HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin announced the launch of a new community-based business registry Wednesday in an effort to continue to support and connect with local businesses with customers. Martin said that the business registry is designed to benefit both the Township and local businesses by creating greater communication with business owners. 

“This new Business Registry will transform the way that Hamilton is able to interact and communicate with our local businesses so that we can be a better resource,” Martin said. “Not only this, but it will provide the Township a unique opportunity to formally measure our success and opportunities for growth with a system that can put us on a path for even greater economic prosperity moving forward.”

The business registry will allow the Office of Community and Economic Development to offer assistance and resources valuable to the success and business growth of local businesses. Collecting information such as emergency contacts and operations allows our first responders to better assist in emergency situations. Once this information is collected, it can be used to further the Township's mutual economic interests, accurately measure growth and gauge the variety and quantity of local businesses. 

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"Very early on in the pandemic, we realized our inability to quickly and effectively communicate with our businesses on critical info. This registry is designed to fill that gap at no-cost to our businesses," said Martin. 

This project is being spearheaded by the Township Department of Community and Economic Development, who will connect with local business organizations such as the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission, Shop Hamilton and the Hamilton Partnership to further their reach.

"It is essential that all Hamilton businesses receive information efficiently from the local government,” said Hamilton Councilman Anthony Carabelli who also serves as the director of the Mercer County Office of Economic Development. "Especially faced with this current pandemic, there are programs and incentives announced frequently that could be missed if not for the Business Registry.  I applaud the efforts of the Mayor and his Economic Development team for launching this worthwhile initiative."

While registration is free, businesses are required by Township Ordinance 20-24 to register. Fines will be imposed should businesses fail to register by the December 31 deadline. The registration form is available online as well as hard copy.

For more information and to register a business, visit www.hamiltonnj.com/businessregistry.

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