Is Your Business Prepared for the Unexpected?

With the wildfire season fast approaching, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage all of our local businesses to take steps to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

Join us for a Free Learning Session

To help our business community prepare for the unexpected, the Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership is offering a free learning session for businesses in Nelson and area. This two-hour session, facilitated by Community Futures Central Kootenay, will cover how businesses can be prepared in the event of a natural disaster, including advice from Nelson’s Fire & Rescue Services and HUB International Insurance.

The Nelson Ready Disaster Preparedness Seminar will take place on May 12th from 10 am – noon at the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce. Virtual attendance is also available. Register here.

Colin O’Leary will discuss the importance of building a business continuity plan and will introduce Community Futures BC’s free online tool. The tool will help identify hazards for your business, your core functions/assets, and what the impact would be if your business operations are disrupted.

Raymond Monteith from HUB International Insurance will speak to important insurance considerations for businesses during the fire season. John Topolovec, the City of Nelson’s Emergency Management Coordinator, will speak to strategies for small business emergency preparedness.

Business owners who attend the event and complete Nelson Ready’s Four Steps to be Prepared will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to a local business of their choice. Business owners who build their business continuity plan using the free online tool will be entered to win $500 towards their next insurance renewal.

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Emergencies and disasters for business are unavoidable, and they’re happening more and more. It’s impossible to predict when or what will happen. But it is entirely possible for you to take steps to reduce those negative impacts. The best time to strategize is when you’re not in an emergency situation. Visit today, and create your own customized Business Continuity Plan.