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5 files to print and save | Small business continuity planning

By Todd S. Bardin, Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Certified Cyber Resilience Professional (CCRP) - DRI International,  Certified Protection Professional (CPP) - ASIS International

November 21, 2022

Small business continuity planning

Keep your business up and running during unplanned interruptions.

Most small business owners do not have a small business continuity plan in place and are often left scrambling when a crisis arises. Every business should have a set of recovery procedures in place so your business can run on limited resources and minimize losses during downtime. Now is the time to determine what to print and what cloud provider you will utilize.

Information access is crucial during a business disruption.

Think about how you would retrieve vital files and forms during a major business disruption. Make sure your critical data is protected and accessible on paper and in the cloud with a well-prepared business continuity plan for SMB.


Lexmark reached out to Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Todd S. Bardin, for his list of five essentials to print AND save in the cloud for business continuity planning for small business.

A good recovery plan should include the following documents:

1

SMB-BCP-01

Employee emergency information contact list

Contact information for employee’s family or partner in case of an emergency

2

SMB-BCP-02

Important vendors and suppliers—listed in order of importance for recovery

Protect your supply chain with a list of alternate suppliers including contact information

3

SMB-BCP-03

Emergency Action Plan

Evacuation, shelter-in-place, fire, medical and other urgent response plans

4

SMB-BCP-04

Vital records

• Important forms
• HR data (current job descriptions and procedures)
• Past invoices

• Customer data
• Bank statements
• Receipts
• Business License

5

SMB-BCP-05

Contractual commitments

Fulfill the terms of any legally binding agreement with a system to notify customers and vendors when your business is offline

To get started with the business continuity planning process, begin with a business impact analysis (BIA). The BIA tool will help you identify what to recover first and refine your business continuity planning requirements. You should also check out Ready.gov—an official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a free Business Continuity Planning Suite.

Download and complete the suite and business impact analysis worksheet. If you have questions about the process, watch the step-by-step training videos. Lastly, keep in mind that while business interruption insurance is an excellent investment, it does not cover damage to physical documents and data.

As PC Magazine said about Lexmark Color All-in-One – (MC3426ADW) GO line device:,
  "...supports not only convenient interaction with essential functions and tasks, but also includes integrated cloud connectors that help you save scans to and retrieve files from your favorite cloud services. (The supported services include Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.)"
Making an all-in-one Lexmark GO Line printer the ideal hardware for executing on printing AND saving your small business (SMB) business continuity plan. 

See more of the top quotes, awards and printer reviews for Lexmark GO lineTM.

Learn more about how Lexmark GO Line devices can help your business stay connected with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and more. Compare printers for your small business.

If you are looking for new ways to lock down print security, it's time for a Lexmark GO Line device built with Secure by Design features that protect your data every step of the way.

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