Hurricane, Earthquake, Fire…Is your business prepared for a disaster?

Our October meeting will be about preparing for and reacting to disasters that may occur which adversely effect our businesses – i.e., hurricanes, electrical outages, floods, earthquakes, etc.

Could your business survive a disaster?

When Richmond had an earthquake AND a hurricane in the same week many of us breathed a sigh of relief that our businesses were not affected.  However, most of us know someone who wasn’t so lucky.  Are you planning on your business just being lucky when the next disaster strikes or are you proactively prepared?  Could your business handle a hurricane, fire, data breach, or any other disaster while still serving its customers and taking care of its employees?  Do you have a plan?

Experts have shown that the question is not if a disaster will strike, but when.

Please join us for the October Richmond NAWBO meeting as we discuss ways your business can become more proactive and resilient when preparing for and dealing with unexpected disasters.  A panel of local business owners will share their experiences of surviving disasters, as well as, the lessons they learned to be better prepared in the future. We will also hear tips from industry experts about what businesses, such as yours, are doing to prepare.  (Hint: There are many things that can be done for free!)

Our panel will include:

–          Chuck Clement, President of PayTime,  Cynthia Allen, owner of Carytown Optical, and Patrick Logan principal of Seltek, will discuss their own disaster-related experiences, how they survived, and new approaches or changes they now have in place;

–          Jimmy Maass, Safety Manager for Farm Bureau of Virginia, will share his experiences in the insurance industry regarding what people can do to prepare; and

–          Karen Cole, CEO of Assura and a Certified Business Continuity Planner, will discuss the planning process and things to consider when putting your plan together

All attendees will receive “Open For Business: A Disaster Protection and Recovery Planning Toolkit for the Small to Mid-Sized Business,” compliments of Jimmy Maass of the Virginia Farm Bureau, to help your business start off on the right path to preparedness.

You will not want to miss this event!

When:  Tuesday, October 11th 8:00-10:00am
Where:  Willow Oaks Country Club

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