Recover: Assistance for Business

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Businesses and nonprofit organizations can supplement government assistance and may be able to inject needed material, staffing, and financial resources to meet recovery needs. 

Private businesses can support recovery momentum simply by restoring their normal operations – they pay salaries and benefits, stabilize the tax base, and take the burden of recovery off of the public sector.

County Workforce and Business Assistance

Recovery is not only about restoration or rebuilding of structures, systems, and services, although these are crucial.

Successful recovery goes further, involving a community-wide effort to support businesses and residents as they recover from losses and regain physical, social and economic well-being.

The county will coordinate with the private and nonprofit sector efforts to sustain and/or rebuild businesses and employment, and develop economic opportunities that result in a sustainable and economically resilient county after large-scale and catastrophic disasters. 

  • Employment Advocacy - The Department of Family Services Employment and Training Services will coordinate local, state and federal efforts to provide or advocate for resources for the employment of workers displaced by the disaster, and to provide mechanisms to match people seeking employment in the disaster area with opportunities for work.
  • Business Restoration – The Office of Emergency Management will coordinate with local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to identify and fill needs identified by businesses to assist them to remain in business after a disaster.
  • Business Retention and Recruitment - The County will work with its partners to coordinate local efforts and promote the overall resiliency and stability of the private-sector business community. Additionally, the County will be looking to recruit companies, not located in the county at the time of the disaster, that might support the recovery effort and enhance overall economic health and stability.
  • Supply Chain - After a disaster the county will support the identification and provision of goods and services. Additionally, the county will monitor and address logistics, transportation, and shipping challenges that impact the general economic health and resilience of the county.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. Of the remaining companies, at least 25 percent will close within 2 years. The Association of Records Managers and Administrators reports that over 60 percent of businesses confronted by a major disaster close by two years.

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