Protecting Your Small Business from a Disaster

Do you have a plan in place if a disaster strikes your small business? Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the California wildfires, are reminders of the catastrophic damage that can occur at any time. There are resources available to help get your business back on track, but you have to know what to do to receive it.

Listen to the 15-minute podcast:

Host Mary McCarthy talks to Public Affairs Specialist Jay McKenna with the U.S. Small Business Administration about it’s Disaster Assistance Program. The SBA helps businesses, homeowners, and renters receive low-interest loans to recover from declared disasters. And in some cases, people can receive assistance when they are affected in smaller disasters. This podcast explains what is required to receive help.

“The SBA was designed in order to help businesses, homeowners, and renters with these funds to recover from unforeseen catastrophic events, so that they could recover with as little impact as possible.” ~ Jay McKenna

Small businesses will have to provide documentation about their business to qualify for the loans. It’s important to have tax records, balance statements, and other records stored off-site, so it’s accessible if it’s ever needed.



What You Will Learn in this 15-minute Podcast:

  • How to get help with the SBA Disaster Assistance loans
  • How do you prove what your business is worth, to get the assistance you need?
  • What small businesses need to have in place BEFORE a disaster strikes
  • Small businesses can get help under certain circumstances, even when a disaster declaration is not made.
  • What these loans do NOT cover


About the Guest:

Jay McKenna

Public Affairs Specialist

U.S. Small Business Administration 

SBA Disaster Assistance Information


About the Host:                                                                                                                                Mary McCarthy                                                                                                                               Host, The Successful Micropreneur Podcast                                                                           President of Your Management Team, Inc.                                                                          Co-Founder of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.

Host Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.



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