The SBDC knows that small businesses are the economic anchors in the community.  Therefore, it is critical that business owners have business continuity plans in place to mitigate the impact of any type of business interruption, especially natural disasters. 

Pennsylvania SBDC business continuity & survival services available to small businesses include confidential consulting on topics such as:

  • Creating, updating and refining business continuity plans
  • Acquiring capital, before and after the event
  • Using cloud-based alternatives for critical business operations, tools and infrastructure
  • Developing mobile-ready strategies to prepare for employees working off-site when needed
  • Expanding strategically through new markets online, abroad or with the government
  • Finding ways to maintain connectivity during a business disruption
  • Building an online presence including eCommerce to diversify sales streams
  • Reviewing ways to optimize online performance through SEO and other website enhancements
  • Discussing all available resources to your business including local, state and federal partners who provide disaster loans, disaster training and much more  

The SBDC network has the experience and an excellent track record in responding across the state to help communities and businesses negatively impacted by external forces, such as natural disasters or economic dislocations.  Contact your local SBDC today to see how your business can overcome setbacks from previous disasters and learn how you can prepare for future business disruptions.

In Wake of Winter Storms, Pennsylvania SBDC Stresses Business Continuity Preparations for Small Businesses

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As close to 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power from winter storm Nika, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are encouraging businesses across Pennsylvania to prepare for the next round of severe winter weather.  In a message to its network of small business owners, the SBDC urged businesses…

SBDC Business Continuity Alert: Heartbleed and Next Steps for Small Businesses

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With an increasing amount of business transactions being conducted online and rising numbers of small companies using the cloud, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) realizes that some businesses may have been affected by the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability.  Below are some helpful tips and next steps for business owners…

SBDC Business Continuity Alert: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP

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Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are notifying all small businesses that Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. According to Microsoft, more…

Pennsylvania SBDC Receives EDA Grant to Help Small Firms with Business Disruption Strategies

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With the start of hurricane season, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have started work on a new project to help prepare small business owners to weather natural disasters and other business disruptions as part of a grant funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The project, Operation Disaster…

Pennsylvania SBDC Releases On-Demand Webinar Series for Entrepreneurs

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), through grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), has released a series of four on-demand webinars for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Webinar topics include cloud computing, marketing your business online, exploring new markets, and business continuity planning.  Each webinar is designed…

Resources

Continuity Planning - Every business owner should have a plan in place just in case the unthinkable emergency or disaster happens.

Disruption Recovery - Learn the key steps that every business owner should take following a business disruption.

Business Continuity Resource Links - Links to more in-depth information on preparing for a business disruption.

SBA Disaster Loan Information - SBA provides loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and most private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, equipment and business assets that have been damaged in a disaster.

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