CHAMBER UPDATE                                       Week of July 30, 2020


Governor Phil Murphy was in Long Branch on Thursday, July 23 to announce a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs.  The grant is managed by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), to be paid for with federal CARES Act will be able to apply for up to $10,000 to assist with lease payments. It will provide grants to: Tenants leasing commercial space in mixed-use buildings, Tenants leasing space in commercial buildings, or Tenants leasing space to operate a storefront business.  The program will be targeted to businesses with 5,000 square feet of leased space or less and is requiring standard debarment and legal qualifications from applying businesses.  Applications will open August 10, 2020, online, and funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  $6 million in federal CARES Act funding will be allocated for this program. More info will follow very soon.

Long Branch Retail Stores are Open for Business:  Retail stores in Long Branch are open for business. Please wear your face covering/mask, keep social distance, and follow the store’s guest capacity rules.  Thank you for Shopping in Long Branch and supporting our retail stores.

Networking Event: We are hosting a Networking Event on Wednesday, August 12, rain date Wednesday, August 26, at the Long Branch Distillery on Westwood Ave.  5:30 to 7:30pm.  The LB Distillery offers crafted cocktails.  You place your drink order by your phone, or with the staff, but payment is credit card only and the staff will assist you on this.  We are limiting the attendance due to the size of the location and reservations are required. RSVP by calling 732-222-0400 or email [email protected].  This is our first Networking Event since February.

Zoom Breakfast Club Meeting:  Our next Zoom Breakfast Club Meeting is on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 8 am. The speaker is Ed Johnson from Brookdale Community College. He will talk about the plans BCC has for the fall semester dealing with COVID-19 and the CCOG Program.  RSVP by calling 732-222-0400 or email [email protected]

New Members to the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce:  Please help welcome these new members to the Chamber. Stop in an introduce yourself to them.  Welcome to the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce: Beach Bee Meadery, Rochafeller’s Station Eatery & Bar, Beach Bike Boys, Lezama Restaurant and Pizzeria, Green Fields Builders Group, Morales Family Dental, Fulfill in Neptune.

Long Branch Restaurants Open with Outside Seating:  Please see our updated list on our Facebook Page. Go to Facebook/longbranchchamber for more details about the restaurants and more information about the Long Branch Business community.

Pauline Poyner, President                                Cell Number 732-776-3330                                                                      

 Michael Sirianni, Executive Director              Office: 732-222-0400