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Business news from around South Jersey.

by Staff

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley officially launched its Tri-County Navigational Resource Center in Vineland to continue serving the residents of Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Ccounties.

On Feb. 6, it was announced that Gov. Phil Murphy established the New Jersey-India Commission by signing Executive Order No. 354. The commission will advance bilateral trade and investment, encouraging economic development in both New Jersey and the world’s most populous country. 

Last month, NJ TRANSIT announced that it was recognized as one of the nation’s best large employers by being named to Forbes’ 2024 America’s Best Employers List. This is the fourth consecutive year the transit provider earned the honor. 

When the New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced recipients of the state’s Activation, Revitalization, and Transformation (ART) Program Feb. 9, among them were five Atlantic City grants, which will receive a cumulative $9,849,778. 

In an effort to combat summer hunger, the New Jersey Food Security Initiative and its collaborative organizations announced March 4 that it has awarded a $361,000 grant to the New Jersey Office of the Food Security Advocate.

Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union announced that Malamut Law was named its official law partner on Jan. 17. The partnership will include a title night, community activation opportunities and branding throughout Subaru Park.

On Jan. 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-1438/A-5794, allowing unions to file wage-claim suits on behalf of laborers in certain projects regardless of union representation in an attempt to assure proper compensation for those workers. 

When the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced its inaugural cohort of New Jersey Innovation Fellows in January, two South Jersey companies were among the 10 new business receiving a total of $3.6 million in income replacement grants, as well as mentorship and training. Fire Start Productions, a start-up film and digital media company in Gloucester Township, will receive $250,000, while Burlington City’s digital content creation studio Klick Studios was awarded $400,000. 

In January, TD Bank announced its three-year Community Impact Plan, which will provide an estimated $20 billion supporting lending, philanthropy, banking access and other efforts benefiting the region’s diverse and underserved communities throughout its service area. Those initiatives include $2.8 billion in small business support. 

The Alice Paul Institute has been recognized with a number of recent honors: U.S. Senator Cory Booker nominated the nonprofit for a 2024 National Medal for Museums and Library Service; the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners named it a 2024 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award Winner; and the organization received a Beulah Oliphant Award March 7 in recognition of its outstanding contributions to New Jersey’s history through historic preservation and education. 

On Jan. 23, it was announced that applications are now being accepted for $7.5 million in funding through the Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP), which was allocated in the FY2024 state budget to help towns streamline governmental services while increasing efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars. Email for more information about LEAP grants.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs recently announced a new Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) FY24 Transformation Grant opportunity, the application process for which closes April 15. Grants are available to the state’s designated MSNJ district organizations with the goal of improving their appearance, quality of life and local economy. Visit for more information.