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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston Hurricane Business Recovery Center
News Release
Monday, May 23, 2011

HBRC HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR 2011 HURRICANE SEASON

(Houston TX) When most people hear the phrase “preparing for hurricane season,” they think about protecting their property and stocking up on bottled water, batteries, and canned goods. Small business owners certainly need to consider those things, but they also need to be concerned about business continuity planning-- protecting their businesses by making sure that records and processes can survive a storm.

Preparing Your Business for Hurricane Season is a free, half-day seminar featuring business, weather and emergency experts. “We are excited to be offering this seminar, which will help small business owners understand the importance of continuity planning and give them the tools they need to begin creating a written plan, said James B. Evans, Director of the University of Houston’s Hurricane Business Recovery Center (HBRC).

This event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort, 5400 Seawall Boulevard. The day will begin with a networking breakfast, followed by a full morning of presentations on business continuity, understanding insurance, and data protection and portability. The event will conclude with a luncheon featuring a panel of experts. Panelists Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologist at KHOU Channel 11, Stan Blazyk, Galveston weather expert, author, and blogger, and Gene Hafele, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston office, will talk about the upcoming hurricane season and how to stay well informed. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions with the experts.

HBRC is a business consulting and training center of the UH Small Business Development Center Network. Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, HBRC provides free and confidential business counseling and no-cost workshops to small business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Ike. Preparing Your Business for Hurricane Season is a free event, but registration is required. Visit HBRC’s website at www.hbrc.uh.edu, or call, toll-free,1-877-660-7826.




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