Small businesses can defy disaster with business continuity plan
If a conglomerate can be “too big to fail,” can a small business be too small to succeed? That question comes after reflecting on the meager turnout for a series of workshops for small businesses conducted in various Florida cities last month.
This is not a criticism; it is an acknowledgement of the simple fact that owners of small businesses are so busy working IN the business that it is supremely challenging to work ON the business. If you have a very small staff, there is seldom anyone to spare to sit in a two-hour meeting – or even to take the time to assess your readiness for disaster. But just because it’s hard to carve out time for preparedness doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Mark a date on the calendar now, while the sun’s still shining and there are no weather threats out in the tropics. If you have employees, gather a team to work on a disaster plan to protect your business. People support what they help to create, and you’ll want buy in to your emergency plan. Using collective brainpower brings multiple views for assessing your vulnerabilities.
Take 15 minutes to look at the presentation delivered at the small business workshops, titled “Getting Smart About Insurance.” Then, invest some time to look at the numerous business continuity templates available to you at no charge. Below are a few links – so just pick one and get to work. The goal is to keep the business going, no matter what. Success (and business survival) depend on solid planning, not pure luck.