VEDC was recently recognized by Travelers Foundation during the International Corporate Citizenship Conference on April 9th in Los Angeles, CA.
During the conference, Marlene Ibsen, chief executive officer and president of the Foundation, discussed partnerships with local organizations to support business owners through various projects, including their Small Business Risk Education program through VEDC in cities around the United States.
VEDC offers free workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs which discuss risk management and smart, modern solutions for businesses through the Travelers Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) initiative. The organization provides the strategic development, community partner engagement, overall management, and implementation for the program on a national level, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The program was expanded in 2018 to new markets in Austin, Dallas, Minneapolis, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area.
The SBRE program, which helps women and minority small business owners learn about business continuity and safety risks and qualify for microloans, launched a new workshop geared toward veterans in 2017. Since the program began in 2012, more than 1,200 small business participants have attended safety risk management workshops largely taught by Travelers Risk Control consultants. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit the VEDC events calendar.
We’re excited to continue sharing this program with entrepreneurs across America, and look forward to offering more education and support in partnership with Travelers Foundation!