Forbes released its sixth annual scorecard of "Best States for Business" and Oklahoma came in an impressive 13th. The publication highlighted Oklahoma as a state moving up due to our improved job and economic outlook. Oklahoma scored its highest ranking is business cost and economic climate ranking. Oklahoma City has routinely had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation the last couple of years.
(December 8, 2011)
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.
According to a map of the storm path and available databases of businesses in the area, an estimated 2100 businesses are within a one-mile path of the tornado. Businesses in the area ranged from home-based microbusinesses to large healthcare providers, retailers, construction companies, and more.
As Oklahoma City area communities move forward from the tornadoes, the Moore Chamber of Commerce, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, South OKC Chamber of Commerce, and Norman Chamber of Commerce have joined together to create The Tornado Business Relief Fund to provide limited financial assistance to businesses experiencing economic hardship.
If you want to help local companies get back to business, you can make a monetary donation at https://cfok.org/donate/, or mail your check payable to:
CFO Tornado Business Relief Fund
c/o Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
2932 NW 122nd Street
Bradley Square, Suite D.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
If your business is experiencing economic hardship as a result of damage caused by the tornadoes, you can download an assistance application. Applications must be submitted via email to Will Merrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.