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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Beginners Track

  • Tulsa Central Library 400 Civic Center Tulsa, OK, 74103 United States (map)
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For entrepreneurs at the very beginning stages of starting a business. If you have a great idea, but need help getting it off the ground, this is the track for you.

Date: Monday, November 12
Venue: Tulsa Central Library
Cost: $25 (includes all Beginners Track workshops, lunch on Monday, and admission to all GEW 2018 evening events)

Schedule- More Details Below:
Registration @ 8:00am - 8:30am
Let’s Solve a Problem @ 8:30am - 10:00am
Navigating New Business Paperwork @ 10:15am - 11:45am
Entrepreneur Resource Fair @ Noon - 1:00pm
Creating a Business Model @ 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Funding Your Business @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Sponsored by the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, The OSU Riata Center and 36 Degrees North.

Let’s Solve a Problem @ 8:30am - 10:00am
Are you looking for new tools to solve problems with an impact? Human-centered design (HCD) is a creative approach to problem-solving that focuses on understanding your customers. The process starts with understanding their needs and generating solutions that are tailored to them. It also means creating prototypes and getting them in front of your target population. Hosted by The Mine Tulsa.

This workshop will help early-stage entrepreneurs:

  • Identify their target customer by creating a customer archetype

  • Learn new ways to better understand their customer

  • Ideate solutions that fit their customers’ needs

  • Develop a prototype to pilot their product/service

Navigating New Business Paperwork @ 10:15am - 11:45am
Walk through the practical steps of opening a business. Attendees will learn how to verify a business name within your filing state and the federal level doesn’t fall under trademark restrictions or ownership; create governing documents bylaws; create an operating agreement; navigate articles of incorporation and organization (LLC, etc); obtain an EIN; obtain common permits and certificate of occupancy. Hosted by Tulsa SCORE and Lindsey Firm.


Entrepreneur Resource Fair @ Noon - 1:00pm
Come enjoy lunch and learn more about the dozens of entrepreneurial resources available in Tulsa.


Creating a Business Model @ 1:15pm - 2:45pm
We will learn to use a important tool for helping entrepreneurs to design and analyze potential business models for their new venture. The Business Model Canvas first appeared in Alexander Osterwalder’s 2004 book, Business Model Generation. The business model provides us with a common understanding and method for examining how a new venture can create, deliver and capture value for customers and for the company. Hosted by The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business.

By experimenting with the BMC, we will learn:

  • The nine building blocks for developing and testing a valid business model

  • How business model development is an iterative, experimental process

  • How to utilize the model via printed and on-line tools

  • How your business model may be your innovation, rather than your product or service


Funding Your Business @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Tulsa entrepreneurs have a wealth (pun intended) of options when it comes to finding funding to start or grow their business. Come explore all of your options, from 0% interest crowdfunded loans to venture capital, and connect with the person you need to finance your next step. Start by learning from the financial experiences of fellow Tulsa entrepreneurs (I’ll add the names as I confirm them). Next, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of funders, get your questions answered, and learn what it takes to seal the financial deal. You’ll walk away with more than just business cards! Hosted by Kiva Tulsa.

Key takeaways:

  • Insight into the financial ecosystem in Tulsa and what you need to do to access it

  • Connections with a diverse group of funders looking to support local entrepreneurs

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