Information for Businesses Damaged by Sandy

Thursday's helpful conference with multiple agencies is available in an online audio recording


A conference call involving numerous state and federal agencies providing information to businesses impacted by Sandy is available online.

The audio recording of a Thursday afternoon conference call with FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other business agencies can now be accessed at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) website.

Scroll about halfway down the page and look for the following paragraph:

"Listen to a conference call that took place November 8 on government programs to help businesses recover from Sandy. Senior officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Small Business Administration (SBA), NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the NJ Business Action Center were on the conference call."

The information includes what steps businesses need to take to apply for reimbursement or loans for the cost of lost business or repairing damages caused by Sandy, which changed classification from a hurricane to a tropical storm when it hit the Atlantic City area on Oct. 29.

A number of business owners told Patch they had been unable to dial into the conference call and asked where the information was available. Steve Wilson at NJBIA accessed it, put in on their association website in a format easy to access and notified Patch.

Marc Palazzolo, owner of Alex's Bait and Tackle, Point Pleasant Beach, had been able to dial into the call and said that both the presentations from the officials and the thoughtful questions from business owners around the state provided a wealth of valuable information. The bait shop was one of many businesses on the Manasquan Inlet that were flooded.

Wilson noted that the website page containing the hyperlink to the audio also has a lot of useful information for any businesses impacted by Sandy.

Editor's Note: A special thank you goes out to Steve Wilson of NJBIA for finding, converting and making the audio available to the public and notifying Patch.

mario schito November 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, my company is trying to help as many people as possible with their flooded basements, cellars, & general debris. Our offices are being flooded with calls for rolloff containers ranging from 10-40 yards. We are a locat trash company based in Middletown, NJ, with over 60 years experience in the industry. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or for any type of help regarding eliminating your debris. We are currently helping Sea Bright & Union Beach with their cleanup efforts. Mario Schito at M&S Waste Services, (732)471-8900 www.mswaste.com


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