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New programs at Secaucus Library; Move-in underway at Bergen Lafayette rental | Business Notes logo 7/14/2020 By David Mosca,

Library to train for digital skills

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center has been selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative. The Secaucus Public Library will use the funding to provide a series of four online classes intended to assist local job seekers.

The Secaucus Public Library’s Grow with Google program started at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 with their first workshop, “Resume Writing with HR Professional Logan Carr.” Throughout the month of July, the library is debuting a new tutorial each Thursday at 2 p.m. via the Secaucus Public Library’s Facebook page and their website, Participants who watch the Facebook Live broadcast will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics covered via the broadcast’s comments section.

Subsequent workshops will include a job searching workshop with on July 16, a business email tutorial on July 23, and a July 30 class on participating in virtual interviews. Recordings of the classes as well as access to a variety of free or library-funded resources will also be available through the library’s website so that everyone can access the videos and resources on their own schedule.

This program is funded by Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, which was created so that local libraries can combine their own program offerings with Grow with Google training materials to offer virtual community workshops or other activities aimed at empowering small businesses to grow online or assisting job seekers to prepare for and find work.

The Grow with Google initiative draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Learn more at

Rising Tide partnerships support Black businesses

Rising Tide Capital was recently selected as one of PayPal’s Nonprofit Community Partners to distribute a portion of its $5 million small business grant program. PayPal’s $5 million fund is part of a larger $530 million commitment to provide immediate financial relief, sustained support, and long-term investment to expand economic opportunity for Black and underrepresented minority businesses and communities.

Rising Tide’s collaboration with Paypal is part of the organization’s strategic initiative to expand its private partnerships in order to provide direct financial support and technical assistance to small businesses that were most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other partners include: Valley National Bank, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Stand Together Foundation, and Financial Independence Initiative.

Since expanding its partnerships, Rising Tide has facilitated over 220 grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 with the goal of providing relief faster than traditional funding models. Additionally, the organization has provided technical assistance to hundreds of small and micro business owners. This support includes assistance navigating the application processes for PPP, NJEDA grants, SBA loans as well as strategic advisory services, digital coaching, marketing planning, and facilitating access to other funding opportunities. Small business owners who are interested in learning more about Rising Tide’s financial and technical assistance programs can visit

Move-Ins begin at luxury rental in Jersey City

The first residents have begun moving into BeLa, a new luxury rental building located in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The milestone follows the successful launch of leasing at BeLa through 3D virtual tours which are now complemented by in-person presentations by appointment only.

Located at 74 Maple St., BeLa is drawing renters from both sides of the Hudson River with a modern residential option situated in a neighborhood that borders Liberty State Park.

The new collection of residences is currently priced from $1,996 for one bedrooms, and $2,560 for two bedrooms. Halstead is offering a promotion of up to three free months in incentives for tenants who sign leases quickly. As an added benefit, many of the apartments feature layouts with room for a den or home office.

Stone House and Liberty House reopen

Stone House and Liberty House have opened for outdoor dining Thursday through Sunday.

With required table spacing in place, reservations are highly recommended and walk-ins will be accepted as available. In New Jersey, facial coverings must be worn by guests when entering and exiting the restaurant.

Jackson Hill gets back to business

The Jackson Hill office of the Jersey City Special Improvement District has re-opened, with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

Now that it has reopened, applications for the expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program Phase 2 [PDF] are now being accepted in both English and Spanish. NJEDA staff will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no application fee. Businesses can now check NJEDA Grant Application Status Grant Application Status online.

The purpose of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Program – Phase 2 is to provide short-term, immediate payroll and working capital support to additional New Jersey SMEs, with fewer than 25 full-time employees (FTEs), that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency, helping stabilize operations and minimizing any potential furloughs or layoffs.

Top associates recognized for regional sales awards in June

Weichert, Realtors, announced that Weichert’s Jersey City Downtown office and several top-producing sales associates were recognized for outstanding performance in June.

The Jersey City Downtown office, which is managed by Robert Sanchez, led the Weichert sales region in four categories during the month: dollar volume, listings, revenue units and sales. The region is comprised of offices throughout Hudson County and parts of Bergen County.

Among teams, sales associate Nader Rezai and his team led the Weichert sales region in the same four categories: dollar volume, listings, revenue units and sales.

Individually, sales associate Irina “Irene” Barnaby led the Weichert sales region in dollar volume, revenue units and sales. Fellow Jersey City Downtown office sales associate Natalie Esfandiari led the sales region in listings for June.


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