PrepareCT helps Connecticut’s small business community prepare for and minimize the impact of disruptions and disasters, and take precise steps to ensure their continued business survival and well-being.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and founded in 2014, PrepareCT is led by The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) in partnership with 16 other small business-focused organizations throughout the State. PrepareCT’s overall goal is to help small businesses reduce the likelihood of disruption and shorten the time it takes to recover, thereby saving jobs and maintaining economic vitality throughout Connecticut.

PrepareCT helps Connecticut’s small businesses thrive

PrepareCT offers four key strategies to help small businesses prepare for and thrive after disruption and disaster:

  • Through this website, workshops and one-on-one collaboration, help small businesses learn the essential facts about disruption and disaster recovery planning, and create an action plan that minimizes their risks, builds their resiliency and guides them through an event.

  • Certify small businesses that complete recommended training and their action plan, and inspire them to urge colleagues to follow suit for the welfare of all within their community.

  • Develop a comprehensive database of Connecticut’s small businesses to streamline electronic communications-based alerts, and ease access to information, protocols and procedures related to preparedness and recovery.

  • Through the Community Economic Resilience (CER) program, integrate small businesses into the existing planning infrastructure of FEMA, SBA’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan and other emergency first responders, to enhance the well-being of businesses and communities in times of broad-range disruption and disaster.