Starting a Business
The Secretary of State offers information on starting a business in New Jersey. Throughout their Business Portal you can find useful information on selecting a business type for your circumstances, naming your business and registering with the State of New Jersey. You will also be able to access information that you may need on licensing and permits, financing and incentive programs, and business opportunities.
For a Starting a Business Checklist, click here. http://www.state.nj.us/njbusiness/pdfs/check_list.pdf
For business licensing requirements go to Licenses and Permits.
Get technical assistance at Small & Mid-Sized Business Services.
Visit Tax Center to access the most comprehensive information available on business taxes in New Jersey.
Discover what financial help and incentives are available in Financing and Incentives.
To find new employees, help train your current employees or learn about entrepreneurial training for yourself, go to Workforce Training and Programs.
For information on Business Incubation go to Business Incubators.
The Small Business Administration also offers information on starting a business including:
Establishing and Protecting Corporate Identity http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/start/nameyourbusiness/index.html
Guide for Choosing a Business Location
Quick Reference Guide for Starting a Business
Local Assessment Tool
This tool is used to select a location and view detailed environmental, economic growth and planning and workforce demographic data. Also, once you select a location, pressing the “Location Info” button will generate a PDF report which you can save to your computer or print.
http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/ The State of New Jersey has a comprehensive website with information on workforce training & programs, licenses & permits, taxes, business registration and financial incentives.
i-MapNJ - NJ Dept of Environmental Protection
The i-Map tool from the Department of Environmental Protection provides you with information about your neighborhood, county, or state (NJ) and view/query the best of the NJDEP's Geographic Information System (GIS) data.
Better Business Bureau
Join the BBB and learn more about the Accreditation Standards.
http://www.einsteinsalley.org/ Einstein’s Alley is a private, non-profit economic development initiative which works to see Central New Jersey recognized as the destination for technology companies. Their mission is to foster economic growth through advocacy and delivery of services that will attract and retain innovative research based companies; build entrepreneurship; and prepare the workforce for the future.
SBA (US Small Business Administration)
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Small Business Mentoring SCORE - NJ Chapter is a Resource Partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE Chapter 14, with over 30 experienced professionals working as volunteers, focuses on clients from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and portions of Union Counties.
Small Business Development Center @ RVCC
The Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College offers small business owners the assistance they need to plan and develop successful and profitable ventures.
Corporate & Continuing Education @ RVCC
The professional development courses at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offer a broad selection of affordable training to the community and surrounding region. They range from exam preparation, foreign language, and cooking, to industry demand certifications.
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a State agency created to provide administrative guidance, financial support and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey.
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC)
RVCC, serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over thirty years, offers over 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development. The College is committed to a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology.
Somerset County Technical Institute
Somerset County Technology Institute is a public institution providing quality post-secondary education in the areas of General and Computer Technology, Allied Health, Office Administration, Cosmetology and Commercial Art & Multimedia.
D & R Canal Commission
The D & R Canal Commission reviews and approves, rejects or modifies any action by the State in the Canal Park, or any permit for action in the park; and undertakes planning for the development of the Canal Park; and finally, to prepare and administer a land use regulatory program that will protect the Canal Park from the harmful impacts of new development in central New Jersey.
http://www.osha.gov/ The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Office of the Business Advocate
The Office of the Business Advocate (OBA) is charged with assisting businesses that are experiencing difficulty navigating through state regulations and governmental issues.
Somerset County Business Partnership
The Somerset County Business Partnership is another great business resource in Central New Jersey. This enhanced Chamber of Commerce speaks with a powerful, unified, and dynamic voice representing many vital interests in Somerset County. They hold business breakfast forums, business card exchanges in addition to community events.
Somerset County Business Partnership Economic Development
This website provides access to demographics, statistics, reports, and research, as compiled and collected by our Economic Development staff, so that you may better understand our priorities and initiatives, and collect information on Somerset County, NJ.
Somerset County Community Development
Administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs, awarding subgrants to municipalities and private nonprofit organizations in the county for eligible projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Somerset County Consumer Affairs
Evaluates, investigates and mediates consumer complaints against businesses. Partners with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect against injuries and fatalities associated with consumer products.
Somerset County Dept. of Engineering
Responsible for design, construction, maintenance and repair of county roads, bridges, and stormwater drainage problems.
Somerset County Main Website
The Somerset County website offers a wealth of information from area resources to current events within the county.
Somerset County Parks Commission
The Somersety County Parks Commission offers Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities. The corporate sponsors of Park Commission programs and facilities are both generous and dedicated to providing a better quality of life. Browse the "General Information" section for additional information.
Somerset County Planning Board
The Somerset County Planning Board is part of the Planning Division. The Planning Division consists of the Planning Board, Agriculture Development Board, Office of Economic Development, Cultural & Heritage Commission and Solid Waste Management, which operate as separate units reporting to the Director of Planning, Robert P. Bzik, AICP/PP.
Somerset County Soil Conservation District
The Somerset County Soil Conservation District assists landowners by providing information on natural resources, provides technical assistance to engineers in the development of erosion-control plans and assists agriculture in management of soils, erosion control and conservation practices.
Somerset County Solid Waste Management
The Somerset County Solid Waste Management division promotes the recovery of reusable materials through recycling, conducts periodic household hazardous waste disposal programs, coordinates the Adopt-A-Road (great Marketing tool!) and is responsible for the planning, implementing and monitoring of solid waste disposal methods.
Sourland Mountain Preserve
The 2,870 acre Sourland Mountain Preserve is county owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission. The Preserve provides passive recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting.
The State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Air, Water, Land & Open Space, Site Cleanups, Waste Management, Parks & Forests, Fish & Wildlife.
Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is an independent, self-supporting State entity dedicated to broadening New Jersey’s economic base by building vibrant, diverse communities, creating and
maintaining jobs, and providing businesses and nonprofits with the necessary financial and technical support to grow and succeed.
Office of the Attorney General (Dept Law & Public Safety)
The Office of the Attorney General and Department of Law & Public Safety are dedicated to making New Jersey safe for all its residents and visitors. Its diverse and complex responsibilities focus on protecting the lives and property of New Jersey citizens. In addition to providing statewide law enforcement and emergency response services, this Department and its more than 9,000 employees are responsible for protecting citizens' civil and consumer rights, promoting highway traffic safety, maintaining public confidence in the alcoholic beverage, gaming and racing industries and providing legal services and counsel to other state agencies.
Bureau of Public Utilities (BPU) The Board of Public Utilities is a regulatory authority with a statutory mandate to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.
Business Formation and Registration Business Registration, Filings Changes, and Updates to Commercial & Legal Filings
Department of Business & Economic Development The Department of Business and Economic Development is responsible for promoting business retention, expansion and attraction activities throughout New Jersey.
Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Roads, Bridges, Adopt-A-Highway Information, NJCommuter.com
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Div. of ABC or ABC) is the unit of the State Government that is charged with regulating the commerce of alcoholic beverages within the State of New Jersey.
Division of Codes and Standards Construction Codes, Uniform Fire Code, etc.
Division of Consumer Affairs The Division of Consumer Affairs protects citizens from consumer fraud, blankets the state with consumer education, and is consumer-friendly to the public.
Division of Revenue Online filing of tax returns, business registrations, changes to your business filing
Department of the Public Advocate One of the core functions of the department is to protect the public interest.
The Division of Public Interest Advocacy examines public policy and uses research, advocacy and legal intervention to advance reforms that will benefit New Jersey citizens.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization based in Trenton.
New Jersey Labor & Workforce Development Worker's Compensation, Wage & Hour Info., Labor Market Information, Employer Services & Career Development.
NJ Commerce Commission The New Jersey Commerce is the state's lead agency in coordinating efforts between government and the private sector to provide access to a broad range of technical, financial and other assistance that helps businesses grow and contribute to economic development.
NJ Small Business Development Centers The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network helps small businesses expand operations, manage growth or launch new ventures. With offices in every county of the state, NJSBDC consultants help small business owners finance, market and manage their ventures.
Office of Economic Growth (OEG) The Office of Economic Growth (OEG)is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of state government activities that affect New Jersey businesses.
Taxation File, Pay, Inquire and Order Online NJ Tax Forms to be delivered via US Mail.
The State of New Jersey - Main Website
Montgomery Township EDC Website Links Policy