Business report: Aid for music and arts venues, PPE discount program, state tax filing deadline

Economic Development Authority announces extended deadline for discounted PPE program

Applications will open soon for a federal program designed to help performance venues that were forced to shut down — that’s everything from concert halls and movie theaters to cultural institutions. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program has more than $16 billion available for organizations across the U.S. The Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for the program on April 8.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced that its discounted PPE program deadline is being extended to May 28, or until program funds run out. Qualifying small businesses can receive discounts of up to 70%.

For questions about how to secure grants or get financing, the state has a one-stop New Jersey Business Action Center to help companies navigate available government programs. The center, which has been holding webinars on business growth and recovery, has answered more than 70,000 business-related questions since the pandemic started.

In case you missed it, New Jersey followed the federal government’s lead and extended the deadline to file state income tax returns. Taxpayers now have until May 17 to file both their state and federal forms. But if you pay estimated taxes, you still have an April 15 deadline for that.

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