The Coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on businesses locally, nationally and globally. The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board will continue to update its business and community partners as information is provided by the New Jersey Department of Labor and other state agencies.

The state’s Cov-19 Information Hub page links to a vast amount of information and resources, including the Business.NJ.gov team’s page for Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses.  In addition, the New Jersey Department of Labor also has created an employer resource page.

Employers are also invited to submit information for a new COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal, which is being updated regularly. The intake page can be found here.

All 21 counties in New Jersey also have been approved for the US Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Go to the Small Business Administration page for details.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board has approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Read more here on the NJEDA website.

Another resource for businesses is the website of the Employers Association of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has compiled a resource list to provide businesses with assistance on a variety of topics, including tax credits provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

For general questions, visit the Business Action Center Website and direct all questions to the chat function on the page.

A Business Resource Page created by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon Economic Development may be found here. A resource page from goHunterdon with additional resources can be found here.

Information from the Somerset County Business Partnership can be found here. Transportation information about Somerset County can be found here, from RideWise.

Coronavirus-related information for workers and job seekers is available on the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board’s website, on the Resources tab “Job Seekers.” This includes SkillUp Greater Raritan, a vast online learning portal available for free to all residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties. This video provides an excellent introduction as well. Watch it and start learning from home.

OTHER RESOURCES, SERVICES

The GRWDB works to connects businesses with resources, services, and incentives to meet all types of business needs — all at no cost to you! We understand the needs of each business are unique and we seek to provide you with a customized level of service. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our Staff for a confidential discussion.

As a policy-making entity, the GRWDB wishes to not only help fulfill your immediate needs, but to develop a working relationship to ensure your needs are also being met in the future through the effective allocation of workforce investments. Our process is simple; we first seek to understand your business needs to establish your key priorities, we then use our knowledge of the programs and services available to locate the appropriate opportunities, and lastly, we facilitate a discussion among company representatives with your new customized Business Resource Team.

Your Business Resource Team members are subject matter experts who are focused on the needs of employers. Members of your team are pulled from different regional partner agencies whose services, programs, and expertise directly reflect the needs of your business. Following are some of the employer-focused services available from these team members and other Community partners.

usnlx.com – On the National Labor Exchange, local employers can post their job opportunities for no cost, and be linked to county State Business Representatives for further services.

Apprenticeships Fast Facts

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Employer Partnership OJT Grant

Federal Bonding Program for Employers

Skills Partnership Program Training Grants

STEM Career Accelerator Program

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

Career Connection: Mental Health Association in New Jersey

The New Jersey Small Business Development Center, located in Raritan Valley Community College’s Workforce Training Center on the Branchburg campus, assists business owners and entrepreneurs to succeed. The center’s team members offer free counseling and continuing education courses, and special events. It also has helped small businesses achieve Small Business (SBE), Minority (MBE) and/or Woman-Owned Business (WBE) Certification.

New Jersey Business Action Center, a business-first resource with Business Advocates offering assistance with everything from site selection to regulatory compliance to talent acquisition and training resources.

County-specific transportation resources are also just a link away. In Somerset County, visit Ridewise. In Hunterdon County, visit goHunterdon.

Our Business Resource Team