NewsNation | March 01, 2013
>>> while lawmakers squabble over hurricane sandy, the storm survivors are busy rebuilding their lives. in fact, take a look at surveillance video of surfside bagels. you can see right there a wall of water rushing down the street and into the front door. one of the owners described the extent of the damage to us.
>> when i came in to the store, i just couldn't believe what i saw. everything in here was wrecked. everything was -- had water damage . the appliances and the equipment was turned around. looked like it was ransacked. that investment, all this time and money and energy in an instant was just gone.
>> but that bagel shop one of the first to rise above and say the generous help of others. with me now, j.j. ramberg host of "your business" here on msnbc msnbc. sounds like a heartwarming story.
>> i hear them and see the footage and still want to cry. these are two new york city firemen put the savings, they have families, put everything they have in this bagel shop. they were so busy, saving other people. as their entire life savings went away.
>> who came to help?
>> this is such an amazing story. front street in connecticut wanted to help somebody so they just found them and they did $100,000 worth of free work.
>> cleaned -- i mean, they had mold on the walls. had to redo the floors, the equipment. we came in with the "your business" makeover team to talk about what to do to get doors open and customers through the doors.
>> what did the reopening mean for people who are still in that community?
>> so that community was -- it was damaged terribly. when we went there and we had the reopening, there was a guy coming by. he said, are you open? really, really?
>> must be good bagels.
>> great bagels an it's so exciting to just see some movement and have life coming back to that neighborhood. it's tough. it's still really tough out there.
>> this is one of those businesses that got lucky in a lot of ways. what can other businesses do? how can other businesses find help to reopen, as well?
>> there's money to be had. there's sba loans. they applied for one and waiting to get it. their other community and government organizations to go to. but keep in mind, i just want everyone to know, though there's money to be had, it's hard to rebuild. as i said, they have $100,000 worth of free work out there. when you hear an organization is donating $1 million to a community, you know, that's a lot but it doesn't help everyone.
>> all right. cool story. you can learn more about it this week on "your business." every sunday, 7:30 a.m . right here on msnbc. thanks for stopping by.