(Cushing, Okla.)  The Cushing Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by Pipeline Regulatory Consultants, Inc. and Fechner Pump & Supply, Inc., will host a Business Survival Certification training, Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. at PRC, 901 N. Maitlen Drive in Cushing.

Business Survival Certification provides business professionals with the knowledge and template tools to write a business continuity plan.  The plan stresses preparation and mitigation strategies that address the incidents that are most likely to occur and have the greatest impact upon your business.  Businesses will work with an Oklahoma Small Business Development Specialist in a one-on-one counseling session, followed by an on-site assessment to assure readiness.  Upon completion of this certification process, your business will be recognized as a Survival Certified OKSBDC Business.

Certification is led by Dave Williams, Senior Consultant for Business Survival at the OKSBDC.

Before joining OKSBDC, Dave Williams’ career of 30 plus years included serving as a law enforcement officer and the Executive Director of the Texas Schools Safety Center.  He has training in School Safety, Emergency Operations, and numerous NIMS certifications including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  He holds a master degree in Applied Geography, environment planning emphasis, from Texas State University.

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, high-value small business management advising and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs across the state of Oklahoma.

Terry Brannon, Fechner Pump & Supply, Inc., was a guest on KUSH’s MoJo in the Morning to talk about this important event.  Brannon pointed out that statistics show 40 – 60 percent of businesses who do not have a continuity plan in place, fail after a disaster and that following the Moore tornado in 2013, only 1 of 82 Moore businesses reported having an “adequate business preparedness plan.”

“When you talk about the impact a disaster can have throughout a community, it’s important businesses have a plan in place,” Brannon said.  He also wanted to let everyone know that this training is for any business interested, but seating is limited.

“We have opened it for the first 20 people to sign up,” he continued.

Brannon said the limited seating was to allow for the individual training involved.

Those interested in attending may contact Terry Brannon at 918-225-7867 or email him at [email protected].