These relief programs were created to help individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community recover and thrive after the pandemic. As part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City administers the funding for these programs through several partnerships with community organizations. Apply today through the partner links provided below.
SNI Storefront Improvement Program
The Strong Neighborhood Initiative Storefront Improvement Program offers businesses the opportunity to receive reimbursements of up to $25,000 for outdoor building enhancements such as windows, paint, signage and other improvements. Eligible projects must be completed within six months of receiving project approval and located in Capitol Hill, Martin Luther or Metro Park
Learn startup mechanics, financial fundamentals, growth strategies, marketing and capital access strategies from StitchCrew's 8-week business accelerator for Latino-owned businesses. Graduates of the program may be eligible for a $15,000 grant.
This 6-month executive coaching program provides training and strategy sessions for business owners. Through monthly meetings and one-on-one support participants develop detailed, long-term strategies for growth, examine their financials and learn skills to improve their business. Businesses that complete the program may be eligible for grant funding to execute the strategies developed in this program
OKC Minority Founder
Minority founders and entrepreneurs will benefit from a 6-week micro-accelerator program with curriculum, case studies, networking and mentorship to launch the business. Following the accelerator, businesses can receive operational technical assistance for marketing, HR, financial and other support. Graduates of the program may be eligible for up to $20,000 in grants for their business.
Generation Impact Business Accelerator, run by Progress OKC, is a 12-week program for early-stage entrepreneurs. The program is focused on entrepreneurs learning about business fundamentals, receiving mentor-supported technical assistance, developing a full business plan, and may be eligible for a grant to implement business growth strategies developed through the program.
Minority Supplier Program
Minority Supplier Program
The Alliance is partnering with Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Greater OKC Hispanic Chamber and REI Oklahoma to help small businesses with bidding opportunities and responses, certifications, registering on supplier databases, contracting and financial preparation. You can apply to any of these organizations as the services you receive may be provided through any one of them.
Individual Workforce Training
Code Fellows is a premiere tech academy, delivering high-quality live instruction online to people from all backgrounds, teaching software development, operations, cybersecurity and career training. Code Fellows graduates have a 93% in-field employment rate working at over 800 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Meta and Apple. Beginners can complete the full program in as little as 4.5 months.
OK Coders is Oklahoma's expert developer bootcamp for in-demand careers. The Verge and Techlahoma have partnered with OK Coders to offer a part-time bootcamp that prepares individuals for careers in computer programming and web development through six 4-week modules. Opportunities are also available for a post-training paid internship
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma/TEEM
Receive culinary training, food manufacturing training and warehouse and inventory control training ranging from 8 weeks to 6 months to become work ready and employable by top in-demand careers in Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma partners with the Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) to provide these opportunities for individuals who are justice involved, unemployed or underemployed.
Mothers in the criminal justice system can reenter the workforce with ReMerge's employment assistance programs. ReMerge mothers can earn a Google certification for IT support with the help of industry professionals in their Digital Skill Career Pathway Training to open doors to a variety of employment opportunities.
It's My Community Initiative (IMCI)
It's My Community Initiative collaborates with Work Ready Oklahoma to provide work readiness training and support to individuals on federal benefits programs. Upon enrollment, participants receive one-on-one support from a Career Coach to assess their career goals and create actionable plans.
Curbside Apparel offers training in screen-printing, apparel production, and retail sales, allowing participants to gain real-world experience under the guidance of experienced professionals. Employment support is offered to participants in Curbside programs to help bridge the gap between the training provided by Homeless Alliance and stable, long-term employment opportunities.
Rose State College
Rose State College offers support services to students pursuing studies in information technology and cyber security. These services encompass economic aid for professional certifications and testing, tutoring, resume writing assistance, and stipends to overcome financial obstacles hindering meaningful employment.
Mid-America Christian University
Qualified student applicants can earn financial support by enrolling in approved cybersecurity and data analytics courses at Mid-America Christian University. The eligible coursework covers various subjects such as Cybersecurity, Risk Management, IT Security, Data Analytics and Network Communications.
RestoreOKC is a community development organization in Oklahoma City that creates employment opportunities and mobility within the community. The program supports Wellspring Cleaning, a social enterprise training program employing single mothers seeking flexible employment. Participants gain skills in hospitality, team leadership, and business management.