Workshops prep businesses for storms

To help small businesses in The Cayman Islands improve their ability to quickly recover from a storm’s impact, the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau is offering a new series of free workshops on Risk Management and Disaster Preparedness.

The workshops, slated for 13-14 September, will be led by business continuity and risk management experts Ken Downing and Tony Houad from the Insight Management organization out of Canada, states a press release.

In addition to consulting initiatives for Insight Management, Mr. Downing is the Policy and Procedure coordinator for the Finance Division of the City of Windsor in Ontario Canada. He has previously lectured accounting and financial courses in a post-secondary environment. Tony Houad is the Risk Management Coordinator for the Legal Department also of the City of Windsor in Canada, and has conducted seminars for the Municipal Internal Auditors Association and for The Canadian Institute.

Executive Director of the CIIB Dr. Dax Basdeo, said these workshops are part of the Bureau’s ongoing programme of assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

‘Our focus continues to be one of addressing current needs based on the feedback we receive,’ he said. ‘Business continuity and risk preparedness are constant concerns for local small businesses today, particularly during hurricane season.’

Minister for Investment and Commerce Charles Clifford noted that these ongoing workshops are also in recognition of the fact that small businesses represent the majority of businesses in The Cayman Islands.

‘Small businesses offer an important and essential contribution to the Cayman economy and it is the goal of this government to support them in every way possible on their path to success,’ he said.

In order to accommodate a larger number of participants, the two workshops will be identical on both days. Therefore interested persons are asked to sign up for only one of the sessions.

Workshop facilitators, Mr. Downing and Mr. Houad, will also be offering one-on-one 20-minute private counseling sessions for local entrepreneurs and small business owners on September 15th by appointment only at the CIIB.

The workshops and counselling sessions are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please call the CIIB on 945-0943 or email [email protected] to register as soon as possible.

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