Activity Report: PPE rebates, clean energy, Amazon scam, student loans | Video
Gov. Phil Murphy reminded small businesses in need of personal protective equipment on Monday of an important deadline this week. Businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees can claim almost 70% off PPE purchases through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. But to get the discounts, they must apply before Thursday, December 10.
PSEG recently announced that it will acquire a 25% stake in the Ørsted offshore wind farm, which is under construction off Atlantic City. But interest in clean energy is not limited to large companies. The Murphy administration is set to roll out programs next year that would benefit small, clean-tech start-ups. EDA is partnering with the New Jersey Commission for Science, Innovation and Technology in this effort. One of the new programs would provide grants to cleantech entrepreneurs. Applications will be available early next year.
It’s holiday season, which means the scammers are full. Some people are getting fake calls regarding their Amazon accounts. The recorded messages claim that an order is lost, that it cannot be fulfilled, or that there is a suspicious purchase. The Federal Trade Commission claims that the crooks then try to obtain personal information from their victims by asking them to connect with customer service.
Student borrowers benefit from a stay. The US Department of Education announced late last week that the freeze on student loan repayments would be extended until the end of January. The freeze was scheduled to end on December 31.