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Disaster Assistance for Small Business and Other Guidance Available through the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) Network

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November 1, 2012- (Newark, NJ) — Executives of the 11-Center Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC ) network indicated that their offices will begin collaborating with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC)–within the purview of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno – beginning the week of November 5th.

“Once the state restores electricity to full capacity and repairs other basic communication infrastructure damaged during hurricane Sandy, our network will be up and running to assist small business owners around the state who have experienced damage to their operations,” NJSBDC Chief Executive Officer – State Director Brenda Hopper said. “Our offices around the state serving small businesses in all 21 counties can be tapped by those entrepreneurs and small business owners in need during this difficult time.”

The Centers, which are part of a statewide network, provide all forms of assistance including one-on-one consulting, disaster loan assistance through SBA, and other forms of technical help that can support businesses in re-starting their operations in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

“We have reached out to Mike Van Wagner, Executive Director of BAC to assure the Governor and Lt. Governor that our statewide network will partner and collaborate with the state’s commerce agencies to help small business go through the proper channels and processes to obtain disaster assistance and other forms of guidance from our private sector industry experts, who also have in-depth business ownership experience,” stated Chief Operating Officer – Associate State Director Deborah Smarth.

“While many of our centers, hosted at various higher education institutions across the state, are still victims of downed infrastructure and electricity, we expect that the Centers will be in full throttle next week,” Hopper said.

The NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey, headquartered at the Business Improvement District in Hackettstown, NJ – serving Morris, Sussex and Warren counties – was spared in terms of electric and infrastructure disruption. As a service to the public it opened its office to small business owners for charging electronics and other business devices to help bolster communication for business owners. Due to no service disruption, the center will serve as a conduit for communication with headquarters management until the state restores its infrastructure capacity for the additional business centers of the network.

“The NJSBDC network will do everything it can as a major resource partner of both the SBA and the state’s Business Action Center to get New Jersey small businesses up and running again,” said Smarth.

Centers are located throughout the state:

The Richard Stockton College (Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties) 609-347-2174

Bergen Community College (Bergen county) 201-489-8670

Rutgers– Camden Campus (Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington counties) 856-225-6221

Rutgers– Newark Campus (Essex county) 973-353-5950

NJ City University (Hudson) 201-200-2156

Raritan Valley Community College (Hunterdon and Somerset counties) 908-526-1200 ext. 8516

The College of New Jersey (Mercer and Middlesex counties) 609-771-2947

Brookdale Community College (Monmouth and Ocean counties) 732-842-8685

Northwest Jersey (BID office in Hackettstown, serving Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties) 908-269-8475

William Paterson University (Passaic county) 973-754-8695

Kean University (Union county) 908-737-4220

The National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) located in Burke, VA has made an appeal to state SBDC Networks in other parts of the country to further marshal manpower and information resources, further increasing assistance levels provided by the NJ, PA, and NY SBDCs for small business development disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. The national network of SBDCs has a strong track record as first responders in national disaster recoveries.  There are more than 1,100 centers and satellite offices throughout the country assisting small business owners.

The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery assistance which comes in the form of low-interest loans and is available to non-farm businesses of all sizes with property damaged by the disaster. In addition, small businesses that suffered substantial economic losses due to the disaster may be eligible for SBA economic injury disaster loans, regardless of whether they were physically damaged. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance program visit: www.sba.gov, or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing). An e-mail can also be sent to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  The NJSBDC network will assist small business owners with their applications and providing the proper information to ensure a smooth process. Contact the center nearest your business location.

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About NJSBDC

This non-profit network is a federal-state-education partnership. Its expert staff and business practitioners help small business owners with every stage of business development and growth. The network headquarters is located at the Rutgers Business School in Newark NJ. As part of a national network of SBDCs, more than 1,100 centers and satellite offices throughout the country serve and assist small businesses. For more information visit www.njsbdc.com

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