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The 2017 Lobo Fire as seen from Bitney Springs. Photo YubaNet/J. Hinkley

Grass Valley, CA. May 8, 2018 – One in four small businesses never reopen after a disaster. Nine in 10 fail within a year unless they are able to reopen within five days of a disaster.

Don’t let your business become part of this statistic. Learn how to “Disaster-Proof Your Business” at this upcoming half-day workshop on May 17 at the Sierra Foothills Event Center. Event details and registration are available here: www.grassvalleyresilient.eventbrite.com.

Grass Valley is a “severe wildfire risk” community, CalFIRE’s highest-risk category. Wildfire season is lengthening, and wildfires are increasingly destructive and fast moving. This has been the case with the 2013 Rim Fire, which burned more than 255,000 acres, and many of the recent 2017 wildfires in California.

At the same time, many communities are unaware of and ill prepared for the risks posed by wildfire to the backbone of their economies: small businesses. At the Disaster-Proof Your Business workshop, businesses will learn how to prepare their employees, operations, and assets before disaster strikes. Join workshop co-hosts Sierra Business Council, Valley Vision, and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber to learn about understanding your risks and your environment, assessing your readiness, taking action, updating and testing your resilience plan, and engaging with community resiliency efforts.

You’ll leave this hands-on, action-oriented workshop knowing why business resiliency is important, what free, accessible resources can help you build resilience into your business, and having made a solid start on your own resiliency plan.

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Sierra Business Council (SBC) fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada via on-the-ground local projects that promote, develop, and amplify the region’s social, natural and economic capital. More information on SBC’s impact can be found at www.sierrabusiness.org.

Valley Vision brings communities together to tackle the biggest challenges affecting the livability of the Sacramento region. By creating common ground built on facts, Valley Vision inspires leaders to think big and collaborate on bold, long-term solutions that improve people’s lives. More information is available at www.valleyvision.org.

The mission of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is to serve their members by facilitating business development, promoting tourism and visitor direction and presenting information that supports responsible business growth in our community. More information can be found at www.grassvalleychamber.com.