CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – On Thursday, July 23 Governor Phil Murphy announced the Small Business Lease - Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP), which allows businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs. None of the eligible locations are in Cape May County, where the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on local businesses already operating in uncertainty due to the area’s reliance on seasonal tourism. The Cape May County Chamber is taking action with the goal of influencing Governor Murphy’s thinking on locations that should be included in the program.
“Our businesses need commercial rent relief as much as any of the 64 municipalities listed,” noted Vick Clark, President of the Cape May County Chamber. “They are already struggling due to an abbreviated summer season, and we will do all we can to advocate for their inclusion,” added Clark.
The Chamber has been in communication with state legislators and business/industry associations to coordinate efforts in requesting Cape May County’s inclusion in the program. The Chamber will continue to provide updates on progress toward this goal via social media channels and e-mail blasts.