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Taking the Pulse of Small Business Panel Breakfast- lessons learned from Storm Sandy

March 2013


Panelists: Gene Marks: Columnist, Author and Small Business Owner, Ray Sprague: Senior Vice President of Small Commercial Insurance, The Hartford, Mark Jaffe: President & CEO, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Christine Lagorio: Executive Editor, Inc Magazine., Jennifer Walzer: Small Business Owner and CEO of BackUpMyInfo!
Dynamic discussion on how small business owners are navigating the economy; new research reveals lessons learned from Storm Sandy sponsored by The Hartford. "Our research shows that loss of connectivity had a big impact on small business owners, which affected their ability to contact customers and keep their businesses open," said Ray Sprague, senior vice president of the Small Commercial insurance segment for The Hartford. "We have found that small businesses who take the steps to prepare and protect the business, such as establishing emergency communication systems and backing up critical data, tend to be the ones that can prevail after weather emergencies."

Despite the notable effects of the storm, approximately nine out of ten owners (87 percent) said that they were equally or better prepared than other small businesses in their area.