Special to The Sun
The staff at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Small Business Development Center knows from experience how it feels to have the have their offices destroyed by disaster. Their offices were among those impacted by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Now, they are helping those whose are in a similar situation after the May tornadoes get back to business.
“We have an idea of how the initial shock feels and the time it takes to recover from a disaster. We are now seeing businesses ready to deal with what is next,” said Susan Urbach, director of the UCO SBDC.
Urbach and her staff set up shop at the Business Recovery Center to provide free consulting services. The center, operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the South Pennsylvania Avenue campus of the Moore-Norman Technology Center.
As a part of its overall mission, the SBDC helps small local businesses become well managed, profitable and set for the long-term. By working in the Business Recovery Center, the SBDC will use its experience and connections to help business owners respond to the disaster and stand by them in redevelopment.
Services provided by the SBDC include helping owners fill out requests for loans, claims and assistance forms, and plan strategically for rebuilding the business and marketing to new potential customers.
“We want to help business owners think clearly and make good decisions during this hard time,” Urbach said.
The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan team is also working in the Business Recovery Center helping victims of the storms from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FOR MORE information on becoming a SBDC client or receiving disaster relief services, call 405-232-1968 or visit www.ucosbdc.org.