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Nassau adds website and hotline for businesses hurt by Sandy

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is calling on

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is calling on the U.S. military to take over the "managerial structure" of LIPA during the restoration. (May 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano Tuesday announced that the two-week-old Nassau County Business Recovery Center has launched a website and a 24-hour hotline to support its activities.

The new website, nassaubackinbusiness.org, contains contacts and online links to help small and medium-sized businesses navigate federal and state disaster relief offerings.

“There are many resources available to businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the Nov. 6th nor’easter,” said Mangano.  “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  My administration, in partnership with the Local Enterprise Assistance and Development Services Corp. and [the county] Industrial Development Agency, will do all we can to help small businesses rebuild in Nassau County.”

So far more than 250 businesses have made inquiries through email or the hotline.  The Center is housed in the offices of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.

Financial assistance is available through the county’s Local Enterprise Assistance and Development Services, or LEADS, which offers eligible businesses with 100 or fewer employees up to $99,000 of aid through a sales tax exemption on any furniture, fixtures, equipment and material purchased for reconstruction. The Nassau IDA administers the program, which requires that applicants pledge to rebuild within the county.

Businesses in need of assistance can also call 516-571-1745, or email LEADS@NassauIDA.org for help. An economic development professional will respond to any inquiry within 24 hours.

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