Emergency Preparedness Program
The COVID-19 pandemic, major floods, and wildfires have made businesses aware they need to plan and be prepared for unexpected times and emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Program will give Alberta entrepreneurs the tools and knowledge they need to mitigate the effects of any future business interruptions.
Program participants will receive a total of 3 hours of one-on-one support from a small business expert and work together to complete a plan that will prepare them for any unexpected events that may lie ahead for their business.
Who Is This Program For?
This program is for existing small businesses in Alberta that want to be ready and prepared for any business interruptions that may arise.
- You are an Alberta-based business
- You have a registered sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporate business that has been operating for more than one year
- You are actively seeking improvements to your business operations and planning
- You’re willing to commit to 3 one-hour sessions, plus any additional time to work on tasks assigned
Why Should Entrepreneurs Participate?
Entrepreneurs and small business owners will receive a total of 3 hours of one-on-one coaching with a small business expert. As part of these sessions, participants will develop an emergency response plan that will be ready to implement in their business.
Benefits of participating in the program:
- Receive free customized tools and advisory sessions that will provide long-lasting impacts on your enterprise’s sustainability
- Learn business recovery strategies that you can apply to your business today
- Be more confident in your business’ ability to weather challenging times and unexpected events
Is there a cost to partake in the sessions?
There is no financial cost. However, participants are expected to commit a significant amount of time to complete their emergency preparedness plan and any additional work given to them by their strategist.
Who is this program for?
Small business owners and entrepreneurs who have run a small business in Alberta for at least the past year. Their businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and they are currently seeking solutions and figuring out how to position their businesses for optimal recovery.
Does this program offer any financial support to individuals who are looking for financing options?
No, the program is designed to help entrepreneurs be resilient and prepared for any future business interruptions.
How many hours would I need to commit to be a part of this program?
There will be a total of 3 hours of session time. All participants must commit to attending these sessions and completing the work assigned to be part of the program.
Where will the sessions be held?
The sessions will be held virtually so that wherever you are in the province, you can get access to this vital support.
Who are the Emergency Preparedness Program Strategists?
Frank El Baraqouni, a Business Link Business Strategist, works one-on-one with clients for the program.
How do I apply for the program?
You can apply for this program by completing the application form. A member of our team will reach out to make sure that this program is the right fit for you and your business.
How will participants be chosen?
Applicants will need to meet the eligibility criteria for the program. We will review applications and select businesses that will benefit most from having an emergency plan in place. All applicants will be contacted by a Business Link Strategist to further assist in their business development.
Can I work on this by myself in my own time?
Yes. We know you’re busy so we have made the Emergency Planning Checklist and Workbook available to download.