If you want to start your own small business then you might think about locating it in Ocean Township and save yourself some money in the process.
The Township Council last week passed a resolution that will waive a number of commercial fees to attract new, small businesses to vacant commercial spaces in the township.
“We are trying to stimulate small businesses to come in by waiving some fees, like electrical or plumbing inspections, as an incentive to attract small businesses,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said.
He said move is intended to attract small businesses probably needing 5,000 square feet or less.
“We are trying to help the little guy because some of these fees can hurt financially and it should now be less financially burdensome to rent in Ocean Township. We have our fair share of vacancies and every dollar counts when you are opening a new business. We are trying to lighten that load and any construction or related fee may be waived,” he said.
Siciliano said savings to a new business owner can easily exceed $1,000 and perhaps up to $3,000 for a restaurant. He said there are probably 40 to 50 vacant small commercial spaces available in the township right now.
He said that waiving the fees will be examined at the end of this year to see how it is working.
“If we feel we need to extend it, then we will extend it. It’s something else for the little guy,” he said.
Deputy Mayor William Garofalo said waving the fees is Siciliano’s idea.
“He brought it to the council and I think it is a great idea. It will help landlords get tenants and help small businesses get started. It is a pilot program and, if it is successful, we will extend it,” he said.