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Resource Hub

Trenton Downtown Association is committed to helping every business in its Special Improvement District through consultancy and advocacy. We created this page in response to the COVID-19 crisis to serve as a resource for businesses seeking funding and other relief, as well as health and general information. We will continue to add resources that businesses can access beyond this immediate crisis.  

For more information on the following list of resources, or to add one of your own, please email info@trenton-downtown.com.

Business owners: Please download the attached flyer for Trash and Recycling schedules and related information in downtown Trenton.
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TDA provides snow removal of crosswalks and curb cuts. The city ordinances related to snow and ice removal are detailed in this flyer for property owners, business owners and residents.
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TDA’s Business Start-Up Grant Program intends to reduce the burden of start-up costs of opening a new business and reduce retail vacancies within the Downtown Trenton Special Improvement District.

The grant program will provide up to $5,000 per applicant for eligible start-up costs.

Entities eligible to apply for a Business Start-Up Grant include for-profit and nonprofit businesses opened within the last year and within the boundaries of the Downtown Trenton Special Improvement District. Eligible entities include businesses planning to open or who have already opened a physical location within the district. The grant program will provide up to $5,000 per applicant for eligible start-up costs.

To apply, or learn more about eligibility, click on the link below.

Mercer County Office of Economic Development

Click on the button below for an overview of the services offered by the Mercer County Office of Economic Development. 

City of Trenton

The City of Trenton offers a number of resources you will find on its website:

Please click on the button below to access these and other resources from the City of Trenton:

  • Individual Business Consulting from Lilian at the Small Business Development Center
  • City-Wide Business Improvement Incentive for prospective and existing businesses
  • Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Benefits: Qualified businesses can be 100% exempt from state sales taxes for the purchase of tangible property including office supplies, equipment and building supplies. Qualified businesses can also offer a lower sales tax to their retail customers. For more information, and to sign up, contact emaywar@trentonnj.org. The UEZ does not cover the entire city; Eric can help you determine if your proposed location is in the Zone.
  • City of Trenton Tax Abatements: If you plan to make substantial improvements to a property, you can apply for tax abatement. This abatement would freeze taxes as they are, and taxes on the improvements made to the property can be deferred. For more information, contact dfox@trentonnj.org for a tax abatement application.
  • The City of Trenton Job Creation Loan Program offers a 3% loan (maximum $250,000 loan) for Trenton businesses. Requires council approval. Needs to be UEZ business. For more information, contact emaywar@trentonnj.org.

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Downtown Trenton Improvement Programs

TDA’s Façade Improvement Grant Program offers reimbursement of 75% of any work done to a building (up to $5,000) in the Special Improvement District, excluding certain restrictions. All applicants must complete this form and provide the required documentation.

The Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) through Isles:. Eligible projects include signage, awnings and lighting. https://www.restoringtrenton.org/general-6

Governmental Representatives 

NJ State


Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Office of Small Business Advocacy

Mercer County

The Mercer County Office of Economic Development


UEZ Coordinator

Department of Housing and Economic Development

New Jersey State Resources

The Official Site of the State of New Jersey is the go-to guide for information pertaining to the coronavirus in New Jersey. It provides many helpful links including:

New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) provides a wealth of information for small businesses, including these helpful links:

njbia.org/resources/resourceareas/small-business-resources provides resources to help small businesses manage and expand their businesses.

njbia.org/resources/resourceareas provides information to help you understand NJ and federal laws and regulations that affect your business and to access incentive and loan programs. 

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) offers resources for small businesses, including:

What is the Status of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program?

New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC)

In 2021, NJBAC’s experts served over 150,000 businesses of all sizes statewide to help them grow and thrive. 

Live chat
Visit www.business.nj.gov
‍Call 1-800-JERSEY-7

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New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Access information on the following:
Small Business Lease Grant - $10 million
Small Business Improvement Grant - $15 million

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National Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 

US Small Business Administration

Established in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps “small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream.” They are a leading source of information on coronavirus relief. Here are some helpful links:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers up-to-date information on infectious disease outbreaks here.

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