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The Need For Small Business, Business Continuity

Written by  MARK R. LUPO, CBCP September 30, 2009

I have been asked recently, “Why does a small business need a business continuity/emergency preparedness plan? Isn’t that really just for big businesses?” For anyone who has owned or operated a small business in their career, there is an understanding that day-to-day survival is one of the primary goals. Making payroll, covering rent, paying vendors/suppliers, finding that next customer. All of these fall into the high priority column of tasks to be done on a day-to-day/week-to-week basis. The concept of planning for disasters, whether they are man-made or natural, just doesn’t come that high up on the radar during normal operations. The thought that a small business, one that has an owner operator and two or three employees, maybe even up to 10 or 20 even, should have a business continuity plan, sometimes comes across as a bunch of work or expense for an owner with little or no perceived value. Eric

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