Now three weeks after superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast, most affected regions have electricity and cleanup crews are helping to get things back to normal.

Yet scores of small-business owners are dealing with the most difficult environment they’ve ever faced and many aren’t sure they’ll ever get their firms back to pre-Sandy conditions. On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged the devastation and human suffering along the state’s coast and said he will ask the federal government for money to remodel the state’s beaches in a manner that would protect seaside towns from future tidal surges.

The Small Business Administration has issued more than 59,000 disaster-relief loan applications to affected businesses in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Owners have begun applying for these low-interest loans, which cover economic or physical damages.  READ MORE …

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The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

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