More Financial Help On The Way For Tulsa Small Businesses

Tuesday, July 21st 2020, 9:26 pm
By: Austin Hernandez

TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa County Commissioners have approved relief funding, which means more financial help is coming for small businesses in Tulsa.

Now, the question is which businesses will be the first to receive that funding.

A total of 19 businesses will receive funding in the first round of the Tulsa County Cares Act, ranging from hotels, boutiques and supply stores.

One business owner said this relief could not have come at a better time.

Leah Wietholter is the CEO of Workman Forensics, a company that helps people find money through financial patterns. She said the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to her business.

Wietholter said,"whenever the shutdown happened, especially the courthouse or work other than that, that was already in house, kind of came to a screeching halt. It definitely was challenging."

Tulsa county received $114 million from the Federal CARES Act to assist small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.

Weitholter's business and 18 others will share more than a million of those dollars to take care of their workers.

"Having that as a way to make that happen and to keep those employees employed is just a top priority and I'm super thankful,” said Weitholter.

Tulsa County Commissioner Ron Peters said he and his team are trying to process applications as fast as they can to assist those in need. He said 469 small businesses have applied for help in less than a month.

"We're focused on the need not only for the small business, but for nonprofits, for various other entities that have lost funds due to no fault on their own,” Peters said.

Peters recommends small business owners apply quickly, as applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can find the link to apply here.