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The SBA is looking for technology that is a single-room heater (not a hand-warmer or a full house heater); is portable and low-cost; is commercially available; is non-electric; and safe indoors.

Small businesses that have a potential solution should email the Defense Alliance's executive director, Chip Laingen, at: The email should include: a one-page description of the technology/product; a technical description; the cost per unit; the time to delivery; and the name of company/organization and contact information.

3. Downtown Alliance launches campaign to help struggling Lower Manhattan small businesses. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Downtown Alliance launched on Monday the Lower Manhattan: Back to Business Small Business Grant Program , a campaign that intends to award more than $1 million in cash grants to small businesses hurt by Hurricane Sandy. The Downtown Alliance will make an additional investment of $325,000 to promote a holiday campaign to support restaurants and retailers located in the affected area.

The campaign has some big supporters behind it including Goldman Sachs (GS) , Citigroup (C) , Trinity Church, The Durst Organization and The Howard Hughes Corp.

The grants will offer support of up to $20,000 to small businesses meeting the following requirements: • Located in Flood Zone A; • 50 or fewer employees; • Gross annual revenues of $5 million or less; • Open for at least a year (or have a 5-year lease); • Open at the time of application, or, for those located in buildings closed for storm-related reasons, scheduled to open by April 2013 (grants to be paid upon reopening); and • Able to document loss and replacement costs not covered 100% by insurance or other reimbursement for property, equipment or inventory loss, or loss due to street closures, lack of utility service or related conditions.

Applications will be available beginning Dec. 1.

-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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