Gov. Stitt Tours Seminole Company Helped By State Grant Program

Gov. Kevin Stitt visited a Seminole business Friday that received the maximum amount from a state grant program for companies hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hope Pickering, one of the owners of TS&H, recalled working to simply keep everyone on the payroll when earlier this year. 

“We’re looking at each other and saying, ‘Well, we’ll just have to try to keep our people working as long as we can.’” Pickering said.

TS&H received a $25,000 grant through the Oklahoma Business Relief Program. Pickering said that money helped keep the business from “bleeding.” 

The program was funded by $50 million of federal CARES Act funding. Oklahoma received $1.2 billion in total. Stitt said Friday there is about $300 million yet to be allocated.

Stitt said it’s possible more funding is put towards small business grants like the one sent to TS&H. 

“We’re watching the numbers, and if we have more money left over, we’ll absolutely get it right out to our business owners,” Stitt said.

Stitt announced a plan Thursday to put $10 million in federal funds towards protective equipment for school districts