Enid Response and Recovery to COVID-19

This Friday the City of Enid is moving into Phase I of reopening our businesses. I am proud to see the City and the State of Oklahoma take steps to allow businesses the ability to open and to allow our citizens to get back to work. I don't believe that being open for business and providing safety to our citizens have to be mutually exclusive. Over the past 6 weeks we have seen tremendous innovation by businesses large and small in how to continue to sell their products and services while maintaining social distancing. These practices have to continue. Businesses cannot relax the practices they have put in place for frequent sanitation and safe distances between people. In fact, this is the time to double down on these initiatives and to refine the ways your businesses can continue to operate during a disaster. We all know the likelihood that this virus will surge again this fall, and we must be ready. Now is the time to prepare for how your company will manage through another season of doing business differently. ERDA will be working with businesses to help you be ready to maintain operations and to recover through any natural disaster. There is no time like the present to dust off your Emergency Preparedness Plans.  

While there is no doubt things are changing, I see a bright future for Enid. If you have specific questions or concerns, we are happy to help, please give us a call.  

Oklahoma Bounce Back Assistance Program
Based on the response and success of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Reboot Program to boost the manufacturing industry, the Oklahoma Business Bounce Back Assistance Program was created to stimulate economic growth and combat the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the state’s economy. This program will support high-impact new capital investment across a broader range of industries that will diversify the state’s economy, lead to new product development or increase capacity at Oklahoma’s existing companies. In addition to encouraging new capital investment, these small but impactful awards will support existing jobs and the creation of new jobs.

Applications available: April 27
Applications due: May 4
CDC Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines

The CDC has released guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for businesses as they prepare to reopen.

MicroEnterprise Grant
ERDA is still accepting applications for the MicroEnterprise Grant. The competitive grant will award one, $5,000 grant to a small business to be used for any expense necessary for the operation, management, formation, or expansion of the business, such as rent, payroll, inventory, software, marketing, equipment, renovations.

The application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Open Up and Recover Safely Plan

On April 22, Governor Kevin Stitt released his Open Up and Recover Safely plan to reopen businesses and services in Oklahoma through three phases.

USDA Update

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on April 17, 2020, which will provide $16 billion in direct support related to the coronavirus pandemic. Program details are still being worked out but, farmers and ranchers can visit the USDA website to stay updated and learn about current flexibility programs.

Gift Card Giveaway

The Enid Regional Development Alliance (ERDA) is partnering with Main Street Enid to increase small business shopping through a gift card giveaway. Once a week, there will be a drawing for a $100 gift card from a downtown Main Street Enid partner of the winner's choice. To enter, make a purchase of $20 or more from ANY small business in Enid, retail or restaurant, and send your proof of purchase to  web@mainstreetenid.org . Entries will be doubled if you purchase from a downtown small business. Drawings will take place every Friday starting April 10th and ending on May 29th. For updates and winner announcements, follow Enid Regional Development Alliance on Facebook or Main Street Enid on Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations to our winners
Week 1: Sara Habibi
Week 2: Courtney Strzinek
Week 3: Debra Witt
Don't Forget about the Census
The 2020 Census is continuing amid COVID-19.

While enumeration is delayed, households can still self-respond to the Census by phone, mail, or for the first time - online. Completing the Census takes less than 15 minutes and is confidential.

Now, more than ever it is important that Northwest Oklahoma has a complete count. Census data provides funding that supports our hospitals, schools, fire departments, police departments, human services, and roads.