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Last Updated 9/19/2013


Financial and Small Business Services
Restaurant and Retail Establishment Services
Financial and Small Business Services

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 

At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, and tribal communities in affected areas. For more information on federal disaster assistance relating to Hurricane Sandy please click here. 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The U.S. Small Business Services Administration (SBA) is offering federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million for small businesses of any size that experienced economic injury resulting from Hurricane Sandy. For more information on how to apply, click here. Please note, businesses should register with FEMA prior to applying for the SBA loan (see above). Businesses can get help completing applications and creating plans to rebuild at a local SBA Small Business Development Center, find the center nearest you here. 

NY State Department of Financial Services 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Department of Financial Services has established a hotline to help New Yorkers with insurance issues from Hurricane Sandy. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-339-1759 to answer insurance-related storm questions and help consumers file complaints. 

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 

NYC Business Recovery Loan and Grant Program: This program is one of the business recovery initiatives included in the City's Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will be administered by the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Emergency Loans up to $150,000 with matching grants up to $60,000 are available for New York City businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. A businesses that shows excessive need is eligible for a loan up to $1 million and grants up to $100,000. There is an introductory three-month interest-only payment period, followed by 1% interest for the next five years. Click here for the NYC Business Recovery Loan and Grant Preliminary Assessment Form. For more information, please check here. 

SBS and the EDC also are providing free temporary office space for businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Businesses can access desk space, power, phone and internet at many spaces located throughout the five boroughs. Please check here for locations.

For additional information regarding free services such as administrative help, clean up and moving support, IT and communications assistance and free supplies listed through the EDC, please check here. 

Mayor's Office Restoration Business Acceleration Team (RBAT)

To help New York City businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, a new local law waives various City fees required for rebuilding, recovery and operation of businesses. For more information, please check here.

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NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) 

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issues licenses to more than 78,000 businesses in 55 industries. DCA is offering business owners the opportunity to email staff to get answers to questions or to reschedule an appointment / hearing date (unit specific emails can be found here). Similarly, any businesses who may have lost their DCA issued permits may receive replacements at no-cost. In order to receive a free license replacement, please inform the DCA staff that your permit was lost in Hurricane Sandy.

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New York City Build It Back

If Hurricane Sandy damaged your primary New York City residence or residential buildings, you can register to be considered for rehabilitation, reconstruction, acquisition or reimbursement of repair work through the NYC Build It Back Program. You may register more than one property for this program. You must complete a separate registration form for each property you wish to register. For more information please check here.