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The US Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has released a Spanish version of its latest free business continuity planning toolkit, Open For Business-EZ, (better known as OFB-EZ). The new streamlined version of OFB-EZ provides step-by-step guidance for business owners and staff to build and maintain a business continuity plan that will help them prepare for, respond to, and recover faster from a minor disruption or major disaster.

According to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the US.

"Hispanic-owned small businesses are a driving force in our nation's economy. Helping these businesses prepare for potential disruptions like severe weather is key to building resilient communities," adds Gail Moraton, business resiliency manager at IBHS.

Available for download in a PDF or Word format, OFB-EZ is a streamlined toolkit comprised of ten modules designed to help busy small business owners and operators identify and mitigate risks. OFB-EZ provides a roadmap to preparedness by laying out simple tasks necessary to develop a business continuity plan, including developing an employee contact list, reviewing and documenting insurance policies, building a plan for supply chain disruptions and other exercises to address key business vulnerabilities.

OFB-EZ Spanish Edition adds to the suite of free business preparedness materials available to all small businesses from IBHS. Download the no-cost toolkit at

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