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Preparing Your Business for the Threat of Coronavirus (Online Only)

Wed 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business

Is your business prepared for the Coronavirus? Let our panel of experts in business continuity, supply chain, healthcare, and SBA disaster loans help you respond to and prepare. These experts will take questions and discuss how to ready existing business owners for the potential effects of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Information shared will be invaluable to local business in providing strategies to help minimize susceptibility for future disruptions beyond illness spread such as market fluctuations and weather-related natural disasters.

Speaker(s): Panelists include: Vanessa Vaughn Mathews, MBA, CBCP; Founder & Chief Resilience Officer at Asfalis Advisors, a crisis preparedness and risk mitigation professional services advisory company. She has a background in crisis preparedness and business continuity through partnerships with public and private sector organizations in manufacturing, retail, and aviation. Vaughn Mathews was selected in 2017 as 1 of 50 women across the United States as a Global Innovation Fellow by the U.S. State Department in Shenzhen, China due to her international business experience. She was also the first female in the state of Georgia to graduate with a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Richard Sharpe; Chief Executive Officer at Competitive Insights, LLC, a Software as a Service company with applications in data assurance and advanced analytics on cost-to-serve and profitability. As an industry leader for the last 25 years, Sharpe is a frequent speaker at industry forums and a lecturer in Georgia Tech. He writes the DC Velocity blog on Analytics and Big Data, and is a founding member of American Logistics Aid Network, a non-profit consortium serving Disaster Relief Agencies. Sharpe was formerly president of CAPS Logistics, Inc., a pioneer in supply chain optimization solutions adopted by 15 percent of the Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Maureen Bumba, RN, MSN, FNP Senior Program Development Specialist at Central Piedmont Community College has been a nurse and nurse practitioner for 35 years. She received her BSN from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania. Her experience in primary care as well as public health situates her well in discussing the nature of coronavirus/ COVID-19 and its impact on individuals, communities and the workplace. Eileen Joyce, Lead Economic Development Specialist for the US Small Business Administration's North Carolina District Office. With over 30 years of experience at SBA, she has served in several capacities including media relations, congressional relations, event planning and small business counseling. She also has oversight responsibility for SBA's counseling and training programs: Emerging Leaders, Boots to Business, SCORE, SBTDC, Women Business Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center. She has an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Finance degree from Auburn University. Moderated by: Nicholas Riggins, Business Counselor at Central Piedmont's Small Business Center and CEO of Heroes Logistics, LLC

This session will online. Registrants will receive an email with the web link or URL for the session. Additional access information appears below: Access Number: 644 101 773 Password: sbcn2020

Fee: No Cost

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