Greenwood Chamber of Commerce extended ‘every olive branch’ to business owner being evicted, president says

Greenwood Chamber of Commerce extended ‘every olive branch’ to business owner being evicted, president says
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce protest

TULSA, Okla. — The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is speaking out amid a lawsuit from a business owner who says the chamber is wrongfully evicting her.

Greenwood Chamber President Freeman Culver says they extended “every olive branch” to Tori Tyson, the owner of Blow Out Hair Studio in the Greenwood District.

Tyson filed a lawsuit against the chamber after she says she paid her rent, but not the increased rent rate as her lawyer says the deed to her business is not in the Greenwood LLC name.

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Culver says they gave Tyson 11 months to get in good standing with her rent. He says she didn’t have it done last month so they took her to court, giving her 10 days to pay.

Culver says she paid in 16 days, resulting in her eviction.

He says “Greenwood Center Ltd” is on the deed to her business which falls under the chamber’s for-profit umbrella.

In response to criticism of the chamber, Culver says he hates to hear people accuse them of not having Black Wall Street’s best interest. He said the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is not in good standing with the board member who recently directed a racial slur toward Tyson.