Meridian Technology Center for Business Development

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Contact Information

Brad Rickelman
bradr@meridian-technology.com

meridiantech.edu

The mission of the Center for Business Development is to provide customized support, education and training for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Meridian Technology Center’s district. Through the creation of new companies and the strengthening of existing companies we contribute to the expansion of our regional and state economy.

Connect

We connect with our communities through three primary activities:

1. Business Consulting & Coaching
We offer business consulting and coaching to companies and individuals within our district. We will consult with an aspiring entrepreneur to discuss the feasibility of an idea or engage in business coaching with a business owner. Whether you need marketing assistance, advice on identifying a new market for your product or service, or assistance learning how to hire great employees, we can help.

2. Business Incubation
Business incubation is a focused process including management guidance, technical assistance and tailored consulting for young, growing companies. We engage in business incubation with both Residential and Virtual Tenants. Residential Tenants access services and rent dedicated office or lab space for up to three years. Virtual Tenants access services but do not rent space. Clients can move easily between both tenant types depending on their business needs and situation.

3. Networking & Education Events
We organize opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to listen and learn from each other. We also offer regular sessions on the basics of starting a business as well as partner with our local chambers of commerce to bring education and training events to the communities in our district.

History

Original discussions regarding opening a technology business incubator in Stillwater began in 1995. After benchmarking incubator and incubation models, funding was arranged and building commenced. The Center for Business Development opened its doors with a 15,000-square-foot facility in January 1998. The early years of the Center corresponded to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s-early 2000s. During this time the focus of the incubator was on technology business development.

By the late 2000s, the facility was full and an expansion of an additional 6,000 square feet of light industrial space was made. There have been three directors of the Center during its life: Kay Wade, Amy Polonchek and Ron Duggins. The Center continues to serve a wide variety of clients, not only technology based, but also innovative companies working in fields such as software, medical support and food production.

BetaBlox

Contact Information

Wes Bergmann
weston@betablox.com

betablox.com

We make startups better, faster – guaranteed. We accept roughly 10 teams at once that start-and-grow together cohort-style; similar what it’d be like making lifelong friends in a military’s bootcamp. Not only do each of these teams help each other out, we step in with a bevy of products and services that will add gasoline to a founder’s trajectory. Think of it as our contribution to the founding of your company. In exchange we become small minority shareholders in your startup with no voting rights or power. We like to think of ourselves as your co-founder who doesn’t expect a salary. We will only charge you once your company reaches a liquidation event (IPO, acquisition, dividends, etc.) – and even then, it’s just a pinch. The program represents a very structured and hands-on six months, followed by several years of value-added services. We start as an accelerator, grow into an incubator, and end as your friends and partners. 

Roughly 10% of the people that apply to BetaBlox are admitted. We take all kinds of businesses, at various stages of development. We look for everything from scalable startups, to high revenue potential small businesses. We care very little about what you’re building, and instead care a TON about who you are. So if you’re awesome, don’t hesitate to apply today.

Kitchen 66

Contact Information

Adele Beasley
adelebeasley@ou.edu

kitchen66tulsa.com

The mission of Kitchen 66 is to turn Tulsa into a hot oven for food start-ups by lowering barriers to entry for local food makers and purveyors. Kitchen 66 provides food entrepreneurs with the ingredients needed to succeed: affordable commercial kitchen space, a comprehensive business development program, tailored advising, and a robust network of mentors and distributors.

Kitchen 66 is a program of The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, founded in 2015.

The Forge

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Contact Information

theforgetulsa.com

How We Started

Since founding in 2005, TYPros aimed to provide Tulsa’s young entrepreneurs with the support of a resource-rich, low-cost incubator program. Hoping to attract and retain innovative young talent, The Forge was created to provide a springboard for their ideas. In 2009, after hundreds of man hours, the first generation of the Forge was open for business.

The Forge Today

After spending nearly two years in temporary locations, The Forge finally found it’s home at Third & Cheyenne. Since launching, the program has graduated numerous tenants and is consistently occupied at capacity. The economic impact of the program has surpassed expectations and is now considered the community’s entrepreneurial hub.

Into The Future

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, making up 80 percent of all businesses in Tulsa county, providing a gauge our city’s vitality. Tulsa’s entrepreneurial community is not only growing but, thriving. As the demand for support programs increases, The Forge will continue to grow, expand and meet the need of Tulsa’s growing creative class.