OKC VeloCity | COVID-19 has reshaped the business landscape

COVID-19 has reshaped the business landscape

By Roy Williams / Inside OKC / May 7, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has undoubtedly impacted every person and business in our community. While those impacts are different for each of us, they are important to all of us.

Since this emergency began, your Chamber has had one primary goal – provide as much support and assistance as we can. We have accomplished that in several different ways.

 First, we have aggressively listened to you. We conducted a series of surveys that helped us understand your needs. We have made thousands of calls to you – reaching out to learn what is happening in your business and what resources we can bring to the table.

Next, we have been providing information. Our online resource at www.okcchamber.com/covid19 has extensive information about business resources along with links to official information relevant to business. We have created numerous virtual meetings and tele-town hall events to give you access to experts and support.

Third, we are working with our partners to bring assistance to business. We partnered with the City of Oklahoma City and The Alliance for Economic Development to create a Small Business Continuity Program with loans, grants and technical resources for small business. We partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance to create a database for accessing PPE.

Finally, we are advocating on your behalf. We are active with elected officials at all levels on a variety of issues, doing everything we can to make sure our members’ interests are represented.

And we’ve been doing everything we can to keep our work promoting this city, attracting jobs and investment so that as we ease back into a more regular work flow, this city rebounds from a crisis in a way that seizes opportunities that are presented.

If you take away anything from this message, know that we are here to help in any and every way we can. It is vital that our business community stands together and continues our work to make this an ever better place for success.


Roy H. Williams, CCE
Chamber CEO & President

This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of The Point.


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