LaGuardia Community College Offers Post Hurricane Sandy Support to Small Businesses


Long Island City, NY–November 19, 2012–The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at LaGuardia Community College is working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses recover from the physical and emotional damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

In addition to providing expert services on how to start up and operate a business, the SBDC has been designated a Business Recovery Center and will offer extended services. An SBA representative will be on site through early December for assistance in helping small businesses prepare and expedite emergency loan requests, among other things.  The SBA direct loans program is being offered at a low interest rate (4%), with a business loan ceiling of $2,000,000.   

The SBA representative will be available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m, and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  The SBDC is located on the college campus at 30-20 Thomson Avenue, Suite B-A02, Long Island City.  For more information please email or call (718) 482-5303. 

Other non emergency-related support is offered to all small businesses in the community by the following LaGuardia programs:

The Northeast Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) provides small businesses interested in bidding on transportation-related contracts support to become Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified so they can successfully bid for those contracts.   The Center assists with short-term lending support and bonding assistance (outside of New York State).  The SBTRC is located at 30-20 Thomson Ave, 3rd floor, Suite B309, Long Island City, NY 11101).  For more information:  web site, phone (718) 482-5941 or email

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides assistance to Queens and New York firms—in particular, small, veteran, minority and women business owners—to market their goods and services to government agencies.  For more information:  web site, phone (718) 482-5289 or email

LaGuardia Community College stands with the community in this time of need.

                                                                                                                                •     •     •     •

LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.