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Reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown? This course can help.

Government leaders are calling for the economy to reopen. What does that mean for businesses that have been struggling to survive during the COVID-19 shutdowns? A new online course offers a free step-by-step guide to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses create and navigate a recovery plan.

COVID-19: A Practical Approach to Enterprise Restart & Recovery Planning, created by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute in consultation with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, can be applied to organizations other than businesses, including medical and educational facilities, churches, and non-governmental organizations that must not only bounce back from the lockdown but also adapt to new public-health regulations and limitations.

“A lot of big companies have ‘business continuity and recovery plans,’ which are sometimes called disaster plans,” says Scott Pickens, director of marketing and development operations at the institute, where he also serves as a distinguished corporate fellow. “But the vast majority of organizations typically won’t have those plans in place.”

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