Disaster recovery expert Donna Childs

IED offers disaster recovery workshop May 8.

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 27, 2007)--The UTSA Institute for Economic Development's San Antonio Small Business Development Center will present a workshop to assist small businesses in recovery after a disaster. The Workplace Emergency Preparedness for Small Business Conference is 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the Kelly Field Club, 205 Mabry, San Antonio, Texas, 78226. Registration is $75.

An astounding 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. Information provided in the conference can help lower that statistic by helping area small business owners to be better prepared in an emergency situation in order to continue operation.

A significant part of the American economy, small businesses account for 99 percent of U. S. employers, employ 50 percent of private sector workers and provide nearly 45 percent of the nation's payroll, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.

The featured speaker at the conference will be Donna Childs, author of "Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery: A Small Business Guide." A Manhattan small- business owner whose business survived after the 9-11 attacks, Childs credits risk management assessment and contingency planning as key to returning her Wall Street business to operation in less than a week.

Childs will open the conference with an 8:45 a.m. presentation on surviving 9-11 and following up with a luncheon presentation at 11:30 a.m. on protecting a business in a disaster.

Additionally, the conference will include three panel discussions. A 10 a.m. emergency management resource panel will feature Nim Kidd, district fire chief and emergency management coordinator for the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management, and Cherise J. Rohr-Allegrini, epidemiologist with the San Antonio Metro Health District Public Health Emergency Preparedness program.

A 12:45 p.m. business continuity panel will feature representatives from the data security, records management, risk management and insurance industries.

A 2:15 p.m. disaster recovery panel will feature representatives from FEMA, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, OSHA and the American Red Cross.

The IED Human Capital Program, coordinator of the San Antonio conference, will host similar events in Austin, San Angelo, El Paso, Laredo and Harlingen in May and June.

For more information or to register for the conference, call (210) 458-2460 or e-mail


View a video on the Institute for Economic Development workshop (Real Player format).

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