Overview

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. 

Services

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.

Business Continuity Planning Helps Your Bottom Line

Customers expect delivery of products or services on time. If there is a significant delay, and you can’t fulfill your orders, customers may go to a competitor.

Larger businesses are asking their suppliers about preparedness. They want to be sure that their supply chain is not interrupted. Failure to implement a preparedness program risks losing business to  competitors who can demonstrate they have a plan.

Insurance is only a partial solution. It generally does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.

Many disasters, natural or man-made, may overwhelm the resources of even the largest public agencies, and they may not be able to reach every facility in time. Are you prepared to recover on your own?

News travels fast, and perceptions often differ from reality. Businesses need to reach out to customers and other stakeholders quickly during business interruptions to keep them informed, and to set expectations.

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.

Latest News

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…

Business Continuity Alert: Small Businesses Warned of Weather-Related Business Interruptions during Hurricane Season

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As Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are reminding small businesses to prepare for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season which runs June 1 through November 30, peaking mid-August to late October.  Hurricanes create potentially hazardous conditions for both the physical property…

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…

Business Continuity Alert: Protecting Your Business from Identity Theft and Fraud

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) with help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) are reminding business owners of processes and procedures to ensure their companies are protected from identify theft and fraud.  According to the National Consumers League, reported losses from one…

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…

Pennsylvania SBDC Encourages Businesses to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! for Spring Weather-Related Preparedness and Resilience

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) encourages small businesses to partake in America’s PrepareAthon! occurring Thursday, April 30 to increase individual and community preparedness in the event of weather-related disasters to build resiliency.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through…