How Businesses Should Prepare for Inauguration
The Small Business Blog, via the Greater Washington Board of Trade, provides suggestions for downtown businesses caught in the eye of the Jan. 20 storm on how to keep operations as smooth as possible:
- Create an internal task force to stay current on news and issues concerning the inauguration. The group might include personnel from finance, operations, security, human resources and executives.
- Develop a plan for conducting business that week. Give attention to building access, security, staffing, weather, transportation implications for providing or receiving goods and services, procurement, banking (including payroll, check processing and cash needs), telecommunications demand, power needs and building operations (including proximity to the expected security perimeter).
- Validate communications by ensuring that staff members understand how to get information from management if necessary while management should have a way to contact employees.
- Reach out to law enforcement, first responders and possibly power, gas or telecom providers to update contacts and apprise them of any special operations or plans during the week.
- Confirm connections and arrangements with regular and special inauguration suppliers, vendors and service providers.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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