Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell delivers a keynote address at the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce event

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Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell delivers a keynote address at the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce event

“We are not looking to return to normal but to create an even better atmosphere for our businesses and our residents to thrive”

MOUNT LAUREL – Burlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell announced that the county will continue to provide assistance and services to businesses even as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

Speaking to business leaders across the region at the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Economic Outlook Breakfast, O’Connell predicted that local businesses would rebound stronger than ever after the pandemic. .

“People talk about getting back to normal, and I agree with them, but only up to a point. The pandemic taught us that in some areas we needed to improve, and we did” , O’Connell said during his keynote address, “Moving forward, we’re not looking to get back to normal, but to create an even better atmosphere for our businesses and our residents to thrive.”

Among the programs, O’Connell pointed to Burlington County’s Emergency Health Loan Program, also known as HELP, which provides up to $50,000 in interest-free loans to local businesses impacted by the health crisis. Businesses can use the money to rehire workers, buy equipment, or make renovations or upgrades to their facilities.

“These companies are the ones that fell through the cracks and were ineligible or unable to get federal or state assistance,” O’Connell said.

Several local businesses have already received loans, and others are currently going through the application process. O’Connell encouraged other local businesses in need to apply quickly before the program’s scheduled end date in June. To apply, go to https://www.bcbridges.org/covid19-resources/

Burlington County also helps businesses through its Shop Burlington County First initiative, which promotes local businesses on the county’s website and social media pages. More than 200 companies have been honored since the initiative was relaunched by the Commissioners in 2020.

Businesses interested in being spotlighted should email the Burlington County Commissioners Office at [email protected]

The county has also created a Burlington County Restaurant Week, scheduled to be held in August of this year, and a business resource portal on the county’s website with information on how to start a business, get permits and licenses or to register a business for promotions and special events. There is also information on workforce development and training programs.

During his address, O’Connell also spoke about Burlington County’s positive business climate, affordability and high quality of life. He cited reports from Moody’s Investors Services that highlighted the county’s budgeting, cost control and “strong financial results”, as well as the county’s exceptional parks, trail systems and support for historic preservation and arts.

“These things not only make Burlington County a great place to live and raise a family, but also to work and grow a business,” O’Connell said. “Business is part of our foundation and Burlington County provides a great atmosphere for business to succeed. When businesses do well, all of our residents and communities benefit. That’s why our council is committed to using every resource at our disposal to help businesses in our county recover and grow.

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