As previously posted in our May 16th alert, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) announced an additional $50 million from the federal government to replenish the New Jersey Small Business Assistance Grant program that was established to help those small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

On May 22, the NJEDA board voted to expand the program to provide grants up to $10,000 to qualified businesses and expand eligibility requirements. Additionally, the NJEDA voted to reserve $15 million for businesses in Opportunity Zones.

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published the borrower application to request loan forgiveness for a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP Loan). The form and instructions inform Borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP Loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Borrowers can apply for forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. Borrowers can find the PPP loan forgiveness application here and submit it to their Lender.

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) launched the New Jersey Small Business Assistance Grant program wherein the NJEDA allocated $5 million to the program to provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, and other services — such as repair, maintenance, personal, and laundry services — and nonprofits to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see our original post regarding the program here.

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On April 23, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) posted FAQ #31 concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), stating in relevant part that borrowers should review their application to assess their economic need for a PPP loan. Specifically, borrowers should determine if in good faith they can make the certification that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

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Trademarks serve as source indicators for distinguishing the goods sold by different manufacturers. Trade dress, a “symbol” or “device” by which the goods of a manufacturer may be distinguished from the goods of others, is registrable as a trademark if its function is to identify the source of the goods. Trade dress may be the total image of a product and may include features such as size, shape, color or color combinations, texture, graphics, or even particular sales techniques.

Continue Reading Color Combination and Design on Product Packaging Can Function as a a Trademark Federal Circuit Says

UPDATED on 4/24/2020

On April 23, 2020 Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act to provide an additional $310 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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Like most trying times, the Coronavirus brings out the best and worst. Unfortunately, criminals are targeting the federal stimulus money that has been distributed to qualified Americans. According to the FBI, scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal victim’s money and personal information. There has been an alarming surge in the number of scam phone calls, text messages, social media scams, and emails. The FBI is receiving between 3,000 and 4,000, complaints a day through its internet portal.

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If you are reading this blog post, it is extremely likely that you are reading it on a personal computer at home, on your office computer, on your smart phone, or on all of the above. It is without question that the invention of computers has changed our lives. What was impossible even five years ago is now considered “normal.” For example, I have written this very blog post while seamlessly working remotely from home because my law firm, Stark & Stark, has provided me with the tools and resources to do so. Thankfully, I am able to utilize this technology while my firm protects me and my colleagues from COVID-19.

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has approved a series of aid packages for small/mid-size businesses in the amount of $75 million. The NJEDA programs focus on businesses that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.

One of the NJEDA programs, the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program is a $10 million program that will provide up to $100,000 towards working capital loans to businesses and eligible non-profits with less than $5 million in revenues.

The Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan applications will open April 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) officially launched April 3, 2020. In the application for a PPP loan, applicants are required to disclose if the applicant or any owner of the applicant is an owner of any other business, or has common management with, any other business and if so, for the applicant to list such businesses and the relationships. This question relates to eligibility to receive a PPP loan as only businesses with 500 or fewer employees qualify (unless the applicant falls in one of the exceptions as provided in our previous posts).

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