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How to Handle Cash Flow When Disaster Strikes

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This story appears in the March 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: How do you handle when natural disasters or other forces beyond your control cause you to temporarily shut down your ?

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A: Having lived through the devastation of at the , I have given this matter much thought recently. As I write this, businesses all around me are still struggling; unfortunately, many won't figure out the answer. A sober estimate from the American Red Cross says 40 percent of businesses shut down by a like Sandy never reopen. Ouch.

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