Van Dusen Hall

Van Dusen Hall on the Sandhills Community College campus. 

The Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College will co-sponsor an on-demand webinar program to help local business owners prepare for the threat of COVID-19.

The online presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2-3:30 p.m. The web link will be sent to all registered attendees in an email 24 hours prior to the session, and there is no cost to participate.

To secure your spot, click the seminars link at

The information shared during the online webinar event will provide business owners with strategies to help minimize any future disruptions to their operations beyond the spread of the illness, such as market fluctuations and weather-related natural disasters.

The discussion is extremely timely, as some owners may already be experiencing a disruption to their services, seeing a financial impact, or encountering issues with overseas vendors, such as a delay in shipping or a lack of inventory,

Guest panelists include Vanessa Vaughn-Mathews, founder of Asfalis Advisors; Richard Sharpe, CEO of Competitive Insights, LLC; and Maureen Bumba, senior development specialist in healthcare at Central Piedmont Community College.

Vaughn-Matthews has a background in crisis preparedness and business continuity through partnerships with public and private sector organizations in manufacturing, retail, and aviation. In 2017, she was selected as one of 50 women across the United States as a Global Innovation Fellow by the U.S. State Department in Shenzhen, China due to her international business experience. She was also the first female in the state of Georgia to graduate with a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Sharpe is a frequent speaker at industry forums and a lecturer in Georgia Tech. He writes the DC Velocity blog on Analytics and Big Data, and is a founding member of American Logistics Aid Network, a non-profit consortium serving Disaster Relief Agencies. Sharpe was formerly president of CAPS Logistics, Inc., a pioneer in supply chain optimization solutions adopted by 15 percent of the Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Bumba brings years of experience in the healthcare industry from the perspectives of someone involved in direct patient care and that of health sciences administration.

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