Second Cohort: Every Thursday from September 24 – October 15, 2020



This is a FREE 4-week online course via ZOOM, designed to assist businesses create their Resilience Plan. Each session will be 2 hours with online support for a total of 8 hours. The course will be offered in English, with Spanish breakout sessions. A ZOOM link will be sent after registration.

A certificate of participation 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.

All 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, participants will have learned:

  • 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, including special assets related to COVID-19

  • The value of a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis

  • How to analyze hazards to businesses in Puerto Rico and their impacts

  • How to protect 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 Thursday beginning Sep 24, 2020 and should be completed by Oct 15, 2020.


6:00 PM-8:00 PM (including facilitated breakout sessions).

Schedule (Subject to Changes)

  • Lesson 1: (Sep 24) Introduction to Business Resilience Workbook and Facilitators; Baseline Survey.

  • Lesson 2: (Oct 1) 5 Keys to Networking, Protection of People, Data, and Operations

  • Lesson 3: (Oct 8) Digital Marketing for Resilience, Protection of Inventory, Equipment, and Buildings

  • Lesson 4: (Oct 15) Keys to Recovering Better, Complete Workbooks, Wrap-up


(Sept 24)

(Sept 24)

Introduction to Business Resilience


(Oct 1)

(Oct 1)

5 Keys to Networking


(Oct 8)

(Oct 8)

Digital Marketing for Resilience


(Oct 15)

(Oct 15)

Keys to Recovering Better


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

Jean-Pierre Aufrett

Bob Rogers