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Autry Technology Center knows small businesses are experiencing hardships during this pandemic, and we are here to help direct you to the available resources.


The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Commerce) is hosting a series of teleconferences for Oklahoma businesses interested in more information about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

After an initial call on Tuesday, March 26, additional calls have been added. Registrants will receive a link to the call in the confirmation email.

Upcoming Calls

Thursday, March 26, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Commerce Director of Business Retention and Expansion Ray Little and SBA Office of Disaster Assistance Public Information Officer Susheel Kumar will both be on the call to provide information and answer questions.

“The Commerce team is always available to help businesses across the state with whatever needs they may have,” said Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development. “We know that many businesses are suffering right now. Our team wants to help these businesses get the relief they need, as quickly as possible, to be able to remain in business during this difficult time. Ray and Susheel are experts on the loan process and what companies should expect. They will also be available to answer questions live, as well as after the call.”

“We want to be sure Oklahoma companies know what the application entails before they even open the form,” said Little. “It is equally important that business owners understand the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the loan.”


Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online or call the customer service center at (800) 659-2955 The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.


Pursuant to Amended Executive Order 2020-07 “All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board or Commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.”

As the Amended Executive Order was issued on March 17, and is effective until April 16, any occupational license that would otherwise expire during this emergency shall not expire until May 1.
ODOL license applications and renewals will still be accepted and applications may be completed online at www.ok.gov/odol.


Payments and accompanying documents relating to ODOL licensure should be mailed directly to the respective program at Oklahoma Department of Labor, 3017 N. Stiles Ave., #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

If you have any questions please contact the ODOL at (405)521-6018, toll-free 1-(888)269-5353, by fax at (405)521-6018 or email at odol.licensing@labor.ok.gov


1.Create your work space.
No working from the bedroom, nor dining room table. Create a 10X12 foot (or more) home office, even if it means putting up makeshift curtains.

2.Set hours, then leave your home office.
You and/or your boss set work hours. Then at the end of the day Leave Your Home Office and don’t come back. Don’t stay up to midnight checking work-related emails.

3.Don’t stress about working enough.
The biggest worry for telecommuters is feeling guilty about not working enough. The reality is that telecommuters work longer hours than office workers.

4.Take breaks, ok to vacuum.
You still need to take regular breaks during the day. It’s ok to vacuum or do laundry and return to work. If you were a productive worker in the office, you will be productive working from home.

5.Get out of the house.
Take a walk (best) or drive, even short ones, several days during the week. Daily if you can. Do social distancing during the pandemic, but get out.


The following information is from Ryan Davis, center manager for the Muskogee Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Office .

I have to close my business due to COVID-19. What has to be done for my employees to file a claim?

If you are closing permanently: Claims are taken online. Individuals may access the online application by going to https://unemployment.state.ok.us/. If assistance is needed in filing claimants must call 1-800-555-1554.

If you are closing temporarily: There are two options in this case, depending on the size of your business. The easiest method would be to have employees file online at the address above. When filing, they would need to provide a return to work date within eight weeks of the last day worked. Another option is for your business to submit a mass claim.

What is a mass claim?

A mass claim is a claim initiated by the employer when a temporary shutdown occurs. In order to file the mass claim the employer must have at least 25 employees and must complete an Excel file with specific information on each employee. The file will establish claims and employees will need to file weekly certifications for payment until they return to work. Inquiries on mass claims may be sent to MASSClaims@oesc.state.ok.us. Please note, mass claims need a few days to process to ensure that the file is correct. If you have closed and are unable to correspond with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), please have your employees file their own claims at https://unemployment.state.ok.us/.

Do my employees have to look for other work while the business is closed?

If a return to work date has been given to the employee, he/she will not have to search for other work during the layoff period. If there is no return to work date, work search must be completed.

Is Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available?

Not at this time.

If DUA is approved for the COVID-19 pandemic, what should employers do?

Indicate on OESC correspondence that the separation is due to COVID-19 and fax it to 405-962-7504.

Is there any type of extended benefit assistance available?

Not at this time.

I have to close my business permanently due to COVID-19, do I need to report this to the OESC?

Yes. To do this submit a termination form (OES-24) online through the EzTaxExpress portal at https://eztaxexpress.oesc.state.ok.us

Will COVID-19 affect my ability to pay unemployment insurance tax?

No. Tax payments should be submitted online thru the EzTaxExpress Portal at https://eztaxexpress.oesc.state.ok.us, either credit card or ACH Debit. No cash payment will be accepted when we are closed to the public.

Will COVID-19 affect my ability to file unemployment insurance quarterly reports?

No. All reports are to be submitted online thru the EzTaxExpress Portal at https://eztaxexpress.oesc.state.ok.us

What do I do if I am able to recall employees sooner than expected?

Notify OESC in writing of the return to work date by faxing the information to (405) 962-7504.

My employees are required to show identification. How will they do that if local Workforce offices are closed?

ID documentation (one government issued photo-ID and another document such as Social Security Card, school ID card, birth certificate, or voter’s ID card) must be faxed to (405) 962-7524 or mailed to: OESC, PO Box 52006, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2006.

How will my tax rates be affected if staff are sent home?

Tax rates are computed annually. There are no expected changes to the 2020 tax rates due to COVID-19. The 2021 tax rate may increase due to claims filed during this time.


Please view additional resources on COVID-19 and CPR training including AHA Training Network and healthcare provider interim guidance, community FAQs, and more at the AHA’s new COVID-19 CPR & Resuscitation Resources webpage.


To empower entrepreneurs and emerging businesses that will have a significant impact on the local and state economy through the creation of new businesses and jobs.


The Strate Center at Autry Technology Center provides professional business training to those interested in starting, expanding or operating a small business. This is accomplished by using simple tools to develop operational plans, financial documents and a network of peers.




Research indicates businesses that are located in an incubation environment have an 80 percent success rate compared to a 20 percent  success rate without incubation services.

At the Strate Center, we empower entrepreneurs and emerging businesses to significantly impact the local and state economy through the creation of new businesses and jobs. 

We proudly offer professional business training to those interested in starting, expanding or operating a small business by using simple tools to develop operational plans, financial documents and a network of peers.


Complete an application and return it with a business plan, resumes of principals, current financials, credit report and current marketing materials to the Strate Center. Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee of area business leaders.



The Strate Center offers more than 23,000 total square feet of incubation space. All areas are designed to be flexible for use as office, lab or manufacturing activities. The new addition of a co-working space offers a suite of traditional office-like amenities with the flexibility and community feel of a shared workspace.