New York City Seminar and Conference Center, as well as the Flatiron Hot! News Blog, has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Along with our fellow area businesses, we stand behind our first responders and City Government to get our neighborhood back up and running. Our friends at the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID sent an e-mail around with this useful info for area businesses coping with the aftermath of the storm, which has impacted all of us in the neighborhood – we are passing it on forth with …
Much of the Flatiron district, including the Flatiron BID office, is without power. The BID’s sanitation and security teams are suspended until the transit system resumes operation. We will continue to send updates as needed.
Please review the steps you can take to recover from any damage you and/or your business may have incurred due to the storm:
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Please review the following safety tips offered by Con Edison:
To find up-to-date information on recovery efforts, please visit the City of New York’s Office of Emergency Management website: http://www.nyc.gov/severeweather
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 email@example.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
Click here for information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance.