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Small Business Emergency Preparedness

Small Business Emergency Preparedness

WOULD YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE IF…

  • The road to your business closes as result of construction or bad weather?
  • A key supplier/customer goes out of business?
  • A key employee gets sick for an extended period of time?

WHY PREPARE

From workplace disruptions to natural and man-made disasters, as a small business owner, you should be ready for anything. Unexpected events can quickly interrupt your business putting you and your employees at risk. If you are not prepared, your business could shut down forever.

WHERE TO START

Developing a business continuity plan will protect your business by minimizing the impact of unplanned disruption and improve the likelihood that your business will survive and recover. Through grants provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses impacted by local disasters can take advantage of prepaid business assistance in planning for recovery. All small businesses can benefit from the services of their local SBDC.

One-on-One Advising

Our business advisors are available to work with you one-on-one to help you develop a business continuity plan tailored to meet the needs of your business, including:

  • Identifying critical processes and the associated risks of disruption.
  • Controlling risks and creating contingency plans, including adequate insurance planning.
  • Plan testing involving employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders.
  • Improving data security and protection of business assets and intangibles.

Training

Training events and workshops are available to help you understand a variety of business continuity concepts including risk management, disaster response planning, insurance, and data security. Visit your local SBDC website for a list of training events and workshops near you.

Online Resource Center

Our centers can provide access to online training, forms and checklists, as well as links to useful websites that will assist you with developing your business continuity plans and effective operations.

Protect your business!

Small Business Emergency Preparedness will help you:

  • Reduce impact of business interruption
  • Minimize risk
  • Protect the business, employees, and the community
  • Improve products & services
  • Develop disaster preparedness and response strategies
  • Remain current on rules and regulations
  • Improve ability to bid on and win contracts
  • Build competitive advantage
  • Improve public image
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