Oklahoma tornadoes: Chambers and cities collaborate to boost storm-affected businesses in Oklahoma

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the Back to Business Initiative on Friday, allowing owners of businesses with damage from Monday's tornado to report their needs and get connected to resources.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: May 25, 2013
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Back to business is initiative goal

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the Back to Business Initiative on Friday, allowing owners of businesses with damage from Monday's tornado to report their needs and get connected to resources.

“After a natural disaster, it can be overwhelming to navigate the process of getting businesses back to a normal state of operation,” Roy Williams, president and chief executive of the chamber, said in a statement. “The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative is intended as both a resource and information source for businesses.”

As business owners report damage, representatives will direct them to recovery assistance from donations and short-term and long-term loan programs. Companies with items to share, such as business supplies, office space or other resources, also can register.

The chamber is collaborating with the city of Oklahoma City, the city of Moore, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce on the project.

Business owners are encouraged to call 297-8943 or go to www.greateroklahomacity.com/backtobusiness to participate.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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