Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Materials from Workshops “Keeping Our Businesses Strong: Strategies for Business Continuity in the Face of Disasters”

On March 10,  11,  and May 12, 2015, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) hosted training workshops in Wilmington, NC, Conway, SC, and Leland, NC titled Keeping Our Businesses Strong: Strategies for Business Continuity in the Face of Disasters.  These workshops brought together representatives of regional councils, small and large businesses, economic development organizations, local governments, and others to learn about ways to plan for natural disasters, minimize their economic impacts, and be ready to reopen quickly next time an unforeseen event occurs.

These free workshops included:
  • An overview of business continuity planning and the key steps necessary to prepare a business for a disruption;
  • Interactive scenario exercises and discussions that helped participants identify vulnerabilities and strategies to build the resilience of their businesses and organizations;
  • Access to national experts on business continuity planning;
  • An easy-to-use toolkit to help participants prepare continuity plans; and
  • Opportunities for selected participants to work one-on-one with experts to address their unique challenges.

Workshop materials:

Please contact Megan McConville (mmcconville@nado.org) or Dana Crater (dcrater@iedconline.org) with questions.  These workshops were conducted with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  The NADO Research Foundation and IEDC would also like to thank our other partners: the Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center, the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center, Brunswick County, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, the Horry County Emergency Management Department, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.