 2019-4

Mercantile Licensing Ordinance for the Township of Edgewater Park, New Jersey

Mercantile License Application Form


Burlington County Small Business Loan Application


NJEDA COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program Application