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CFO Atwater Announces Business Roundtables in Recognition of Small Business Week

5/16/2011

TALLAHASSEE—In recognition of National Small Business Week, May 16-20, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced his office will host a series of summer small business roundtables.  CFO Atwater recognizes the critical role small businesses play in Florida’s economy and wants to get direct feedback on how the state can create a more business-friendly environment, including removing regulatory barriers and fostering ideas for helping new and existing businesses grow. 
 
“A healthy and thriving small business community is vital to Florida’s overall economic health,” said CFO Jeff Atwater.  “According to the Small Business Administration, Florida has more than two million small businesses which account for nearly half of all the private sector jobs in our state.  I am excited about our upcoming meetings with entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop strategies for supporting and growing this key sector of our state’s economy.” 
 
In addition to business roundtables, staff from CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services will be participating in business disaster preparedness events and workshops beginning this week and continuing through Disaster Preparedness Week, May 23-27.  It is important that small businesses have a disaster preparedness plan before hurricane season which begins June 1. 
 
The Department of Financial Services recommends businesses take the following actions to prepare for this hurricane season:
Insure:
• Develop a Disaster Continuity Plan and ensure that all employees are familiar with the plan.
• Have the name of your insurance company and telephone number when you evacuate.
Secure:
• Keep a copy of your important insurance and financial records in an offsite secure location such as a safe deposit box or a fire and waterproof container.
• If a disaster threatens, board up windows and secure outside items inside the building. If you must evacuate, make sure your building is locked.
Recover:
• Keep all receipts for purchases you make to complete emergency repairs so you can be reimbursed by your insurance company.
• Inventory the damaged property and keep it available for inspection by the adjuster.
• Take photos of or video the damage before the emergency repairs are made.
• Report any damage to your insurance agent and company as soon as possible.
 
For a list of upcoming Small Business Week events across Florida, visit www.myfloridacfo.com/Consumers/OutReach.
 
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.