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Emergency Preparedness Recovery

Lessons from Dire Circumstances

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on September 2nd, 2021. The pandemic has upended our lives for 19 months, but it’s taught us some worthwhile lessons to reflect on. We’ve been reminded of essential business operations principles. We now practice self-care. We’ve… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Recovery

Are You Ready for the Recovery?

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on March 4, 2021. Going into the pandemic was chaotic and unpredictable and we had to make consequential decisions on the fly. The road ahead certainly has its share of unpredictability, but the rollout of vaccines… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness General Interest

Shifting the Goal Post

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on August 6, 2020. We endured the shock and awe at the initial pandemic declaration. Strange new habits of social distancing, shutdowns and face masks became patters we adopted in record time.  We then started to… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness General Interest

All Hands on Deck

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on July 2, 2020. We’re making our way through extraordinary times. The circumstances we’ve struggled with for months now have no precedent. Decision-makers at all levels have no off-the-shelf solutions to select from.  The critical choices… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness

Down the Rabbit Hole

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on June 4, 2020. We’ve been in this strange reality so long that we might begin to wonder what efforts will be required to get us back to a semblance of our earlier routines. The prognosticators… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness General Interest

Resilience

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on April 2, 2020. As a breather from our anxiety with all the unknowns and frustrations over changes to our personal and work patterns, I thought it might add perspective if we paused a moment to… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Technology

Small Biz Nightmares: Employees and Security

In the last few years we have seen several news accounts of major data breaches involving big businesses, nonprofit organizations, banking institutions, and even government entities.  While this is a major issue for these organizations, they generally have the expertise and means to fix the issue and ensure that the breach does not continue.  But… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness

Be Prepared… You Never Know…

We received the following notice last evening from SBDC friend, colleague, and social media guru, Ray Sidney-Smith.  It is important information on being prepared for any emergency, and how being prepared can save your business.  All small businesses and organizations should take note: Dear Clients and Colleagues, As some of you have heard, our office… Read more »

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