Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Info Center at Cabinets & Closets Expo EDISON, NJ - The Small Business Administration will provide information about its disaster relief program at Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013. The show runs Feb. 27-Mar. 1 in Edison, NJ.

During the show, the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) is also coordinating a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Information Center on the show floor, with information from the numerous other agencies acessible from the Federal site DisasterAssistance.gov and other sites.

Deadline for applying for Small Business Administration disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and busiensses is Friday, Mar. 1  SBA offers low-interest disaster loans, and is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding.

The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is filling out an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The Cabinet Makers Association will help visitors locate online resources such as FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other local support agencies, including information about the New Jersey Treasury Department tax assistance programs. The Treasury Department is simplifying out-of-state contractors and other businesses working temporarily in New Jersey on post-Sandy clean-up and reconstruction projects to register their businesses with Treasury’s Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services.

Local cabinet makers can also network at two after-hours CMA events: a networking dinner at Harold's New York Deli Wednesday evening, Feb. 27 during the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo. Harold's Deli is across the street from the Sheraton Raritan Conference Center. Attendees are invited to sign up using the online form to attend the CMA dinner, which will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m., after the gala awards reception for attendees at the Cabinets and Closets Expo is over. 

Another networking opportunity for CMA members occurs the following evening, Thursday, Feb 28 with a CMA Shop Tour and Dutch treat dinner at Noble Woodworks in Staten Island, NY. Attendees will meet at the CMA Booth 505 at the end of the expo for the day and leave Cabinets and Closets Expo at approximately 5:30 p.m., caravanning to the shop. It is  a 30-minute drive from Edison to the shop.

More than 80 suppliers will exhibit at Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013 at the New Jersey Convention Center, 22 of them making a first-time appearance. "A limited number of exhibit spaces are still available," says Christianson. The Expo, which opens Feb. 28,  sold its last booths Feb. 22.

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