And since Long Beach businesses rely heavily on the summer season, Schnirman urged local business owners to apply for funding through the seasonal tourism industry program, which provides grants of up to $50,000 for businesses located in a disaster area. Priority will be given to businesses that have fewer than 100 full-time employees either at the time of application or at the time of Hurricane Sandy.
“The benefit of applying as a seasonal business means you’re eligible for an extra pool of money that regular businesses aren’t and, more importantly, the money comes faster,” Schnirman said. “You have to pre-register now — registering early puts you at the front of the line.”
Schnirman also noted the state’s Recreate NY Smart Home Program, a separate initiative to help residents and businesses address unmet housing and recovery needs. Business owners who have experienced direct damage and economic hardship as a result of the storm may sign up for small business loans, grants and business consulting. To register, visit www.longbeachny.org