The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 30, 2013

Business training for pulling out of disasters


— Two major challenges small business owners face after disasters are sales losses and a diminished customer base.

In a recent survey of 7,500 small-and-medium-sized businesses done by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIP), 62 percent said losing profits and clients was their biggest post-disaster challenge. Whether it’s a fire, flood or tornado, small businesses face an uphill trek when it comes to recovery. That’s why it’s important to be prepared.

Assessing your company’s risks is one of the first steps in creating an effective business continuity plan. Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration July 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. for an online discussion on how to protect your business before a disaster strikes.   

Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/934008056

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.