BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Although small businesses recognize the significant impact data loss could have on their business, more than half do not have a disaster preparedness plan for business data, according to a study from Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small to medium sized businesses. With National Disaster Preparedness month planned for September, Carbonite will offer a free live webinar for small businesses to help them prepare to safeguard their businesses with a plan they can create on their own. "Jumpstart Your Business' Disaster Planning: Top 3 Elements of a Do-It-Yourself Program" will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at 12:00pm ET ( 9:00am PT). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120124/NE40289LOGO ) "Research has shown that while 81 percent of SMBs see data as their most valuable company asset, 57 percent are unprepared to protect should disaster strike*," said Pete Lamson, senior vice president of Small Business, Carbonite. "Furthermore, FEMA has stated that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never re-open after a data disaster, so small business owners need to review the risk and to prepare accordingly." "We hear from small businesses far too often that they think a disaster plan costs too much money or takes too much time, and we want to show them that preparing for a disaster can be done with ease and affordability. Businesses that are prepared overall and are safeguarding their valuable business data will be in a much better position to get their businesses back up and running after a disruption," continued Lamson. WEBINAR OVERVIEW: During the webinar, Lamson will address the common reasons a small business owner may not have a disaster preparedness plan in place, what can happen to these businesses should a disaster strike and how they can create a plan on their own. The session will also take a deeper look into actionable items that can be implemented today to help protect small businesses and provide resources to help further prepare them overall.