Small Business Risk Education Program
In order to provide meaningful and relevant educational opportunities that promote and sustain economic growth for our clients, the WBDC has partnered with Accion Chicago and The Travelers Companies, Inc. on a new program geared towards helping you, the business owner, prepare for the unexpected. The Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) Program, delves into and answers questions business owners have about protecting employees, customers and others from potential accidents and injuries and protecting their business from natural and man-made disasters.
Any number of events can negatively impact your business: from a man-made incident, such as a cyber attack or fire, to a natural disaster resulting in an extended power outage or damage to property and equipment or an injury resulting from a slip, trip and fall accident or car accident related to your business. It is of the most importance to protect your employees, customers and the public and be able to respond and restore normalcy after an accident or disaster as quickly as possible. This is particularly important for small business owners when you consider that a serious injury to others or a long disruption in your operations can create a significant loss of clients, productivity and ultimately, revenue.
SBRE begins with an introductory workshop, followed by free consultation to learn techniques and strategies to help mitigate risks that are specific to your business and assets. This is what differentiates this program from others. You are not left on your own to figure out the next steps. After the workshop you can engage in one-on-one training with WBDC counselors and Travelers risk safety professionals to build a safety or risk management plan to help prevent accidents, injuries and interruptions to the growth and success of your business.
The goal is for you to utilize the Travelers’ expertise in order to develop helpful and useful strategies for your business to reduce risk, prevent loss and save lives. You will learn about key aspects of auto safety, employee and customer safety, property protection, cyber security and business continuity. Additionally, if after the consultation you need financial help to put your plan in
play, there is the opportunity to qualify for a microloan to finance your safety/risk management plan and unlock your company’s full earning potential.