Does your business need some counseling as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy?

The national nonprofit SCORE is hosting a workshop July 25 at Stockton College's Carnegie Center in Atlantic City. The seminar provides advice for business owners who are seeking grants or loans available to help out small businesses.

"The workshop will engage local business owners and offer critical guidance on how to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities, including the availability of grants and loans to small businesses still recovering from Hurricane Sandy," SCORE said in a statement.

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Topics will be guided by questions from attendants at the workshop, but also will include identifying the types of financial resources available to businesses and marketing initiatives. There also will be advice on how local businesses can prepare for another natural disaster, SCORE said.

The nonprofit says more than 350 mentors are available to assist New Jersey small businesses that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The nonprofit says it holds business roundtables and workshops regularly across the U.S. to support entrepreneurial growth and education.

"By attending these on-the-ground roundtable discussions, business owners will be able quickly and effectively get the feedback they need to rebuild and exchange ideas about what works and what doesn't from both their professional peers and SCORE's expert mentors," Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO, said in a statement.

Schooner on LBI

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce said the historic A.J. Meerwald tall ship will host a free open house from 4 to

6 p.m. on July 26 in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, at the Black Whale Dock on Center Street. New Jersey’s official tall ship will be docked in Beach Haven through July 31.

The A.J. Meerwald is a restored 1928 Delaware Bay schooner.

Staff Writer Brian Ianieri

If you go

The workshop is scheduled for July 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stockton College's Carnegie Center at 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Atlantic City. To register, email or call 609 271 8524.

For more information on visiting the A.J. Meerwald tall ship, visit the Chamber of Commerce visitor center at 265 W. Ninth St. In Ship Bottom.

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