Oklahoma Co. Fee Approves COVID-19 Smaller Business Aid Fund

Fifteen million bucks in federal COVID-19 aid resources awarded to Oklahoma County are now on the way to a small business reduction fund, but the clock is ticking to get it out the door. 

“I am on my fourth thirty day period of messing with everybody in this article to get the CARES funds exactly where it was initially prepared to go,” Sean Cummings told commissioners. “To the citizens of Oklahoma.” 

Businessowner Leslie NesSmith informed the board COVID-19 pressured her to layoff fifty percent of her workforce. Having said that, she said she’d rather go with no financial assistance

“It’s been awful, but I fear federal government increasing even far more,” she explained.  

The board of county commissioners voted 2-to-1 on sending money left more than from the Oklahoma County jail to the Oklahoma Industries Authority, generating the modest business enterprise fund. Commissioners Brian Maughan and Carrie Blumert voted in favor Commissioner Kevin Calvey voted towards. 

Commissioners voted to require the grants be approved by December 9.

“I really do not know that this is a help you save all for their organizations, I imagine sometimes this is just bridging a little gap,” Maughan reported.

The money will be out there to enterprises of much less than 100 workforce in Oklahoma County, but outside the house Oklahoma Metropolis where by financial assistance has currently been offered. A internet site with application info is predicted to be introduced by the finish of the 7 days.  

Blumert said the county plan will fill in gaps still left by a metropolis tiny business relief program. 

“When the town opened their application, they experienced 300 enterprises who they experienced to change away for the reason that they were being not within the boundaries of Oklahoma Town, so we experience like working day a single we could provide up to 300 firms,” she claimed. 

“If authorized, this will profit fewer than 1% of the county. The jail added benefits 100% of people in this county,” Calvey explained in advance of the vote. 

He continued to lobby for sending the funds again to the jail, saying he has a way to bypass the December 30 deadline to give the detention middle extra time to commit the funds.