The coronavirus pandemic has shut down nearly a third of small businesses in New Jersey, according to estimates from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and others.
Today, as the pandemic subsides, the Burlington County Council of Commissioners is trying to help revitalize the county’s small business community.
Commissioners, the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce are launching a new initiative called Burlington County Business Connect, which will provide business owners with information on government regulations , permits, assistance programs, promotions and other helpful tips, âa press release from the county said.
County officials make the program available to current and potential small business owners. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, they will host a free virtual launch seminar. Business owners can register at this link: https://bit.ly/339zkEd.
Tuesday’s seminar will be “the first of several planned seminars organized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Commissioners,” the county said in a statement.
A full overview of the new initiative will be presented during the forum.
“Small businesses aren’t just the backbone of our economy, they’re the center of our downtowns and local communities, so we’re excited to partner with the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for us. ensure that businesses in our communities have all the information they need. need the help available, âsaid Commissioner-Director Felicia Hopson. “Now more than ever, it is important for the government to lend a hand to help businesses.”
After Hopson explains the Business Connect program, Melanie Willoughby, president of the New Jersey Business Action Center, and Marie J. Giletto, president of corporate law at Parker McCay, will talk about permits, licensing, compliance and legal issues. for New Jersey businesses.
Liz Verna, director of economic development for the Bridge Commission, will review financial aid programs like the county’s ongoing health emergency loan program. This program still has more than $ 300,000 in zero-interest loans available for qualifying operations, according to county officials.
âFor our existing businesses, we want to make sure they know exactly what support is available, who to contact and what they need to know,â said Kristi Howell, President of the Chamber of Commerce. âFor new businesses or people thinking about starting a new business, we want them to understand the process and how our chamber and the county might be able to help.â
Howell also said she expects the Business Connect program to provide monthly updates to current and potential business owners.
A local Pennsylvania and New Jersey news and sports reporter since 2015, Jarrad Daniel Saffren joined the award-winning Burlington County Times local news team in October 2019, adding business, education and news to the coverage. municipal administration. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JarradSaff. Please help support local journalism with a subscription to the Burlington County Times.