In Mendocino and Lake Counties we are all too familiar with packing a go bag for yourself, your family and the pets, just in case of wildfire, earthquake, or other natural disaster. But preparing your business for that type of situation is an entirely different proposition: one every business owner should consider as it’s a way to safeguard the years of work and love you’ve put into your business, and protect both your people and your assets.

In a series of workshops, held each month from July to September 2021, instructor Rachel Clark will outline everything you need to “Pack a Go Bag for Your Business†in her Emergency Preparation workshop. You will leave with a list of the critical items to pack for your Business Go Bag, a free workbook, and, as always, access to West Business Development Center expert advisors to help you work through your plan.

With a career in strategic coaching, Rachel has taught thousands of business owners the skills they need to grow their business successfully. Says Clark, “I have been working with business owners for many years and I understand the pressure they are under. We’ll go through the most important steps you can take right now, and figure out what you need to get in place for the coming year.â€

You will learn about:

  • Insurance coverage: How to assess what your coverage is and whether it’s sufficient to cover any potential losses.

  • Emergency and crisis planning: What you need to do and have in place for you and your employees in the event of an emergency.

  • Record keeping, files, and data: How safe are your records? Whether your records in the cloud, on backup drives, or file cabinets, you will learn how to protect them.

  • Communications: Do you know how you will communicate with your employees, vendors, and customers in the event of an emergency? The Public Safety Power Shutoffs gave us all a lesson on what happens when there’s no power!

About the Instructor

Rachel Clark is a regular instructor for Mendocino’s SBDC and Mendocino’s Women’s Business Center. She has worked as a Business Coach for 17 years, helping clients transform their businesses and increase property. Using her formal education in Marketing and Economics (coupled with years of experience in Executive Recruiting), Rachel helps clients ready to work on their leadership and business skills.

This workshop is funded in part by a grant from Wells Fargo.