Earlier this week, I walked with Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, stopping in with local businesses to see how recovery efforts are underway.

While a number of businesses have gotten back up and running and others are still working on it, we were surprised to find that very few knew about the numerous loans available from the Small Business Administration, Small Business Services and others. Nor did they know there are deadlines.

To begin with there, are $25,000 loans given at one percent interest rates, and the city is also throwing in a $10,000 grant for some businesses to get back on their feet. While it doesn’t cover every expense of recovery, the accessible cash flow certainly goes a long way in helping get people back to work – and additional funds are available.

To help business owners navigate the bureaucratic waters, Sheepshead Bites is working with the Chamber and the Assemblyman, along with the SBS and SBA to have reps here on the ground this Tuesday, December 4, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Yiasou Restaurant (2003 Emmons Avenue). One-on-one counseling will be available, helping business owners organize their documents and fill out the paperwork.

Don’t delay. These papers need to get in. Take advantage of our workshop, and get back to work that much faster.

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