Funding Available

Applications are now being accepted for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The $45 million program will provide grants up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

One-third of the funds will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

“From the start of the pandemic, the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program has played a central role in supporting New Jersey’s small business community,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said in a statement. “The expanded program will allow us to serve thousands more businesses in need and our focus on equity will ensure it benefits the communities COVID-19 has hit the hardest.”

The new grant funding comes from $50 million the NJEDA received through the federal CARES act. The $5 million not included in the new round of grants will be used to fund businesses that were waitlisted during the first round of grants.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. More types of business are eligible for this round of funding, including small business with up to 25 full-time employees; home-based businesses and sole proprietorships, and some nonprofit organizations.

For more information visit cv.business.nj.gov.

Expansion

United Silicon Carbide has leased 11,200 square feet on the first floor of 650 College Road East.

United Silicon Carbide, 7 Deer Park Drive, Princeton Corporate Plaza, Suite E, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-565-9500. Chris Dries, president and CEO. www.unitedsic.com

United Silicon Carbide (United SiC) has leased 11,200 square feet of first-floor office space at 650 College Road East in Plainsboro.

A team from Cushman & Wakefield’s Iselin office represented the landlord, Nuveen Real Estate, while Jones Lang LaSalle represented the tenant.

Nuveen has updated the common areas and amenities at the 168,000-square-foot property to include a 60-foot glass atrium and outdoor courtyard with a seating area and private patio, as well as a new cafe and conference facility in its sister building at 600 College Road East.

United Silicon Carbide, a manufacturer of silicon carbide power semiconductors, currently has its corporate headquarters in 6,000 square feet on Deer Park Drive in Monmouth Junction.

The company was founded by Rutgers researchers in 1999 and expanded quickly after being acquired by current president Chris Dries and a group of investors in 2009 (U.S. 1, August 18, 2010). In 2018 it expanded around the world with offices in the Philippines, Taiwan, China, California, Belgium, and Denmark.

“UnitedSiC was looking for space with a Class A environment and easy access to major highways,” said Todd Elfand of Cushman & Wakefield. “The property’s picturesque setting and upgraded amenities, coupled with Nuveen’s ability to complete the transaction during the COVID-19 pandemic, made 650 College Road East a great option.”

Grants Received

Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Box 250, Princeton 08542. 609-497-0020. Marc Uys, executive director. www.princetonsymphony.org.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra has received a $15,000 grant to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion and transform organizational culture. It is one of 28 orchestras nation-wide to receive grants from the League of American Orchestras’ Catalyst Fund.

The award will enable the orchestra to hire a consultant to facilitate discussions about equity, diversity, and inclusion and conduct training with the staff, board, and musicians. The consultant will also lead an institutional audit to aid in shaping the PSO’s direction and efforts in becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization.

“We are thrilled to be a recipient of this important award as it will greatly assist the PSO in understanding and exploring the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our own organization, paving the way towards creating deeper and more impactful connections with the vibrant communities making up the Greater Princeton area,” PSO executive director Marc Uys said in a statement. “Music is for all, and has the ability to unite all people. It is our responsibility as an organization to not stand in the way of that.”

HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-989-9417. Connie Mercer, executive director. www.homefrontnj.org.

Major League Baseball has selected Lawrenceville-based Homefront as one of 10 nonprofits nationwide to benefit from a new grant program. The funding is for programs that teach children how to develop healthy relationships, support survivors of domestic violence, and build mental health resiliency.

“HomeFront will use the $50,000 grant on programming and staff training to help the over 400 local children we serve develop social-emotional resiliency” says Chris Marchetti, director of HomeFront’s Joy, Hopes & Dreams children’s program. “This is a basic life skill needed for healthy relationships in general.”

HomeFront hosts a variety of programs for local children who are homeless or at risk: Its Children’s Champion Program provides early interventions for those living at the agency’s Family Campus, a temporary shelter for 38 local homeless families. HomeFront’s Atkinson Child Development Center provides local families in need with high quality, trauma-informed care preschool and day care. Its Joy, Hopes, and Dreams children’s program provides school-age children year-round, six days a week with new experiences, life skills, tutoring, and nurturing. HomeFront also runs an educationally enriched summer camp.

Transaction

Edison Partners, 281 Witherspoon Street, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-896-1900. Chris Sugden, managing partner. www.edisonpartners.com.

Princeton-based growth equity firm Edison Partners has sold its interest in the bike-sharing program Zagster to Superpedestrian, a Boston-based mobility engineering and technology company.

The firm has also made a $15 million investment in Superpedestrian. “The combination of Superpedestrian with Zagster creates the first fully integrated micromobility company,” Edison partner Daniel Herscovici said in a statement, “One that includes product, manufacturing and supply chain as well as professional fleet operations, government and community relations.”

Herscovici will join the board of Superpedestrian, which was founded by experts in urban transport from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Separately, Zagster, which had operated its bike-sharing program in Princeton, on the Princeton University campus, and in Mercer County parks, announced June 1 that the program was terminated, effective immediately. The program had been suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Management Moves

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 714-716 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611. 609-688-0881. Dina Paulson-McEwen, executive director. www.laldef.org.

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund has hired Lorraine Goodman as its first director of marketing and advancement. The Trenton-based nonprofit founded in 2004 is dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrants.

Goodman, a 1983 alumna of Princeton University, also holds a master’s in nonprofit administration from New York University. She has worked in fundraising for groups including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, the Red Hot Organization, and others. She was most recently Princeton AlumniCorps’ development officer.

Deaths

Linda M. Hancikovsky, 69, on May 26. She retired after 31 years with the state Department of Civil Service.

Rose Robbins, 87, on May 23. She worked for Lenox China in Lawrenceville for 34 years.

Rexford Carpenter, 90, on May 14. He opened Hamilton Kitchens in Hamilton, and then founded Camelot Kitchens in Princeton.

William K. Allegar, 61, on May 26. He worked at Homasote Co. in Ewing as a millwright for 42 years.

Edward P. Neuburg on May 23. He worked for the National Security Agency in Washington D.C. as well as for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, from which he retired in 2013.

Helen H. Martinson, 88, on May 18. She was a teacher and later a principal in the West Windsor-Plainsboro schools before leading Princeton University’s Teachers as Scholars Program and Program in Teacher Preparation.

Glenn Mohrman, 94, on May 1. He started a career in advertising research with Gallup and Robinson Inc. and Opinion Research, both in Princeton. In 1983 he founded Mohrman/Scott Associates, which specialized in pre-testing pharmaceutical company medical journal ads.

Jonathan Elliott, 38, on June 5. The playwright and disability rights advocate was involved with Princeton Summer Theater, McCarter Theater, and the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. He had also been a freelance contributor to U.S. 1.

Marion Zarzeczna, 89, on June 1. She was a concert pianist who performed with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College.

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