GEW Encourages Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses

Organizers of the local Global Entrepreneurship Week are capitalizing on the old cliché “there’s no time like the present.”
From Nov. 16 to 22, people from 90 countries across six continents will participate in a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurialism and be encouraged to start businesses of their own.
Global Entrepreneurship Week, founded by the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading campaign for entrepreneurship, and the United Kingdom’s Make Your Mark campaign, connects people through local, national and global activities that enable them to explore their potential as self-starters.
Mostly geared toward young people, the event brings together students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, nonprofit leaders and others who will participate in activities both small and large in scale. The event intends to inspire young people, those who might not otherwise consider entrepreneurship as a career path. It also aims to provide mentorship opportunities for them, educating them in the skills necessary for successful entrepreneurship, and engage opinion leaders and policymakers in supporting entrepreneurship for the betterment of the local, national and global economies.
Locally, Global Entrepreneurship Week is sponsored by TulsaTech, Properties Plus, SpiritBank and SpiritBank’s Business Resource Center and anchored by the Spirit Award ceremony on Nov. 17. But, a bevy of other events supporting local entrepreneurial growth have been planned. For a complete schedule, see below. For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week, go to For more about Tulsa’s celebration, go to
Tulsa Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a boot camp-style event geared toward jump-starting new companies in one weekend. Hosted locally by Scott Phillips of Isocentric Networks, the 54-hour event aims to provide networking, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the lower level of the Oneok Plaza building, 100 W. Fifth St., and culminates at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, with presentations and product launches. Tickets, which include seven meals and a T-shirt, are $75. Tickets and additional information are available at
Global Entrepreneurship Week Kick-Off
Mayor Kathy Taylor, along with Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa, will kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week on Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Oneok Field, 201 N. Elgin. RSVP to Michelle Allen,, by Nov. 14.
Roundtable Connection Networking Event
Hosted by the Tulsa Metro Chamber, this networking event is Nov. 17 at the Renaissance Hotel, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave. from 7:30 to 10 a.m. RSVP to Elaine Walsh,, by Nov. 14 to attend.
VizThink Tulsa: Visualizing the Steps to Starting Up Your Start-up
Presented by Sean Griffin, visual thinking entrepreneur and chair of Tulsa GEW, VizThink Tulsa is an interactive workshop that educates entrepreneurs about visual thinking techniques for business plan development. The techniques will help participants forecast timelines, recruit talent, raise money and balance the left and right brains. The workshop is Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the SpiritBank Community Room, 1800 S. Baltimore.
The event is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided. RSVP to Lou Ann Lissonet,, by Nov. 16.
2009 Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Ceremony
Winners of the Spirit Award will be announced at this public ceremony Nov. 17 at TCC’s Center for Creativity, 10th Street and Boston Avenue downtown, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Michelle Allen.
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Coaching
Part of what makes the Spirit Award so successful is the coaching it provides to participants, enabling them to learn from business owners and executives. Some of those coaches will be on hand Wednesday, Nov. 18 to provide that same opportunity to small business owners and entrepreneurs who didn’t participate in the Spirit Award.
Coaches will counsel attendees on business model development, team and advisory development, sales and marketing, fundraising and financing, the art of the pitch, legal structure and Internet and social media.
The event is free at The Collaboratorium, 111 W. Fifth St., 10th floor, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. RSVP to Lou Ann Lissonet.
Collaboratorium Open House and Entrepreneurial Celebration
The Collaboratorium, a start-up entrepreneurial incubator, which provides business owners with discount office space and shared resources, will host an open house Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Lou Ann Lissonet.
The Tulsey Award Ceremony
Winners of the second annual Tulseys will be announced at an event that begins at 7 p.m. at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Michelle Allen.
“Transformational Leadership in a Family Business Culture”
Presented by TU’s Family-Owned Business Institute, Dr. Kevin Fleming, a business coach and neuropsychologist, lectures at the Allen Chapman Activity Center, on the TU campus at 600 S. College Ave. Tickets are $20 for non-FOBI members and free to FOBI members. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Claire Cornell,

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