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Weekly Update March 27, 2020

IS THAT BUSINESS OPENED OR CLOSED ...On Tuesday, Governor Stitt issued an Executive Order closing certain businesses for 21 days in an effort to slow the COVID-19 virus in Oklahoma. The order did other things but let's stick to the business side. There has been a lot of confusion about which businesses may stay open and which businesses must close. Most media sources and a lot of well intended folks on social media have been circulating a federal list. That list only includes some of the businesses allowed to continue in Oklahoma, not all. The Feds put out a basic list and every state can either use that list as is or modify that list as each state sees fit. The Governor's order added other business types to the federal list. These business may continue to operate during this period which extends to April 16th. The bottom line is that if a business type (neither list includes specific business names) appears on either list, they may remain open. They only have to be on one, not both. Here are the links to the two lists:

Elbow bump. New novel greeting to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Two women friends meet in a British street with bare hands. Instead of greeting with a hug or handshake_ they bump elbows instead.
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BUSINESS HELP ...there are emerging federal programs aimed at helping small business get through this crisis. In a nutshell, they are designed to provide operating capital, as a loan, for a six month period. The first payment would not be due until 12 months from the date of funding and funding is expected to take one month. The loans are available to any business that meets the SBA size standards AND has been operating since before February 1st. This program has gotten a lot of attention from business so web sites are being crashed and downloads are slow. The deadline isn't until December and there may be some forgiveness if the business does not lay off workers. We say "may" because this is written in fed and bank talk and PCDA is not fluent in those languages. This, however, is a direct loan from the feds so you do not go through your bank nor do you have to have been denied a loan from your bank before you are eligible for this federal loan program. Having said that, PCDA reminds all businesses to work closely with their banks during this period. Federal guidelines have allowed banks to be more flexible so ask before you assume. Here are links for this and other important information:

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HELP
We all know nothing is ever as simple as we want it. There are two main sources of help with this federal program. That means people who can hold your hand and make sure you're doing what you need to do. This is what they live for:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce: Ray Little, Point of Contact: ray.little@okcommerce.gov 405.815.5227
Paid Leave Information
In addition, last week Congress passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that has, among other things, a lot of paid leave requirements. Below are links to some of this information:
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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:

Business meeting cancellations:
All Ponca City Chamber functions until April 15, 2019
Tuesday, March 31//Business on the Balcony// City Central Balcony
Saturday, April 4: Flyin and Pancake Breakfast
Thursday, April 10: IENetwork Meet-up in The Link

PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR 2020 CENSUS FORMS
KAY COUNTY HAS A 30.7% RESPONSE RATE AS OF 3/26/2020

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Think job availability is flat? Well, rethink that thought. You might want to brush up on your technology and get ready to chat with employers virtually. Find out why this week in the Ponca Works Blog...
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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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GOOD JOB KAY COUNTY! 2020 Census self-response rates are good, especially in Kay County with a 30.7% response rate. But right now, Canadian County is beating us with a 32.2% response rate (see that one light tan square? That is not Kay County). Are we going to let that happen? And with college students coming home, make sure to count them if they are back living with you. We all count! Want to start a watch party? Here is the link to the map.
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