Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MCC Helps Small Businesses Achieve Results on Small Business Saturday

Last weekend, MCC worked with American Express to help small businesses get more customers and visibility. Read this testimonial by Bob Schwartz of Eneslow Shoes about how MCC helped his business:

"As a retailer, 2012’s Small Business Saturday (SBS) was an important marketing and sales opportunity for our Eneslow shoe stores. After “Sandy” we needed something positive to help business turn around, but felt no guarantee of it happening. We planned to offer all customers a $25 gift card with each $100 purchase on SBS. Then along comes Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) with a complete marketing plan to help invigorate business particularly, but not only on 2nd Avenue. 

We thank you for including Eneslow in MCC’s Small Business Saturday initiative. at a level only possible under the MCC management team. You, as president, and your great team helped us achieve a highly successful day. 

The fact that MCC was given extra marketing tools to help 2nd Avenue retailers compete made all the difference for Eneslow and I’m sure the others who participated. MCC contributed AMEX $25 gift cards for retailers to give to customers. We offered them to the first 20 customers who came into each Eneslow store on SBS who spent at least $100. In addition, NY Daily News ran a Thanksgiving day article featuring 2nd Avenue businesses; Epoch Times wrote an article on Eneslow and SBS; balloons, floor mats, and shopping bags were provided for display and handout. NBC News TV featured SBS and Eneslow with interviews at the 2nd Avenue store. 

Eneslow is grateful to MCC for all the hard work and strong marketing commitment to help 2nd Avenue merchants during these tough times. We further invite small business owners, especially retailers to join Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of its commitment to helping small businesses."

Robert S. Schwartz, C. Ped.
Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises, Inc.
470 Park Avenue South @ 32nd Street, Front 2
New York, N. Y. 10016-6819
212-477-2300 x 207; Fax 212-353-2876
Happy feet make people happy!

Just some of the press Eneslow Shoes garnered through working with MCC on Small Business Saturday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

6th IWEC CONFERENCE, The Global Economy and Successful Entrepreneurship: 28-31 OCTOBER in BARCELONA

6 years, 19 countries, covering all of the 6 continents, 100 Women Entrepreneurs, representing multi-million-dollar businesses, recognised for their contribution to the Economy and Society as a whole.

The second and third and final day of the IWEC conference was held at Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona with another powerful day of presentations. 

Mr. Joan Ma Nin, la Caixa CEO and Patron sponsor of IWEC presented Finance in a Changing Environment whilst the President of Garrigues, Mr Antonio Garrigues Walker addressed the delegates on The Corporate World, its values and the role of women. A presentation by Margaret Schetler from the US State Department was shown. Ms Schetler is the State Department Economic and Entrepreneurship Advisor.

The official IWEC mentoring programme via the IWEC Advisory Council was launched to awardees and last awardees and South Africa is the pilot for the project. As an educational Foundation, the mission of IWEC is to develop a global business network for successful women in business, to help them gain and expand access to international markets.

Prepared for IWEC Advisory Council, this business development initiative will act as an international vehicle to meaningfully educate a future pool of awardees with global Chambers of Commerce as the supporting institutions. The programme will be adopted as the official IWEC Social Responsibility Initiative and co-ordinated by past awardees. The advisory council mentee programme will be known as Dreams beyond Borders where 1 mentee per country will be supported through a non-executive board of past awardees for the period of 1 year, with meaningful intervention by opening doors to strategic alliances and connections to fast track productivity, whilst guiding and opening doors of opportunity.

Anni Bodington, IWEC Project Co-ordinator and Cape Chamber Council Member says; “The growth of IWEC over 5 years has been exponential. The vision of the founders to create a network of second stage entrepreneurs has proven to be successful with representation from 6 continents, awardees using the platform to conclude contracts internationally, education at the highest level being offered to IWEC awardees by IESE Business School, who's Open Programs are ranked by Financial Times as first in the world and a Foundation being formed with a Board of Directors ensuring the longevity of IWEC. This has taken commitment, focus and an unwavering belief in the mission and vision of IWEC.” Anni is also a Past Awardee and the South African representation on Steering committee.

Michelle Korevaar, Founder of SPICE4LIFE, a premier South African Online magazine, is a 2012 IWEC Mentee and given the opportunity to be a Media Sponsor. Ms. Korevaar addressed the audience on the evolving marketplace and the relevance of embracing online and social media into marketing trends.

What can only be described as one of the most prestigious Gala finale’s in the History of IWEC, the Award ceremony was held at a at Casa Llotja de Mar – Passeig d’Isabel in Barcelona.

The 24 awardees, representing Manhattan, Cape Town, Barcelona, New Delhi, Sweden, Lima, Turkey, Philippines, Mongolia, Bangladesh and Nigeria, were lauded with their recognition in leadership in entrepreneurship. Past IWEC awardees hail from countries including The U.S.; Europe - Spain; Africa - Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa; Asia , India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. 

Profound & Inspirational addresses were made by Ms. Joana Ortega -Vice President of the Catalan Government, Ms. NĂºria de Gispert - President of the Catalan Parliament, Mr. Xavier Trias - Mayor of the city of Barcelona, Mr. Miquel Valls – President of the BBC, Mr. Joan Ma. Nin – la Caixa CEO and Ms. Ruth A. Davis – Chairperson of IWEC.

The final day was an international trade day where Mr. Robert Jones – United States Regional Commercial Counselor addressed the topic “Techniques for Business Success in a Global Market”. Her Excellency Fikile Magubane - South African Ambassador, spoke on Business Success through meaningful engagement with African women, while Ambassador Ruth Davis summed up the qualities of leadership and the importance of these going forward in the world economy.

For any further assistance please contact michelle@spice4life.co.za 

Issued by: Spice4life.co.za
                  Michelle Korevaar
+27 21 557 9277

For more information re interviews with any of the founders or awardees, e-mail michelle@spice4life.co.za

Further queries: www.iwecawards.com

Find IWEC on: Facebook & Linked In      

Friday, November 16, 2012

MCC Green Committee Meetings

Today 30 sustainability professionals convened at the MCC Green Finance sub-committee meeting to discuss the energy insurance sector and topics related to green finance. Please join us for future discussions as we look toward reducing carbon and building a more sustainable NYC for the future.

Please join us to discuss recent developments in the green finance sector. The speakers will be Marshall Haimson, President of e-Capital Development, Tom Grech, JJT Energy and Corey Crawford, Crystal and Company.

This is a meeting for green energy professionals or those in a directly related field. As a follow up to last month’s presentation on mandated audits and retro-commissioning in NYC buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, Chris Cayten from Code Green will give a presentation on what goes into a proper audit and retro-commissioning process, including key factors to focus on to ensure compliance and customer satisfaction. Following Chris’ presentation, we will have an update from NYSERDA and Con Edison about the incentive available for audits and retro-commissioning.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Business Committee is pleased to commence monthly Green Design & Construction sub-committee meetings. This meeting is for those in the sustainability, construction, architecture, interior design or related fields. There will be introductions and open discussion.

We thank Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for sponsoring the MCC Green Business Committee for 2012. We have an exciting year of programming coming up and thank the Green Team and Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for making this possible. For more information on how you can earn cash rebates and incentives for your buildings' energy efficiency upgrades and transforming your business space into a high-performance building, contact the Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program office at (877) 797-6347 or visit their website www.conEd.com/energysavings.


Locate suppliers and asses your competition with MCC Partner Panjiva

Dear MCC Members and Business Associates:

We would like to introduce to you a terrific resource for you to locate suppliers, assess your competition and create leads for your sales team. MCC is in partnership with Panjiva and we hope you take advantage of this offer to grow your business!
Panjiva is an online resource for companies doing business across borders. With a back-bone of data from US Customs, supplemented with 24 additional data sources including the world wide web, Panjiva is able to provide in-depth information on over 6 million companies. 

Through Panjiva you can find the following:

Develop a short, qualified list of potential suppliers for your company.
Track your competitors: who they're working with, what they are importing.
Create lead lists for your sales team.
Keep an eye on global trade trends so you and your business can respond quickly to shifts. 

Access to Panjiva's data is offered on a subscription basis, and members of the MCC receive a special membership discount for joining Panjiva. You can learn more about Panjiva here, or if you would like to schedule a demo of Panjiva call them at 1-888-902-3511.

Again, we hope you will take advantage of this offer and use the valuable data available to grow your business!


MCC Thanks Renewing Members For October, 2012!

Contact Company Website
Gregory Cotton COTTON7 Global Enterprises www.cot7global.com
John Brouillard NPA Computers www.npacomputers.com
Artemis Konstantinidis Duce Construction Corp. www.ducecc.com
Dennis H. Paget Language American Style www.businessenglish.cc
Christine Gannon Microsoft www.mscommunityconnections.com
Patricia Ahaesy P&V Enterprises www.pnventerprises.com
Jeffery Richbourg Helbraun & Levey LLP www.helbraunlevey.com
Shannon Pollack Dasha Wellness www.dashawellness.com
Gary Herbst Buyer's Edge Realty, Inc. www.buyersedgerealty.com
Gregory Collier Collier Capital Advisors www.collier-capital.com
Charles F Ryan HSBC Bank www.us.hsbc.com
John F Craven John F Craven CPA LLC www.MediaCPAs.com
Michael Goldman Score NYC www.scorenyc.org
Diane Weiss VISIONS-Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired www.visionsvcb.org
Catharine Hough Massartre Ltd. www.massartre.com
Anthony Carro Point Vantage Employee Benefits www.ptvantage.com


MCC Welcomes October New Members!

Contact Company Website
Julio Sosa Dueto of Second Avenue Inc.
Priya Scroggins Fx4boutique.com/Beloved Star, LLC
Martin B Torre MBTorre Architects and Planners
Karen Steinberg Law Office of Karen D. Steinberg
Tirthal Patel N/A
Akansha Sukhija Merrill Lynch http://www.wealthmanagement.ml.com
Jonathan Banayan Winick Realty Group www.winick.com
Joshua Mandell Heartland Payment Systems www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com/careers
Prajesh Patel Sempion, Inc. www.sempion.com
Arkady Bukh Bukh Law Firm, P.C. www.nyccriminallawyer.com
Matt Schexnayder New York Storage Facilities - SelfStorage.com www.selfstorage.com/self-storage/new-york/new-york/
Brandon Lor Northwestern Mutual
Randye Goldstein HELP/PSI www.helppsi.org
Emily Baillieul Panjiva www.panjiva.com
Renae Griffin Renae Griffin and Associates, Inc. www.rgassociates.org
Michael Simmons Ultimate Studio Martial Arts www.usmakarate.com
Russ deMonsabert AEM Corporation www.aemcorp.com
Stuart Diamond Auntie Anne's Pretzels
James Mercurio BluePrint Technologies
Hope Lanier BP America www.bp.com
Blake Pitcher Talent Resources www.talentresources.com
Valerie Boucard New York City Coalition Against Hunger www.nyccah.org
Marcia Morante Productive Organizing www.productiveorganizing.com
Dawn M. Carrillo Popular Community Bank www.mypopularbanking.com
Martin Seif Freedom to Fly Now www.freedomtoflynow.com
Godfrey Griffith Evolution Builders, Inc. www.evolutionbuildersinc.com
Alan Siege Small Business Management Consulting www.sbmc.biz
Helena Marks Protravel International www.protravelinc.com
Barry Stevenson Education Consultancy
William Fleshel Vendrite Vending Corporation www.vendritevending.com


Friday, November 9, 2012

Step by Step Guide for Businesses affected by Sandy

Dear MCC Members:

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and that you have been able to re-open your businesses after Hurricane Sandy.

As we did post 9/11, MCC has launched the 2012 MCC Small Business Recovery Fund. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working with business partners to raise funds for small businesses throughout the city affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations are being accepted and small grants will be given to businesses to help with rent, payroll, clean up, etc. Applications must be fully completed in order to be considered for a grant and grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please click here for complete info.
Also please see the resources are available through city, state, and federal government agencies and some helpful information to help you recover from losses and move forward with your business. Please see the following step-by-step guidelines for businesses noted below.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how we may help you assist your business on the road to recovery.

Step One:
Assess your damages and contact your insurance agent to find out your coverage
You should then take photographs of damaged property and gather as much documentation as you can of your lost assets. Read these helpful tips on how to assess damage.
You can also read these helpful parameters on dealing with damage to commercial properties.

If your business has suffered any sort of damage, you should contact your insurance agent at once (whether you have flood insurance or not). Below is a list of private insurance companies:

Allstate: Allstate is prepared and ready to respond quickly to Hurricane Sandy with approximately 1,100 claim personnel ready to help. Allstate customers who suffered damage can call 1-800-54-STORM (800-457-8676), go online to http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx or contact their agent to file a claim or receive additional information about the claims process. Claims personnel are available 24/7.

Farmers: Farmers Insurance Group, including subsidiaries Foremost Insurance, 21st Century and Bristol West, are prepared to help customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Customers with damage should immediately contact their agent or call Farmers' 24-hour-claims hotline, 1-800-435-7764 for immediate assistance.

Geico: Teams of GEICO claim adjusters have deployed to affected areas, and will remain there until they have resolved every hurricane-related claim. If you need to report a claim, please visit http://www.geico.com/claims/report/ or call 1-800-841-3000. Claims personnel are available 24/7.

The Hartford: The Hartford Insurance Company has set up a catastrophe information center for its customers. Please call 1-800-243-5860 or go online to http://www.thehartford.com for more information.

Travelers: Travelers has thousands of trained claim professionals countrywide, who are ready to help as soon as it is safe to enter the affected areas. Travelers insurance customers can find more information or report a claim online at https://www.travelers.com/claim/emergency.aspx or call 1-800-252-4633 for personal insurance or 1-800-238-6225 for business insurance

Step Two:
Apply for Assistance

If your business has suffered damages not covered by your insurance provider, there are several programs that might be of assistance to you.

Register with FEMA by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster or calling FEMA's toll free number: (800) 621-FEMA. FEMA will assist you in identifying the types of disaster loans and relief programs available to you from the Federal Government.

NYC Business Solutions and the NY Business Development Corporation are offering various types of financial assistance to businesses. Please click here for details.

Apply for relief from NYS Empire Development Corporation. The New York State Empire Development Corporation is in the process of finalizing a package of loans and grants available for businesses. Our estimation is that these programs will be similar to those offered after Hurricane Irene. It is important that you register at this site, so that, when these programs are formalized, you will be notified immediately. Register at http://www.esd.ny.gov/sandyAssistance.asp

Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Assistance is available to displaced workers who have either lost work or income due to the effects of hurricane Sandy. Call the NYS Department of Labor at (800) 209-8124 or apply at labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/disaster-unemployment-assistance.shtm Click here to download more information: DUA Information Sheet

Apply to the 2012 MCC Small Business Recovery Fund for immediate grants: Click here for details.

NYC Workforce 1 centers have also received a national emergency grant to assist in finding re-employment for those whose livelihoods have been affected. Find a center near you: http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/wf1/html/contact/contact.shtml

JP Morgan Chase offers Relief Following Hurricane Sandy. Please click here for details.

Please click here to see additional resources for businesses.

Step Three:
Rebuilding: Seek help with getting back on your feet
Building and Power Issues
Please contact Con Edison for immediate issues regarding power in your area: http://www.coned.com/

If you have a home heating oil tank and it has leaked into your basement and/or has been damaged by the storm, please contact NYSDEC (718 482-7376) for a no-fee removal of oil.

Visit www.nyc.gov/buildings and view their provided post-storm advisories for important information on how to safely make building repairs and prepare for re-habitation after power has been restored.

When power is restored, property owners who suffer from flooding will be required to get sign-offs from the Department of Buildings before they can re-occupy their premises. This can be done through a self-certification process from your architect or an expedited inspection from the DOB. For more info, visit www.nyc.gov/buildings
Please contact Time Warner Cable Business Class for updates on service in your area: http://www.twcbc.com/nyc/
Office Space:
Micro-Office Solutions:

Limited cubicle space, office space and open desk seating available at 122 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 AND 1375 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

Both locations include reliable power, phone, and Internet service.

Contact Matt: sales@microoffice.com | For further details: MOS Hurricane Response

•Businesses looking to house a small number of people that might ordinarily sublet small office space in New York City

•Individuals/professionals seeking a productive office environment

•Firms needing temporary office space without the long-term commitment associated with a standard office lease in Manhattan

•Individuals or businesses needing affordable part-time office space, usually not an option with a traditional office lease in NYC

The Real Estate Board of New York also has space availability. http://www.rebny.com/
Restoration and Clean up:
If you are restoring your current property, please see the following MCC members forRestoration Services.

Please see the following members for recycling and sanitation services.

Do you need volunteers to help with clean up? Please write to Laura Bucko at laura@manhattancc.org. We may be able to connect you with volunteers.

Other Services:

MCC members are offering their services for free or for highly reduced rates.Please click here to for offers to help with marketing, technology, telecommunications, storage, engineering and cleaning/mold and mildew remediation.

Be very careful of contractors you hire and request proper identification, licenses, etc. Please read the following message from Eric Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General. Please report price gouging and any post-hurricane scams.

All ConEd and LIPA employees and all City and State employees are required to carry identification. Please be wary of people fraudulently posing as such.

Be wary of contractors, especially those from out-of-state, who may be soliciting for business. Make sure they are licensed and vetted through the Better Business Bureau and local authorities. Be sure to request references and look them up online.

**If you have specific questions about how to get help for your business, please e-mail Laura Bucko VP/Director of Communications, MCC at laura@manhattancc.org and we will direct you to resources available.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

2012 MCC Small Business Recovery Fund

2012 MCC Small Business Recovery Fund

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working with business partners to raise funds for small businesses throughout the city affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations are being accepted and small grants will be given to businesses to help with rent, payroll, clean up, etc. Applications must be fully completed in order to be considered for a grant.

Please also note that there are no guarantees that we will be able to provide grants as our ability to distribute the funds depends on the amount of donations The Fund receives.

About the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

The MCC Foundation (MCCF), a 501c(3) non-profit affiliate of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce established in 1994, is dedicated to identifying and fostering business education and leadership. The Foundation provides mentoring and educational opportunities for small and mid-size businesses. Post 9/11 the Foundation distributed over $150,000 in grants to small businesses in Lower Manhattan to help them get back on their feet. Today the Foundation is taking on this same program to support small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.

How to Contribute to the MCC Small Business Recovery Fund:

*MCC is partnering with Save Local from Constant Contact. Donate $5 and Constant Contact will match your donation. Click here to donate.

*MCC is also partnering with Lucky Ant to raise money for the fund. Please click here to donate.

*If you would like to send a donation directly to the fund please make your check out to “Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation” and send to us at MCC, 1375 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018. Please include your contact info with e-mail address so we may send you a receipt for your records.

Reporting Requirements For Grantees:
Fund recipients will be asked to provide reporting on how funds were used. Reports will be written in English and provide a narrative of results achieved and shall follow the format provided by the MCC.

Review Process:

MCC must receive all applications by December 31, 2012. MCC will evaluate all applications and notify applicants of eligibility for funding as applications are received and funds become available. Funding is on a first come, first served basis.

Related Documents:


Friday, November 2, 2012

Important Message from MCC Regarding Storm Recovery Resources

Dear MCC Member,

We hope you and your families are safe and well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by the storm. This has been a devastating time for many as we struggle to come to terms with loss of life, injury and damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. As you are aware, we continue to face many challenges in Manhattan and throughout the city as well as our friends and neighbors all along the east coast and beyond. The recovery process will be lengthy and we assure you we will do everything in our power to help businesses affected in our area. We have assembled a list of resources which we have listed below.

Please let us know if your business is facing specific challenges and we will direct you to the appropriate agency or resource. We'd like to hear from you about losses your business has faced from being closed, disruptions in supply, etc. Please let us know your stories so we can gather information about what Manhattan and NYC area businesses are facing. Please e-mail Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, MCC at laura@manhattancc.org with your questions, concerns or reflections about how your business is coping during this difficult time.

Again, we hope all of you are safe and look forward to assisting you in the recovery process.

Kindest regards,

Nancy Ploeger

Please see the following links and resources:



New York City, including the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available programs and relevant contact information. Please click here for complete information. 


In light of the cleanup opearation following Hurricane Sandy, please see the attached file for a comprehensive guide to disaster assistance and relief funding as distributed by the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.


Recovering from damage / disruption to businesses due to Hurricane Sandy. Click here to see some informative tips. 


Limited cubicle space, office space and open desk seating are available. Click here to learn more. 


Find out about access and entry procedures, building damage and repair, Ecomomic recovery and much more by clicking here


 Additional links and resources
  • Interactive map from ConEdison which lists outages and includes projected service times/dates.


Additional information from Assembly Member Dan Quart
Volunteers are needed all across the city for a variety of recovery projects. New York Cares is coordinating efforts and every bit of help they can get will be appreciated. You can sign up here
Absentee Ballots
I know many of those who were planning on voting absentee were still waiting to receive absentee ballots before Sandy hit, and I'm sure there are others who need to vote absentee because of the storm. The Board of Elections has extended the deadline for absentee ballot applications until tomorrow, November 2nd. These applications can be mailed or faxed. Once received, a ballot must be postmarked by Monday, November 5th and must arrive at the Board of Elections by November 19th. For more information, see the Board of Elections website


Our friends at New York Tech MeetUp are organizing tech volunteers to assist affected businesses
NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. For now, we are starting with creating a database so that we have a group of people who have already raised their hands and are ready to go as it becomes more evident which organizations and businesses in the city need help. If you have skills to offer, please sign up here.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Emergency Response to Hurricane Sandy: New York City Business Assistance Programs

New York City, including the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available programs and relevant contact information.

New York City Business Assistance Programs

For small- to mid-sized businesses that have experienced business interruption

Emergency loans will be available, patterned after similar programs deployed in past emergencies. Loans will be capped at $10,000. Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Emergency Loan.

For mid- to large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding

An emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will be available allowing businesses to avoid payment of New York City and New York State sales taxes on materials purchased for rebuilding. IDA will also waive all fees and, while following State law, look to streamline its normal procedure. This program is expected to offer economic benefits to reconstruction projects costing $500,000 or more. Please contact Shin Mitsugi at smitsugi@nycedc.com for further information on this program.

For any business that is temporarily displaced from its space

Short-term "swing" office space at Brooklyn Army Terminal available free of charge for the next 30 days. NYCEDC has approximately 40,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Terminal that can be used for this purpose. Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

For any business in need of other emergency assistance

The SBS Business Outreach Team and Emergency Response Unit’s Large Scale Response Team will be deployed after the storm to help all impacted small businesses. This team is currently on-call for any storm-related business inquiries and is closely coordinating with the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

Federal Aid Programs for Disaster Recovery

Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans of up to $2 million are also available for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million.

Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday until further notice. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.

Click here for information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance.