4 Steps to Keep Your Small Business Open After a Disaster

Even for small business owners in the Northeast that have recovered from Superstorm Sandy, the storm taught an important lesson: Be prepared. We’ve learned from Sandy and so many other recent disasters that no area is immune from nature’s fury.

In addition to the billions of dollars a big storm can cost in rebuilding expenses, their economic impact also lies in lost workdays for small businesses. Even if your physical building remains functional, an extended power outage can mean days without profit, and even send customers and clients elsewhere.

To prepare your business for a disaster, take the following steps:
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Business Basics: Business Licenses

This week in business basics, we chose to look at a topic that has regularly confused some of our customers Рbusiness licenses. Business licensing can be a bit of a tricky topic because, quite honestly, there is no one answer for most of the questions asked about licensing. But we can try and help give a broad overview so that our readers understand what a business license actually is, and what it allows you to do.

Getting a business license is not like getting, say, a driver’s license, where all anyone has to do is pass a couple of tests and get a piece of plastic that qualifies them to drive any personal car. Business licenses are essentially permits to operate a business in your state, city, and industry – whether you actually need one depends on the legal regulations those three groups are bound by, and enforce.
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