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F
ires, prolonged power out-
ages, blizzards, floods in-
cidents and natural forces
like these can strike with little or
no warning, threatening a com-
pany's existence. The Connecticut
Small Business Development Cen-
ter (CTSBDC) has established the
PrepareCT Collaborative, funded by
the Small Business Administration
(SBA), to help Connecticut's small
business community prepare for
and minimize the impact of disrup-
tions and disasters and take steps
to ensure continued business sur-
vival and well-being.
CTCPA is one of 16 organizations
that has partnered with the CTS-
BDC to present a series of disas-
ter-planning workshops across
Connecticut. Joseph M. Ercolano,
associate director of the CTSBDC,
visited the Torrington CONNection
in September to present the first in
the CTCPA series, "Preparing Your
Business and Your Clients for a Di-
saster or Business Disruption."
Participants learned the six key ac-
tions every small business should in-
clude in their disaster and disruption
continuity plan and reviewed plan-
ning worksheets. (Business owners
can download the worksheets at
www.PrepareCT.com.)
The workshop will also be present-
ed at the Thursday, November 20
Personal Financial Planning Group
of Fairfield in Easton and again at
the Friday, December 19 Friday
Focus for Members in Industry in
Rocky Hill.
Are You and Your Clients
Prepared for a Disaster?
PrepareCT Collaborative Helps Connecticut
Businesses Develop a Plan
Six Key Disaster
Preparedness Actions
Every small business should include
these actions in their continuity plan:
1. Identifying and assessing risks.
2. Ensuring continuity of critical
business functions.
3. Emergency communications with
key stakeholders.
4. Vendor and supplier contingency
planning.
5. Safeguarding IT and data.
6. Testing and maintaining a
preparedness plan.
Visit www.PrepareCT.com to
complete an action plan with
user-friendly worksheets.
Upcoming Workshops
Hear more about PrepareCT at the
following workshops:
Thursday, November 20
PFP Group of Fairfield
Easton Public Library, Easton
Friday, December 19
Friday Focus for Members in Industry
CTCPA Education Center, Rocky Hill
Reserve your place at
www.ctcpas.org/membermeetings.
Joseph M. Ercolano, associate director of the Connecticut Small Business Development
Center, visits the Torrington CONNection in September to present the first in the CTCPA series,
"Preparing Your Business and Your Clients for a Disaster or Business Disruption."
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www.ctcpas.org