Small Business Resource Center


  1. Choose a name for your business
  2. Choose the right type of business entity
  3. Register your business with the New Jersey Division of Revenue
  4. Get your EIN Number (Federal Tax ID Number)
  5. Open a bank account and get a debit/credit card
  6. Get a state business license
  7. Register with the New Jersey Division of Taxation

Need help creating a business plan? We can assist you here at the JCEDC with developing a proper business plan and any other small business needs you might have.


Certified Green Business

Do you incorporate sustainable practices into your business? Learn more about becoming a Certified Green Business.

Business Licensing Guide

Find out which permits and licenses are required for your current or future business in Jersey City

Small Business Spotlight

Get your business featured on the City’s social media by completing this form

NJ Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ)

Get certified to make tax-free purchases and pass on reduced sales tax to your customers.

Ribbon Cutting Request

Schedule a ribbon cutting at your business!

NJEDA Small Business Lease Assistance

Apply now to get 15% Annual Lease Reimbursement.

Supplier Diversity Directory Registration

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion maintains a directory of city vendors that are certified as minority, woman, veteran, LGBTQ owned and disabled, disadvantaged, and small business enterprises.

Pop Up Jackson HILL


Pop Up Jackson Hill is looking for Jersey City entrepreneurs who are ready to grow their businesses in one of our incubation spaces.


Pop Up Jackson Hill is a micro-entrepreneurship incubator that creates a temporary pop up venue by converting four shipping containers into a community centered retail and art hub. Pop Up Jackson Hill provides affordable storefronts in a formerly empty lot across from the newly built City Hall Annex, which currently houses 250 employees and welcomes hundreds of visitors daily. Pop-Up Jackson Hill will help grow local Jersey City small businesses, as well as draw foot traffic and investment to the Jackson Hill neighborhood.


The space features four container storefronts, two food trucks, and one pop-up vendor tent and will host a weekly farmer’s market. Cultural programming will be provided by a rotating artist in residence and a variety of live events. Businesses will be supported by business development workshops and educational events.


There are four shipping containers (8’x20’) called “trippers” because they have been on only one trip before they were taken out of service. Each container is watertight and weatherproof. The containers will be used as temporary structures with electricity that will come from outdoor outlets built near the foundations, similar to a mobile home. Each container has the capacity to provide space to 2 and 3 tenants.


Their conversion into usable space includes:


  • Flooring installation
  • Insulation and drywall on the walls and ceiling
  • 7’x7’ window and a glass door (made with energy efficient insulated glass)
  • Inward swinging glass doors
  • Concrete steps will be at the foot of each door
  • HVAC unit with air conditioning and heating
  • LED panel lighting
  • 3 wall outlets
  • Interiors will otherwise be unchanged so tenants can create branded storefronts
  • Exteriors will be painted using the same colors as the Jackson Hill logo