The Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative includes training and informational workshops, webinars, a readiness workbook and one-on-one counseling for small businesses in Delaware as part of its mission to educate on preparedness and business continuity. Delaware businesses need to plan for natural (hurricanes, flood, fire, drought, snow) and man-made (cybersecurity breaches, construction that displaces traffic, power outages) disasters to keep their businesses afloat when these disruptions happen.
The Delaware Resiliency Program was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy through a supplemental grant from the Small Business Administration. The grant allowed the SBDC to develop an evergreen outreach and education program that has become an integral part of SBDC services.
The Delaware Resiliency Program is guided by a statewide Advisory Board comprised of emergency management professionals, academics and educators, small business and tourism professionals, utility companies, IT companies and others.
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.