NJ MBDA Coronavirus Response and Relief (CRR) Center

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Are you a minority business owner looking to get back on track after COVID-19 disruptions? Utilize free services from the Coronavirus Response and Relief (CRR) Center. 

Virtual 1-on-1 Expert Consultant Office Hours 

We offer free one-on-one sessions with expert consultants to minority-owned businesses. We designed the sessions to be hands on and one-on-one, so the consultation can address your specific questions and empower you to act on what you’ve learned. 

Below are some examples of what is covered in each session: 

  • Sales & Business Development: Review your current approach towards new contract opportunities and develop specific actions and strategies to improve  

  • Accounting & Finance: QuickBooks/WAVE support, review current state of financial performance and identify opportunities for cutting costs or enhancing profitability

  • Business Taxes: Assess if business taxes align properly with your business structure and review current state of business taxes

  • Digital Marketing: Improve your website, get more visibility for your business SEO, learn how to leverage Google Ads, and optimize social media to attract new customers and adapt to social distancing

To receive access to our free virtual consulting, please fill out our intake form below to help us better understand and serve your business’s needs. Appointments are one hour in length and take place over Zoom. You will have opportunity to schedule follow up sessions as needed. 

Intake Form


Do I Qualify?

Our clients are U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) owned and operated by:

  • African Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Hasidic Jews
  • Latino Americans
  • Native Americans
  • and Pacific Islanders  

Upcoming Workshops & Presentations

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Previous Workshops and Presentations 

Leveraging Your Email Marketing to Build Relationships and Grow Revenue: View Presentation Here

Selling Online Without a Website: View Presentation Here

Small Business Saturday Website Building Workshop: View Presentation Here

Small Business Saturday Social Media Strategy: View Presentation Here

SEO Tips to Improve Your Search Engine Ranking: View Presentation Here

Perfecting Your Small Business Branding: View Presentation Here

How to Create a Marketing Plan for Small Business Saturday: View Presentation Here

SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs and Services Webinar (Info on EIDL & EIDL Advances): View Presentation Here

A Sales & Business Development Series (Part 2): View Presentation Here

A Sales & Business Development Series (Part 1): View Presentation Here

Introduction to the MBDA Coronavirus Response & Relief (CRR) Center: View Presentation Here

Business Tax Workshop: View Presentation Here


Funding Sources 

    NEW JERSEY EDA SMALL BUSINESS FUND Application

    • Creditworthy small, minority-owned businesses in New Jersey may be eligible for assistance under the Small Business Fund

    FEARLESS STRIVERS GRANT CONTEST Application

    • Fearless Fund partners with Master Card to provide $10,000 grants for Black women entrepreneurs

    CAMDEN COUNTY RECOVERY GRANT for Performing Arts Venues

    • Funds under this Program are aimed to support Performing Arts Venues who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19

    AMBER GRANT FOR WOMEN Application 

    • Monthly grants of at least $10,000 for women entrepreneurs in honor of Amber Wigdahl 

    SOGAL BLACK FOUNDER STARTUP Grant Application  

    • $10,000 and $5,000 cash grants to Black women and Black nonbinary entrepreneurs 

    U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE Support for Farmers


    FAQS 

    Is there a cost for any of these services?

    No! MBDA CRR services are 100% free of charge 

    Do I have to live in New Jersey to access these services? 

    No! While our office is in New Jersey, and our focus is on businesses in New Jersey most of our services are virtual, and we can assist any U.S. businesses that are minority-owned. The MBDA CRR Center was funded specifically to help the nation's Black-owned, Latino-owned, Asian-owned, Native-American-owned, and Pacific-Islander-owned businesses with their COVID-19 response and recovery. 

    What happens if I cannot make my appointment? 

    We understand that life is full of unexpected detours. If there is an emergency and you cannot attend your office hours appointment, please reach out to your consultant to reschedule. If you miss your appointment with no communication, you may be prohibited from accessing future office hours appointments.  

    Can I receive more than one type of assistance? 

    Yes! When filling out your intake form, indicate the type(s) of assistance that you need. We will send you separate calend.ly links for each topic area. 

    Can my friend talk to one of the consultants?

    If your friend is a person of color with an existing business, they must also fill out our intake form to access our services.

    I haven’t started my business yet. Can your consultants help me? 

    Unfortunately, no. These office hours are designed specifically for people who have existing businesses. If you have not started your business yet, reach out to us at njcrr@theenterprisecenter.com and we will direct you to some resources that better meet your needs. 

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