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Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

by Employee on ‎05-24-2011 11:10 AM

This isn’t a new topic as many articles have been written about the importance of having a plan in case a disaster strikes and puts your business in jeopardy.


We have even blogged about it in the past and while it doesn’t seem like anything will ever happen to your business, it would be wise if you were prepared and had planned for it.


I speak about this not because of the many natural disasters we’ve seen on the news lately, but one small business owner in Westerly, Rhode Island, just received the U.S. Small Business Administration Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery.


Terrie Howard and I met the winner, Jamie Silvestri, last week during National Small Business Week.  His story was very inspiring and it reminded me of the importance of planning – planning in case a disaster should even befall your business and having the right backup in place.  While, you can’t plan for every detail, you can get your data backed up.


To read more of Jamie’s inspiring story and his determination to rebuild his business, click here.  Below, in his own words, Jamie explained what he endured and shares some tips for fellow business owners.



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