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Relief grants available to Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Tulsa native Ruth Wilson creates emergency relief fund for state's small business owners.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 18, 2012

Oklahoma small business owners who encounter unexpected medical or funeral expenses now may apply for $1,000 relief grants through a newly created nonprofit fund of the Tulsa Community Foundation.

The Small Business Disaster Relief Fund was established last month by Ruth Wilson, an educational therapist in Washington state who grew up in Tulsa and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tulsa.

“I designed the fund to help offset the compounded loss that small business owners feel any time they are unable to work,” said Wilson, who ran a small private school for 12 years before selling to an educational organization in 2010. “I focused on medical issues since this kind of disruption can be hard to predict and plan for,” she said.

Grant applicants must be self-employed Oklahoma residents whose state-based businesses employ five or fewer people.

For more information, contact the Tulsa Community Foundation at (918) 494-8823 or


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