Claremore Daily Progress


September 19, 2011

‘A Day Without Business’: Summit to train businesses in continuity planning

TULSA — If disaster occurred, how long could your company go without doing business and still survive?  

One in four small businesses closed by a disaster never reopen.

On Friday, Sept. 30, “A Day Without Business” will assist business owners in developing their own personal business continuity plans.  Located at the Holiday Inn-City Center in downtown Tulsa, A Day Without Business will help the business owner increase the odds of surviving a disaster or a business interruption.  

Last held in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, organizers deemed it was appropriate to again offer this event.

“In a year with so many natural disasters, we felt this was good time to share with businesses on how to be prepared for both large scale disasters and everyday business interruptions,” said David Hall, a State Farm employee and Chair of Tulsa Partners’ Disaster Resistant Business Council.

Our opening speaker will be Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, who has a great interest in supporting disaster preparedness in the business community.

Our luncheon keynote speakers are Rob O’Brian and Tonya Sprenkle, President and Vice President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, who will share about their Chamber’s experience with the May 2011 Joplin Tornado.  

Sprenkle said, “After we attended A Day Without Business in 2006, we developed our own business continuity and emergency plan.  The U.S. Chamber even recognized it on their website as a best practice document after they reviewed it for our accreditation process.  However, there are definitely things we learned from the recent tornado that we will include in the update of the plan.” 

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