The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is committed to assisting Michigan small businesses in evaluating the risk of cyber threats by offering a free risk assessment tool and hosting panel discussions statewide.

The Regional Michigan SBDC office, hosted at Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC), has teamed up with the Central Michigan Manufacturing Association (CMMA) to host a panel of experts on this topic to help raise local awareness on February 9 at 10am at MMCC’s Mt. Pleasant Campus.

The presentation and panel discussion is focused on helping area businesses evaluate risk and provide cyber security tips and resources.

“The CMMA regards cyber threats as one of the most significant challenges our member businesses face today”, according to Harry Leaver, CMMA Executive Director. “Every business is vulnerable and must be constantly vigilant. Every employee needs to be trained on the best ways to help in making sure their company does not become a victim.”

This initiative was developed and is operated by the SBDC with funding support from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional support for the SBDC network comes from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Grand Valley State University and SBDC Regional Hosts across the state, including Mid Michigan Community College.

Grand Rapids-based technology firm Trivalent Group serves as the lead content production partner given their cyber security expertise.

“Our ultimate goal is to arm small businesses with information, help them assess their awareness, then develop an implementation plan to mitigate their exposure,” states Tony Fox, SBDC Regional Director. “Our upcoming in-person training will provide an opportunity to engage with experts, and serves as a complement to our online assessment tool, webinars, and one-on-one sessions available to help Michigan small businesses protect themselves against cyber-attacks.”

Learn more about the program and register for an upcoming training session at www.smallbusinessbigthreat.com.

 
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