ROXBURY, N.J. - Businesses in search of a place to set up shop will soon be courted by Roxbury via a new website about to be launched by the township Economic Development Committee (EDC). 

A "beta" version of the site was displayed publicly for the first time Wednesday by EDC member John Wetzel. He made the demonstration at the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon. 

"You are literally the first people to see it," Wetzel told those gathered at the Outback Steakhouse in Ledgewood. "We continue to fine-tune it." 

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Wetzel said the site is scheduled to launch in January. It's goal will be to help companies "learn about doing business in Roxbury" and, toward that end, he told those at the luncheon that they will be able to post to the site information about their businesses. "If you folks have commercial property you're interested in promoting, send it to us," he urged the Chamber members. 

The site will have a "weekly happenings in Roxbury" section, a "properties page" where visitors can view available commercial space, a zoning map, a section describing "step-by-step" the procedures of creating a business in the township and more, Wetzel said. 

"We're trying to make it as user-friendly as possible without making it complex," he said. 

Wetzel said the EDC is particularly proud about the way it has partnered with the SCORE so that the site will have sections enabling small businesses to gain access to free business advice from retired experts. 

The website is part of the EDC's broader effort to attract new businesses to the township. The committee recently produced a brochure that discusses Roxbury's attributes, including the fact that it has rail access and proximity to Route 80. 

"Ultimately, if we can grow business in our town, we're ahead of the game," said Wetzel.