Message from Chamber President, Tom Comer
In the winter of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” It was intended as a rallying cry to the nation at a time when the revolution’s success seemed far from certain. I hope and pray that the stakes we are facing with this current health crisis will pale in comparison to the stakes that we were facing as a nation when those words were written. But an impending crisis it is, and we, as good neighbors, citizens and business people should join together to meet that crisis.
Social distancing, self-quarantine, reduced gatherings and the other recommendations from state and federal authorities will have serious impacts on this economy. Many of our members have been ordered to close their businesses for the duration of the crisis, however long that may be. Others will be suffering from the lack of social interaction, that will naturally suppress business. Concern for the health of ourselves, our families and our community are paramount. Yet, the business community will need all our help, now and when the crisis has passed.
We urge everyone to follow the recommendations and guidance from the state and federal health professionals. But recognizing that life continues during this time, when you find yourself in need of some service or product, I urge you to go to the Howell Chamber website and search through our directory of business members. We need to do what we can to support local businesses to help them get through these difficult times. As an example, many of our restaurant members are offering curbside pickup or home delivery. If we all stand together and help each other out, we will hopefully emerge from this epidemic with our families, community and businesses intact.
Howell Chamber President
Here is a list of Coronavirus emergency resources for small businesses and the community.
New Jersey Business Action Center
New Jersey Business Action Center is an excellent resource for current information, policies and updates impacting businesses. The latest articles include:
Freeholders Announce Monmouth County CARES Program
The Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program is open for applications.
For complete details and the application:
Howell Township Land Use Application for Outside Sales and Dining
NJSBDC Updates and Counseling
Funding opportunities and private relief efforts.
The Patch has created a list of what's open/closed in Howell and is inviting you to post your information for free.
Dept. of Labor FAQs
NJ Labor Commissioner - Straight Answers on Unemployment
NJ Dept of Labor - What NJ Workers Should Know
Apply for Unemployment
NJ Tax Filing Date Moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Update on Which Businesses Can Open
US Chamber of Commerce - Guide & Checklist on Emergency Funding
Mortgage Payment Relief Announced by Governor
Download the PDF here.
NJ Chamber of Commerce Update as of 3/27/2020
State of New Jersey - Jobs Portal
Howell Township Alerts & Notifications
New Jersey Covid19 Information Hub
NJEDA Funding Packages Announced
April 15, 2020 Tax Day - Changed to July 15, 2020
NJ Chamber of Commerce
Effective 8pm, March 19, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy enacted a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures of individuals. Full story here.
A new testing site in Monmouth County at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel opens Monday, March 23.
Follow the Governor on Facebook.
CentraState HealthCare System Public Health Updates
SCORE - Business Resources
NJ Special Website Devoted to the Coronavirus emergency.
The site, cv.business.nj.gov, will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to communicate this with the appropriate individuals within your organization.
In addition, the New Jersey Business Action Center’s Helpline is now available from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have.
New Jersey Department of Labor Website
NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employees Should Know
New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees – full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.
Monmouth County Clerk
A centralized portal for information about the latest public notices, closures, and cancellations, regarding the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.
New Jersey FAQ website for small businesses:
Information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses.
SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
CDC Website on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
How to protect yourself and if you think others are sick.
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) More at Whitehouse.gov.
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease