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The first results from the new U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey released today show a large negative effect from COVID-19 for the majority (51.4%) of respondents and an expectation that it will take more than six months for their businesses to return to normal.

The survey, conducted by email, is intended to provide crucial weekly data on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the nation’s businesses. Results are displayed as data visualizations.

The survey was delivered to 100,915 small businesses in Week 1. Key findings from the 22,449 who responded from April 26-May 2:

Overall, how has this business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of the U.S. businesses surveyed in the accommodation and food services sector, 83.5% experienced a negative effect from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In your opinion, how much time do you think will pass before this business returns to its usual level of operations?

An average 31.4% expect more than six months will pass before their business returns to its usual level of operations.

In the last week, did this business temporarily close any of its locations for at least one day?

An average 41.4% temporarily closed a location for at least one day.

Of note, an average 72.2% of businesses in the educational services sector, 62.4% in healthcare and social assistance sector, and 70.8% in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector temporarily closed a location for at least one day.

In the last week, did the business have disruptions in its supply chain?

An average 44.9% reported ‘yes,’ there were disruptions in the supply chain. 

In the retail trade sector, an average 65.8% reported disruptions in its supply chain as did 49.6% of the manufacturing sector and 61.4% in the health care and social assistance sector.

Survey Updated Weekly

Data will continue to be posted every Thursday. Beginning this week, we are releasing data showing the impact on sectors at the national and state level including data for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

In future weeks, the results will show the impact on sectors by state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the 50 most populous metropolitan areas.

The Small Business Pulse Survey is one of two new weekly experimental data products fielded by the Census Bureau in April 2020 as a rapid response to the pandemic.

The two surveys, as well as the recently launched weekly Business Formation Statistics, represent the Census Bureau’s response to the urgent need for accurate, real-time data on the U.S economy and population.

The Small Business Pulse Survey includes information on location closings, changes in employment, disruptions in the supply chain, the use of federal assistance programs, and expectations concerning future operations.

For the duration of the survey, each week, over 100,000 small businesses will be invited to respond to a short, 16-checkbox survey estimated to take five minutes or less to complete. It is expected to reach approximately 885,000 small businesses over nine weeks with an expected end date of July 9, 2020.

Collaborators on the Small Business Pulse Survey included the Small Business Administration and Minority Business Development Agencythe Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among others.

The Census Bureau defines small businesses as single business locations with one to 499 employees and at least $1,000 in annual revenue.

More Surveys Provide Near Real-time Data

The Household Pulse Survey is the second weekly product fielded by the Census Bureau in response to COVID-19. It will gauge the impact of the pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, education disruptions, and dimensions of physical and mental wellness. In addition to emailing respondents, the Census Bureau will also utilize texting for Household Pulse. Results from that survey are expected the third week of May 2020.

In addition, last month the Census Bureau rolled out a weekly, more localized version of its Business Formation Statistics (BFS) to address the nation’s need for accurate, current information on the health of U.S. businesses.

Initially released as a quarterly, experimental product in February 2018, BFS tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional, and national level. The new weekly data provide timely and granular information on the state of the economy.

The ability to understand how individuals and businesses are weathering the current crisis is critical given business disruption, stay-at-home orders, school closures, changes in the availability of consumer goods and consumer patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life. 

With the new weekly Pulse and BFS surveys, the Census Bureau is answering the call for relevant, reliable, and timely data at this crucial moment in America’s history.

More information on Census Bureau announcements relating to COVID-19 is available.

Jane Callen is the senior writer/editor in the Census Bureau's Communications Directorate.

Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:51

Poteau Personal Touch Businesses Open

Following Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt’s declaration that personal touch businesses in the state could re-open April 24th, and Poteau mayor Scotty White’s April 22, 2020, COVID-19 Update, Poteau area residents were able to return to their barber and beauty shops and tanning and nail salons yesterday.

Sandy Moore, owner of Off the Top, said, “I am so happy to be back at work and see all my people. I’m taking appointments but be patient. I can have only one client inside at a time, so it takes a little longer between clients. Thank you to everyone who has called or messaged me the past few weeks to check on me.”

Moore sent the photos below of some of her Friday morning clients. Pictured in the chair wearing his mask is David Akins; Jimmy Lee Graves waiting in his truck; and Chad and Scoute Duschel standing.

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Jamaica Me Dark owner Amber Reece was busy with customers an hour before they opened. “We are very grateful for our community’s support of our business and their patience in getting in the salon one at a time. Our customers were all gracious and kind with kind words and smiles! We had our best day to date for 2020 and are thankful for our clients and our community.” Reece said they were having customers wait in their vehicles and going out to get them one at a time when they have the beds ready for the next client. This prevents “customer-to-customer interaction and allows very little face-to-face client to employee interaction.” In addition, she also stated, “Our cleaning standards have always been above CDC recommendations, so that helps ensure our clients are safer than required.”

Britney Dunn, owner of Beauty~Licious, was glad to be back at work and see her co-workers. “We aren’t just co-workers, we are friends. We missed each other and we missed our clients. It has been tough financially, but it has also taken a toll on all of us mentally. Getting a hair cut or getting a color makes people feel better. Some of our clients come in regularly, once a month or so. They need us as much as we need them.” Beauty~Licious is large enough to allow space between stylists, so they can follow social distancing guidelines while providing various services to their clients. Dunn shared some photos of yesterday’s clients and of her masked crew with their cleaning/disinfecting supplies as well as the signs they have posted on the front door reminding clients to wait in their vehicles.


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Saturday, 14 March 2020 22:49

Sykes Ribbon Cutting

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the Chamber membership of Sykes Fort Smith, AR Friday, March 13, 2020.

Sykes is an “inbound” call center. They do not make customer calls but answer customers’ calls for their clients.

If you like helping people and are interested in joining the SYKES family, email , apply at www.jobs.sykes.com or call 479-784-8600. They are currently doing open interviews.

The Sykes website says: “Sykes provides digital-marketing, customer care and technical-support to some of the world’s most popular brands. How? Via phone, chat and social media – plus, we’re always on the cutting edge of new technology to provide world-class service. At the heart (or in the DNA) of SYKES is a passion to serve, care for one another and provide our clients with top-notch service while giving back to the communities where we live and work.”

Pirate Nutrition Joins Poteau Chamber

A Chatahpreneur/Poteau Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting was held Friday morning at Pirate Nutrition in Poteau. The event also celebrated the grand opening for Pirate Nutrition and owner, Chahtapreneur Veronica Sisco.

Pirate Nutrition’s mission to make not just Poteau but all of Leflore county a healthier & happier place. They do that by giving back to the community, providing delicious, nutritious shakes, refreshing energy teas, wellness coaching, group workouts, one-on-one support, career opportunities & a positive, encouraging environment. Try a tea or shake the next time you’re in north Poteau. Pirate Nutrition is located at 2912 North Broadway in Poteau, Oklahoma, next door to Don’s Easy Pay.

The Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Services provides business assistance to Choctaw tribal entrepreneurs that want to start or expand their business. Choctaw Tribal members that utilize the services receive specialized assistance through one-on-one business counseling, training workshops, an extensive network of business assistance programs and access to other educational networking opportunities.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:40

POTEAU CIVIC IMPROVEMENT AWARDS

 

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following businesses have received Civic Improvement Awards for 2020

  • LeFlore County Abstract
  • CASC Ross & Artie Stiver Center
  • Shockley Select Reality
  • 610 Plaza
  • KMAC Enterprises Poteau KFC/Taco Bell
  • Choctaw Nation Child Care Development Center
  • Poteau Re-Fill Center Choctaw Nation Rubin White Health Clinic

Congratulations to all the businesses

Sunday, 01 March 2020 16:03

Talihina Chamber welcomes new member

Press release 

 

The Talihina Chamber participated in the Cover 2 Cover Books & More’s , Open House, Friday February 28, 2020 from 11am until 1 pm, by hosting a ribbon cutting at 11 am.

There were several people on hand to welcome this new business to Talihina. Delicious refreshments wee served.

The team at Cover 2 Cover were available to answer questions and help you find what media you are interested in. Melanie Nichols, Beverly Curtis, Genelle Peterson and Amanda Hutter are well acquainted with the materials they have on hand and can help you find what you are looking for. No matter what your interest is, you are sure to find it.

Fiction, Nonfiction, children's books, gardening, and cookbooks.

There are some C.D.s and VHS tapes available as well. Other options available are online textbook sales and buy backs for the students in your life. Consignments are available if you have treasures you want to contribute. Books are affordable, $2.00 for hardbacks, $1.00 for paperback and fifty cents for mass market paperbacks. There will be quarterly sales at the store to watch for.

The next sale will be March 6th-7th, there will be items like, toys, household items, office supplies, etc.

Find them on Facebook to keep up with the events and to watch for new items coming through.

If you were unable to attend be sure and go by and welcome them and you may also find just what you have been looking for. 

 

 

Poteau Chamber of Commerce presents several awards at their 101 Poteau Chamber Banquet held at the Donald W Reynolds Center on Thursday evening.

 

 

Sharron Whitlock of Central National Bank was presented a special award for her many years of service with the Bank.

 

Whitlock has had put in 57 years of service with the CNB.

She was presented the Stewardship Award.

 

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The Business Excellence Award went to OK Foods Maintenance and Security Manager Frank Mode for his 28 years of service.

 

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Volunteer of the Year went to Wanda Ludwig

 

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Balloonfest Volunteer of the Year went to Josh Bell

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Best Dressed at the banquet went to Steven and Jamie Herring.

citezin of the year

Citizen of the Year went to Ashby Watson Mize

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Lifetime Achievement winner was Betty Ford.

Press release by Judy Korten

The Talihina Chamber is ready for the Cover 2 Cover Books & More, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

This Friday. February 28th, 11:00 - 1:00. Join us for the Open House, serving Coffee and refreshments.

The Location is, 53926 US highway 271, Talihina Ok. (918) 942-5051.

The team at Cover 2 Cover will be ready and willing to answer any questions and help you find what media you are interested. Melanie Nichols, Beverly Curtis, Genelle Peterson and Amanda Hutter are well acquainted with the materials they have on hand and can help you find what you are looking for. No matter what your interest is, you are sure to find it.

Fiction, Nonfiction, children's books, gardening, and cookbooks.

There are some C.D.s and VHS tapes available as well.

Other options available are online textbook sales and buy backs for the students in your life.

Consignments are available if you have treasures you want to contribute.

Books are affordable, $2.00 for hardbacks, $1.00 for paperback and fifty cents for mass market paperbacks.

There will be quarterly sales at the store to watch for.

The next sale will be March 6th-7th, there will be items like, toys, household items, office supplies, etc.

Find them on Facebook to keep up with the events and to watch for new items coming through.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:00

Backroads Tours Resuming

Press release from Vera Nelson

 

If you missed the Pine Valley Tour we had last year here is your chance to do that tour.

It is scheduled for Friday, March 27th with rain date of Friday April 3rd.

If you have already been on this tour you may want to go again as we plan to do some things different. Cost is $60.00 lunch included. On March 28th we will do a new tour called the Jack Fork Trail Savage Highway. Cost of this tour is $50.00 lunch on your own. If you would like to make both tours and save yourself $10.00 the cost would be $95.00.

On these tours you will see old school houses, abandoned buildings, and houses, different cemeteries and other sites.

For more information on this and other tours contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce at 918-567-3434 or e-mail

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