Forward Together: Ponca City Development Authority
SHOW ME THE MONEY, PART II......
Non-profits have had a tough couple of years. This includes local service and entertainment organizations. Think of all the non-profits we have just in Ponca City. PCDA is happy to partner with the City of Ponca CIty on a grant just for our Ponca City orgs. If you have a favorite non-profit, make sure to share this information with them. This funding is from the same pot of money staff referred to last week including ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds and SLERF which stands for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program which is a part of the ARPA. This is where some of the $350 billion dollars is being allocated to state, local and tribal funds. Staff will not bore you with all the ins and the outs, but if you would like to see all the allocations and chew the "Whys" and "hows" over with your group,check out this link to the Department of the Treasury for a great overview of these funds.
Non-profit organizations can apply for funding from $5,000 to $10,0000 if the org meets grant requirements. Keep scrolling to the bottom to see both business and non-profit grant requirements. The complete application form will be available April 1 through April 30th, so get all the receipts , tax forms, documentation, board approval, etc.... to apply ready. April is less than 15 days away, so On your mark. Get Set.......
Last Friday was the SIxth Annual Business Plan Pitch-off where one small business Pitch-er receives over $5000 in incentives for starting or growing their business in Ponca City. PCDA is excited to announce that both companies are winners! Nena Tacos LLC pitched against Central Cafe and Nena Tacos received the high score. During the ceremonial check presentation, Abron & Kaitlin Farias, Nena Tacos owners, offered half of their cash prize of $2000 to Kal Cloonan, Central Cafe owner. And there was not a dry eye in the room. Everyone was a winner! Follow Nena Tacos LLC and Central Cafe on Facebook to find out all the latest news. Read the complete story here.
WHAT'S YOUR CAREER?
or more to the point, What kind of jobs does your company have? Was the most asked question at the Career Fair at Ponca City High School last week. 22 local companies were talking, dare we say, flirting with their next workforce recruits. Over 200 students went through and there was a very good engagement had by all. Next up, more internships and future workforce alignment.
NEW PCDA STAFF MEMBER
PCDA has a new staff person in our front office: Aubrey Adams. If you were at the PoHi Career Fair last week, you may have seen her manning the Ponca Works booth. She is the Front Office Admin at PCDA, backup for Lisa at City Central and staff is proud to introduce her officially.
She is slowly learning all things PCDA. If you see her, give her a warm welcome. She isn't new to Ponca City, but she is fairly new to our office.
Saturday, March 19th // City Wide Garage Sales // Ponca City All Day
Wed, March 23 // Personal Finance 101 // Country Club
Sponsored by PYE from 12-1 pm. $20 at the door includes lunch. Flyer below
Friday, April 1 // Ponca City Grants Application Opens // Online
The official link will be available on April 1st. If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to contact our office at 580.765.7070.
Saturday, April 2 // Seed Swap @ City Central // 10 am to 1 pm
Bring seeds, plants to swap or just come check out what is available to take home
for your garden. Chat with other gardeners and let's grow some stuff.
Monday, April 4 // Central Cafe Grand Opening // City Central 7 to 3 pm
Make plans to stop into the new Central Cafe at City Central.
Open Mon-Wed-Fri. Catering available.
Tuesday, April 12 // Business on the Balcony is BACK! // City Central
7 to 8:30 am on the 2nd floor balcony, Suite #200
Mark your calendar for a little breakfast and a lot of networking.