In conjunction with the start of the 2015 Hurricane Season, the first annual Delaware Business Emergency Preparedness Summit will be held the morning of June 2, 2015 at the Georgetown CHEER Center, according to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The free summit will bring together experts and resources to help businesses prepare for different types of disasters –everything from hurricanes to cyber attacks.

The Delaware Business Emergency Preparedness Summit is a free half day program for businesses with lunch, prizes, exhibitors, a planning toolkit for each participant and most importantly the most up-to-date information they need to protect and prepare for an emergency.  The program will include interactive panel discussions on topics including Business Disruption Survival 101, Sussex County small businesses first-hand accounts of surviving a disruption and Small Business CyberSecurity. Special Speaker Steve Kegelman, Response and Recovery Operations Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey will kick of the summit with remarks about his community’s experience before, during and after Hurricane Sandy.

Delaware Business Emergency Preparedness Summit

June 2, 2015

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. Program, Lunch, Exhibitors & Prizes

Master of Ceremonies, WBOC Meteorologist Mike Lichniak

Special Speaker Steve Kegelman,

Response & Recovery Operations, Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ

Georgetown CHEER Center-20520 Sand Hill Road –Georgetown, DE

Cost: Free


Exhibitor space is available on a very limited first-come, first-served basis.  To reserve a space at $25 per person, contact Carrie Townsend at or (302) 856-1555.

Discover Bank is sponsoring the event and an Advisory Committee of organizations supporting the event include: Delaware Economic Development Office; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Delaware Department of Transportation; Delaware Electric Cooperative ;Delaware National Guard; Delaware Restaurant Association; Delmarva Digital Inc.; Delmarva Power; Discover Bank; Lewes Chamber of Commerce; American Red Cross of Delmarva; Rehoboth Dewey Chamber of Commerce; Southern Delaware Tourism; Sussex County Emergency Operations; University of Delaware Sea Grant Program; U.S Small Business Administration

“Now more than ever, businesses face an array of disruptions both natural and manmade.  Having a plan in place and access to the latest information can be a matter of survival,” says Carrie Townsend, SBDC Business Resiliency Program Coordinator.  “The Delaware Business Emergency Preparedness Summit will bring an impressive lineup of speakers and resources together to help businesses prepare and protect their investment.This promises to be a valuable and important opportunity for the Delaware small business community”

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the help of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative in 2013, a program to provide long term assistance so businesses are prepared and ready for anything. Delaware is among 11 states impacted by Hurricane Sandy to receive grant funding for this type of outreach and education

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

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.