REI Oklahoma has released its mid-year report on activities and economic impact from its services in 2013. The report includes the period January 1 to June 30, 2013. During this time, the economic output generated by REI Oklahoma amounts to more than $163 million and the organization has created or retained 446 jobs throughout the state of Oklahoma. 1,038 small business owners received training or business counseling services through REI Women’s Business Center (REI WBC) services. REI WBC is funded in part by the U. S. Small Business Administration. REI Down Payment Assistance served as a resource for 127 homeowners.

“At REI Oklahoma, providing solutions for business owners and community stakeholders is the reason we exist,” said President & CEO, Scott Dewald. “These numbers illustrate the value of our work and our efforts to improve the economic stability of our great state.”

REI Oklahoma’s mid-year impact creates an opportunity to reflect on the progress of its efforts. The organization’s economic impact demonstrates its commitment to businesses and communities across Oklahoma. While the report represents the organization’s successful ability to advance businesses and communities forward, it also serves as a tool to encourage even greater results as the year progresses. Additionally, a report of REI Oklahoma’s past achievements ensures prospective clients that they will find success when utilizing its services.

“Our focus at REI Oklahoma is on connecting the dots and creating economic opportunities for Oklahomans,” said Dewald. “We’re pleased to be able to provide a wide-range of services, further increasing our ability to enhance business and community growth within the state.”