The town is taking action to help businesses recover from the Sept. 13 gas disasters by hosting networking events and providing resources, according to a press release sent out by the town.

A networking event on Sunday, Jan. 27 is aimed to position businesses to speed up their recovery by forming stronger professional networks. Business leaders are invited to Oak & Iron Brewery at 18 Red Spring Road from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss how they have been impacted by the gas disasters and share ideas on how they can help one another.

The event is hosted by the Free Christian Church.

The town has also partnered with non-profit Entrepreneurship For All to offer a variety of resources to Andover business owners. 

The following options are being offered at no cost:

-- Marketing assistance: Through EForAll, the town has enlisted the services of a professional marketer who is available to work on an individual level with businesses. Services include developing marketing plans, and analyzing websites and online presences.

-- Bookkeeping help: Businesses that have active claims and need assistance compiling the proper paperwork, or those that want to streamline their record-keeping, will have access to a professional bookkeeper who will work directly on site to provide support.

-- Claims assistance: Businesses can connect directly with Columbia Gas claims staff to speed up claims processes and resolve any issues with the claims process.

-- General assistance: EForAll has established a group of volunteers with expertise in a wide range of industries that can answer questions from business owners. The volunteers are experienced in human resources, real estate and other fields.

Businesses that are interested in taking advantage of any of these resources are encouraged to email coordinator Nathan McNiff any time at or call him at 978-335-6513 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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