Georgetown, DE — With the Atlantic Hurricane Season underway, the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative reminds local businesses about the free resources available to help them prepare for any kind of unexpected business disruption.

“Any kind of surprise disruption – be it a tropical storm, a road closure in front of a business or a computer crash or cyber-attack – can interrupt operations and cash flow,” says Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Sussex County Director William Pfaff.  “A small investment of time now in planning and preparation can reap huge benefits later and get a business back up and running quickly.”

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical depression off the Florida coast to see if it develops into tropical storm.  If it does, it would be the first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs June 1-November 30.

“We encourage area small businesses to take advantage of our services now to fortify their investment for the future,” says program coordinator Carrie Townsend.  “Our team of experienced counselors is ready to answer questions, meet one-on-one, go over a simple, proactive business ready check list and put together a preparedness plan.”

The Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the help of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently launched the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative, a program to provide long term assistance so businesses are prepared and ready for anything.

Call the Delaware SBDC at (302) 856-1555 or email ctownsen@udel.eduto schedule an appointment or for more information about the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative.  Or visit our website,  to learn about all programs, services and locations.

The Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative includes training and informational workshops, webinars, a readiness tool kit and one-on-one counseling for small businesses in Delaware as part of its mission to educate on preparedness and business continuity.

Delaware is among 11 states impacted by Hurricane Sandy to receive grant funding for this type of outreach and education.  Delaware businesses certainly need to plan for hurricanes and other acts of nature such as flooding, fire, drought, snow that could impact their operations.  Other disruptions that could be anticipated and planned for included power outages, construction near a business that displaces or reroutes traffic, infrastructure and IT malfunctions.

The SBDC, a unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships, provides business advisory services for free in all three counties in Delaware through funding from the SBA, Delaware Economic Development Office, the University of Delaware and private sector organizations.