SCORE Volunteer mentors provide FREE CONFIDENTIAL expert mentoring to help individuals looking to start a business or to help entrepreneurs in an established business. Subscribe to Score | Central Jersey electronic newsletters here.
The NJSBDC Network is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. Join NJSBDC’s mailing list from their home page.
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Sign up for free email updates from the SBA’s home page.
The SBA provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes and has recently reopened filing for Hurricane Sandy. Click here for more information.
The Site Remediation Reform Act set forth sweeping changes to the way in which sites are remediated in New Jersey. SRRA established the affirmative obligation for responsible parties to remediate contaminated sites in a timely manner and created a category of remediation professionals known as Licensed Site Remediation professionals (LSRP).
|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.
|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.
|Hillsborough Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA)
They can be reached at: (908) 371-9660
|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.
|Location 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.
|Hillsborough Twp Website|
|NJ Business Resources|
|Better Business Bureau
Join the BBB and learn more about the Accreditation Standards.
|Regulatory & Preservation Agencies/Organizations|
|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.
|Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance
Partnerships for the protection and restoration of our water and environmental resources.
|Sourland Planning Council
The Sourland Planning Council is a non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region.
|South Branch Watershed Association
The South Branch Watershed Association (SBWA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment in the watershed of the South Branch Raritan River.
|Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association is a member supported non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the natural environment in the 265-square mile region drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River.
|Small Business Loans|
|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.
|UCEDC (Union County Economic Development Corporation)
UCEDC, a non-profit economic development corporation, is dedicated to stimulating economic growth and creating an environment for progress. We have been serving the business community for over 25 years, providing an objective and authoritative voice on business and economic development issues.
|Small Business Mentoring|
|SCORE – NJ Chapter
SCORE 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.
|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. It’s a great resource!
|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 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.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
|Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)
The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) defines housing regions, estimates low and moderate income housing needs, sets criteria and guidelines for municipalities to determine and address their own fair share numbers and then reviews and approves housing elements/fair share plans and regional contribution agreements (RCAs) for municipalities.
|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 State
Vast array of programs & services in New Jersey ranging from Arts & Cultures to Volunteerism to Public Records Administration.
|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.
|Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
Roads, Bridges, Adopt-A-Highway Information, NJCommuter.com
|Dept. of the Treasury
Doing business with the Dept. of the Treasury, Auctions, Notary Public Applications, Taxes
|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 Gaming Enforcement
The Division of Gaming Enforcement is to ensure the integrity of the casino gaming industry in the State of New Jersey.
|Division of Housing
Fair Housing Information, RFP’s, Programs and Publications.
|Division of Parks and Forestry
Park Directory, Historic Sites & Villages, Forest Fire Service
|Division of Revenue
Online filing of tax returns, business registrations, changes to your business filing
|International Trade and Protocol
The Commission’s Office of International Trade & Protocol, the state’s lead international trade and investment agency, provides a one-stop assistance program for New Jersey businesses interested in expanding their business to the international market.
|New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization based in Trenton.
|New Jersey Historical Commission
History of New Jersey information.
|New Jersey Labor & Workforce Development
Worker’s Compensation, Wage & Hour Info., Labor Market Information, Employer Services & Career Development & much, much more!
|New Jersey State Historic Sites
A listing of historic sites within the State of New Jersey.
|New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Office
Whether you wish to establish a local historic district, nominate a building to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, or are interested in restoring your house, you can find information and guidance by following the links on this site.
|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.
|Office of Smart Growth (OSG)
The Office of Smart Growth focuses on land-use planning that targets the State’s resources and funding in ways that enhance the quality of life for residents in New Jersey.
|One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers are located throughout New Jersey. All services are available free of charge to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in a 21st century work environment.
File, Pay, Inquire and Order Online NJ Tax Forms to be delivered via US Mail.
|The State of New Jersey – Main Website|
|Tourist Oriented Destination Signs (TODS)
“97% of Motorists Surveyed use Logo Signs to locate services when traveling.” Interstate Logos & Tourist Oriented Directional Sign (TODS) Program. Please visit this website to learn more about advertising your business on the interstate and local road signs.