Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr., was joined today by Camden County’s business advocates, Congressman Donald Norcross and clergy to announce a forthcoming grant funding program for small businesses launching on July 23rd. The county has received federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we navigate through this public health crisis, we know that merchants on Main Street are hurting and it is imperative to make every effort to get them additional financial assistance. The application process will start on July 23rd, at 8 a.m. and applicants can apply directly on www.camdencountycares.com or call (833) 487-0462.
Last week, Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen spoke with a handful of mayors about the early effects of novel coronavirus on their communities and the time that will lapse before those dollars trickle down to the individual families, self-employed workers, and small businesses that need them the most. Mayor Ted Brennan said he’s hopeful that some community block development grants (CBDGs) will again be available to help small businesses in his community recover from COVID-19-related losses. Brennan supports the statewide shutdowns as “fully justified” to “flatten the curve”, he also knows those closures will have an “ancillary impact” on Merchantville's small businesses. Here’s what local mayors had to say.