The Greater Atlantic City Chamber provided testimony on Monday, December 5 in support of several Assembly Bills that seek to support the small business community. Those bills are as follows:

A573:  Establishes expedited construction inspection program

A4748:  Enhances customer service experience with NJ Business Action Center in Department of State by collecting and disseminating customer assistance metrics.

A4749:  Requires NJ Business Action Center to collect and produce certain information to assist small businesses.

A4751:  Establishes mentorship program for new businesses and start-ups through the NJ Business Action Center..

A4752 Promotes small business Internet presence through the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers.

Small businesses continue to face economic strain even with loyal customers. Inflation, supply chain disruptions, finding and retaining workers, understanding the digital landscape, and evolving customer expectations all contribute to their daily stresses.

Empowering the NJ Business Action Center and Small Business Development Centers to offer additional resources and services will help small businesses during their time of need.  Now, more than ever, these new business offerings are critical to the success of struggling small businesses.

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber strongly supports legislative policies and actions that provide businesses of all sizes the tools and talent they need to increase their competitiveness and stimulate growth and sustainability.  We believe the bills you heard today, Assembly Bill A573, A748, A4749, A4751, and A4752 are a step in the right direction to helping the small business community.

The Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee advanced these bills to bolster the pandemic recovery of New Jersey’s more than 950,000 small businesses, legislation designed to grow jobs, streamline state programs and reduce barriers to entry for entrepreneurs seeking to start a new business or grow an existing business were advanced by the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee on Monday.

“The resilience of New Jersey’s small businesses – the backbone of our economy – continues to be a priority for the Assembly,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Our legislative package builds on existing investments into pandemic recovery for small businesses throughout the State, providing the tools and resources necessary for entrepreneurs to find long-term success.”

“All New Jerseyans stand to benefit from the bills advanced in committee today, which aim to create a healthy community where businesses are able to thrive. Small businesses continue to be the backbone of New Jersey communities, creating jobs and helping to uplift local economies,” said Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee. “With this legislative package, we are expanding economic opportunities for our residents.”