Second round of aid planned for OKC small businesses
Mask UP campaign T he Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is partnering with the City of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City County Health Department to launch a campaign encouraging Oklahoma City residents to MASK UP to slow the spread of COVID-19.
O klahoma City business owners and non-profits with 100 or fewer full time equivalent employees can now go to OKCSmallBizHelp.com to apply for COVID-19 disaster relief funds from the City of Oklahoma City’s Small Business Continuity Program. The program is accepting applications for the second phase of the program, funded with $12M from the CARES Act. The website includes information about qualifications and supporting documentation as well as an online application form. Only businesses and nonprofits located in the City of Oklahoma City are eligible. The Oklahoma City Council approved the first phase of the program in April with a $5.5 million emergency relief program for local small businesses. The City, the Alliance for Econdomic Development and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber built the program’s framework based on research of what other communities are doing nationally to save their local small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“Slowing the spread of this disease is vital to keeping businesses open and the economy growing,” said Roy Williams, President and CEO. “We have collectively worked hard to create a dynamic quality of life in Oklahoma City – we are hopeful that businesses not only survive, but can thrive following this pandemic. Masks are part of the pathway to achieving that goal”
The campaign includes a commercial, billboards, digital media and more. The theme of the campaign is MASK UP OKC – it’s for you, it’s for me, it’s for OKC, and features Oklahoma City celebrities and opinion leaders who join in the call for keeping OKC open. The campaign launches later in August.
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