Business Owners' Newsletter

Help during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Newsletter # 2 March 30, 2020

Dear Retailers,

First, I hope this second newsletter continues to find you and your family healthy and safe. I know this is a very stressful and uncertain time, BMS is here to help in any way we can. Please review topics in this newsletter designed to help you through this difficult time.

  • BIG news for NJ small businesses, NJDEA has approved low interest loans and GRANTS. Make sure to read the details.

  • We have created a graphic for everyone to use on their social media to highlight supporting our downtown, see details below.

  • Virtual First Friday is on! Participation is optional as always, but the idea is to provide some fun and distraction for our community all while giving them a format to support our historic downtown shopping district if they are able. Please read on to see how to be included on our website for Virtual First Friday April 3rd.

  • FREE Webinar offered from Downtown NJ, registration required

  • Health regulations and information for Food Establishments from the Town of Boonton & Health Department

  • Additional assistance information and contacts for elected officials

We at BMS are doing our very best to keep you up to date about programs available to small business owners during this uncertain time, while keeping the greater Boonton area aware of how to support our downtown businesses. If you have any suggestions, additional resources to share, or a question we can help with, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Wishing you all health and strength,

Laura and the BMS Board of Trustees

NJ Assistance Programs

Many new programs are being added to help small business owners. Please visit the BMS Retailers' Corner for the most up to date information. In addition, this wizard created by the NJ Economic Development Authority (beta version) is a great place to start. Use the buttons to navigate to NJEDA most current updates or go right to the wizard to get started. The small business grant that has been approved will be opening the application process some time this week, it will be on a first come first serve basis so please check the site often. BMS will send out a blast via email as soon as we know it's open. The wizard is a useful tool to help sort through all the programs you might be eligible for.

NJEDA Current Assistance Programs Summary
NJEDA Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard



Downtown NJ is hosting a FREE Webinar Friday April 3rd 11am via ZOOM. Preregistration is required and a zoom link will be provided once you have successfully registered. BMS will be virtually attending and sharing highlights, but we strongly recommend registering and attending yourself if possible.




Please read COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Food Establishments prepared by the Town of Boonton and the Health Department, full document can be found here

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BMS weekly Newsletter to the Community

Many retailers missed out on our weekly newsletter opportunity to showcase how your business is operating during this time. Please continue to send all updated info to and we will add it to the next newsletter as well as update it on our website. We will be putting out another newsletter tomorrow or Wednesday this week with all the additions and updating the website.

Please send all submissions for the weekly community newsletter to by Friday at 5pm, the newsletter will go out weekly on Monday mornings. Please share this with your neighboring businesses as some do not receive our emails. Beyond this week, the website will be updated as often as possible, and a weekly newsletter will be sent. Retailers will not need to submit info every week unless there is a change, we will carry information over from the previous newsletter.


#BoontonStrong #VitualBoonton #ShopBoonton

Unifying Graphic

The board has approved printing of this graphic in a 2'x3' banner for each and every retailer to hang in their window. We will also be hanging a banner with a similar message at the top and bottom of Main Street. More info to come about distribution as soon as signs are available. Download the graphic here in PDF format, or save it from the image below in PNG format. Please help spread this throughout our community by sharing within your networks. BMS would like to thank Steve Kampschmidt, BMS President and owner of Freedom Found Financial located at 408 Main St., for donating costs to design the logo. Another thank you goes to Mara of StretchSource at 416 Main St for suggesting the unifying theme and use of the logo.



Please fill out the google form and include the link you would like published on the BMS website for guests to participate with your store during Virtual First Friday. Food establishments are encouraged to showcase any specials, retailers might host a live event with a tour of the store or highlights of special items, and service related businesses are encouraged to connect with customers by setting up a zoom or offering online purchase for future services. Be creative, and let us get the word out for you.


Connect with your fellow Main Street Retailers

Club 44 is currently hosting weekly Zoom calls Tuesdays at 7pm, connect using the button. This is a great way to connect with your fellow Main Street Business Owners


Resources in Boonton

Updates from Town of Boonton
EMAIL Alderwoman DeVenezia
EMAIL Mayor Corcoran

NJ's 25 Legislative Representatives contact info

Email them here

Small Business Resources

Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order No. 104 - CLICK HERE FOR PDF which lays out new specific restrictions and rules, many of which apply to businesses.

New Jersey announced Executive Order No. 107 on Saturday, March 21, 2020, effective at 9:00 p.m., containing new standards for businesses that supersede previous announcements. Please read all the details here.

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Click here for more details.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

The NJEDA has created a webpage that directs business owners to various resources to assist in coping financially with the COVID-19 public health crisis. This site will be updated with any new programs or support that becomes available.

CDC Guidance for Businesses - A guide for business and employers for dealing with the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Employee Benefits Info on One Page - Here is a chart on what benefits employees qualify for when their work status is impacted by coronavirus.

New Jersey set up a website with information for businesses and the impact of coronavirus.

The U.S. Small Business Administration set up a website with info on business guidance & loan resources related to coronavirus.

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce issued a memo with information concerning the Coronavirus

Facebook is announcing a $100 million grant program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more information.


The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support households, businesses, and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time. Click here for more information.