Special Panel

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity – NEW

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Hurricane Irma recently swept through Florida. Much information was disseminated to help individuals and families prepare for – and recover from – the storm as it related to their homes, but what about small businesses? The SBA reports “roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.”

In this workshop you will learn about both the public and private resources available to small business owners working through disaster recovery. And, you will learn how you can implement a business continuity plan that ensures you will not be a disaster statistic in the future.




Adam Cohen, Becker & Poliakoff

Adam is the Chair of the Corporate practice group in Becker & Poliakoff’s Fort Lauderdale office. A shareholder with the firm, Adam is a seasoned corporate and real estate attorney whose clients range from small entrepreneurial ventures to mid-sized businesses. In over 15 years of practice, he provides guidance on a full spectrum of corporate transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures and corporate governance.




Rafael Cruz, SBDC Fort Lauderdale  

Rafael is in charge of operations for the Florida Small Business Development Center serving Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. The Florida SBDC has the distinct honor of being designated by the legislature as the State of Florida’s “Principle Provider of Small Business Assistance”. Under his leadership, the Florida SBDC Fort Lauderdale has produced consistent economic development results for the region and has become an important partner in the economic development community.

He leads a Team of Certified Business Consultants that work one on one with entrepreneurs and business owners in all critical aspects of starting, running and growing a successful business. Some key areas of the team’s specialization include international trade, government contracting, creative economy, financing, strategic planning and execution and entrepreneurship.



Richard Daigle, Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Division

Richard is a former newspaper reporter, journalism educator and writer/editor who is now a Public Affairs Specialist with SBA Disaster Assistance Office, Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the SBA Communications Department in August, 2006. Mr. Daigle travels to disaster sites to conduct public outreach activities which include media relations, public meetings, and meetings with congressional aides and other officials. He has worked numerous disasters throughout the U.S. including Hurricane Sandy, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Tuscaloosa tornados and many other disasters. Originally from New Orleans, he has lived in Atlanta since 1985.





Dan Lindblade, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Dan has over three decades of award-winning organizational management experience at national, state and local levels. He is in charge of vision for the Chamber, leading the executive management team in Fort Lauderdale. Lindblade is a Certified Association Executive (C-A-E), serves as a Housing Commissioner for the Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority, is on the Orange Bowl Committee, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Board of Directors, Winterfest Boat Parade’s Executive Committee and Board, Florida Atlantic University’s President’s Advisory Board, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s South Florida Chapter’s Board of Directors, the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Board and numerous other groups.




Anita Setnor Byer, Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk

Anita is President of Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, an Independent Insurance Agency that provides property, casualty and group benefit products and services to businesses and families throughout the region. Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk is consistently recognized as a leading Florida Independent Insurance Agency as well as a leading and cutting-edge female-owned businesses. Anita is an educator at heart, and provides her insurance, risk management and sales expertise to a broad range of audiences. Their extensive portfolio of A-Rated Insurance Companies includes some of the most respected names in the property, casualty, and benefits sectors.




Dr. Steve Tinsley, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development 

 Steven is the Economic Development Manager for the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. He supervises the agency’s Economic Development Section which provides assistance to small and mid-sized companies in areas including business retention and expansion, finance, international trade, and workforce training. The section also provides entrepreneur development and training, and assists companies in utilizing special business development zones throughout Broward County such as HUB, Enterprise, Urban Jobs Tax Credit, and Foreign Trade Zones.  




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