CAMDEN, NJ — It's been a tough road for New Jersey small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and many have worked to access financial relief thorough state and federal resources. 

On Thursday morning, Camden County will host virtual town hall in an effort to help any small business owner hurting from loss of revenue or having to close entirely. 

“The economic impact of this crisis has been widespread, but the small businesses at the heart of our community have been hit the hardest right out of the gate,” Freeholder Director Cappelli said Wednesday.

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Cappelli will moderate the town hall, which will be streamed on the county's Facebook page at 10 a.m.

He will be joined by Congressman Donald Norcross, New Jersey Small Business Association Director, Alfred Titone, and the vice president of the Southern New Jersey Development Council, Jane Asselta. 

Anyone hoping to access a live chat feature will have to view the meeting via Facebook.

All others can stream it via this link.

"Small business owners and residents are invited and encouraged to join live Thursday as our panel answers your questions and delivers critical information," the county said in an announcement.

The streams will be available after for those who can't join live. 

“By hosting this discussion, we hope to give business owners in the region a cause for hope that this is a temporary setback," Cappelli said. "There are programs and opportunities that will get them through this and make sure they are ready to reopen when this is all over.”

Last week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced a series of programs for small and mid-sized businesses facing hardships.  

“Our recovery begins with our small businesses," Gov. Phil Murphy said last Thursday during the state's daily press briefing.

The $5 million grant program is aimed at retail, restaurants, entertainment, and other service-sector businesses employing fewer than 10 people and have had to temporarily shut down — resulting in at least a 20% drop in revenue.

The grants, which can reach as much as $5,000, can be used for operating costs or to pay employees.

When the application process opened Monday, submissions were capped in less than an hour. 

To submit a question for Thursday's town hall, click here.

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