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The aftermath of Sandy is still with us and will be for days, weeks and likely months. This community has come together - at a time when individual needs are awesome - and we hope that will continue until all of the pieces are put back together, the lights are shining, the internet is connected and we return to everyday life and work. Here you'll find recovery information, details on returning to work, and an opportunity to donate to help the businesses in DUMBO that have suffered significantly from the storm.

PLEASE REPORT DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY OR BUSINESS TO THE DUMBO IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT by emailing us at Sandy@dumbonyc.org. We are creating a neighborhood-wide assessment to share with authorities.

For more information or to speak about individual needs, please contact us at Sandy@dumbonyc.org.

Thank you all for your support!

Alexandria Sica
Executive Director
DUMBO Improvement District

Information on Disaster Relief

While the full picture of the City, State and Federal recovery efforts has yet to emerge, here are some useful links to see if you qualify for assistance and what type of existing assistance might apply. The DUMBO Improvement District is happy to help with you efforts to secure this assistance - please keep us informed as you apply so that we can advocate on your behalf.

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 $25,000. 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 smitsugi@nycedc.com for further information on this program.

For any business 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.

For up-to-date information on the City's assistance program

Visit the NYC Small Business Services web site.

Federal Aid Programs for Disaster Recovery

Click here for information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance.

The SBA will have an emergency response center set up at the Business Solutions office at 9 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn starting November 6.

For an FAQ on Federal Assistance, click here. FEMA has also announced a National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding to the New York State Department of Labor to create about 1,400 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sand. If you have dislocated workers who would like to seek employment, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/neg/.

Other Brooklyn Services

The Brooklyn Chamber has also put out a Resource Guide for businesses that need help obtaining government assistance and loans, here: www.ibrooklyn.com/sandy.

New York City Business Solutions is offering help with Business Assistance Programs for those businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. They have officers available to assist with the NYC SBS Bridge Loans, NYC Industrial Development Authority sales tax waivers, connections with short-term "swing" office space, US Small Business Authority (SBA) Disaster Relief Loans and Pro Bono legal services.

Need temporary office space? Have temporary office space to share?

The DUMBO Improvement District is currently in the process of locating spaces in the buildings that are up and running for companies who are currently displaced to utilize. Many companies are already doing this for both DUMBO neighbors and Manhattanites suffering from lack of subway.

Green Desk is taking folks in. DUMBO Startup Lab will host 8 through Friday, email contact@dumbostartuplab.com. Small Planet also has a few desks, email info@smallplanet.com.

And, Borough President Marty Markowitz is offering space to 24 displaced DUMBOnians at Borough Hall (seats, power and wifi included!) for the next two weeks. To book, reach out to cgreer@brooklynbp.nyc.gov. 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. Please tweet @dumbobid if you have space with #sandycoworking.

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