The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative is a joint effort between the City of Moore, the City of Oklahoma City, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Moore Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Since the May 20 tornado, we have been working to better understand the impact this disaster has had on businesses in our region and how we can respond to their current and future needs. Our goal is to meet the immediate needs of damaged companies by matching donors to impacted businesses.
Through federal grant funding, temporary paid employment positions are available to aid in cleanup and recovery work after the 2013 May tornadoes, flooding, and severe weather.
Business communities interested in donating services or materials (no cash) please contact the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers across the state and is providing frequent Situation Updates at the OEM website.
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC) Business Development Center, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE, the Women's Business Center (WBC) and the Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City and South Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce today announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC). The center is specifically designed to provide key financial and counseling services to businesses impacted by the tornadoes.
"Due to the severe property damage and economic losses caused by the Oklahoma tornadoes, we want to provide every available service to help get businesses back on their feet," said SBA's Regional Administrator Yolanda Olivarez. "This center will provide a single one-stop location for business owners to access a variety of specialized help," she added.
Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has announced that workers and self-employed individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties who lost work or earnings due to severe storms and tornadoes from May 18, 2013, and continuing have until the close of business on June 21, 2013, to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
AVISO IMPORTANTE: Auxilio disponible para Victimas del Tornado
La Gobernadora del Estado de Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, en su interés de apoyar a TODAS las víctimas de los tornados del 19 y 20 de Mayo, ha solicitado al Departamento de Comercio de Oklahoma que promueva información a miembros de la Comunidad Hispana de los servicios disponibles a individuos, familias y negocios afectados por el tornado.
NOTICE: Help Available For Tornado Victims
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, in the interest of serving ALL victims of the May 19 and May 20 tornadoes in our state, has requested the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to help inform members of the Hispanic community of services available to individuals, families and businesses affected by the tornadoes.
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has established an emergency response center within the tornado disaster zone in Moore. This center will be located in the Cleveland County Health Department at 424 S. Eastern Avenue in Moore, and will provide walk-in services in addition to coordinating mobile crisis response teams to be deployed throughout the impacted area.
The department is also coordinating volunteer efforts and providing mandatory training for behavioral health professionals wishing to assist with services for those in need.
Contractors and business owners seeking work-for-hire opportunities regarding Oklahoma’s tornado recovery should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Industry Liaison Program”
The Oklahoma Tax Commission is offering special assistance to those affected by the severe weather who may have lost records or need other assistance in the filing of their Oklahoma taxes.