Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses.

Most new businesses do not survive the first five years, and those that do face more than their share of challenges.

Sadly, the business plans of many budding enterprises do not include a plan for what happens when disaster strikes. The Wall Street Journal posted a “How To” guide on their website that addresses this important issue. Read How to Create a Disaster Plan to learn more.

Why is it important for your employees to be engaged?

According to Elizabeth Friedland, “they are 12% more productive, save money on health insurance and save a ton on recruiting and retention.” If she is correct, what’s not to like? Friedland makes her case in How Engaged Employees Print Money, a short, five-minute video.

And lastly, a cornerstone of Obamacare is the implementation of wellness programs.

Over the past few years, these initiatives have taken on new and interesting components with varying degrees of success. Now, meditation is a trend that began on the west coast but appears to be taking root nationwide. Could this technique be something companies and employees embrace? Katie Morell makes a good case for it in Meditation on the Rise: Why Companies Across the U.S. Are Investing in Relaxation.