On April 11, 2013, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that $19 million in grants will be made to SBA resource partners to support small business recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The funding is part of a package approved by Congress in January to meet the demand for expanded SBA assistance including counseling, training, and technical assistance through Small Business Development Centers (SBDs), SCORE, and Women’s Business Centers (WBCs).
The first phase of the counseling and technical assistance funding totals $5.8 million, and will be distributed among the SBA resource partners in 11 states. The majority of this funding will be focused in New York ($2,394,000), New Jersey ($1,385,000), Connecticut ($527,000), and Pennsylvania ($410,000).
The second phase of funding, totaling $13.1 million, will be issued through the SBA resource partners to provide long-term small business recovery and expansion, with an emphasis on building creative community-based partnerships.
The SBA has so far approved disaster loans totaling $1.8 billion to individuals, and $279 million to businesses and non-profits recovering from Hurricane Sandy.