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Small Business Uncertainty Spikes in Latest National Federation of Independent Business Poll

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TRENTON NJ,  at first glance not much has changed in the latest monthly poll of the nation’s small business owners published by their leading advocacy association, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Inflation remains the top concern, but one component, the Uncertainty Index, rose an alarming nine points to 85, the highest reading since November 2020.

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5 Timeless Tips for Small Businesses to Leverage E-Commerce

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Running an e-commerce business will allow your small business to reach a customer base beyond the local sphere. Your small business will be exposed to national and international markets and compete with larger companies  in the same industry. This wouldn’t even be possible if you were running a brick-and-mortar store.  

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Jack Ciattarelli Celebrates National Pizza Day in Style

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Trenton NJ, the 2021 Republican nominee for Governor Jack Ciattarelli celebrated National Pizza Day by supporting some of the many small businesses making New Jersey proud. Jack clearly knows how to eat pizza correctly ,notice the folding of the slice and the standing hunch, perfect form as he takes a bite . Folks that’s how its done !

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Focus NJ’s 2021 Economic Review Shows NJ Challenges Exiting Pandemic

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Ridgewood NJ, Focus NJ has finalized its 2021 Economic Review, chronicling the unique challenges New Jersey faced in the latter stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blue Foundry Bank Hosts “Makers Series: Business Essentials Seminar” to  Expand Support for Small Businesses  

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Rutherford NJ,  Blue Foundry Bank, a financial institution that offers a full service, crafted banking experience, has announced its Blue Foundry Bank Makers Series: Business Essentials Seminar designed for business owners. The interactive seminars will build on the Bank’s existing commitment to the community’s growing businesses by offering personalized guidance from Bank experts. Focused on how best to jumpstart growth and success for businesses, the seminars will cover key topics such as securing a business loan, managing accounts and cash flow, and expanding your real estate footprint.

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NJCPA “Ignoring businesses does not help low- and middle-class New Jerseyans”

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Roseland NJ, This afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his budget proposal for New Jersey’s 2023 fiscal year which begins July 1. We applaud the Governor for proposing a budget that includes no tax increases or new fees. The NJCPA also commends Governor Murphy for once again including a full payment to the public worker pension fund, though structural reform to public worker benefits is necessary to end the ballooning burden of these benefits on the state budget. We also applaud the Governor for making a large allocation to debt defeasance.

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New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association Blasts Governor Murphy on New Law that allows government to dictate employment conditions of Sale of Business

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“an egregious act of government overreach that impacts small businesses”

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association President and CEO Dana Lancellotti has issued the following statement regarding Governor Murphy signing Assembly Bill 6246 into law:

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State Senate Candidate Adam Elias, Calls on Governor Murphy to allocate Federal Funds, Rather Than Hammering Small Businesses with Another Tax Bill

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Monroe NJ, Adam Elias, a successful entrepreneur and proven job creator announced a small business tour throughout the 14th District and called on career politician Linda Greenstein to stand up to Phil Murphy and fight for lower taxes on small business owners as they start to recover from the fallout of the pandemic.

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Columbia Bank Sponsors Twelve Local Organizations with Covid-19 Recovery Grants Funds

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Fair Lawn NJ, Columbia Bank is pleased to announce, through its membership with the  Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLBNY”), its sponsorship of twelve New Jersey businesses, which have  received a cumulative of $100,000 in support grants. The FHLBNY Small Business Recovery Grant Program is intended  to support the financial security and health of workers employed by organizations that have suffered a decrease in  revenue as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  

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N.J. Business Action Center Publishes On-Demand Webinar Series to Help Small Businesses

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Ridgewood  NJ, The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC), a no-cost, confidential “business-first” resource housed within the New Jersey Department of State, has virtually released its special six-part, interactive learning series designed to provide New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with the latest information to support recovery from disruptions caused by COVID-19.

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First the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus, now for the $2 Trillion dollar Tax Increase

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Washington DC, first the $1.9 trillion stimulus package ,now for the $2 trillion dollar tax increase . Democrats have been meeting this week to figure out how to pay for their multi-trillion-dollar avalanche of federal spending. Another $2 to $3 trillion may be in the works for the green new deal and infrastructure projects.

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CPA Says Tax Change Needed to Level the Playing Field for Small Businesses in Cannabis Marketplace

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Roseland NJ, On Feb. 22, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, making New Jersey the first in the region and the 13th state in the nation to do so. That was step two in allowing cannabis sales to proceed in New Jersey. The final step will be adoption of the regulatory framework that will be drafted by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

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Local Independent Cigar Retailers Expect Boost If New Jersey’s wholesale Cigar Tax Goes Up in Smoke

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Ridgewood NJ,  New Jersey’s wholesale cigar tax could go up in smoke under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Brian Bergen to win business back from Pennsylvania — one of two states that does not tax medium- to large-size premium cigars.

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At 25% Capacity Restaurants still Can’t Make a Profit

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Trenton NJ, Small Restaurants in New Jersey learned this morning from Governor Phil Murphy’s tweet that they will be allowed to open on Friday at 25% capacity for indoor dining. NFIB, which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, many of them restaurants, is pleased there is some movement on this issue but hopes if safe, there will be a quick expansion of the capacity limits. The following comments are from NFIB’s State Director in New Jersey, Eileen Kean:

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New Jersey Assembly and Senate Bills provide immunity from lawsuits to businesses that act in good faith and follow COVID19 safety protocols

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Ridgewood NJ,  Companion bills introduced today in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate that provide immunity to businesses that act in good faith and follow safety protocols during the state’s economic reopening will help ensure the survival of many small businesses. NFIB, an association representing thousands of small businesses across New Jersey, supports this legislation because innocent business owners who did all that was expected of them can lose their business due simply to the high cost of a legal defense.

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