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17 August 2006

Seminar Stresses Safety

Watch out for twisters, hurricanes, flooding, and most importantly, prepare.

That was the message at a Wednesday seminar titled “Is your small business prepared for a disaster?”

Around 60 people were in attendance for the session at the Anniston City Meeting Center, where, perhaps not surprisingly, safety was the word of the day.

“This is about contingency planning and looking at the what-ifs,” said Keith Lowe, an event organizer with the Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center.

The Calhoun Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Small Business Institute of Commerce also sponsored the event.

Jack Camp, public information officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration, kicked off the day discussing the range of real estate and homeowners loans available.

From Oct. 1, 1989 to June 30, 2006, the SBA approved more than $603 million in disaster loans throughout the state, he said.

The SBA can only make a loan after a natural disaster has been declared, Camp said, explaining that the heavy toll that disasters inflict on businesses: “Forty percent of businesses (that) experience disaster don't reopen.”

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