The Entrepreneur’s Resource Guide

Tulsa is a leader in the nation when it comes to programs dedicated to encouraging small business to thrive, specifically with Mayor Kathy Taylor’s Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and The Collaboratorium.
These are some of the resources geared specifically to aid entrepreneurs locally and in the state. A full listing of the Tulsa Business Journal’s Entrepreneurs and Small Business Resource Guide is at
Local Peer and Civic Entities
The Collaboratorium
A start-up to support start-ups, The Collaboratorium is a nontraditional entrepreneurial resource center designed to provide discounted office space, hands-on business coaching, education, networking and access to resources that will grow a business. The Collaboratorium opened May 1 in downtown Tulsa in space donated by Kanbar Properties.
Sustainable Tulsa is The Collaboratorium’s founding sponsor. The space holds seven tenants now, including Hollywood Fitness Repair, Beautifuels, The Recycling Revolution, Enchanted Grove Films and, and space is still available.
The Collaboratorium seeks participants and sponsors. Entrepreneurs operating businesses in Tulsa and those with a good idea for a business qualify to apply for participation in The Collaboratorium. Visit to apply.
Office: 111 W. Fifth St., 10th floor
Phone: (918) 595-3672
Contact: Lou Ann Lissonnet
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Counselors to American Small Business
Score, the Counselors to America’s Small Business, is a nationwide volunteer association dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and those already in business desiring advice. Score is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Tulsa chapter has about 30 active members representing a variety of business experience. There is no charge for receiving advice from a Score counselor. Free monthly business planning workshops are held at Hardesty and Rudisill libraries.
Office: 907 S. Detroit Ave., Suite 1012
Phone: (918) 581-7462
Contact: Dave Mosinski
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Entrepreneurs of Tulsa Inc.
Members of Entrepreneurs of Tulsa Inc. include would-be entrepreneurs, start-up business owners, mid- and later-stage business owners and professionals who serve such ventures. Entrepreneurs of Tulsa assists its members by providing information on how to start and run successful businesses, by making referrals to other organizations that can be of assistance and by mentoring, encouraging and providing emotional support. ET meetings are held the last Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. at Baxter’s Interurban Grill, Seventh Street and Houston Avenue.
Office: 401 S. Boston Ave., Suite 1810
Phone: (918) 706-1707
Contact: Sandy Willmann
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Entrepreneurs’ Organization Oklahoma Chapter
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.
The EO Oklahoma Chapter was founded in April 2007 and serves both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. To be eligible for membership, candidates must be under 50 years old and be the founder, co-founder or controlling shareholder of a business that has gross annual revenues in excess of $1 million.
Offices: Tulsa and Oklahoma City
Phone: (918) 409-5330
Contact: Eric Jenkins,
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North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative
nTedi, the mayor’s development initiative, was created to positively impact the development and economic success of northern Tulsa.
Franchising Opportunities Reinforced with Assistance Rewards Development uses franchising as the primary approach to creating new entrepreneurs. Ten participants will be selected to start a new business located in northern Tulsa. The participants will start a franchise business with all the necessary support — financing, coaching, technical assistance, office and retail space, etc. A new retail development at Peoria Avenue and Reading Street will house the new businesses. For leasing information, call Katie Plohocky with Walman Commercial Real Estate Services LLC at (918) 481-8888.
Office: 907 S. Detroit Ave., Suite 1001
Phone: (918) 585-8332
Contact: Rose Washington, executive director
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TEDC Creative Capital
TEDC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was organized in 1979 to empower, encourage and finance small businesses as engines of economic development. Through its Creative Capital brand of loan programs, TEDC provides progressive lending to promising businesses using both public and private resources. As a direct lender, TEDC partners with the City of Tulsa’s CDBG Program, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Micro Loan Program, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund and private funds. In cooperation with financial institutions throughout the nation, the organization delivers the SBA’s 504 loan program and facilitates government guaranties on behalf of banks and small business borrowers. Through TEDC’s Business Accelerator, small business owners learn, practice and apply strategic business concepts using the Kaufman Foundation’s Fast-Trac Programs. Additionally, TEDC Creative Capital Company LLC, a community development entity, manages both federal and state tax credit programs available to eligible businesses.
Office: 907 S. Detroit Ave., Suite 1001
Phone: (918) 585-8332
Contact: Rose Washington, executive director
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The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Small Business Resource Center
The Small Business Resource Center serves as an informational resource for new and expanding businesses. To meet this need, the center features computer workstations with specialized business databases, which provide information on population and demographics, salary assement, relocation assessment and more.
Personal assistance is provided by chamber staff to ensure small business owners find the information they need.
The Small Business Center’s resources are made available free of charge and open to the public by appointment only.
Office: 2 W. Second St., Williams Center Tower II, Suite 150
Phone: (918) 560-0235
Contact: Warren Unsicker, small business program manager
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Tulsa’s Young Professionals
TYPros plans to launch a virtual business incubator in 2010. The incubator will offer virtual networking and many of the same services offered by traditional incubators, such as access to capital and shared services, specifically digital media. The virtual incubator has plans to collaborate with and offer services to Tulsa’s existing and established incubators as well.
Office: Tulsa Metro Chamber, 2 W. Second St., Williams Center Tower II, Suite 150
Phone: (918) 560-0286
Contact: Christina E. Oden, director
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Resources on Campus
Langston University-Tulsa Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research
Langston University offers a master’s in entrepreneurial studies, with classes conducted at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research at Langston University-Tulsa.
Address: 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Contact: Dr. Surya P. Singh, dean and director of the program
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Oklahoma State University Department of Entrepreneurship
The OSU Department of Entrepreneurship is housed in the Spears School of Business and provides majors, minors, master’s concentrations and doctoral studies in entrepreneurship. In addition, the department conducts research that informs entrepreneurial practice. It organizes national programs on best practices in the entrepreneurship classroom and in curriculum development. Through experiential learning, the department provides a link between the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at OSU, which is largely focused on practice and academics.
Office: 104A Business Building, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater
Phone: (405) 744-3325
Contact: Michael Morris, professor and N. Malone Mitchell Jr. chair
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Riata Center for
Entrepreneurship at OSU
The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the OSU Spears School of Business offers experiential programs that immerse students in entrepreneurship, as well as outreach programs for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs across the state. Core programs support student entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, a cross campus business plan competition, technology based entrepreneurship and commercialization, entrepreneurial internships, bootcamps for entrepreneurs, a bootcamp for disabled veterans and related initiatives.
Office: 101 Business Building, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater
Phone: (405) 744-7552
Contact: Nola Miyasaki, Norman C. Stevenson director
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Rogers State University Innovation Center
The Innovation Center at Rogers State University provides business counseling services and training for entrepreneurs and expanding businesses in northeastern Oklahoma. The center offers competitive business intelligence services to clients who want to identify new customers, better understand their competition, guide marketing strategies and add value to the products and services they sell. The center also conducts feasibility studies related to biofuel production.
Office: 2000 University Drive, Claremore
Phone: (918) 343-7533
Contact: Ray Brown
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Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity
The Center for Creativity is Tulsa Community College’s newest 46,289-SF, $22 million downtown Tulsa campus building. It opened in the fall and is a space for transformational education and an anchor for creative and aesthetic development in Tulsa. Through the Center for Creativity, TCC hopes to spur community and entrepreneurial development by providing studio space, meeting rooms and equipment for collaborations between students, the City of Tulsa, area businesses, organizations and other public education programs. TCC will educate the next-generation workforce in computer information systems, journalism, communications, radio and broadcasting, television production, instructional design, graphic design and visual arts.
Office: 909 S. Boston Ave.
Phone: (918) 595-7000
Contact: Cassie Reese, director of development
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Tulsa Tech Busines and Industry Services
As Tulsa Tech works to create a world-class workforce for area industries and employers, it also focuses resources on programs and services designed to help businesses grow. Services include workforce development, customized training, process and product improvement and organizational and performance consultation. If companies need off-site training, choices include Tulsa Tech’s four campuses, a mobile computer lab, mobile classrooms or the 50,000-SF Training Center, which includes facilities for training and development.
Tulsa Office: Tulsa Tech Training Center, 3638 S. Memorial Drive
Phone: (918) 828-5400
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The University of Tulsa International Business and Entrepreneurship Institute
The International Business and Entrepreneurship Institute in the Collins College of Business serves as a gateway to international and entrepreneurial ventures for graduate and undergraduate students. The institute supplements classroom learning with programs that provide students with practical experiences in business competitions, entrepreneurial and international business clubs, internships, seminars, workshops and international study and employment opportunities. The IBEI partners with entrepreneurial and international business organizations in the state to support small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Office: The University of Tulsa, Collins College of Business, 800 South Tucker Drive
Phone: (918) 631-2684
Contact: Claire P. Cornell, assistant director
Private Resources
Idea Gateway
Idea Gateway creates new business opportunities and matches them with managerial talent and investment capital. Idea Gateway has transaction experience in buying, selling and integrating business. Thus, it creates new business models that are screened for investmentgrade criteria from their inception.
Idea Gateway creates and publishes its own intellectual property and occasionally evaluates opportunities developed by outside sources. It also coaches individuals and companies on strengthening business models, strategic planning and start-up.
Office: 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 260, Jenks
Phone: (918) 528-3800
Contact: Mike Whitaker, CEO
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SpiritBank Business Resource Center
Not just a trusted bank that knows businesses inside and out, SpiritBank’s Business Resource Center thinks outside the box, going above and beyond what other banks provides their business customers. With an unrelenting focus on the business community, the Business Resource Center delivers business owners and managers the information, tools and contacts they need to grow their business. The Business Solution Series involves regular interactive forums. The Strategic Partner Network offers help and advice on a myriad of business needs, and the Virtual Business Center provides online tools for business planning, budgeting and more.
Office: 1811 S. Baltimore Ave., Suite 100
Phone: (918) 295-7236
Contact: Ted Cundiff, president
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