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Small business pummeled by Sandy? Here are the resources that can help

Hurricane Sandy continues to wreak havoc across much of the East Coast, inflicting billions of dollars of damage to homes, schools, hospitals, roads — and of course, businesses.

Hurricane Sandy has inflicted tens of billions of dollars of economic damage. (KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS)

SBA Office of Disaster Assistance: Provides low-interest, long-term loans to small businesses owners who need help replacing or repairing personal property, equipment, inventory or business assets. The interest rates on the loans range from 4 percent to 8 percent and can be repaid over as much as 30 years (website)

SBA Disaster Centers: The agency has disaster offices located across the country thqat can provide information and assistance quickly to businesses that incur damage from a natural disaster (website) Provides a step-by-step guide to swiftly but safely getting your business back on track following emergencies and natural and man-made disasters (website) more general information and assistance application materials for individuals seeking help following a natural disaster (website)

FEMA Disaster Assistance: Provides assistance to individuals whose property was damaged in a federally-declared disaster who may not be fully covered by their insurance plans (website)

American Red Cross: Provides disaster relief intended to address immediate emergency needs and can offer translation and interpretation services to victims of the storm (website)

Did your business get slammed by Sandy? Please share your story below and tell us how you’re responding to the damage.

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J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.



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