Recovery & Reopening

This page contains training resources in the form of recorded webinars, as well as industry-specific resources. We will continue to add resources for various industries. Please keep checking.

Training Webinars

We offer our clients many online training sessions to complement our one-on-one advising. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for no-cost business advising, please reach out to an advisor today.

Business Resilience Part I: Identify

The first of this four-part series focuses on understanding the key resources that help your business operate and on “Keeping the Lights On.”

CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like right now, but to be better prepared for potential future business disruptions.

Register for Part I here.

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Business Resilience Part II: Plan

In the second part of the series, learn how to create a Business Impact Analysis, and Emergency Plans as you work towards forming a Business Continuity Plan that helps you allocate your resources in the best way possible to limit the impact of a disruption to the best of your ability.

CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like right now, but to be better prepared for potential future business disruptions. Register for Part II here. If you already registered for any other training/advising services from us, simply login following the same link.
Business Resilience Part III: Implement

The third part focuses on Risk Management, Training Staff, and understanding the types of controls you can setup in your place of business from physical barriers to changing hours of operation, with specific COVID-19 examples.

CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like right now, but to be better prepared for potential future business disruptions.

Register for Part III here.

If you already registered for any other training/advising services from us, simply login following the same link.

Business Resilience Part IV: Recover

The last of this four-part series focuses on what small business owners as leaders in their communities, need to be thinking about as they reopen their business in a new world.

CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, in partnership with Manchester’s WORK_SPACE, shares real-time examples and worksheets designed to get you planning to not only consider what recovery looks like right now, but to be better prepared for potential future business disruptions.

Register for Part IV here. (Coming soon)

If you already registered for previous parts or any other training/advising services from us, simply login following the same link.

Restaurant Industry Resources

CDC: Reopening Decision Worksheet

The CDC released a tool to help restaurants & bars evaluate public health considerations for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

Click here to review the information and download the tool.

National Restaurant Association: Reopening

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe team has released guidance to help restaurants restart when the nation begins reopening its businesses.

The guidance offers instruction on how to begin serving customers in partial and full-service capacities. The Association encourages combining the guidelines with existing corporate policies, the FDA Food Code, ServSafe training, and recommendations from local health officials.

Explore Dining Bonds for your Restaurant

The dining bonds are being offered by participating restaurants across the country at a suggested savings of 25 percent when purchased. For example, a $100 bond will sell for $75 and would be redeemed for full value on or after the redemption date, typically 30 – 60 days after purchase.

A dedicated website,  www.supportrestaurants.org, allows diners to search for and connect with participating restaurants while also letting restaurants sign on to the program. Transactions can then be handled directly between customer and restaurant, with individual restaurants setting their own terms and conditions and fulfilling the transactions.

Arts & Culture Industry Resources

CT Arts & Culture Reopening Guidance

This COVID-19 Operating Guidelines document (the“Plan”) is intended to provide information to those in the arts and culture sector and other interested parties and to assist in reopening according to the guidelines provided by the State of Connecticut.

Download the document here.

Event Safety Alliance: Reopening

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.  Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed.  The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.

Franchise Industry Resources

International Franchise Association: Reopening
This extensive blueprint document includes guidance for a variety of industries commonly franchised, from automotive and education, to restaurants and senior care. While it is designed for franchises, non-franchise businesses can also benefit from some of the recommendations included. Please click here to access the Franchise Reopening Blueprint.

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