From press release
State Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-Rockford) will partner with Illinois’ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rock Valley College to offer a Small Business Disaster Preparedness Workshop for small businesses from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 15, at the EIGERlab at 605 Fulton Ave. in Rockford.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but targets companies that have fewer than 30 employees.
“Rockford has a history of flooding and other environmental conditions that could possibly negatively impact operations,” Jefferson said. “Twenty-five percent of small businesses do not reopen after they are forced to close due to a disaster. Hopefully, this workshop will help reduce that number, and help businesses stay in Illinois, expand and continue to create jobs.”
Jefferson’s and SBDC’s Small Business Disaster Preparedness Workshop will ensure that businesses in the Rockford area have the education, training and assistance needed to minimize loss and increase survivability when affected by natural disasters, and manmade disasters such as a valuable employee suddenly leaving, burglaries or technological shut downs. The workshop will consist of a 45-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer segment.
“A disaster can strike anywhere and anytime,” said Shelia Hill from the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rock Valley College. “While some disasters are predictable, some happen quickly and without warning. It is vital that owners and managers understand what a disaster could mean for their business.”
In addition to providing informational workshops, the state of Illinois offers personalized assistance with developing comprehensive business disaster preparedness plans. Businesses will be able to sign up for this free service at the workshop.
For more information, or to register for the Small Business Disaster Preparedness Workshop, call Jefferson’s office at (815) 987-7433.
From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue