Thursday, February 28, 2013

SBA Extends Deadline for Hurricane Sandy Survivors in New York; Relocates Business Recovery Center in Queens County

ATLANTA – The U. S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to return applications for physical damage to Mar. 29, 2013.  

Additionally, the SBA Business Recovery Center at the The American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel, NY 11693, will close on Thursday, Feb. 28 at close of business and relocate to the Community Church of the Nazarene, 1414 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway,
NY 11691, effective Mar. 1. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., until further notice.

Survivors may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Additional details on the locations of other Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to  

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is March 29, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31, 2013.

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 For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

FEMA registration deadline extended for Hurricane Sandy survivors in N.Y.

NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 30-day extension for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. 

As one of the most densely populated areas in the country, New York presents FEMA with many unique challenges. The agency – along with state and federal partners and voluntary organizations – is extending the registration period for an additional 30 days in order to best serve Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York.  

The new registration deadline in New York is March 29, 2013, which is also the deadline to complete and return low-interest SBA disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The extension allows survivors in the 13 New York counties designated for federal individual assistance more time to register with FEMA. The designated counties are: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

People living in these counties who sustained losses due to Hurricane Sandy should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Applying by the deadline may help survivors avoid a funding shortfall if they later find that they are underinsured or have additional damages. 

Survivors who register may be eligible for federal grants to help cover various disaster-related expenses, including rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. 

By returning the SBA disaster loan application, homeowners may be eligible for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their storm-damaged primary residence. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 for replacement of personal property. Businesses and private nonprofits may be eligible to borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property. 

How to register with FEMA

Individuals can register with FEMA online at or via smartphone or tablet by going to or by downloading the FEMA app.

Survivors can also register by calling the FEMA Helpline: 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The line is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week until further notice.

Anyone with questions regarding the FEMA registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs is encouraged to visit a Disaster Recovery Center or contact FEMA. 

To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, the following options are available: Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a text message will be sent back with the address. Also, the Disaster Recovery Center locator is available online at

SBA disaster loan application

A simple and fast way to complete the disaster loan application is online, using the SBA's electronic loan application. Go to

SBA customer service representatives are available to issue or accept low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions at all New York State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and 

SBA business recovery centers and Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. To locate the nearest center, visit or call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

More information is available by calling the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number, 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). Assistance is also available by sending an email to or by visiting

For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit,, and

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

Recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.


NEW YORK, February 25, 2013. EnovativeTV Inc. (ETV) the leading distributor of African television over the Internet, will be broadcasting live the three keynote addresses at the 10th Annual African Forum at Columbia University on March 1st and 2nd, 2013.

Themed "Africa Ignited: Exploring Ideas, Shaping Outcomes", the 10th Annual African Economic Forum will embrace the momentum achieved during the last decade, and explore business opportunities for attendees in the African marketplace.

The two day event brings together more than 400 attendees from across the US with some of Africa’s top contemporary business leaders, scholars and decision makers.

"This is our 10th anniversary, and we are excited to reach this important milestone" said Eda Henries Toussaint, Co-Chair of the 10th African Economic Forum Committee "In the last decade, Africa as a whole has defied predictions, and now provides the world with the most robust economies and business opportunities. The growth and importance of this conference is a direct reflection of the growing importance of Africa. It remains an honor to bring African leaders to the US audience, and host panel discussions and events that provide a rich learning and networking experience for all involved".

The three keynote 2013 speakers are impressive, and ETV will be streaming live on the AEF website (, the ETV website ( and the ETV Facebook page ( presentations from:

· Alex Otti – Group Managing Director and CEO, Diamond Bank. Diamond Bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria renowned for technological innovation. 

· Arnold Ekpe - Former Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Group. Ecobank Group is the leading pan- African bank with operatives in 32 countries across the continent. 

· Folorunso Alakija - Executive Vice Chairman, FAMFA Oil. Mrs. Alakija, a former banker and serial entrepreneur, recently surpassed Oprah Winfrey as the richest black woman alive and is a passionate Philanthropist.

In addition to the keynotes, the AEF will provide a variety of engaging and interactive panels exploring topics such as entrepreneurship, real estate, agriculture, mining, healthcare, social media, banking, urbanization, and infrastructure. ETV will film highlights from select panel discussions as well as interview panelists and attendees, providing insights on the latest economic trends in Africa. These highlights and the keynote speeches will remain available to the public on the ETV website after the event.

ETV, a New York based corporation, delivers global live television, video-on-demand, radio and other services to thousands of subscriber’s television, computer and mobile device in North America and around the world.

The ETV African subscription package includes more than 75 channels from Africa in French, English and Arabic. ETV carries international channels such as EuroNews and France 24, regional stations such as Africa 24 and national networks such as Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RFI) in the Ivory Coast.

For more information contact or call 646-569-5824.

Monday, February 4, 2013

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Fetch Club, Lower Manhattan

A doggie daycare and spa in lower Manhattan on South Street? Who would have known. Well, the residents that are moving downtown throughout lower Manhattan sure know about it! In fact, one of our board members, Ann Kayman, takes her dog to doggie daycare there!

Founded 2 years ago, the Fetch Club caterers to local pet owners and with 22 employees, you get a sense of how many lower Manhattanites do live downtown and how many dogs they have for pets!

Fetch Club experienced massive flooding as did many of the businesses downtown resulting in loss of quipment, inventory and floor and wall damage. Working hard to get back up to service their clients, The Fetch Club has reopened and clients are beginning to move back in the neighborhood, bringing business back to this great service business.

Pictured here, manager Janna Lee, a client and her pups and MCC's President who presented the grant fund check to Fetch Club

MCC Small Business Recovery Grant Distribution: Delmonico’s

Last week the Manhattan Chamber hosted a visiting delegation of executives from national corporations who wanted to see first hand the effects from Sandy. MCC organized a full morning visiting the Downtown Alliance who led us on a walking tour of the South Street Seaport area. The delegates also heard from the owner of Delmonico's, South Street Seaport Museum Director, Con Edison, Accion and NY Grant & Co. MCC presented an MCC Small Business Recovery Grant to Joe Turcinovic of Delmonico's who told of post Sandy challenges and what it took to reopen. Clients are just now beginning to filter back into the area, having themselves, been shut out of their offices and businesses.

Closed for 15 days due to loss of damages, power, heat, phones, internet and supplies, they will put the grant towards paying costs to repair damages.
Joe Turcinovic, co-owner Delmonico's and Ann Kayman, MCC's Board Member and CEO of NY Grant & Co.