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Posts by Carol Chastang

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  • Businesses in Napa are assessing the damage caused by the August 24, 2014 earthquake.  The South Napa Earthquake shook the Northern California wine country at 3:20 a.m., causing damages to homes, commercial properties and the local infrastructure.  Rewind to August 23, 2011.  A...
    Archive - August 29, 2014 - 8 comments
  • Most employees at small businesses worry about their safety in the event of an emergency, according to a recent survey by Staples, Inc.  And those fears range from “does my company have an emergency plan in place?” to “what happens to my paycheck if this place had to close...
    SBA News and Views - June 05, 2014 - 22 comments
  • On January 17, 1994 at 4:31 a.m., Los Angeles area residents were rudely awakened by a 6.7 magnitude  earthquake. The Northridge Earthquake was felt as far away as Las Vegas, 265 miles away. The toll was devastating: an estimated $20 billion in damages, 60 people killed, and more than 40,000...
    SBA News and Views - January 16, 2014 - 5 comments
  • Unusual weather patterns in the last few years have wreaked havoc on small business owners across the U.S. Those who were unprepared when big storms occurred faced financial losses caused by power outages, supply chain disruptions and temporary shutdowns. According to the National Oceanic and...
    SBA News and Views - November 06, 2013 - 4 comments
  • Eastern seaboard businesses continue their struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.  In terms of economic losses, the October 29, 2012 storm will be remembered as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history. Many residents and businesses, particularly in the hardest hit coastal...
    SBA News and Views - July 24, 2013 - 14 comments
  • Even before the big storm hits, small businesses start losing money once the severe weather advisories go out. The cost of shutting down, even for a few hours, is a huge expense most small businesses aren’t prepared to cover. Hurricane Sandy caught most people off guard. The late-season...
    SBA News and Views - May 23, 2013 - 8 comments
  •   If you run a small business, you understand the benefits of “business continuity” and the need to get a plan together to protect your company from being shut down by a disaster.  As a business owner, you also depend on the well-being of your employees, clients,...
    Financing - August 30, 2012 - 8 comments
  •   With small businesses that rely on agriculture facing financial hardship as a result of the worst drought to hit the United States in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week declared drought disaster areas in nearly half of the counties in the U.S. (1,430 counties...
    SBA News and Views - July 23, 2012 - 2 comments
  • When it comes to insurance, small businesses stand to lose the most by not having adequate coverage.  And while the mega-disasters like last year’s Hurricane Irene get a lot of media attention, those cataclysmic events are rare.   Smaller disasters, like the neighborhood power...
    Financing - June 18, 2012 - 8 comments
  • When a disaster occurs, it’s often the misleading bit of information shared by an outsider that gins up rumors about a damaged business shutting down.  Obviously, this situation undermines the company’s ability to recover. That’s one big reason why precise, effective...
    SBA News and Views - June 04, 2012 - 3 comments

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