Business continuity is the ability to maintain critical business functions in the face of a disruptive event, according to Portia Metoyer, business continuity consultant with the LSBDC at McNeese.
"Business owners should be ready for anything that could shut their business down-a hurricane, an evacuation order, a major supplier goes out of business or employee thefts," said Metoyer.
She said regardless of the size of an organization, every business should develop a business continuity plan that will protect it by minimizing the impact of unplanned disruption and improve the likelihood that the business will survive and recover.
Every plan is different based on the needs of the individual organization, Metoyer added. "Here at McNeese, the LSBSC is the perfect resource to help a business develop a business continuity plan."
"If your business sustained physical damage or if you had to evacuate and lost income due to Gustav or Ike, then you qualify," said Metoyer. "Our business consultants will come to your place of business and work one-on-one to help you develop a business continuity plan tailored to meet the needs of your business."
The LSBDC at McNeese also holds training events and area workshops to help business owners understand a variety of business continuity concepts including risk management, disaster response planning, insurance and data security.
As hurricane season approaches, the McNeese center will offer business continuity workshops in June in Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes. Dates, times and places for these workshops will be posted online at the McNeese Small Business Development Center website.
James G. Gobert, CEO and president of Lake City Trucking in Lake Charles, took advantage of the program. "I had on-the-job disaster training with a fire in 2002, Hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Gustav and Ike in 2008. But my disaster response plan was in my head. Portia came in and advised me to put my plan down on paper," said Gobert. "With a written plan, I was able to better communicate with my employees and convey to them what my vision was in case of a disruption in the business."
For more information about this program, contact Portia Metoyer at (337) 475-5541 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.