Welcome to National Preparedness Month! Central Ohio may not have to worry about hurricanes and Zika virus, but are you ready for other disasters that could strike, weather-related or not?

Welcome to National Preparedness Month! Central Ohio may not have to worry about hurricanes and Zika virus, but are you ready for other disasters that could strike, weather-related or not?

Social media use at work could stir up storms if policies are not in place to prevent problems and deal effectively with those that threaten to crop up. Traci Martinez, a partner in the Columbus office of Squires Patton Boggs, has advice for Columbus CEO Live readers how keeping social media storms at bay.

Small business owners could experience disaster around family and medical leave for their employees if they're not prepared. Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress team up for a Sept. 12 panel discussion about proposed policies and how they might affect small businesses. Alaina Scherer founded her digital marketing firm in part out of concerns with unequal application of pay, scheduling and family leave.

Customer service-or lack of it-can spell disaster for businesses that are not prepared or have poor practices. The next Franklin University Hall Leadership Lessons this Thursday features Andy Balser, Product Manager, AVMOSYS and Vice President, Customer and Vender Experience, ARGUS International, Inc.

Conversely, good customer service skills can lead to unexpected careers, as Emily Stickley learned.

The Small Business Administration offers plenty of warning and advice for dealing with business storm clouds as well as natural disasters during National Preparedness Month.

And what better way to prepare for a rainy day than with a little extra cash to expand your business? UPS is issuing a $10,000 challenge to help small and medium-sized businesses export to international markets. Applications for the UPS X-PORT Challenge must be received by Oct. 14.

Auto dealers face potential storms of their own variety, but the Ricart Automotive Group has weathered it all and will share their success story for the Conway Center for Family Business on Sept. 15. Auto dealers can also learn tips for mitigating risk in a Sept. 21 auto dealership conference in Dublin.