It’s National Small Business Week … Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

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This week, May 1-7, is National Small Business Week — a time designed to recognize the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Small Business Week 2016

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

Small businesses play such a critical role to our economy; therefore, a plan is key if faced with an emergency. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.

You can protect your business by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business. Some tips small business owners should consider are:

  • Contacting your insurance company to find out your exact coverage.
  • Calculating the financial effect (per day) a disaster would have on your business.
  • Creating a detailed communication plan for your employees.

For more information on preparing your business in case of disaster, visit the SBA website.

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