Several Chambers in region, as well as Heart of Danville, hold Disaster Preparedness workshop sponsored by ServPro of Versailles, Nicholasville and Danville
DANVILLE, Ky. - The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a regional Disaster Preparedness workshop on September 21, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Boyle County Public Library. The workshop is sponsored by ServPro of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville, with the chambers in Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer, as well as the Heart of Danville, co-hosting the workshop.
Speakers include Michael Ashcraft, Senior Area Manager for Economic Development &Public Information for the Small Business Administration in Louisville, and Alison Broady, Stakeholder Liaison, in the Internal Revenue Service Communications & Liaison Office in Nashville.
Paula Fowler, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce encourages business owners ” to take 75 minutes from your busy schedule to learn information you hope you never need but is critical if disaster strikes and time is of the essence. She notes, “We are all watching with heartache the disaster in Texas and surrounding areas, as well as the new Hurricane Irma, and hope we never face such catastrophe. But where would you start if a major disaster happened here? Join us for a short time to begin that thought process for your business.”
“As we have seen many times before, it takes years to build a successful business, but just minutes to be destroyed by a disaster,” says Fowler.
Business owners should:
· Understand their vulnerabilities
· Plan for a disaster
· Periodically test the disaster plan
SBA provides training on disaster preparation and recovery as well as information on disaster recovery resources for your small business or nonprofit organization. They also provide low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.
Michael will provide the 50+ page workbook on how to assess disaster risks, how to prepare for a disaster, how to communicate during and after a crisis, and how to recover more quickly. He will also share a copy of the PowerPoint and a couple other handouts. Alison will share recordkeeping tips for your business, IRS hot topics, and will discuss tax relief provided in disaster situations. Emily Pass of ServPro of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville will also have materials to handout.