CWE’s Helping Small Businesses Recover and Thrive after Hurricane Sandy

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit Southern Rhode Island hard, causing millions of dollars in damage throughout the region.  In addition to coastal erosion, flooding, and personal property damage, hundreds of Rhode Island businesses suffered losses because of the storm.  Not only did the storm cause physical damage to buildings, but the lack of electricity and washed out roads caused many businesses to close, in some cases for weeks.  Such an unexpected loss of income is very hard for small businesses to recover.

As part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 passed by Congress, the Center for Women & Enterprise was awarded grant funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration to help all small businesses in the disaster declared regions of Kent, Washington and Newport counties recover, grow and thrive.  Over the next few months CWE will be hosting a range of free business workshops and counseling appointments for businesses in every stage of operation.  CWE will also be offering disaster preparedness workshops to help businesses prepare for the next disaster.  Whether it is a hurricane, a nor’easter, or a man-made disaster, businesses should have disaster plans in place and be adequately insured.  CWE will also be offering programs on Quickbooks, Social Media, and Business Planning.

For more information about CWE’s Hurricane Sandy initiative, please contact Claudia Cornejo at or visit

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