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Workshops Prepare Local Businesses to Bounce Back, Better 


Disasters of any type can be costly for businesses in many ways and even result in permanent closure. Preparing for disasters and helping businesses recover from disruptions effectively is the topic of three free workshops being held June 30 – July 2 and sponsored by StayLocal!, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, New Orleans-based company Water Works, and the New Orleans Main Street Resiliency Initiative.

Geared toward local business owners and staff from economic development and url-1business technical assistance providers, the workshops will feature business continuity expert Gail Moraton from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Moraton is responsible for IBHS’ business resiliency programs, and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP).

“IBHS’ mission is to make communities more resilient against disasters, and these type of workshops provide an important opportunity to work closely with local organizations such as StayLocal, Water Works and the New Orleans Main Street Initiative to support communities and businesses in their efforts to be prepared,” said Moraton.

The workshops, entitled Ready for Anything: Building Economic Resilience into your Business Model, will help participants identify their operation’s vulnerabilities during a natural or manmade disaster and develop strategies to overcome these challenges. Participants also will learn how to create business continuity plans and receive a copy of IBHS’ free, easy-to-use continuity planning toolkit, OFB-EZ® (Open for Business-EZ).

url“Successful businesses understand that preparedness is not just about bracing for the next ‘big one.’  It’s about creating a business plan that enables you to run operations as efficiently as possible regardless of what disruptions may come your way on any given day,” says StayLocal’s Executive Director, Dana Eness. “We’re thrilled to have the leadership from some New Orleans’ iconic businesses like Circle Food Store, Parkway Bakery, and Renaissance Publishing participating and sharing how they plan for success.”

Workshop dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-8:30pm || 1307 OC Haley Blvd, 3rd Floor Conference Room
  • Wednesday, July 1, 11:30 am-1:30pm || 2028 OC Haley Blvd (Good Work Network)
  • Thursday, July 2, 8:30-10:30am || 2028 OC Haley Blvd (Good Work Network)

Participants can register for their preferred date and time by calling 504-252-1259, or online at http://bit.ly/1eTBdtn.

Workshops are free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Those who register in advance will be eligible for gifts and door prizes.  Refreshments will be provided at each workshop.

For more information, visit: http://www.staylocal.org/ready-anything



This entry was posted on June 23, 2015 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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