SBA Web Chat: Disaster Recovery Tips

September's web chat will focus on what homeowners and businesses need to know after a disaster

WASHINGTON - In recent weeks many have experienced disaster first-hand, including record-breaking floods caused by hurricane Irene last month. After a disaster strikes, homeowners and businesses can face many challenges in their rebuilding and recovery efforts. This month's web chat will focus on what homeowners and businesses need to know after a disaster. September's web chat hosts Phae Howard and Michael Mitravich will highlight key aspects of structural mitigation, rebuilding and preparedness.

WHO: Phae Howard, executive director of the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud, and Michael Mitravich of the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance will host September's web chat on Disaster Recovery for Business Owners: An Inside View. Chat participants can get answers to questions such as how to select a credible contractor, what questions to ask when their property damage is assessed, or on what do to if just dealing with water damage.

WHAT: SBA's web chat series provides small business owners with a chance to discuss relevant business issues online with experts, industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Chat participants have direct, real-time access to the web chats via questions they submit online in advance, and during the live session. Chat participants can receive helpful tips and advice on how to recover after a disaster.

WHEN: September 29, 2011, 1 p.m. ET.
Howard and Mitravich will answer questions for one hour.

HOW: Web chat participants can post questions online in advance and on September 29, join the live web chat by going online to, and click on the web chat event under What's New.

To review archives of past web chats, visit online at