Wildfire Business Transition Project News

Business Continuity Workbook now available online

April 25, 2019

Community Futures British Columbia has made available a new tool as part of its Small Business Toolkit that will help small business owners prepare an emergency response and business continuity plan.

The Business Continuity Workbook was developed by Community Futures Thompson Country in response to the devastating wildfires in 2017, and is now available online to all Community Futures organizations in BC as a fillable PDF document.

Experience from recent disasters in western Canada has shown that businesses that already have business continuity plans respond to and recover from unexpected events more quickly and effectively. A detailed emergency response and business continuity plan can maximize the chances of a successful recovery by eliminating hasty decision-making under stressful conditions.

The Business Continuity Workbook provides a step-by-step guide to the basic components of developing a business continuity plan, from risk analysis and business impact assessment to developing an evacuation plan. The workbook can be downloaded online, and includes fillable forms that make it easy for business owners to create a customized business continuity plan for their organization.

Community Futures Thompson Country hired Colin O’Leary to create the business continuity workbook as part of a series of disaster preparedness workshops. Mr. O’Leary is the former Community Recovery Manager for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and was engaged to assess the impact on businesses in the Regional District due to the 2017 wildfires. His report, “TNRD Economic Recovery Work Plan And Recovery Needs”, provided an assessment of the impact of the wildfires and identified gaps in support.

The Business Continuity Workbook is designed for small business owners and operators, and can also be used by not-for-profit organizations. You can download the workbook here or on the Community Futures BC website under the "Small Business Toolkit" section.

About the Wildfire Business Transition Project

Funding for the Business Continuity Workbook was provided by Western Economic Diversification as part of the Wildfire Business Transition project, a Community Futures initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations that were impacted by the 2017 wildfires, the worst in B.C.’s history. 

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