[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3195







Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman  WAYNE P. DEANGELO

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)


District 15 (Mercer)

Assemblywoman  PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Camden)


District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  HERB CONAWAY, JR.

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)


Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Fuentes, Ramos, Coughlin, Milam, Caputo, Johnson, Assemblywoman Quijano, Assemblyman Schaer, Assemblywoman Riley, Assemblyman Greenwald, Assemblywomen Pou, Voss, Spencer, Assemblymen Wisniewski, Chivukula, Giblin, Burzichelli, Assemblywomen Quigley, Wagner, Assemblymen Conners, Diegnan, Senators Greenstein, Beach, Whelan, Gordon, Norcross, Assemblymen Rudder and Delany





     Requires Department of State to create uniform application form for use by small businesses to apply for certain State financial assistance programs.



     As amended on June 27, 2011 by the General Assembly pursuant to the Governor's recommendations.


An Act concerning the creation of a uniform application form for small businesses’ eligibility for financial assistance and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.


     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    As used in this act:

     “Department” means the Department of 1[the Treasury] State1.

     “Financial assistance program” or “program” means any program offered by a State agency to a small business that allows a small business to be deemed eligible to receive a grant or loan of monies pursuant to State law.

     "Small business” or “business” means a business entity that employs not more than 50 full-time employees or the equivalent thereof and qualifies as a small business concern within the meaning of the federal "Small Business Act," Pub.L. 85-536 (15 U.S.C. s.631 et seq.).

     “State agency” means any of the principal departments in the Executive Branch of State Government, and any division, board, bureau, office, commission, or other instrumentality within or created by such principal department, and any independent State authority, commission, instrumentality, or agency.


     2.    The department shall, in consultation with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, 1establish and maintain a program to assist small businesses in identifying financial assistance programs, offered by any State agency, for which the business may be eligible.  The department shall1 create, modify, 1[update, and maintain] and update, as necessary,1 a uniform application form for the purpose of 1[allowing a small business to apply for eligibility under any financial assistance program offered to any small business by any State agency in a manner that shall be used by every State agency when considering a small business’s eligibility to receive any grant or loan administered by any State agency] gathering basic operational and financial information, and any additional information as deemed necessary by the department, from small businesses seeking assistance under this program1.  The application form shall be created, modified, 1[updated, and maintained] and updated, as necessary,1 in a manner that requires a small business to provide the business’s basic operational and financial information on the form 1[while enabling the small business to apply under more than one program and reducing any redundancies and duplication of effort by those businesses seeking to apply for eligibility to any such financial assistance program]1.


     3.    The department 1[shall] may1 adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act 1[which shall allow the department to require a small business to provide a minimum amount of basic operational and financial information about the business on the application form and any additional information as deemed necessary by the department]1.


4.         This act shall take effect immediately.