Forward Together: Ponca City Development Authority
SMALL BUSINESSES.......dominated the conversations this week. Buildings and funding and workforce and pay rates; these were just the tip of the business questions lobbed to staff. Other inquiries included land, types of workforce housing, mass transit, business planning, SBA funding, grants and on and on. Throw in some new contract work and quote inquiries from the Design2Part show Ponca City industries attended a few weeks ago, and folks, we have ourselves a busy week, economically speaking.
Staff were also finishing up the fiscal year (hello July) and starting to get ready for our annual audit. Budgets are in place for 2021-2022 and it is shaping up to be an amazing year for small business, both start-ups and those businesses surviving and thriving from the pandemic. Because don't get us wrong, the pandemic has cut both ways. Businesses have closed and suffered but the last year has also galvanized people into action: working on business plans, bootstrapping their start ups and moving forward on ideas that once would not have become reality. Just this week staff has met with three new business owners and continues to work with Pitch-off participants to take their business to the next level.
Be prepared to contract with local, state, federal and tribal governments by attending the upcoming Lunch & Learn at Pioneer Technology Center (See flyer below). Dawn Brakey, #JustAskDawn is your guide to all things government contracting. All these government entities have to have a certain amount of small business contracts. You could be that small business.
Get registered now for this informative "How to" session on Wednesday, July 28th 11 to 1 pm at Pioneer Technology Center. Call Dawn to register 580-718-4261.
The Design2Part show was a huge success for the Ponca City companies who attended: Centerline, K&C Manufacturing, Moonlight Machine and Precision Tool & Die. Contracts were brought home but more importantly, several requests for quotes on new business are being worked by these companies. This is the definition of B2B, business to business. Congratulations to this award winning Trade Show Brigade.
Friday, July 2 // Down by Downtown // Central Fare 6-9 pm
Check out the downtown area with food trucks, live music and dancing.
See flyer below for more details.
Monday, July 5 // Happy Fourth of July
PCDA and City Central will be observing the Fourth of July.
Building will be closed except to tenants. Beware the Revenge of the 5th.
Wednesday, July 14 // CyberSecurity Lunch & Learn //City Central
11:20 to 1 pm sponsored by OSU, Pioneer Tech and PCDA. Sign up with Dawn Brakey at PTech by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, July 28 // Be Prepared to Meet Your Gov't Customer // 11 to1 pm
PIoneer Tech, Room D123
July 29-31 // Crazy Days Downtown // Thursday-Saturday
Street Party Friday, July 30th at the Vet Plaza - 5 pm