REI Native American's Business Center

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Contact Information

Cassidy Gilmore
cgilmore@reiok.org

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REI Native American Business Centers (REI NABC) in Durant is operated by REI Oklahoma. REI NABC provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native Americans to manage, grow and expand their businesses. Assistance is available for all stages of business from start-up through expansion and includes services such as marketing assistance and business plan development.

REI NABC in Tulsa is a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency and REI Oklahoma. The Center provides business advisory services and other critical resources to create and sustain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority entrepreneurs. We provide clients with technical assistance and access to capital, procurement assistance, minority certification assistance, and other opportunities to create new jobs. REI NABC provides increased visibility and access for minority-owned firms by partnering with multi-national corporations, and government agencies to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues, and expand regionally, nationally, and internationally.

REI Women's Business Center

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Contact Information

Barbara Rackley
barbara@ruralenterprises.com

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The mission of REI Women’s Business Center is to assist Oklahoma’s enterprising women wanting to explore the opportunities of starting or expanding a business.

REI WBC provides one-on-one business counseling, access to capital, quality business training opportunities and technical assistance. We are proud to operate Oklahoma’s only Women’s Business Center, a place where women gain support, encouragement, strength, answers and celebrate success. REI WBC has reached more than 25,000 entrepreneurs since opening its doors and we look forward to many more years of service.

REI WBC is the result of a cooperative agreement with the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership and REI Oklahoma. Through dedicated partners and volunteers, we continue to increase our impact across the state. REI Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer.

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ONABEN

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Contact Information

Veronica Hix
veronica@onaben.org

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Going into business is not easy for anyone, but assistance can offset disadvantages. Around three out of four businesses fail or quit after five years. Small business ownership is particularly difficult for people who have not had the benefit of a history of inclusion in mainstream society. It has been demonstrated that in all groups, people who are provided with assistance during the early stages of a business have a much higher chance of success. Such assistance has included: access to business knowledge, capital, mentoring and business networks. In order for business assistance strategies to be effective, they should be adapted to meet the needs of those they are designed to serve. These realities led visionary tribal business development leaders to create ONABEN - Our Native American Business Network.

ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network was founded in 1991 through the leadership and vision of four Oregon Tribes who wanted to empower aspiring entrepreneurs in their communities and to help grow a private business sector on their reservations. Today, with over 20 year’s experience providing products and services to Indian Country, ONABEN’s mission is to support Native individuals, economic development organizations and communities by increasing opportunities for sustainable economic growth through culturally relevant entrepreneurial training and organizational development. ONABEN accomplishes this mission by providing Native entrepreneurs, and the community-based economic development organizations that serve them, a broad range of accessible, culturally-specific business curricula, programs, technical assistance, assisted access to financing and positive business-to-business relationships. As an innovator in product development and leader in capacity building, ONABEN has established a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest, and by leveraging its resources and partnerships, has become a national leader in implementing innovative strategies to increase family assets and expand private economies in Native communities through small business development.

Always reflective of its primary audience, ONABEN has a unique understanding of the Native communities we serve and is sensitive to the diverse cultures, situations and peoples who encompass Native communities across the country. Through our trainings, the voice of aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners is heard and the need for continued business development training is clear. Local organizations often do not have staff capacity or internal knowledge to build training programs for aspiring and growing entrepreneurs. ONABEN uses its Indianpreneurship business model to not only provide direct services to entrepreneurs, but to increase the capacity of CDFIs and business development organizations by providing organizational development trainings and trainings associated with principles of Indianpreneurship. ONABEN bridges the gap between service provider and entrepreneur crucial to the stability and viability of organizations serving the Native business community. Without the skills and knowledge to develop a business idea, small businesses are less likely to succeed. Therefore, the need for technical assistance to help grow and establish private sector business in Native communities must be met. 

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center

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Contact Information

Jill Dietz
jill.dietz@oksbdc.org

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The OKSBDC provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising in order to help Oklahomans start and grow businesses.  We are committed to growing Oklahoma’s economy one small business at a time.

OkSBDC business advisors assist business owners and entrepreneurs in many areas relevant to starting and expanding their businesses including financial analysis, capital sources, industry research, international trade, market research, digital marketing and social media, management support, emergency preparedness, business survival planning, economic impact analysis, economic gardening, and geographic information systems.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), established the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network (OKSBDC) in 1984. SE continues to serve as the lead university in a statewide consortium of private and public partners including the SBA, tribal nations, as well as many other entities and organizations including, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and Main Street programs. Banks and commercial lenders across the state are also key supporters of OKSBDC.

OKSBDC is one of 63 SBDC programs existing in every state in the nation as well as in many U.S. territories. Similar entrepreneurial development programs in other countries have been modeled after the SBDC program in the United States.  Over the last five years OKSBDC has created 3,798 jobs and helped start 753 small businesses.  OKSBDC has contributed to 1,217 jobs being retained and has had a capital infusion of $143,985,866.

OBAN (Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network)

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Contact Information

Larry Findeiss
larry.findeiss@tulsatech.org

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The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network provides marketing and technical assistance to Oklahoma businesses interested in selling products and services to federal, state, local and tribal governments. The primary purpose of OBAN is to create jobs and expand the economy in Oklahoma by providing specific, valuable resources to Oklahoma businesses.

Organization

OBAN services clients out of 15 offices located at 14 participating technology centers across Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education administers the program.  As a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), OBAN is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

Services

Daily computerized opportunity match report
Personal consulting in marketing & contracting
Proposal review
Competitive intelligence
Help in securing training, data and other resources