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Business Boost: Insights, Funding and Education

Welcome, Local Business Owners!

The Trenton Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) believes in the power of local businesses and their vital role in our community. We are committed to supporting and promoting the growth and success of businesses like yours.

Please see below for a number of upcoming opportunities.

Unlock the Power of TNI Business Survey Data: Share & Gain Insights!

Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback in our recent business survey! Curious about the results? We’re excited to share the key findings with you and the broader business community. 

Join us online on June 30, 2024 at 3 PM to hear the results and learn about upcoming programs that respond to the issues you identified. At this session you will:

  • Gain a competitive edge. Benchmark your performance against local trends.
  • Identify areas for improvement. Discover data-driven insights to help your business thrive.
  • Foster collaboration. Together, we can build a stronger business community by sharing knowledge. 

Reserve your spot for the live presentation via Zoom of our survey results on June 30, 2024 at 3PM! 

TNI Thrives Grant Program: Up to $7,000 for North Trenton Storefront Businesses

Grow your business! The TNI Thrives Grant Program offers grants of up to $7,000 to support storefront businesses within the north Trenton community.

What can the grant be used for?

  • Expansion & Improvement: Improve your physical space, energy efficient upgrades, or equipment purchases
  •  Operational Excellence: Enhance your business operations (staff training, marketing, finance)

Who can apply?

  • Legally registered storefront businesses operating within the TNI boundary area for at least 3 years (located between the Battle Monument and Capital Health Main Campus on Brunswick Ave). Preference given to businesses with less than 15 full-time equivalent employees
  • TNI area businesses able to complete the project within 9-12 months

How to apply?

  • Briefly describe your business, project goals, and how you will use the grant
  • Submit required documents including financial statements and business licenses
  • Provide a detailed project budget and timeline

What makes a strong application?

  • Project clearly contributes to the TNI community’s economic growth
  • Project is well-defined, achievable, and shows positive impact on your business
  • Project demonstrates long-term sustainability for your business

We’ll be sharing the application link at a later date. 

Application Opens: June 24

Submission Deadline: August 23

Need help?

Contact Miss Snow at tni@trentonhealthteam.org or 609-256-4555 x400

TNI Thrives Business Courses: Empowering Your Success

We are developing a comprehensive course program based on the needs identified in our recent business survey.

Course Focus:

  • Marketing & Customer Acquisition: Develop plans to market your business, budget-friendly advertising (including digital!), social media engagement, loyalty programs, and word-of-mouth marketing.
  • Business Management & Financial Literacy: Learn cash flow management, financial planning, and cost-saving strategies. (Great for new businesses!)
  • Human Resource Management: Retain your employees, foster a positive work environment, and train for exceptional customer service. (Ideal for businesses with 5 or fewer employees)
  • Business Growth & Expansion: Develop plans for expansion, explore financing options, and lease negotiation strategies. (For established businesses looking to grow)
  • Utilizing Online Resources & Technology: Leverage online tools, learn about customer relationship management systems, and cybersecurity basics.

We prioritize online courses with weekend availability for your convenience.

We’ll be sharing information, including links, for our business courses at a later date.