Choctaw Nation Economic Development seeks to provide the best and most up-to-date information to assist our community partners and area businesses as we endure the COVID-19 virus and move through economic recovery. The following summaries and links will be periodically updated.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Providing current and meaningful information to our tribal citizens and community leaders is very important to the Choctaw Nation. Information on the tribal response, phased reopening, and event cancellations is available at www.ChoctawNation.com/covid-19.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will offer relief fund programs based on available funding; applications to begin July 6, 2020.
Choctaw Small Business Development
Choctaw’s Small Business advisors offer one-on-one advising, technical assistance, and access to business resources to Choctaw entrepreneurs “Chahtapreneurs”. This advisement includes COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan information and application assistance. Please visit choctawsmallbusiness.com to register.
The White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Taskforce regularly updates the public with official information at www.CoronaVirus.gov. A full listing of things the federal government is doing in response to COVID-19 can be found at www.usa.gov/coronavirus.
Small Business Administration
Through the CARES Act of 2020, the SBA created two primary assistance programs for businesses with information available at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options. The Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) is a loan designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Applications are made through any SBA 7(a) lender or through a federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. SBA recommends that companies consult with your local lender as to whether they are participating in the program. SBA updates their information at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a loan program with a $10,000 advancement for economic relief for businesses experiencing temporary loss of revenue. Loan applications have opened to all business types after being limited to agricultural businesses for a period of time. The most up-to-date information is available at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.
US Department of Agriculture
USDA and its federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can be found at www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf.
US Treasury Department
President Trump issued Emergency Declaration Notice 2020-17 which postponed the federal income tax payment deadline from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The notice can be viewed at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-17.pdf. The IRS established a special webpage accessible (www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments) to include all available tax-related information.
Center for Disease Control
The CDC has updated and added information on their guidelines for businesses which is accessable at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html. In addition, the CDC drafted the industry specific resources below:
- All business and employers - Click here
- Airlines - Click here
- Ship industry - Click here
- Schools and childcare programs - Click here
- Colleges and universities - Click here
- Community- and faith-based organizations - Click here
- Large community events & mass gatherings - Click here
- Homeless shelters - Click here
- First responders and law enforcement - Click here
- Public health communicators - Click here
- Healthcare professionals - Click here
- Clinics and healthcare facilities - Click here
- Health departments - Click here
- Laboratories - Click here
Congressman Markwayne Mullin
Congressman Mullin offers summarized information on COVID responses and business assistance programs on his website at www.mullin.house.gov.
State of Oklahoma
The State of Oklahoma created a microsite to address resources available due to the COVID-19 outbreak which can be accessed through www.govstatus.egov.com/oklahoma-coronavirus-information.
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce created a microsite (www.okcommerce.gov/covid19) as a resource for Oklahoma businesses and communities to easily obtain information and guidance in response to the COVID-19 virus. In an effort to help Oklahoma bounce back, ODOC is developing a supply chain directory of Oklahoma based businesses who can provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Future directories will be expanded to other industry sectors to encourage Oklahoma purchases. ODOC also provide industry specific guidelines for reopening. Every Wednesday, Secretary of Commerce Kouplen hosts webinars addressing the COVID-19 situation and industry specific business needs. A list of the sessions are located at www.okcommerce.gov/oklahoma-covid-19-weekly-industry-webinars-announced. The Zoom webinars are open to the public but access is limited to the first 1,000 participants.
Oklahoma Business Relief Program is a $100M grant program offering funding for qualifying businesses that suffered loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 20% of the program funds are designated for minority owned businesses. $51.8M was approved in Phase 1 within 90 minutes. Phase 2 applications may be submitted on July 14th and banks are advised to submit every proposal at 8AM or risk not receiving funds. Visit the ODOC website for eligibility and other grant information: www.okcommerce.gov/doing-business/business-services/oklahoma-business-relief-program.
Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission
Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission encourages anyone seeking a job to access the OKJobMatch app which connects job seekers with open positions. Additional information is available at www.ok.gov/oesc. Over $400M in unemployment claims have been paid since March 15th. Any fraudulent claims can be reported at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma Department of Health
The Oklahoma State Department of Health provides current data, testing sites locations, and up-to-date news on the Coronavirus at www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
Oklahoma Tax Commission
The Oklahoma Tax Commission has extended the deadline to pay Oklahoma income taxes that would be due April 15 to July 15. For more information go to www.ok.gov/tax/COVID-19_Information_and_Updates.html.
Professional Non-Profit Associations
Main Street America
Communities are the heart of everything Main Street does. The following link (www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources) provides a myriad of resources which Main Street America has compiled.
International Economic Development Council
Through a partnership with the EDA, IEDC is a resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts (www.restoreyoureconomy.org). The site provides a synopsis of the CARES Act of 2020 and identifies ways economic developers can assist businesses in their community.
International City Managers Association
ICMA provides several examples of best practices for cities and towns. How communities regulate and interact with the public will most likely be changed for years. Examples will include conducting public meetings, issuing building permits, and receiving utility payments. The following link is to educate local governments in response to the virus outbreak (www.icma.org/coronavirus-crisis-response-resources-your-community).
National League of Cities
Local elected officials are distinctly positioned to protect the health and safety of residents and to provide reassurance in times of crisis. NLC provides this linked page to support cities, towns and villages during the virus outbreak (www.nlc.org/program-initiative/coronavirus-response-resources-for-local-leaders).
National Association of Counties
Counties support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments across the US. NACo provides a resource page to communicate how best can reduce the spread COVID-19 virus (www.naco.org/resources/featured/coronavirus-disease-2019).
For Profit Assistance
Facebook announced on March 18 that they will be offering up to $100 million in grants and ad credits to America's small businesses. While the details and application are not available yet, businesses can sign up for updates Click Here. The site also lists additional resources for businesses.
New customers in education can connect and collaborate with AT&T Office@Hand at no cost. For more information Click here. AT&T created the Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. For more information Click Here.
The Intuit Quickbooks website has resources and tips about what you can do to address the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- Financial preparedness tips
- Workplace prevention tips
- Suggestions for hosting events
- Best practices for remote work
- Boosting employee morale
- Guidance for protecting your business and employees during the pandemic
For all of Intuit Quickbooks' tips and resources, Click Here.
Google's help center has suggestions for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, regarding updates to their business information on Google My Business, including:
- Changing your business hours if necessary
- Adding information about how your business has been affected and what steps you're taking
- Creating a post
- Updating your phone number if necessary
To see all of Google's update suggestions, Click Here.
Learn about Google's Remote Work Hub, with tips about running online meetings, collaborating on documents remotely, and more.
RestaurantOwner.com is connecting restaurant owners to resources and information that will help owners make informed decisions and take appropriate, proactive steps to protect yourself, your staff and your guests. For details, Click Here.
Changes with internet providers
Some internet providers are lifting data caps or offering upgrades to higher speeds to deal with the bandwidth strain from increased internet use. Check with your internet provider for details and best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information is provided from PC World.