How Do I.... Run My Business During Inauguration?

Around Washington, there's not just talk of plans for Inauguration Day - although there's plenty of that - but Inauguration Week.

Some area businesses like restaurants, retailers and hotels will see a much needed burst of activity as millions flood the city looking for places to eat, shop and sleep. But for regular office folk, it means putting a little thought in how to keep your business running when bridges will be closed and security is at its peak.

The Greater Washington Board of Trade put together a helpful list for firms in the area seeking to proactively prepare for Friday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 23. The guidelines apply to firms of just about any size -- besides, if you're a sole proprietor you're used to wearing a lot of hats anyway!

Recommendation highlights:

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Confirm connections and arrangements with regular and special inauguration suppliers, vendors and service providers.

By Sharon McLoone |  January 9, 2009; 11:41 AM ET How Do I... , Tools and Tips
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