Small Business Disaster Recovery Assistance


No business can tolerate downtime, regardless of the circumstances. IBM understands this, so to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) recover after disaster strikes – and to assist particularly following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – IBM is offering recovery support to SMBs in affected areas through a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. IBM Resiliency Services deliver business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities as well as cloud solutions to support your business across all environments, particularly during this time of recovery. The following two services are available at no charge, through a grant from IBM.

Please contact Brooks Nelson at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation if you would like to take advantage of either offering, or to receive additional details. You may also visit the links below to review details about these offerings and register for an upcoming workshop.

Access to Cloud Services

IBM will provide SMBs with direct access to the IBM Cloud, including access to IBM Cloud Hosting services that allow clients to configure bare-metal or virtual machines. Access will be provided free for a fixed period to help SMBs recover using a reliable and fast infrastructure.

Register here.

Disaster Resiliency Workshops

Workshop participants will work with IBM resiliency and business continuity experts to start applying continuity planning concepts that can help develop a recovery and continuity-of-operations plan. Workshop sessions will cover: 

  • How recent disasters impacted your business
  • Immediate and long-term recovery needs to consider
  • Building a continuity plan for your business 
  • Business preparedness tips 
  • and more

Workshop Dates

Victoria Chamber of Commerce 

October 16, 2017
Workshop location: 1908 N. Laurent St., Suite 400, Victoria, TX 77901

Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

October 17, 2017
Workshop location: 201 7th Street, Bay City, TX 77414

Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce 

October 18, 2017 
Workshop location: Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital - 18220 Texas 249, Houston, TX 77070

Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

October 19, 2017
Workshop location: 2228 Mechanic St., Galveston, TX 77550