Experts needed to help in OKCís economic recovery

Published: Friday, April 23, 2021 By: Marcus Elwell Source: VeloCity

To fight the impacts COVID-19 was having on the local business community, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber teamed up with the Alliance for Economic Development and the City of Oklahoma City to launch the Small Business Continuity Program.

The program, which was launched in March of last year, provides funds for employment retention, a loan program and created a technical assistance program. The technical assistance program calls for local subject-matter experts to provide qualifying businesses with help regarding the following:

  • Assisting businesses in establishing sound accounting and bookkeeping practices, maintenance of financial records, or tax preparation to set them up for future success. (Note: this does not include paying a client’s back taxes)
  • Marketing and website development, and creation of marketing assets to help business owners promote their products and tell their story.
  • Legal assistance, managing compliance, creation of relevant agreements and contracts, or help with HR and employment best practices.
  • Strategy and operations consulting to increase profitability and improve business efficiency.

The Alliance is now looking for local experts on the above subjects to help fill this crucial role in Oklahoma City’s economic recovery. Local professionals or companies selected to provide technical assistance will be paid for their efforts.

“This is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said Jeff Seymour, executive vice president of economic development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “We have a plethora of local professionals who are experts on these needed topics. This program gives them an amazing chance to use their expertise to help small businesses in our community during this critical time in our economic recovery.”

You can find more information about the program by viewing the Request for Qualifications. Proposal responses will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning immediately until 3 p.m., on May 7.


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