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Small Business Readiness for Resiliency

Developed in partnership with founding sponsor FedEx, the Small Business Readiness for Resiliency Program (R4R) is a multi-year initiative to empower small business owners to proactively mitigate the risks posed by disasters.

Through planning, support, and resource guides, R4R encourages small businesses to invest in readiness and resilience as essential business practices. As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity, taking proactive measures can determine whether a small business stays open or closes forever after a disaster strikes.

That's why the U.S. Chamber Foundation and FedEx teamed up to create R4R. With additional support from Allstate and American Express, this program helps small business owners prepare for disasters and offers quick-turn relief funding of $5,000 for those prepared businesses after a federal disaster declaration is made in their region.

Get Started

  • Step 1: Complete the Preparedness ChecklistDownload FedEx’s Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses (available in English and Spanish). Make sure you have completed an Emergency Action Plan as outlined in the checklist.Download Now
  • Step 2: Register Your BusinessTo stay informed about the grant application process in case of a disaster in your county, register your business in our program database by completing this registration form.Register Now
  • Step 3: Grants AwardedOur team will closely monitor disaster declarations and individual assistance distinctions made by FEMA. If your business meets the criteria and is selected for a grant, we will reach out to you.Learn More

By the Numbers

  • 99.9%
    of businesses in the U.S. are small businesses.
  • 25%
    of small businesses do not recover after a disaster.

Grantee Testimonials

Susan Su, R4R Grantee
Marina Martinez, R4R Grantee
Thanks to the U.S. Chamber Foundation's help, we are able to say we are still restaurant owners.— Marina Martinez, R4R Grantee

Our Impact

Small businesses serve as the economic engine of this nation. Yet, they are often the most vulnerable when disasters strike. It's estimated that 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Developed in partnership with FedEx with support from Allstate, the Readiness for Resiliency Program (R4R) is a multi-year initiative to support small businesses impacted by disasters.

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Jenny Robertson, SVP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, FedEx
FedEx is proud to continue its long history of supporting small business resiliency and recovery. This multi-year commitment with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation allows us to contribute directly to small businesses that actively prepare for natural disasters.— Jenny Robertson, SVP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, FedEx

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