Toms River, NJ – On June 19, 2013, the law firm of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks, LLC, (CLDDS) and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC) co-sponsored an event called “Back 2 Business: Post-Sandy Business Recovery Seminar & Expo” to provide businesses that are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy with valuable information and resources to aid in recovery.
Taking place at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 8:00am to noon, the four-hour event featured local exhibitors representing a wide range of recovery services, as well as a series of panel discussions from experts covering topics from regulatory compliance to new grant opportunities, among other matters, all geared toward small business owners in the Ocean and Monmouth County areas. The decision to sponsor this event came after it became clear that the business community was facing a unique set of challenges related to storm recovery. Partnering together on this initiative, CLDDS and the MODC designed a program to address these specific issues.
“The devastation that was brought by Superstorm Sandy is still being felt today, and this includes local business owners who are still struggling to rebuild and recover from expensive damage and months of business disruption,” explained Stephan R. Leone, Esq., Managing Partner Emeritus of CLDDS. “The business community has been somewhat under-represented during the recovery period thus far, with the main focus being on residents who have been displaced. However, with the primary incomes of so many small business owners at stake, helping these individuals get back to business is vital to their livelihoods, as well as to the community at large. We felt this event was a step in the right direction as the tourist season is now beginning.” Members of the firm of Carluccio Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks, LLC were on hand at the event to answer questions on land use, tax appeals, contracts, NJ construction lien law, financing, insurance, and coverage claims.
“Back 2 Business” gave attendees an opportunity to speak one-on-one with experts from FEMA, the NJDEP, and NJEDA, among others, and at the same time gave them access to speak with exhibitors representing a multitude of services. Senator Robert Singer was present to speak about state programs, and municipal staff members from Toms River and Brick Township were also present to speak to issues that were specific to some of the towns affected by the storm.
“What many might not realize is that there are many businesses in our region that still have not been able to reopen since Sandy hit in October of last year—and even those that have are facing numerous challenges, including compliance issues, environmental problems, and unrecovered lost revenue due to business closure for months after the storm,” stated Benjamin Waldron, Executive Director of the MODC, an agency dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and business environment in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “For those still struggling, we hope that this event presented them with valuable information that can aid in recovery.”