PERTH AMBOY — Where’s the best place to open my restaurant? Are there any incentives to relocate my manufacturing plant? How will I find employees to work in my general merchandise store? Those are just a few of the questions that may arise when opening, relocating or growing a business.
Getting these answers and doing the proper due diligence when opening a business can be extremely tedious and stressful. Researching on the Internet, calling and visiting numerous city offices can leave a business owner frustrated and annoyed.
In an effort to make that process easier and, in turn, bolster economic growth, Perth Amboy’s Business Improvement District (BID), which operates under the administration of the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), launched a comprehensive website that will facilitate and educate those looking to do business in Perth Amboy.
“Opening, relocating and growing a business can be a very intimidating process,” said Helga van Eckert, the director of the city’s office of economic and community development, redevelopment, UEZ and BID. “With the launch of this website, we intend to create a medium that will make it easier for those looking to do business in Perth Amboy. And by doing so, we anticipate that we will see economic growth.”
The website, http://www.axiommediaservice.com/pa/ outlines the incentives for doing business in Perth Amboy’s BID and UEZ. For those within the UEZ, incentives include reductions in the sales tax for customers, employee tax credits, sales and use tax exemptions for businesses and unemployment insurance rebates and low interest loans. For the BID, incentives include matching grants of up to $5,000 for façade improvements and more.
The site carries the tagline, “Perth Amboy– Passion for Business,” and contains an interactive map that plots out the city’s historical sites, active and complete development sites, restaurants, BID locations, UEZ businesses and parking and a calendar that’s updated with city events like BID and UEZ Advisory Board meetings, workshops. The site also has a job board where business owners can post job openings.
Other website resources include recent BID and UEZ media placements, photos and a place to contact the BID, UEZ and redevelopment agency offices.
“Perth Amboy offers a wealth of attractions for business and industry, including a bustling downtown, a thriving waterfront, an unrivaled transportation network and a location at the heart of one of the world’ largest consumer markets,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz. “This website will enhance our ability to make it as easy as possible for businesses to grow and succeed in our city.”
The launch of the website comes on the coattails of the city’s recent restructuring of the UEZ, BID and redevelopment agency offices. This echoes its efforts for creating a “one-stop-shopping” place for businesses that want to invest, expand in, or relocate to the area and providing assistance to promote the growth and success of existing businesses.
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