Baruch's Small Business Development Center Joins Congresswoman Maloney in Hurricane Relief Efforts to Assist Small Businesses

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NEW YORK, NY – November 20, 2012 The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Baruch College is helping entrepreneurs recover from Hurricane Sandy by offering advisement and resources to assist them with their business needs.

On Nov. 19, SBDC advisors met with small business owners from the East Side of Manhattan who came to Baruch College for an information session presented by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York City’s 14th District.

In addition to the SBDC, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New York City Small Business Services (SBS), New York State Department of Financial Services and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce were on-hand to answer questions and provide information to help people apply for assistance with property losses and other damages as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“These organizations have responded quite brilliantly,” Congresswoman Maloney said. “These groups have opened many locations throughout the city to help with disaster relief efforts, and small businesses should take advantage of these services.”

Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, echoed the Congresswoman’s remarks and added, “Everybody should be knocking on everyone’s doors and telling them about these resources. Business owners should be aware of the help that is available to them.”

Ulas Neftci, Director of the Midtown Manhattan SBDC, says the holiday season is a crucial time for most businesses, and recovering from an event like Hurricane Sandy can increase stress levels for business owners.

“We can assist by providing resources to help with product injury (loss of merchandise) and economic injury (accumulation of operation expenses),” Neftci said. “We also offer post recovery assistance to help entrepreneurs strengthen their business operations. By working with us, they become a client of the Center. It’s a long-term relationship.”

Baruch’s Small Business Development Center is offering free advisement and assistance with loan applications through FEMA and other funding organizations. The center has advisors who speak a variety of languages including Spanish, Mandarin and Hebrew. Services are available by appointment by calling (646) 312-4790 or by sending an email to sbdc@baruch.cuny.edu.


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

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