- USDA Coronavirus Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma COVID-19 Response
USDA provides state specific information and programs. For information for Oklahoma please click the following link.
Shop local as much as possible!
As you know this is a very difficult time for small businesses around the country, and here at home. We must do our best to support our local small businesses that make our communities unique. Please support your favorite restaurant, shop, or business and shop local – here are a couple of ideas:
- Buy a gift card to use later or online.
- Shop locally online – if a business does not have an online store, call and make an order over the phone.
- Use drive-thru, or order takeout/to-go – and don’t forget to tip. Most servers rely on tips to make ends meet and without dine-in patrons their tips are almost non-existent.
- Send flowers to a friend to brighten their day, especially if they are elderly or live alone.
- Keep your memberships current – most places rely on your dues to operate.
- Ask business owners you know how you can help.
Sources for information provided on this page include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
- National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
- Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
ODOC Monthly Industry Webinars
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) is hosting monthly webinars.
Webinars take place the first Wednesday of every month. Business leaders are encouraged to attend webinars for sectors in which they do business
|Industry||Days and Times||Webinar Link||Meeting ID|
|For-profit Businesses in all Industry Sectors||9 AM||https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/j/1606619533?pwd=SXgvSTlwY3NYaDBFWUIzZWZUUXFWZz09||160 661 9533|
|EDOs/ Non-profits||2 PM||https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/j/1619008378?pwd=ckliVVBLNWc4Rm8xZ1ZHdGRMMmZFdz09||161 900 8378|
Scammers are using the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) name to con small businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis through phone calls, emails, text messages and letters.
- If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
- Emails from SBA or other legitimate government agencies will always end in .gov
- There is no cost to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and SBA will never ask you to provide a credit card.
- Do not release any private information (social security number, date of birth, etc.) or banking information in response to an unsolicited caller, letter, email, or text.
- If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with your application number.
- An SBA logo on an email or web page does not guarantee the information is accurate or from the SBA.
- Check for spelling and grammatical errors in an email and be wary of clicking on any links or attachments.
- For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use a text telephone (TTY) by calling 1-800-877-8339.
- For inquiries regarding support for small businesses, send an email to email@example.com
- Visit the Small Business Cyber security site to learn more about small Business Cyber security tips, common threats, training, and best practices. https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/small-business-cybersecurity
- Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Infrastructure site for small business resources. https://w.gov/publication/stopthinkconnect-small-business-resources
- Trust your instincts! If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true.