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Learn more about free e-commerce and digital marketing services available to eligible New Jersey restaurants, stores and personal care businesses at an April 3 virtual information session detailing the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Small Business E-Commerce Support Program.

The free online event will be presented by the Tara Dowdell Group, one of the consultants that has partnered with NJEDA to assist eligible small businesses with e-commerce services. The one-hour virtual session on the Zoom platform begins at 12 noon, Monday, April 3, and will cover eligibility requirements, timelines and additional resources available to businesses. To register, go here.

The NJEDA Small Business E-Commerce Support Program is offering free consulting services to eligible restaurants, retailers, and personal care businesses to assist with the development of websites, e-commerce platforms, and digital marketing plans. Restaurants and personal care businesses can receive up to $11,400 in consulting services, while retail stores can receive up to $10,800.

Services small businesses can receive include web page design and development, online ordering implementation, online appointment booking implementation, e-commerce design and development, and online marketing plan development.

To be eligible, a restaurant, retail store, or personal care business must be in a commercial location with a physical storefront and meet the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business.

Business type will be verified by NAICS Code, location will be verified via Google maps search results, business registration and good standing will be confirmed by required submission of a state Division of Taxation current tax clearance certificate and small business status will be verified using the SBA Table of Small Business Size Standards.

This program is funded by the Main Street Recovery Finance Program, which was established under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA).