New SBA-Funded Disruption and Disaster Recovery Program, PrepareCT, Offers Free Training, Planning, Workshops and Counseling to Connecticut’s Small Business Owners
STORRS, CT. (November 4, 2014) – Hurricanes, flooding, blizzards, computer failures, fires-disruptions and disasters like these can wreak havoc on a small business. In fact, according to the federal Small Business Association (SBA), 40-60% of small businesses can’t survive a disaster that forces them to shut down for more than a few days.
To help Connecticut’s small business owners improve their business survival chances during and after disruptions and disasters, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), in partnership with six leading business-related organizations statewide, has created a new program, PrepareCT. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA, PrepareCT offers a free, online program, statewide workshops and other resources to help business owners learn disaster planning basics and to prepare a strong disaster recovery plan. “The partnerships are critical in expanding the reach of this program throughout the state,” says Bernard Sweeney, U.S. Small Business Administration District Director for the State of Connecticut. Emily Carter, CTSBDC State Director follows up with “This innovative collaborative approach is allowing all of the PrepareCT partners to leverage our collective resources and maximize the reach to the great Connecticut small business community.”
“Small business owners will gain significant benefits when they sign up for PrepareCT. They’ll have confidence and peace of mind knowing what to do and who to call during and after an emergency. They’ll know how to connect with local area first responders and, as they complete their training and worksheets, they’ll unearth new ideas to strengthen their business, and shore up gaps in systems, communications and responsibilities,” explains CTSBDC Associate Director Joe Ercolano. “PrepareCT is a win:win for everyone. By embracing this program, small businesses reduce their likelihood of disruption, build their resiliency and shorten the time it takes to recover, while Connecticut preserves jobs and maintains economic vitality.”
Small business owners can register at PrepareCT.com, and begin the self-paced training and action plan worksheets. If they want more guidance, small business owners can also register to attend a local workshop. In addition to CTSBDC, Connecticut Society of CPAs, CONNSTEP, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, SCORE, Spanish American Merchants Association and Women’s Business Development Council will be offering PrepareCT workshops and one-on-one assistance.
For more information about PrepareCT, visit PrepareCT.com or call 855-428-7232.
PrepareCT is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is a straightforward, effective program for creating a business disruption and disaster recovery plan. The program offers free online training and action plan worksheets, as well as free workshops, plan reviews and one-on-one training by small business experts. PrepareCT is led by the Connecticut Small Business Development Center in partnership with 16 other small business-focused organizations throughout the state. PrepareCT’s overall goal is to help small businesses reduce the likelihood of disruption and shorten the time it takes to recover, thereby saving jobs and maintaining economic vitality throughout Connecticut.
About the Connecticut Small Business Development Center
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides no-cost, confidential business advising to entrepreneurs in the state who are starting or growing their business. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can meet with professional business advisors to learn more about everything from startup planning and marketing, to assisting with loan package development, international trade, growth strategies and emergency preparedness planning.
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Connecticut. The SBDC program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government with a proven track record of providing 35 years of service to small businesses.
For more information about the Connecticut Small Business Development Center and the services they provide to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the state, visit CTSBDC.com or connect with us on social media Facebook.com/GrowCT, Twitter.com/GrowCT and LinkedIn.com/company/CTSBDC.