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How businesses suffering post-Ida got unexpected help

NEW YORK — As we glance again at Ida one year later, business house owners throughout the town have fought an uphill battle to get the help they wanted within the aftermath of that storm. 

Calvin Sennon and his spouse, Latoya, opened TriniJam BK, a Caribbean restaurant in Canarsie, in August 2020. The business weathered not only a world pandemic, however a storm that they are saying prompted round $15,000 value of injury. 

“A ton of merchandise, all our security systems … All of our back up freezers, everything, everything was ruined,” Sennon says.

Their basement was inundated with a foot of water, however they weren’t eligible for flood insurance coverage. The day after the storm, they got a go to from Randy Peers with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and inside a couple of week, they have been hand-selected for a $5,000 grant from TD Bank’s charitable foundation

“We looked for some really hard-impact areas, regions, and communities. And Brooklyn was one that we wanted to make sure we got support out quickly to the small businesses,” defined Ralph Bumbaca, NYC Market President of TD Bank.

TriniJam BK was one among seven Brooklyn firms that have been recognized by the chamber for the micro-grants after the storm. Money distributed by TD Charitable Foundation to those businesses amounted to $30,000 of emergency help. In whole, the inspiration says they granted round $300,000 of support throughout the East Coast to help offset a number of the storm harm.


Another business that benefited from these grants was La Petite Chambre BK, a kids’s boutique in Flatbush which opened in May 2021, lower than 4 months earlier than the remnants of that storm tore by way of our space. Berta Villa, the proprietor, says she opened the boutique after she was furloughed from her job. According to her, the pooling in her retailer broken kids’s toys, books, clothes and furnishings, value a complete of about $5,000. 

“It was like a nightmare,” the mom of two stated. “I had just opened up a few months in and it was like, that was the worst thing that could have happened to me at that time.”

She wasn’t in a position to get help from insurance coverage, however she was additionally the recipient of a TD Charitable Foundation grant of $2,500.

Randy Peers, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, says he noticed first-hand how a lot businesses have been struggling within the days after the storm.

“It was just really a game changer for these businesses that thought, ‘gosh after COVID now I’m dealing with a flood, what am I going to do?’ And it was a little something to really get them back on their feet,” Peers instructed CBS2’s Hannah Kliger.

Just this week, TriniJam BK celebrated their second anniversary, and La Petite Chambre BK is prospering. Owners of each firms say they simply hope to climate the subsequent storm that comes their method. 

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