We’ve all heard, and have probably said, “I didn’t think this would happen to ME.” As a business owner or entrepreneur, have you thought about the phrase, “I didn’t think this would happen to MY business.”

When a disaster or crisis strikes, big or small, it’s already too late to plan a response, especially in our world of instant information, active and unpredictable weather, and even viral videos that can spread misinformation, well, like a virus. The City of Penticton’s Economic Development team provides many tools to help your business, and is hosting FutureBiz: When Disaster Hits on December 4th.

Disasters can come in many forms — the inconvenience of a power outage, a street closure, or your internet is down temporarily. But they can also be much more dramatic, damaging the reputation of your business, or putting a major dent in business continuity — natural disasters, data breaches, errant staff members who’ve jeopardized safety and security.

Do have a plan? A checklist? A designated spokesperson?

The aim of FutureBiz , is to guide businesses through the planning process, so that when something does happen, you’re ready for it. Attendees will take away hands-on tools from sessions such as:

  • COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY IN A CRISIS
  • FIRE, FLOOD – BAD FOR BUSINESS!
  • BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING WORKSHOP
  • INFORMATION SECURITY, CYBERSECURITY, AND PRIVACY: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION…
  • CRIME PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN – PROTECT AND SECURE YOUR PROPERTY AND ASSETS

Each session will be offered three times throughout the day, which will begin with keynote speaker ​Abigail Cabunoc Mayes of the Mozilla Foundation. Abby mobilizes leaders in the internet health movement through mentorship and training on open practices and open source. Before this, she was Lead Developer of the Mozilla Science Lab, transforming science on the web.

At the end of the day, attendees will practice their skills during a tabletop disaster exercise led by the Red Cross, read more here. Having a simulated crisis will help build confidence in your planning so you’re ready when for a real-life crisis.

FutureBiz takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 9am to 3:30pm on December 4th. Last year’s event was a sell out, register via Eventbrite before you miss out this year.

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