Business resiliency checkup can help avoid disaster

Date Published: 
March 28, 2014

How can people cope with a major business disruption, such as a hurricane or cyber-attack? The nonprofit Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative will host a free workshop to help local businesses stay open when unexpected events disrupt service.

The workshop is set for Thursday, April 3, at the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach, from 8 to 10 a.m. It includes a self-assessment and “ready kit” that features important documents and supplies essential for a business to get up and running quickly in the event of disruptions. In addition, experts in finance, law, technology, insurance and other fields will speak and be on-hand for questions.

“Any kind of surprise disruption — the loss of power for days, a road closure in front of a business or a computer crash or cyber-attack — can interrupt operations and cash flow,” wrote program coordinator Carrie Townsend. “A small investment of time now in planning and preparation can reap huge benefits later and get a business back up and running quickly.”

At the event cohosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, guests can also enjoy a continental breakfast, small gifts for all participants and a drawing for a valuable gift card, all through a Discover Bank donation.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Delaware was one of 11 states to receive grant funding for this type of outreach and education. Other disruptions could include weather, fire, power outages and more.

The Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative is to designed to provide long-term assistance so businesses are ready for anything. It was recently created by the Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) with the help of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Future Delaware training events will include informational workshops, webinars, a readiness toolkit and one-on-one counseling. The SBTDC, a unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships, provides business advisory services for free in all three counties in Delaware.

Registration is required and can be made by calling Delaware SBTDC at (302) 856-1555, emailing ctownsen@udel.edu or visiting www.bethany-fenwick.org.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to get the checkup. It’s free and it’s informative, and I hope folks will come,” Townsend said.

Delaware Business Resiliency is online at www.dsbtdc.org.