Connecting Business initiative, or CBi, is a United Nations-led initiative that helps the private sector to get engaged in a more strategic and coordinated manner in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. It also aims to make the private sector more prepared itself, especially the micro, small and medium sized companies and reduce economic and job losses related to emergencies. Through this initiative, we can minimize the negative impact onto people living in poverty and improve the resilience of communities. The initiative is global but supports regional and country networks, currently in Fiji, Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Turkey, Nigeria and Haiti. We cover both natural hazards as well as conflict contexts. The target audience is businesses, global, international as well as local, the United nations and NGOs, as well as governments. Key words: resilience, private sector, strategic connection, networks, empowerment, coordination, development.