Gas Emergency Business Update
EMPOWERING SMALL BUSINESS TO RECOVER AND GROW
Following last September’s gas explosion that devastated parts of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, business owners faced significant losses that went beyond vital heat and hot water. They lost inventory, equipment and customers they depend on for their livelihood.
In total, 837 small businesses were directly affected and hundreds more were impacted indirectly. Restaurants, salons, shops and service providers worked hard to re-open so they could serve a community that needed them more than ever.
The collective response of residents, elected officials and community leaders was immense, and remains so today. From the very outset, the broad coalition of public officials, non-profit services providers, financial institutions, and anchor organizations came together organically to align resources, develop strategies, and implement solutions on behalf of the impacted business community.