The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) received the SSBCI Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide critical support and resources to New Jersey’s small businesses.
The SSBCI Grant, also known as the State Small Business Credit Initiative, was created through the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, which supplies nearly $10 billion in programming to support small businesses and entrepreneurship in communities across the United States by providing capital and technical assistance to promote small business stability, grow, and success. The SSBCI program provides a particular focus on assisting small businesses gain capital via loans and investments to historically under-served communities and entrepreneurs needing additional support to grow their business.
The grant, will be administered through Rutgers Business School’s NJSBDC Network, adding to the increased community and economic development initiatives supported by the highly ranked business school.
Reflecting on the SSBCI program, Rutgers Business School’s Dean Lei Lei said, “We applaud the SBDC’s success in securing this important funding that ensures its work to assist small business owners, especially those from socially and economically disadvantaged groups, will continue.”
Rutgers Business School houses SBDC offices in Newark and New Brunswick, as well as the NJSBDC’s state office, and supports its efforts to enhance the business life of those communities. “SBDC’s potential to strengthen small businesses, create jobs, and achieve equity as it fosters economic development is enormous,” Lei continued.
Kelly Brozyna, NJSBDC’s CEO and state director and said, “We are excited to receive the SSBCI grant for New Jersey and proud to help steward much needed resources towards the businesses to truly need help in today’s climate of an ever-increasing cost of doing business.”
Working closely with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJ Dept. of Treasury, and other financial institutions, NJSBDC will ensure that all SEDI businesses (Socially Economic Disadvantaged Individual-Businesses) and VSBs (Very Small Businesses) have access to the technical assistance and support they need for potential funding, increasing the likelihood of continued growth and success.
Within the SSBCI Grant Program, the NJSBDC will focus on three pillars of service:
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