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City of Tulsa and Tulsa Regional Chamber launch survey to help local business owners amid pandemic

Posted at 4:51 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 15:27:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Regional Chamber have launched the recovery impact survey to help local business owners who have been impacted by the pandemic.

City leaders want to understand the biggest concerns during this time of uncertainty and plans to reopen.

"We’re just really trying to find out what are the specific challenges these companies are having and that they’re having right here today, and that they anticipate they’ll be having in the coming weeks," says Mike Neal, the president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Some of the questions on the survey include whether businesses experienced any layoffs, and if they've made any changes to the workplace, such as implementing social distancing measures and wearing personal protective equipment.

The information compiled will help create services and programs "that tailor to business owners' needs."

This is the second survey to follow up with businesses after the chamber surveyed more than 400 back in mid-March. One of the biggest concerns then was the process of applying for a Small Business Administration loan.

"We’ve been for the past month or so really trying to hold the hands of companies working with their bankers, working with their CPAs or attorneys trying to make sure they were able to apply for those loans, apply for those in a timely fashion and hopefully get those critically needed funds,” says Neal.

He says many small businesses in the region were able to access some of the federal loans.

The new survey closes this Friday, May 15.

This survey is part of the new Mayor's Economic Recovery Advisory Committee that was formed in April to help restore the city's economy. Committee members are from different industries, including the Bank of Oklahoma, QuikTrip, Bama Foods, McNellie's Group, American Airlines and Saint Francis Health System.

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