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Welcome to the Manhattan Chamber of CommerceManhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a vibrant business membership organization comprised of a cross section of 10,000 business members and subscribers ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and multi-national firms. Connect with entrepreneurs, leaders and executives by becoming an MCC member today and help your business grow. Our mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.

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    Yesterday, MCC awarded $500 grants to Cafecito and Royale Restaurant, located on Avenue C in the East Village section of Manhattan. Lola’s businesses had damage from flooding and were closed for 10 days. Lola worked diligently to get the restaurants back open to serve her local clientele. The grant money will be used towards restoration costs. http://tinyurl.com/cm7vlvy and http://royalenyc.com/ 
    We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal and Paypal for helping raise the funds.

     
     


    Lola Pearl, owner Cafecito and Royale accepts the grant checks from MCC President Ploeger.
     

     

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    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce congratulates this year’s winners of the Community Benefit Festival Raffle prizes!
    The MCC Community Benefit Raffle ticket winners were picked from 62,618 stubs on Friday Dec. 7th in the MCC offices. The following are the winners:

    Grand Prize

    Two Roundtrip Tickets to Miami and A weekend stay for two at Loews Miami Beach Hotel Including Breakfast at Preston’s Brasserie

    Winner: The Gioia Family from New York, NY

    Year Passport Membership to New York Sports Club
    Winner: Mr. & Mrs. Bruno from Staten Island, NY

    Airfare for Two within the US on Southwest Airlines
    Winner: Wanicha Nash from Long Island, NY

    $250 Free Catering for Up to Twenty People with Qdoba
    Winner: Ed Borras from Elmhurst, NY

    Two Orchestra Seats to Broadway Show from Plum Benefits
    Winner: The Rich Family from New York, NY

    $120 Party Lite Candle Set from Amazing Scents 4 You
    Winner: Fiona Mills from New York, NY

    $100 Gift Certificate for Patina Restaurant Group
    Winner: Nenita Dillera from Elmhurst. NY

    $100 Gift Certificate to Office Depot
    Winner: Darwin Abello from New York, NY

    $100 Dinner Gift Certificate for Veranda Restaurant and Lounge
    Winner: William Frost from New York, NY

    $50 Gift Certificate to Café Metro
    Winner: from New York, NY

    $50 Gift Certificate to Be Cleaning Services NY
    Winner: Helen Said from New York, NY







    MCC Member, Sokol Braha, Attorney-At-Law, drew this year’s winners in the MCC offices. Non-profits gleaned $62,618  in donations from contributions for tickets.
     

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    MCC is pleased to announce its 2012 Community Benefit Fund Grant Recipients. For more information about this program click here.

    Year 2012 grant recipients include:
    Asian American Film Lab
    Description of Project: Independent film artists that display their work free of charge through workshops, seminars and social events and outreach.
    ASPHALT GREEN
    Description of Project: The fund is requested to offer Recess Enhancement Program (REP) to increase physical activity and social cooperation.
    COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA /MOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM & GARDEN
    Description of Project: Funds requested to have the museum present a Summer Garden Concert Series in the Colonial Revival Garden.
    DOROT, INC.
    Description of Project: Funds requested are to continue providing meals, escort services and other activities that improve the quality of life for elderly residents of the Upper East Side.
    EVICTION INTERVENTION SERVICES: Homelessness Prevention (EIS)
    Description of Project: Affordable Housing Resource Center:The money will be used to maintain programming at its current level and cover the consultant costs of our attorney and/or social worker.
    Faith In Action – Uppers East Side Volunteers
    Description of Project: Meals on Heels – to expand the frequency of “Meals on Heels” preparation and delivery from once per month to twice per month. Also he project will allow us to expand the number of recipients from 15 to 25 individuals receiving this service.
    GRAMERCY BRASS OF NEW YORK, INC.
    Description of Project: Replenishment of music library and instruments for band camp lost in hurricane Sandy.
    GOD’S LOVE WE DELIVERDescription of Project: Funds will be used to the Meal Delivery and Nutrition Counseling Program for those with HIV/AIDS or cancer, where menus are designed for each client’s medical and nutritional requirements.
    Health Advocates for Older People HDFC, Inc. - CARNEGIE EAST HOUSE
    Description of Project: Replace existing computers with window 7 OS to improve quality and learning for class trainings among older adults.
    Inwood HouseDescription of the project: Inwood House’s Financial Literary Education and Empowerment Initiative– help teens develop practical skills, set short and long term financial goals and broaden career aspirations through workshops and other tools.
    JAMES LENOX HOUSE ASSOCIATION, INC.
    Description of Project: Computer Enhancement-new monitors and Microsoft 7 OS to provide residents the resources for job searches, research, reading and keeping in touch with family.
    LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC
    Description of Project: Sundays at Two-additional funding to support current monthly performing art series to low-income older adults.
    LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC.
    Description of Project: Real Arts Education Programming – appropriate arts education including theater arts, music, visual arts, dance, animation and photography for children ages five through 13.
    National Academy of Design
    Description of Project: The Review Panel- monthly critic and debate on current museum and gallery exhibits.
    New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble
    Description of Project: Support the 2012 – 2013 Concert Series.
    Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates
    Description of Project: Advertising and Promotional Match – money spent to operate the program; matching advertising and promotional expenses of the cultural and educational nonprofit groups of Roosevelt Island.
    SEARCH AND CARE, INC.
    Description of Project: The Lunch Bunch: renew funding and to continue an activity program, which provides weekly opportunities for socialization to the frail and disabled elders.
    Service Program for Older People
    Description of Project: Expanded Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Community Board 8. The fund will help SPOP to meet the growing need for health services.
    Spanish Theatre Repertory (Repertorio Espanol)
    Description of Project: Support school-day matinee performances for students within Community Board 8, subsidies over 200 student tickets, increase our outreach efforts and support outreach activities including, student contests, teacher training sessions, and workshop opportunities.
    THE CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY / RHINELANDER CHILDREN’S CENTER
    Description of Project: Support the Rhinelander’s afterschool activities consisting of additional focus on science, math, technology, fitness and ‘brain games’.
    The Doe Fund
    Description of Project: Funds requested are used for the Community Improvement Project (CIP), where trainees are offered the opportunity they need to lead a productive life. Participants sweep streets, bag refuse, remove graffiti, water trees and plants etc.
    THE FRIENDS OF P.S. 169, ROBERT F. KENNEDY SCHOOL
    Description of Project: funds are requested primarily to pay for the summer camp program. The Friends wish to send another 40-50 children to Camp Ramapo next summer.
    THE NEW YORK CENTER FOR CHILDREN
    Description of Project: Education Enrichment and Mentoring Program-the grant will enable NYCC to expand our tutoring and mentoring program, to provide tutoring and mentoring to more children, to provide additional educational opportunities, as well as to provide updated books and educational materials for the children.
    The Senior Fall Prevention Institute, Inc
    Description of Project: Fall…MOVE STRONG at MT. Sinai, a 12-session fall prevention and strengthening program including exercise and education
    TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL
    Description of Project: The TBMS’ Public School Outreach Program is requesting the funds to support its community programs, which directly benefit Community Board 8.
    YORKVILLE COMMON PANTRY
    Description of Project: Project Dignity program which provides basic services, such as showers, haircuts, laundry, mail services, vocational training psychiatric referrals, and case management services to homeless clients.
    YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NYC
    Description of Project: The YPC’s annual season includes two self- produced concerts presented at the 92nd street Y’s famed, 900 seats-Kaufmann Concert Hall.

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    Joana Filgueiras Manhattan Residential Group www.JoanaRealestate.com 
    Suzanne Strassburger Strassburger Meats/Suzy Sirloin Inc www.strassburgersteaks.com 
    Kirk Bernard New York Life
    Lauren Kay SmartSitting www.smartsitting.com 
    Michael Coopersmith Integrated Technology Systems www.itsnyc.com 
    Dr. M. Starita Boyce Ansari MSBphilanthropy Advisors,LLC www.msbphilanthropyadvisors.com 
    April Morley Defy Ventures www.defyventures.org 
    Justin Park Vidaao www.vidaao.com 
    Ann Marie Sabath At Ease Inc.
    Greg DeFreitas-Lee WorldPay US, Inc www.worldpay.us 
    Tom Griffin Internship USA
    Debbie Irwin Debbie Irwin Voiceovers www.DebbieIrwin.com 
    Hannah Bagell Blueprint Technologies
    David Jennison Merchant Exchange
    George Chaprastian Masq Restaurant & Bar
    Anthony Pepe The Manlyn Development Group, Inc. www.gomdg.com 
    Maria Goris CitySites Real Estate Group, Inc www.citysitesny.com 
    Joshua Melendez Joshua M. Melendez
    Tom Migdale Multi Financial Securities Corp www.multifin.com 
    Dave Fischer Chartwell Seventeen Advisory Group-Sandler Training www.chartwellseventeen.sandler.com 
    Kimberly Mishkin SAS ~ Support and Solutions for Women www.sasforwomen.com 
    Mary Gibb Agencia International, Inc www.agencianyc.com 
    Chloe Carmichael Carmichael Psychology, PLLC
    Nicolas Kimaz LIFELONG





     


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    Robert Mitchell The Vortex Group www.vortexre.com
    Marissa Shorenstein AT&T External Affairs www.att.com 
    Linda Hamilton Linda A Hamilton, CPA LLC www.lahcpas.com 
    Geoffrey Dann Dann Asset Advisors, LLC
    Lyonel Coriolan Emerging Technologies Institute www.etinstitute.com  
    Rosina Rubin Attitude New York, Inc. www.attitudenewyork.com 
    Gustavo Rangel JWU LLC www.JASONWUSTUDIO.com 
    Donna Vassallo MarketingWorks NY www.marketingworksny.com 
    Winnie Schirrmeister Voice Over Talent
    Shannon Pelikan Cooley Godward Kronish LLP www.cooley.com 
    Mathew Heggem The Bookkeeping Company www.tbcnyc.com 
    Edward Oshrin Milly LLC www.millyny.com 
    Mary Sarah Baker The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu  
    David Bomke New York Energy Consumers Council, Inc. www.nyecc.com 
    Justin Lapatine Global Strategy Group www.globalstrategygroup.com 
    Jerry Arzu Telsey Advisory Group www.telseygroup.com 
    Michele Calderon Econoler USA Inc. www.econolerusa.com 
    Henry Meer City Hall Restaurant www.cityhallnyc.com 
    Stephanie Shalofsky The Organizing Zone www.theorganizingzone.com 
    Brian Cullman Songs on Toast, Inc.
    Heather Irvin Seastreak LLC www.seastreak.com 
    Helen Weinberg Buddha Beads
    Aristos Constantine Cyprus Embassy Trade Center www.cyprustradeny.org 
    Wendy Maurice
    David Brooks Just Bulbs
    Theresa Slater Empire Interpreting Service EIS www.empireinterpreting.com 
    Neill Barbera United Protective Systems Inc. www.weprotect.com 
    Henryk Sanecki Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY www.newyork.trade.gov.pl/en/ 
    Leonard Farber The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology www.thefarbercenter.com 
    Michael J. Caputo Branch Restoration, Inc. www.branchrestorationinc.com 


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    Last week the Staten Island Chamber & MCC awarded a $500 grant to Carmine Ippoliti, President of the 20 year old Ampco Tech Electric located in Staten Island. Carmine’s businesses had damage from flooding and lost all power tools and one commercial van. Carmine will use the funds to replace tools and begin serving her clients. We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds.



     
    Carmine Ippolito accepts SB Recovery Fund check from Staten Island Chamber president, Linda Baran.


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    Last week the Staten Island Chamber & MCC awarded a $500 grant to Bill Siciliano, Owner of Major League Screen Printing located in Staten Island. In business for 23 years, Bill suffered severe damage to his facilities and printing presses.He is repairing his machines and getting back up and running to serve his local clientele. We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds. http://tinyurl.com/b2yvo95
     
     

     
    Bill Siciliano accepts SB Recovery Fund check from Staten Island Chamber president, Linda Baran.


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    We received the following opportunity at MCC:

    My name is Heather Briggs and I am a Casting Producer for Embassy Row. We are currently casting a new show that will help family businesses grow and expand. We want to cover all industries and I wanted to reach out to you to see if you could spread the word.

    Below is a little blurb if you would like to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested. You can reach me at 212-570-9700 ext.279 if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Heather Briggs

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    NOW CASTING NATIONALLY!

    Major business focused network is seeking established and multi-generational FAMILY BUSINESSES to compete on a new television program to potentially win a large sum of money to invest in their company. 

    Tough economic times? Trying to pick of the pieces from unforeseen circumstances? Time to increase brand awareness?

    Email: CASTINGFAMBUSINESS@GMAIL.COM 

    Please Include:

    - Basic company info (Description, location and history of business)

    - Brief introduction to family members involved and their roles

    - Photos of company / family members 

    - Phone number(s), email address, website (if applicable)

    - How would your company use a large sum of money if awarded?


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    MCC awarded a $500 grant to Matt Khatamov, owner of Fidi Cleaners located at 89 Washington Street in lower Manhattan. Matt’s business not only had no power, ho heat or water, all of the buildings around him which house his clients were closed and many told that they would not have power for 5 months. They made other arrangements and probably only 30% of the residential units around him are occupied despite the fact that generators were brought in and have been powering the building. A man living in Tribeca who works in the neighborhood came in and saw that Matt needed business and brought a lot of clothing down for Matt to clean. New Yorkers do help each other!
    We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds.
    www.fidicleaners.com

    Matt Khatamov accepts SB Recovery Fund check from MCC’s President Ploeger.

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    MCC awarded a $500 grant to Victor Chan, owner of Suteishi Restaurant, 24 Peck Slip in the South Street Seaport footprint. Victor’s restaurant was 6 feet under water during Sandy and now the landlord has to replace AC units as well as make other infrastructure repairs to the building and space. Victor has spent 7 years at this location building the business and his clientele and did not want to give up and move elsewhere. He thought out of the box, raised some monies through crowdfunding and is renting a kitchen from other local business owner so he can offer his catering menu, keeping some of his employees and satisfy his customers even though the restaurant is not open. Good for you Victor! www.suteishi.com

    We thank Constant Contact’s SaveLocal, XES in Chelsea and Paypal for helping raise the funds. 

    Victor Chan poses with MCC’s President Ploeger in front of his shuttered restaurant.







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    Introduction:

    With the 5th largest energy generation capacity in the world, India is a prime market for U.S. companies interested in exporting their clean technology product or service. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the City of New York and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, with technical support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), are collaboratively organizing the New York Clean Technology Trade Mission to India, scheduled for March 3-9, 2013, and will include stops in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The Mission will focus on facilitating business in India’s emerging market for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and services by: 1) introducing NY companies to industry representatives, potential clients and partners; 2) introducing NY companies to Indian government officials in India to learn about policy initiatives that will impact the implementation of energy generation, energy conservation and environmental projects; and 3) by giving NY companies media opportunities before, during and after the trade mission with a strategic partnership with the Times Business Solutions group and Times of India. 

    Urban India has attracted investment based on strong growth and is expected to generate nearly 70 percent of GDP by 2030, but as the urban population and its incomes rise, need for every service will expand five-to-seven folds, including energy. India will need to dramatically step up urban infrastructure to bridge the gap between service demands and availability, which will require $ 1.2 trillion worth of investments in capital expenditure in cities over the next two decades.

    Mission Outline:

    The mission will help participating firms gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing NY green exports to India. The mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meeting with national, regional and local government officials; networking events; and media opportunities. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to India on their own, will enhance the companies’ ability to secure productive meetings in India. 

    Potential Meetings for Delegates:

    · One-on-One meetings with at least 3-5 potential partners at each stop

    · Briefings by US DOC Staff and other U.S. Government Agencies at each stop

    · Meetings with relevant government officials, local and nationally

     · Networking events with potential partners and customers. 

    Trade Mission Details:

    What – SE Asia Renewable Energy Trade Mission to Manila, Philippines and Bangkok, Thailand

    When – March 3-9, 2013

    Cost – SME: $4,100: Additional Company Representative: $1,000

    Large Company: $5,000 Additional Company Representative: $1,000

    Cost includes ground transportation, one-on-one matchmaking meetings, government briefings, some meals and a discounted hotel rate. 

    Contact – For more information, contact Laura Bucko, MCC, at laura@manhattancc.org.


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    MCC Silver Partner Microsoft held a special event in NYC's Bryant Park to launch Office 2013. MCC member Melanie Gass of Centerpoint Solutions attended and sent us these great pre-event photos. To learn more about how to use for your business and personal use please join MCC on February 21st at the Microsoft Office. Please click here to register.






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    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.
     

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    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

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    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 (www.columbiaAEF.com), the ETV website (www.enovativeTV.com) and the ETV Facebook page (www.facebook.com/enovativeTV) 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 press@enovativetv.com or call 646-569-5824.


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    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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov 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 www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

    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 https://DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA.

    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 www.sba.gov 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 DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov.

    For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNY, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog.

    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.


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    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 https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

    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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  

    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 www.sba.gov.


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    Last week FORTUNE magazine announced its annual “World’s Most Admired Companies” list where Southwest Airlines was named the Seventh Most Admired Company in the World, among such brands as Apple, Google, and Amazon. Southwest was the highest ranking airline on the list and the only commercial airline to make the overall Top Ten. The airline has been on the Most Admired list every year since 1994, and all but twice ranked in the Top Ten.

    Southwest Airlines currently has a job opening for a Corporate Relations Manager in New York. If you are interested in working for a Top Ten Company with great benefits, please click on the link to apply.


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    40 year veteran, Luis Herrera of Diane Shoe Repair on Fulton Street, accepts MCC Small Bus. Recovery Fund grant from MCC's President Ploeger. This iconic shoe repari shop was closed post Sandy for a week and lost many of their customers for weeks on end due to buildings being closed and residents moving temporarily to other neighborhoods, waiting for the affects of Sandy to pass. Photo by Pedro Mermolia.

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    Company Name Website
    Cafe Cito Lola Pearl
    CBS Radio Taylor Jones
    Century 21 Isaac Gindi www.century21.com
    Cetrasoft LLC Ryan Jafari www.cetrasoft.com
    Chelsea Krost Productions Chelsea Krost www.ChelseaKrost.com
    Delmonico's Dennis Turcinovic www.delmonicosny.com
    Fetch Club (Fetch NYC Inc) Peter Balestrieri www.fetchclub.com
    Fidi Cleaners Matt Khatamov www.fidicleaners.com
    Green City Force Michael Johnson-Chase www.greencityforce.org
    HYFN Jon Wheat www.hyfn.com
    Jefloy Co. DBA Royale Lola Pearl
    Lutheran Social Services Sharon Ross www.LSSNY.org
    NorthEast Community Bank (@ 1st Ave) George Chiffriller www.necb.com
    NorthEast Community Bank (@ 2nd Ave) Ivy DeGati www.necb.com
    Rubin & Co. Dana Rubin www.rubinandcompany.com
    Social Fulcrum Lorraine Tran www.socialfulcrum.com
    SwapTheBiz.com Scott Eisenberg www.SwapTheBiz.com
    Synergy HomeCare David Muson www.synergyhomecare.com/manhattan
    Trellis Fine Florals Alexandra Whitcombe www.trellisfineflorals.com

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