Burlington County Clerk’s Office to host information workshops for small businesses

Workshops are set for select dates in October at locations throughout the county, including Evesham.

Burlington County Clerk Tim Tyler has announced that the Burlington County’s Clerk’s Office will join other county officials in promoting the message that “Burlington County is open for business.”

To that effect, during the next several weeks, the Clerk’s Office is hosting a series of free, informational workshops that are designed to help entrepreneurs learn how to properly start and register a small business in Burlington County.

In turn, officials hope those businesses will then create more jobs for the county.

“I am thrilled to launch this new initiative and help make Burlington County an even more attractive place for a small business to call home,” Tyler said. “Too often, residents are ready to achieve their goal and launch a new business, but are unsure of how or with whom to correctly register it. These convenient workshops will address that and other important topics too.”

The Clerk’s Office is partnering with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury to offer morning and afternoon workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Mt. Laurel Community Center, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Evesham Municipal Complex, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Burlington Township Municipal Complex, and on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Bordentown Township Senior Center.

From 9 to 11 a.m. on those dates, residents may attend a course entitled “Business Registration & Reporting Business Income,” which will provide information on different business structures, how to report business income and how to register a business in New Jersey and with the Clerk’s Office.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on those dates, a second course entitled “Online Businesses & New Jersey Sales Tax” will discuss taxable products and services, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, shipping products, collecting New Jersey sales tax and filing sales and use tax returns.

“My goal is to make the Clerk’s Office all of the information someone would need to open a small business in Burlington County as accessible as possible,” Tyler said. “From the Freeholder Board to the Clerk’s Office, we want entrepreneurs and small businesses in our communities to know how the county can help them grow and succeed.”

These classes from the Clerk’s Office follow a recent initiative by Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders Director Kate Gibbs, who has been visiting small businesses throughout the county to encourage those businesses to take advantage of the Burlington County Small Business Loan Program, which can provide established businesses, start-ups and non-profits with low interest financing.

The county offers direct loans up to $50,000 or as much as $200,000 in gap financing with a participating bank. Funding may be used to purchase real estate, acquire furniture, fixtures or equipment, or apply towards working capital.

However, in order for a company to be approved for a county small business loan, a job must be either created or retained. Officials credit the program with helping to create or retain more than 195 jobs in Burlington County since its inception.

For more information and to register for any one of the small business workshops, residents may call the Burlington County Clerk’s Office at (609) 265–5142.