Second Cohort: Every Tuesday from September 15th – October 6th, 2020



This is a FREE 4 -week online course via ZOOM, designed for senior business leaders and academics who provide direct support to entrepreneurs. It aims to give participants the tools to educate in capacity-building and strategic analysis. Each session will be 2 hours, in English, for a total of 8 hours. A ZOOM link will be sent after registration.

A certificate of participation and a Digital Badge from the RBI, the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) at George Mason University and Echar Pa’Lante, will be issued upon successful completion of the course and a short quiz, which is presented jointly by Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Business.

All the lessons will be recorded and be available till the completion of the course. An electronic booklet of contacts will be included.

By the end of the course, support practitioners will have been exposed to ideas about building a resilience business community in Puerto Rico at policy and strategy-related levels and will have learned how to teach and/or advise businesses on the following concepts:

  • How to prepare for the 4 Phases of Resilience (Anticipate, Withstand, Recover, Adapt/Reposition)
  • What resources are available to small and medium businesses to help build resilience in PR
  • The value of a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis
  • Analyzing hazards to businesses in Puerto Rico and their impacts
  • Protecting core business assets such as people, data, operations, etc.
  • How to develop an effective business resilience plan that can adapt to changing business conditions

  • How to exercise the plan and keep it up-to-date

Starting date

Classes will gather every Tuesday beginning Sep 15th, 2020 and should be completed by Oct 6th, 2020.


Sessions are from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Schedule (Subject to Changes)

  • Module A: (Sep 15) Overview and Introduction: Core Concepts of Resilience and Recent Experiences. Helping Business Owners/Operators Get the Most from Their Course
  • Module B: (Sep 22) Strategy & Policy Presentation and Discussion of Business Course Elements: 5 Keys to Networking and Protection of People, Data and Assets
  • Module C: (Sep 29) Digital Puerto Rico, Key Asset Protection. Discussion of Business Course Elements: Digital Marketing for Resilience and Protection of Inventory, Equipment, and Buildings.

  • Module D: (Oct 6) Integration: Personal and Business Resilience, Micro-Manufacture (M2), Advanced Agriculture, Building a Resilient Business. Wrap Up and Way Ahead.

Module A

(Sept 15)

(Sept 15)

Overview and Introduction: Core Concepts of Resilience and Recent Experiences.

Module B

(Sept 22)

(Sept 22)

Strategic Policy and Analysis Concepts

Module C

(Sept 29)

(Sept 29)

Digital Puerto Rico, Key Asset Protection

Module D

(Oct 6)

(Oct 6)

Integration: Personal and Business Resilience


101 Workbook

English Version

Disaster Preparedness

English Version

Manual Práctico

Versión Español

Preparación ante desastres

Versión Español


FACULTY MEMBERS: All courses will be delivered by Faculty members of George Mason University and a series of expert guests

Dr. Linton Wells II