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Small Business Administration to host free webinar on disaster preparedness, aid

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free online seminar Oct. 30 for anyone wanting to learn about disaster preparedness and where to find aid.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free online seminar Oct. 30 for anyone wanting to learn about disaster preparedness and where to find aid.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and State Farm are hosting an online seminar on disaster preparedness and disaster recovery on Oct. 30.

An estimated 25% of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster, according to a flyer for the seminar from the SBA. The seminar is free, and participants can learn about steps they can take to plan and prepare for a disaster and where to get assistance if disaster strikes.

This opportunity comes after a summer of heavy rains caused damage to Will County farms and businesses.

The online seminar will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30. Those interested can register at DisasterPlanningOct30.eventbrite.com. Once registered, instructions will be sent by email.

Kathy Cook, a public affairs specialist with the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance, and Paula Gustafson, a State Farm underwriting analyst with 25 years of industry experience, will be the guest presenters during the seminar.

For information, contact Jessica Mayle at Jessica.Mayle@sba.gov.

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