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Individual Business Consulting: Lilian at the Small Business Development Center can help with things like business plans and other things to help you maximize your business.  You can reach her at

Ribbon Cutting Assistance: Tom at the Trenton Downtown Association helps people with their ribbon cutting ceremonies, including invitations to elected officials and the newspapers.    You can reach him at


TDA Façade Grant: Trenton Downtown Association has a façade grant for property owners/ business tenants in the TDA district for up to $2,500.  Here is a link to the information.

Signature Retail Cluster Signing Bonus:  For select retail businesses, the City has a $5,000 signing bonus.   You will need a business plan or last year’s P&L to apply.  For more information, reach out to


Business Improvement Grant Program: The East Trenton Collaborative has a Business Improvement Grant Program which provides up to $6,000 in grant funds for approved rehabilitation work to a ground-level retail space or industrial businesses. Owners are required to demonstrate that they are investing their own resources into the project, and intend to be an active presence in the neighborhood.  For more information, visit


Urban Enterprise Zone Benefits:  Qualified businesses can be 100% exempt from state sales taxes for the purchase of tangible property including office supplies, equipment and building supplies.  Qualified businesses can also offer a lower sales tax to their retail customers.  For more information, and to sign up, contact  The UEZ does not cover the entire city; Tom can help you determine if your proposed location is in the Zone.

Business Lease Incentive:  For new businesses before they sign a lease.  Reimbursement of a percentage of annual lease payments to for profit businesses and non-profit organizations that plan to lease between 500 – 5,000 s.f. of new or additional market-rate, first-floor office, industrial or retail space for a minimum 5-year term. More information can be found at  You can access the application through this link


City-Wide Business Improvement Incentive: for prospective and existing businesses,  grants of up to 50% of total project cost, grant amount not to exceed $20,000, to retail businesses that are planning to make building improvements, with a minimum project cost of $5,000.  For more information, contact

City of Trenton Tax Abatements: If you plan to make substantial improvements to a property, you can apply for tax abatement.  This abatement would freeze taxes as there are and taxes on the improvements made to the property can be deferred.  For more information, contact for a tax abatement application.

Trenton YouTube Channel: the Division of Economic Development maintains a YouTube channel for videos about Trenton businesses-   If you have video content you want showcased, reach out to

Shop Trenton: City Hall maintains a Shop Trenton FaceBook group for you to post things about your business to a group of Trenton-centric customers.  Feel free to post at

Black Wall Street Trenton:  The largest declared affinity group from the ED Retail Survey was in support of Black Owned Businesses.  In recognition of that, the City maintains a Black Wall Street Trenton FaceBook group for black-owned businesses to post things about their businesses.  Feel free to post at


There are several resources for low interest loans in the area. 


Commercial Kitchen:  If you want a commercial kitchen to bake your goods out of before opening a bakery, check out Cherry Street Kitchen.


Workforce 55+: Fully pays salaries of economically disadvantaged seniors for up to 48 months.  More information at

On-the-Job Training: provides reimbursement of 50% to 90% of a new-hire’s salary for up to 6 months to defray the cost of training.  For more information, contact

Customized Training Grants: grants of $75,000 of more per year available for training for your current employees.  For more information, contact

Work Opportunity Tax Credit:  Federal tax credit of $2,400 to $9,000 to hire employees with employment barriers including workers with disabilities, certain veterans and general assistance recipients. For more information, contact

Trenton Jobs and Properties:  If you are looking for employees, feel free to post job openings at Trenton Jobs and Properties.


Eat Local Club: Every month, City Hall organizes a group who eats in a different spot for dinner to explore and support Trenton restaurants.  For more information, reach out to


Co-Working Spaces

If you are looking for office space where you can share overhead like receptionist, conference rooms, phones, copiers and other office equipment, here are some Trenton options.

BaseCamp Trenton:

The DeRosa Group:

Trenton Coworks:


If you are a technology or life sciences startup with fewer than 10 employees and going into an approved NJ collaborative workspace.  This program helps the company cover their rent payments at BaseCamp Trenton or Trenton Coworks or any other approved coworking space.  For more information, contact


Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program – Tax credits are available for the cost of services and other purchases made for filming a movie or television series, or producing a digital media production in Trenton.  Qualifying movies and television shows can receive tax credit of up to 35 percent, and digital media productions can receive tax credits of up to 25 percent of eligible costs.   For more information, visit  For questions, please contact the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission at (973) 648-6279 or the New Jersey Economic Development Authority at (609) 858-6767. 

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