Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Small Business Assistance


Small businesses require additional assistance with disaster recovery and preparedness. With roughly 40% of small businesses not reopening post-disaster proper planning and recovery strategies can reduce this number. These resources are to assist small businesses prepare and recovery from a disaster.


Leadership in a Time of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

IEDC is proud to announce the release of a revised Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S…. …more


Business Continuity and Preparedness Toolkits

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides two free useful tools for small businesses, one focused on business continuity, the other on business preparedness. Hav… …more


Business Continuity Planning Suite Software

If you need more help getting a business or organization prepared, please use the new Business Continuity Planning Suite developed by DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate and … …more


Business Recovery Center Model – Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Deepwater Horizon Oil spill has had far-reaching impacts for the entire Gulf Coast and beyond. Despite these impacts, the Mississippi Coastal Region has an opportunity to transform its f… …more


Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster

IEDC releases a new briefing on strategies to support small businesses following a disaster. Six case studies highlight how American communities have utilized public, private and a mix of public and private funding to aid small businesses to return to operations and thrive following a disaster. …more


Connecting Entrepreneurs to Capital: Workshop Presentation

Given to stakeholders in Southwest Louisiana on September 12, 2013, this presentation was designed for small business support organizations, funders, and entrepreneurs by Jon Gregory, Managi… …more


Doing Business with GSA Guide

The Quick Guide as an easy-to-read road map that can guide you through the GSA web site to find the business opportunities available to your company. …more


Sample Business Recovery Guide

To inform local businesses of valuable business assistance resources after a disaster, organizations need to consider creating a small business recovery resource guide. One such business res… …more


Six Priorities for Short-term Economic Recovery After a Disaster

Six priorities from IEDCs extensive post-disaster economic recovery work since 2005. These are what EDOs and chamber of commerces should prioritize in the weeks and months after a disaster. …more


Webinar Recording: Lessons from the Field: Small Business Recovery Strategies After a Disaster

On January 28th, 2014 IEDC hosted the webinar on lessons from the field: small business recovery strategies after a disaster. Do you know what an economic development organization (E… …more


Webinar Recording: Long-Term Recovery: Addressing Business Failures in Years 2-5

On April 22nd, 2014, IEDC presented this webinar on “Long-Term Recovery: Addressing Business Failures in Years 2-5.” The street lights are back on, the debris has all been removed, and your … …more


Webinar: Prioritizing Economic Recovery Actions Following a Major Disaster

IEDC hosted a webinar featuring two organizations serving on the ground in economic recovery efforts following major disasters: 1) an EF-5 tornado which touched down in May 2011, devastating 1/3 of Joplin, Missouri and 2) Jefferson Parish (next to New Orleans) which was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. …more


White House Task Force Releases Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

President Obama convened the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and appointed the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan as chair. On Monday, August 19th, the task fo… …more