A “Business Boot Camp” in Ocean County hopes to provide information on the resources available for anyone looking to start a new businesses or expand an existing company in the wake of Sandy. Hosted by the Small Business Administration, the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, and the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday’s half day seminar in Manahawkin included seminars on starting a home based businesses, expanding a current businesses, social media and marketing strategies, and even overcoming the psychological effects Sandy may have had on businesses.

“It’s not only recovering from the past disaster, it’s trying to mitigate damages for future disasters,” said Richard Zilg, Deputy District Director at the Small Business Administration.

There boot camps are part of a series of events sponsored by a $300,000 grant from the SBA to assist small businesses community after Sandy and organized by the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation.

Additional events will be going on in Mount Laurel on Sept 18th, Bayonne on Sept 23rd, and Toms River on Sept 30th.

During a presentation by the SBA participants were shown the many available loans and grants available to them, ranging from $250 to $5 million.

Penni Nafus, Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation wanted to dispel the myth that business owners need to make big investments or take out major loans.

“I had thirty businesses started for five thousand dollars and under so a large amount of money is not needed, especially now that so many people are doing business from home.”




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