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Top US firm to offer small business help; Girls get goodie bags from Creative Oklahoma


Where Creativity is Shared Through a Can

Worried about what art supplies the students of nonprofit The Oklahoma City Girls Art School would have at home during this time of “staying in place,” long-time Creative Oklahoma board member Doug Sorocco (Dunlap Codding) set out to make sure it wasn’t nothing. 

With him leading the charge, Creative Oklahoma gathered up bags and bags of art goodies from some of its past events, stuffed them into big tote bags and delivered them to the School’s executive director. She, in turn, delivered them to her students who are underserved elementary and middle schoolers who attend at-risk public schools.

The Creativity Kits included paper, markers, crayons, and all sorts of other supplies, even a  Faber-Castell “Creativity Can,” which is a versatile, hands-on tool for learning the 4C’s of 21st century skills – Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration. 

“The OKC GAS provides critical after-school inspiration and support for these girls,” said Sorocco. “When I realized they weren’t going to be able to have that while we are all staying at home during this COVID-19 crisis, I remembered that Creative Oklahoma had a ton of things left from some of our past events just sitting in storage. Well, now, they’re in the hands of some pretty incredible kiddos. I’m excited to see what they dream up with them.”  

Creative Oklahoma is too! Look for pictures of their work in our next e-newsletter.  

gener8tor Announces Emergency Response Program
in Oklahoma City

gener8tor announced a new initiative supporting Oklahoma City small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the Emergency Response Program, small businesses, startups, freelancers, and nonprofits will have access to a free, week-long webinar series designed to identify and leverage critical resources in order to weather this ongoing public health crisis.

gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator program that typically runs programs in various geographies targeted at helping high-growth startup companies launch and grow. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, gener8tor is focusing their efforts and resources on offering free “Emergency Response” resource and coaching programs to “mainstreet” small businesses to help them weather the economic storm this crisis brings. Having offered these Emergency Response Programs to various geographies across the country in these last few weeks, gener8tor has already helped hundreds of participants whose small businesses range from restaurants to boutiques to salons to real estate agencies.

“We have seen firsthand the impact that entrepreneurs have on a community, and we hope to call on our network of mentors, investors and partners to support small business owners through this new Emergency Response Program.”


 – Joe Kirgues, gener8tor co-founder.

As a part of the program, small business owners will be provided with daily webinars featuring experts in the following areas:

  • Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Small Business Owners and Their Employees;
  • How Businesses Can Use This Downtime to Sharpen Their Sword; 
  • Pivoting Your Business Online
  • Top Five Legal Issues Businesses Need to be Aware of During COVID-19; 
  • Finance Best Practicing During COVID-19 & Federal Loan Forgiveness.

In addition to webinars, gener8tor will host dedicated, free one-on-one consultations to digitally meet with small business owners and help them navigate the resources available to them.

Interested businesses may visit gener8tor.com/emergency-response-program/oklahoma-city to register. The registration is open, and the program will take place the following two weeks (April 20th – May 1st). All Oklahoma City Metro area businesses are invited to participate.


Creative Oklahoma’s Newest Initiative:
Heroes of Innovation

Dr. Kenneth Sewell, VP of Research at Oklahoma State University, stands inside a laboratory where patient samples are being analyzed for COVID-19 on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. April 4, 2020.
GARY LAWSON / OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

BE IN THE LOOKOUT!

Creative Oklahoma is working on a very new and amazing initiative to highlight outstanding examples of unlikely Oklahomans from all walks of life who are coming up with innovative and inspirational solutions to the significant challenges our citizens, neighbors, mental health professionals, healthcare workers, schools and government agencies, etc. are facing in the midst of dealing with the worst public health crisis of the last 100 years.


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