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Weekly Update March 20, 2020

CHUCK NORRIS DOESN'T SLEEP....HE WAITS ...This classic Chuck Norris joke reminds PCDA of this week in the Ponca City economy. Thanks to COVID-19, things were not their normal self. The economy, like everything else in the world, waits for this viral storm to pass. Signs right now point to an economic recovery once it's over. The fundamentals of the economy are sound, we're all just taking a self imposed break. PCDA isn't going to sugar coat it, however,...there is no silver lining to this. It truly stinks (PCDA was going to use another word here but we're a family community) from both a human and economic perspective. We're also not telling you anything you don't already know when we say that no one knows how deep or how long the economic impact of this will last. The longer it lasts, the more damage done. The more damage done, the less of a recovery and so forth. It also reminds every business that the most important resource they have are their employees.

PCDA realizes that we are preaching to the choir. Ponca City employers have known for some time that if you want good employees around when you need them, you take care of them when they need you. Math plays a role, however, if this thing plays on too long (months) as opposed to a passing challenge (weeks) but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Back to Chuck and a happy thought: Chuck Norris was exposed to the Corona Virus. The virus has to go into quarantine for the next 14 days.
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SPRING BREAK - PONCA CITY AREA MARCH 13-20, 2020 - EXTENDED
Schools closed until April 6, 2020 INCLUDE
Pioneer Technology Center
Ponca City Public Schools

NOC and University Center are extending their spring breaks and will conduct online classes until April 12. New information will be announced on their websites:

All business meetings for March below have been canceled including:
Wednesday March 18 //OK Business Tax Class// PTech RmD101
Tuesday, March 24//Business After Hours// Phillips 66
Tuesday, March 31//Business on the Balcony// City Central Balcony
Saturday, April 4: Flyin and Pancake Breakfast


Ponca City Library has computers to complete the 2020 Census Forms

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MONEY FOR GAPS LIKE THIS... As you're likely aware, there have been bills passed and ongoing conversations about what to do including sending out checks, to paid leave to a bunch of other stuff. The President has declared a national emergency and the Governor has declared a state wide emergency due to the Corona Virus. That means there are low interest loans available should you need the bridge. The Ponca City Chamber has also launched a program to bolster retail in town. The Small Business Administration's "Low Interest Disaster Assistance Loan" is a 3.75% loan to small businesses that can be used for payroll, debt payments, operations, etc. up to $2 million. These are evolving programs with new options added every day. Information about these programs can be found by following one or more of the following links:

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Catch up on all the Ponca Works blogs while you are self-distancing or in quarantine and stay tuned for updates on all the Ponca Works activities coming soon.
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PITCH OFF - NEW DATE JUNE 4, 2020
Do you have a home based business ready to get out of the house? A great start-up? A side gig which needs to become your main J-O-B? Then get that business plan ready to submit and let's work on that pitch. Ben Evans can assist building a solid business plan. Kat at PCDA assists with marketing and the "Pitch" practice. Pitch-off is scheduled for Tuesday,June 4 at 9:00 am and Business Plans are due on Tuesday, May 26 by 5:00 pm for the judges to review. Need more information? See flyer below.
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Thursday's Pioneer Tech Help Desk at City Central has been cancelled until further notice. Pioneer Technology Business Services will be back in office after April 6th. So please, use this Business Plan Overview sheet to start working on your business plan at home.
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2020 Census postcards and forms are in your mailbox now! Take a minute or two for this video for Visit Ponca City as Census Man and 2020 head out on adventures. Seriously, fill out your 2020 Census form online, by phone or on paper. Census Socials start soon if you have questions or need more information.


2020 CENSUS SOCIALS
Saturday, May 16: Ponca City Library Touch A Truck 9:00 to noon

Ponca City Library has computers to complete the 2020 Census Forms
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More Information
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