Marine Trades Association


Resources for Businesses During the Coronavirus Emergency

As we move through this challenging and uncertain time, we want to help and support all of our members by sharing important resources and information. The MTA/NJ is here as a resource and advocate for you and your business. Please contact us if you need any assistance at all. In addition, we would like to know about the impact this is having on your business so we can work to address these issues and assist as best as we can. Please stay in touch and email us at [email protected].

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Guidance and Resources for Boating and Marine Business Operations

Safe Boating Flyers:
Feel free to share the flyers below with your customers.
NJ State Police - Social Distancing While Boating
Help Keep Boating Safe in NJ Flyer - We can customize this flyer for your business by adding your logo. Email us if interested.
NJ Fish & Wildlife - Social Distancing While Fishing

Guidelines and Best Practices to Operate Safely:
Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely - An industry guide to operating safely, assembled in collaboration with numerous MTA partners.
OSHA Releases Guidance on Mitigating, Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace - In response to President Joe Biden’s January 21 executive order on worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new recommendations and mandatory safety and health standards for employers. The guidance states that every employer should implement a COVID-19 prevention program. The 15 suggested instructions, including assessing your business for potential hazards, isolating workers, and cleaning and disinfecting workplaces are available in the guidance document.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) have compiled a list of resources for dealerships to get back to work safely. The resources listed below can not only help you sharpen your processes for safe operations once your dealership is back to work, but they can also be used to demonstrate your planned safe operations. To view the resources, click the links below or visit:

49 Best Practices for Operating Your Dealership Safely
MRAA Sample Dealer Policy for Drop-Offs and Sea Trials
How to Communicate Safe Boating With Consumers
MRAA's Boating Do's and Do Not's for Boaters
Tips To Sell and Service Boats Safely
MRAA's COVID-19 Resources for Boat Dealers

NMMA Suggested Best Practices for Resuming Operations

AMI Best Practices in Marina Operations During the Reopening of the Economy

Business Guidelines:
CDC - COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
OSHA - Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

State News & Updates

Register for the COVID vaccine and resources from the NJ Dept. of Health
Your Business May Qualify for Discounts on PPE
Timeline for Lifting Restrictions in NJ and links to all of the Orders
Information on what businesses are open and the rules and safety guidelines that must be followed
NJ Covid-19 Main Information Hub
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

MTA/NJ Alerts and Emails

Members can access copies of our Coronavirus email alerts by logging into our Members Only section of the website. If you've misplaced your password, please email [email protected] to regain access.

Please Note: We cannot advise whether businesses should be open or closed. Each member must evaluate their own business and facilities to determine how they conduct business and/or whether they remain open. We are only sharing information that is provided to us as a resource for our members. It is important to take all necessary precautions and follow guidance to protect your staff and the public to ensure we are all doing our part to keep everyone safe.

State Resources

State Funding:
NJ EDA - NJ Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants & Loans

If you applied and are interested in the status of your grant application, click here.
Information for Phase 2 of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant
Click Here for More Information on NJEDA Grants
Click Here for More Information on NJEDA Loans
Eligibility Wizard

State of New Jersey:
List of Governor Murphy's Executive Orders
List of State of NJ Administrative Orders
Office of the Governor - Main Page
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
Governor Murphy on Twitter

NJ MVC Update:
MVC offices began a gradual reopening of designated facilities on June 15th.
Visit the MVC website for the most updated information on locations and new processes.

NJ Business Action Center:
The State of New Jersey has established a special website devoted to business concerns during the coronavirus emergency. The site,, will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to communicate this with the appropriate individuals within your organization.
Click Here for the New Jersey Business Action Center's Coronavirus Website.

NJ Dept. of Health:
NJ Dept. of Health - Register for the COVID vaccine
NJ Dept. of Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline and Resources Page
NJ Dept. of Health - Coronavirus - What You Need to Know
NJ. Dept. of Health - Coronavirus Cases in NJ
NJ Dept. of Health - Coronavirus Information for Schools & Businesses

NJ Dept. of Labor:
NJ Dept. of Labor - Benefits & the Coronavirus
NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know
NJDOL Web Portal - Submit a Message to Unemployment Division

Federal Resources

Federal Funding:
SBA Federal Paycheck Protection Program
Click Here for More Information on the PPP.

Small Business Administration & Emergency Loans:
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans to Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
News Release: SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans to Small Businesses in New Jersey Affected by Coronavirus
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Fact Sheet

Industry Insights into Federal Stimulus:
NMMA: Flowchart on Accessing Economic Relief through the CARES Act
MRAA: What does the federal CARES Act mean for my business?
MRAA: FAQs on the Federal Stimulus Packages and Businesses
Federal Government Aid Packages to Combat COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What U.S. Recreational Boating employers need to know
Understanding the Resources Available for Small Businesses - Article by Sal Schibell of Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates

US Department of Labor:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Poster
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. Chamber - Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide
U.S. Tax Filing Day Moved from April 15 to July 15

COVID-19 Webinars

Upcoming Webinars:

Past Webinars:
AMI - Coronavirus Update for Marina Operators - August 2020 - 8/19, 12-1 PM
AMI - Coronavirus Update for Marina Operators - Mid-Summer 2020 - 7/15
AMI - Dousing the Marine Industry's Pandemic of Stress - 6/8
MRAA - How to Make the Best of the Mad Rush in Service - 6/4
NJEDA - Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - 6/5
AMI - Charting a Social Media Roadmap for Summer 2020 - 5/27
Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions - The Most Common Wage and Hour Pitfalls in the COVID-19 Era - 5/28
MRAA - Dealership Hygiene — Best Practices to Find Hidden Cash - 5/21
AMI - Marina Operations During Phase 1 Reopening - 5/20
AMI - Selling Virtually: Evolve the Way You've Always Sold to Meet Today's Buyer in 2020 and Beyond - 5/19
• NMMA - American Boating Congress - 5/13- 5/14 - Day 1 - Day 2
AMI - Beyond Reopening: How to Successfully Reopen, and Keep Boating Safe this Summer
AMI - Business Leadership in the time of the Coronavirus with John Spence
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Explains Federal Relief Programs - 4/23/20
NJBIA - A Business Owner's Guide to Loans - 4/14/20
Cooper Levenson - Good News for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: CARES Act - 4/8/20
NJBIA - What NJ Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act - 4/6/20
MRAA - Ask the Expert: How to Manage Cash Flow in a Crisis - 4/7/20
MRAA - Featuring Garage Composites, Topic TBD - 4/7/20
NMMA - Webinar on How the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Helps Boating Industry Businesses - 4/3/20
AMI Webinar #2 - Guidance for Employers on the Novel Coronavirus - 4/3/20
A Conversation with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan - 3/31/20
AMI Webinar #1 - Coronavirus and Your Workplace - 3/23/20
MRAA - Ask the Expert Virtual Town Hall: MRAA and the COVID-19 Response - 3/18/20
MRAA - Ask the Expert: How to Sell in Today's Environment, with Sam Dantzler - 3/24/20
MRAA - Ask the Expert: How to Adjust Your Service Business, with Valerie Ziebron - 3/25/20
MRAA - Ask the Expert: How to Market During the Coronavirus Pandemic - 3/25/20

Industry Resources

MRAA - Operation Keep Customers Boating
MRAA - COVID-19 Resources for Boat Dealers
MRAA - Tips To Sell and Service Boats Safely
MRAA - Communicate Safe Boating to Your Customers
NMMA’s COVID-19 Action Center
RBFF Coronavirus Resources & Best Practices
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What U.S. Recreational Boating Employers Need to Know
Federal Government Aid Packages to Combat COVID-19
Marine Industry Joint Stiumulus Priorities
Video - Legal Guidance for Employers on the Coronavirus
US Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus - 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do
OSHA - Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Society for Human Resource Management - Coronavirus Resources
Discover Boating Covid-19 Resources for Boaters
US Coast Guard - Cleaning and Storing Your PFD

Online Training Opportunities

The International Marina Institute (IMI) partners with industry leaders to offer multiple educational webinars. These webinars cover anything from hurricanes to safety within your marina.
Library of Prerecorded Webinars

ABYC Webinar Series
De-mystifying Basic Electrical Concepts and Standards - Webinar
• New ABYC Certification - Advanced Marine Electrical - Order the Study Guide
Free Online Learning Course - AC Electrical Safety
Free Online Learning Course - Battery Installation Requirements
Interactive Live Certification Course - Gasoline Engines Certification
Interactive Live Certification Course - ABYC Standards Certification

COVID-19 Resources

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources & Cases Map
World Health Organization
CDC Main Page
CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Good News & Good Deeds
With all the difficult news and updates we are all receiving daily, we would like to hear and share your Good News and Good Deeds! It can be anything positive - an accomplishment at your business, a positive experience, recognition of a front-line worker in your family or if you are helping out your fellow colleagues or neighbors, we want to hear about that too! Email your good news and good deeds updates to [email protected] to be featured in our email updates.

Your Comments & Concerns
We will continually be updating this site with more links and resources. Please feel free to share with us any resources and information that you find as well. Please email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below.