Important Information regarding COVID-19

Published Friday, May 15, 2020 2:00 pm

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.

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 www.ChoctawSmallBusiness.com to register.

Federal Government

The White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Taskforce regularly updates the public with official information at www.CoronaVirus.govA 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. Due to the unprecedented number of submissions received, the SBA is limiting applications to agricultural businesses at this 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 15th to July 15th, 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:

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 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 fraud@oesc.state.ok.us.

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

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.

AT&T

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.

Intuit Quickbooks

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

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.

Restaurants

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.

 

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