Monthly Archives for January 2021

Second Phase of Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program to Open

Posted: January 28, 2021

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will open pre-registration for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

The $10 million program expansion will support New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be capitalized by a United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriation.

Any business or entity that intends to apply for a loan must first pre-register during this pre-registration period, which will run from 9:00 a.m. on February 10, 2021 to 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021.

The second phase of the Small Business Emergency Assistant Loan Program will make up to $100,000 in low-cost financing available to eligible New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits to help with recovery and reopening efforts as a result of COVID-19. The funding can be used to pay rent or mortgage, payroll, and/or utilities. It can also be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) or COVID-related inventory, furniture, fixtures, or equipment.

Program applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis, with priority given to applicants that have received no greater than $10,000 in government assistance from any federal, state or local (county/municipal) assistance program.

More information

Mayors Wellness Campaign 2021

Posted: January 20, 2021

Mayors Wellness Campaign

In his continued commitment to improving the health and wellness of Vernon Township, Mayor Burrell has signed the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) Annual Pledge of Participation through a partnership with the NJ Health Care Quality Institute.

The MWC is an initiative to encourage and support opportunities for active and healthy lifestyles leading to overall healthy communities.

Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and evidence-based resources for community health initiatives. By encouraging mayors to play a leadership role in supporting opportunities for active and healthy lifestyles and incorporating the social determinants of health into all policies, New Jersey is becoming a national leader in community-based health interventions.

Farmers Market Returns to Vernon

Posted: January 19, 2021

CDC guidelines for social distancing will be in place. All vendors and visitors must wear masks.

View more information on their Facebook page

The market will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the municipal lot on Church Street across from town hall on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, May through October (rain or shine unless extreme weather conditions):

  • May 22
  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 24
  • August 14
  • August 28
  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23

Featuring handmade goods, locally grown and sourced products including organic pies & baked goods, homemade dog treats, fresh herbs, handmade gifts & decor, fudge, chocolates, coffee & pastries, breads, dried meats, pickles, fresh made cheese, honey, handmade jewelry, soaps, candles, spices, hot sauce, beef jerky, organic meats, chicken, pork & eggs, fresh produce and flowers.

Are you a vendor interested in participating? Vendor products must be handmade and/or locally sourced.

Download vendor application 

For more information, contact the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development at 973.764.4055, ext 2261.

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening

Posted: January 8, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit the SBA website or the U.S> Department of Treasury website

Community Garden 2021 Season

Posted: January 5, 2021

The Vernon Township Community Garden, located on Route 517 (next to the dog park), will open for the season on March 30, 2021.

A limited number of plots are available and registrations are now being accepted. Plots are 12’ x 14’ and the annual rental fee is $40.00.

Ready to plant some seeds and cultivate flowers, vegetables and friendships? Download and complete the following forms:

Mail or deliver these forms, with your check made payable to Vernon Township Recreation, to:

Vernon Township Recreation Department
21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ 07462

Please note that the $40.00 rental fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of application. Fees are used solely for garden cultivation, maintenance and improvements; this activity is not-for-profit.

Cultivation and planting must be started by May 25, 2021. Any existing garden member who does not register by April 1, 2021 will forfeit his/her plot and it will be offered to the waiting list. Plots that have not been planted by May 25, 2021 will be forfeited and offered to the waiting list unless prior approval is granted. Plots must be tended through the time of fall clean up which will be completed no later than November 17, 2021.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.