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‘Save Your Business from Disaster’ workshop Nov. 5 

Chamber of Commerce hosts presentation for small businesses

chamber workshopThe Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services will offer a special three-hour workshop on Nov. 5, for local business owners and managers that currently risk losing their business if a disaster strikes our area. According to statistics, three out of four companies without a basic business continuity plan will fail within three years of experiencing a natural disaster. Because computers are now such an integral part of almost every business, the statistics are even more concerning for disasters when data loss is involved. When this occurs, one out of two businesses will not even re-open.

The Save Your Business from Disaster workshop will provide attendees with a simple workbook that, when completed, will serve as a basic disaster recovery and business continuity plan for their own business.

Featured speakers will explore a number of related topics. Kevin Taylor, Department of Emergency Services, will discuss the various community and business risks that we face in North County. Anika Clements, Cuesta, will explore how earthquakes form, local fault locations and why some buildings survive better than others. Russ Levenway, TekTegrity, will talk about ways to protect vital business information and quickly restore data-related operations. Other speakers will cover additional topics of importance and relevance.

“We would all like to think that disasters only happen somewhere else,” said Pam Avila, Director of Economic Development at the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. “But we also know that we’re not immune to disasters here in Paso. The statistics of those businesses that fail after a disaster should be a wake-up call for every business owner. Taking a little time to prepare a disaster and business continuity plan could mean the difference between your business surviving or failing if we have another disaster.”

Ken Johnson, Fire Chief in the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services, said, “Disasters come in many forms and are always unpredictable. It’s important to have disaster plans in place for your business – not only to safeguard the business itself but also your employees.”

The Save Your Business from Disaster workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St., Paso Robles. Admission for Chamber members is $35, non-members $50. Attendees will receive the disaster planning/business continuity workbook ($40 value) for creating their own plan. Advance registration is required and can be completed on-line at www.pasorobleschamber.com.

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