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Emergency Preparedness Conference for Small Business

Article Launched: 06/22/2007 01:46:04 PM MDT

El Paso Community College Small Business Development Center along with the El Paso Mayor's Office to offer a Conference on Emergency Preparedness for Small Businesses.

July 30, 2007
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites, 6100 Gateway East
El Paso, TX
Cost: $75.00

Small businesses account for 99 percent of U. S. employers, employ 50 percent of all private sector workers and provide nearly 45 percent of the nations' payroll, according to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

But 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster.

The Institute for Economic Development's San Antonio Small Business Development Center, El Paso Community College Small Business Development Center and the El Paso Mayor's Office hopes to alter those odds by hosting a conference on June 28, to assist small businesses in the development of emergency preparedness business continuity plans.

"The Workplace Emergency Preparedness for Small Business Conference" will be held at the Embassy Suites, 6100 Gateway East, El Paso, TX (79905) 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. The cost for attending is $75. Breakfast, lunch and breaks included along with the book "Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery; A Small business Guide" Co-Authored by Donna Childs; a Manhattan small business owner whose business did survive after the 9-11 attacks, and credits her risk management assessment and prior contingency planning as the keys to why she was able to return her Wall Street business to operational capacity in less than a week.

This book normally retails for $60.00. Participants will also receive an Emergency Preparedness CD.

The conference's featured speaker is Mayor Cook and Deputy Chief Don Berger, Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of El Paso.

Keynote Speakers at Lunch will be Chief Grijalva, Police Chief for El Paso Community College and Peg Callahan; Director of the Human Capital Program of University of Texas, San Antonio.

Peg will be leading a panel discussion with small business owners in El Paso who survived the recent flood.

Emergency Preparedness Conference Details:

El Paso's own Mayor Cook will open the conference and set the stage focusing on the importance of having a plan in case of an emergency followed by Chief Berger who will talk about some of the most common types of disasters that small business owners can expect and discuss what the city of El Paso has in place The 10 a.m.

Emergency Management Resource Panel will feature representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, Homeland Security and the National Weather Service.

The Keynote Speaker at Lunch will be Chief Grijalva, EPCC Chief of Police who will be describing what has happened in the way of college/university preparedness for active shooter situations and how small businesses can also use that information to help themselves.

Chief Grijalva will be followed by Peg Callahan, Director of the Human Capital Program at UTSA.

Peg will be leading a panel discussion with some of the El Paso Small Business Owners who survived the recent flood.

At 1:00 p.m. a Business Continuity Panel will feature representatives from the data security, records management, risk management and insurance industries.

The 3:00 p.m. Disaster Recovery Panel will feature representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, EPA, Governor's Division of Emergency Management, Long Term Recovery Committee; Building and Reconstruction and the American Red Cross.

Exhibitors will be on hand with information for participants.

Cost of the conference is only $75.00.
For additional information or to register, call 915-831-7742 or register on-line at the SBDC website;
We expect this conference to fill fast so register right away to hold your spot.
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