New Jersey State Policies
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Commission)
Policy Summary on Self-Employment:
The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Commission) supports self-employment for individuals who are eligible. The Commission uses five criteria to determine eligibility:
- The person must indicate a commitment to run his/her business and devote the necessary time to increase the likelihood of success;
- The proposed business must be appropriate to the person’s physical and mental condition;
- The person must demonstrate the ability to acquire the basic business management skills;
- The person must have at least two years of experience in the type of business or related experience;
- A comprehensive business plan must be developed and evaluated.
The Commission can fund start-up costs which are defined as one-time expenditures such as purchasing licenses, initial stock, supplies, services, equipment and related expenses. It can also fund adaptive equipment which are not considered a start-up cost. However, they must be justified through an assessment. No funds can be used for long-term operational costs.
Each person is expected to use his/her own resources to partially fund the venture.
$15,001.00 and higher
Variations from the required contributions must be approved by the Standing Self-Employment Committee.
Technical assistance may be provided after financing has been put into place and until the business is operational. Commission staff may visit the business for one year after it is established.
There is no mention of supported self-employment.