The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation and the city of Newark, N.J., announced an improved business licensing process. By moving to an online platform, Newark CEDC has reduced the business licensing application processing time by 90 percent.

Under the old paper licensing process, it took an average of 12 months for an eatery or restaurant to be notified of approval regarding its municipal business license from Newark City Hall. With the new online business license application process, still in a beta-testing stage, Newark has reduced the processing and approval time to 30 days.

“Mayor [Ras] Baraka directed us to ensure that this new online portal streamlined the process of doing business in the city of Newark,” said Otis Rolley III, president and CEO of the Newark CEDC. “By reducing paperwork and its associated headaches, we are allowing business owners to focus on establishing and setting up their companies.”

Pastry chef and Newark bakery owner Antonio DaSilva was the first business owner to participate in the online business licensing application process. His current venture, the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery, will occupy 750 square feet of retail space in Newark’s downtown district, and he plans to hire at least four part-time workers to assist in running the bakery.

Go to www.newarkcedc.org for more information.