With Hurricane Florence on the horizon, small business owners are among those who must do all they can to be prepared and put themselves in the strongest possible position to recover.
“There will be more storms after this one – and sometimes disaster can strike with no warning,” said Lenwood V. Long, President and CEO of Carolina Small Business. “While we do not yet know where Florence will hit, we encourage you to be prepared as we pray for everyone’s safety.”
The kit is part of our dedicated Disaster Resiliency & Recovery program to empower small business owners with the knowledge they need to protect their enterprise before and after a natural disaster strikes. In addition to essential tools like time-saving checklists, there is also up-to-date contact information for our regional business development officers to assist you should an owner need access to capital or technical assistance in the wake of the storm.
After you have downloaded the Resiliency Kit, be sure to take steps to secure your data. IT Works offers a Data Shelter service for 30 days absolutely free of charge. They are based in Wilmington so we encourage you to call 910.594.4862 right away to safely and securely get your get your data offsite.
Last month, President Long appeared before the North Carolina House Committee on Disaster Relief to brief members on the unique challenges small businesses face in the wake of disaster, both immediate and long-term.
In the nearly two years since Hurricane Matthew devastated many communities in predominantly rural Eastern North Carolina, Carolina Small Business has issued 66 small business loans totaling $6.6 million across 24 counties declared disaster areas. In addition, 74 businesses in the affected region received free technical assistance and 301 people attended classes for ongoing resiliency.