Suffern, N.Y. (September 16, 2013) – SCORE Rockland, in collaboration with the Office of the County Executive and the Rockland Economic Development Corporation presents a series of free workshops on disaster recovery planning for local small businesses in Rockland County. The second of the series will be held on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Nanuet, N.Y. in conjunction with Emergency Preparedness Month, which is observed nationally throughout the month of September.
“The effects of Superstorm Sandy left many businesses in our area devastated both structurally and financially,” said Mark Rothenberg, Director, NY Metro Area SCORE. “It’s vital that businesses learn to utilize and access today’s ever-changing technology, allowing them to continue operating in times of crisis.”
This workshop, will be presented by Technology Therapy Group and will focus on disaster preparation and continuity planning including:
- Maximizing efficiency with Cloud software
- Creating a plan for working remotely
- Using social media for customer communication and service
- Creating a social policy for external and internal communication
Strategies on how to leverage other tools, such as websites, phones and emails will also be key topics.
According to a Dun & Bradstreet report from November 2012, Superstorm Sandy had a potential impact on 730,000 small businesses in New York. Nearly half of these businesses were already struggling financially prior to the storm.
“As businesses re-open, there’s a tremendous need for recovering loss and driving new growth,” said Rothenberg. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and SCORE is dedicated to helping them succeed.”
The workshop is part of a regional initiative by SCORE mentors. The SCORE model pairs experienced volunteer business professionals with small business owners. A series of workshops will be hosted by local chapters of SCORE’s New York Metro Area Region through the end of September.
The Sept. 24 workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn on Route 59 in Nanuet. For more information or to register, visit www.Rocklandscore.org.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 12,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 340 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business in and around Rockland County, call (845)-426-1206 or call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.