Programs and Classes for Entrepreneurs
The Center for Business Development offers several programs and classes for entrepreneurs, ranging from classroom training to monthly programs to one-on-one consulting.
1 Million Cups
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups – a free program for entrepreneurs designed to educate, engage and connect them with their communities. Stillwater’s 1 Million Cup meetings are 1st Wednesday of the month (except Jan and July) 9-10 a.m. The meetings are held at 619 S. Main St (Riata Center Downtown) Stillwater and are free and open to the public. For more information, and to register to attend, go to the following website pages:
Commercial Buildings – Build, Buy, Renovate or Rent?
Your business is in need of more office or production space, and you’re considering whether to build new, renovate an existing building or just rent space. What is the most economical decision? How can you control construction costs? When do you engage with inspectors and obtain the proper permits?
Startup Stillwater Accelerator
Ready to get started on your new business or business plan? The Startup Stillwater Accelerator is a multi-session class for entrepreneurs designed to meet weekly and work together as a cohort on your business plan. Lunch is provided. All classes will be held at the Downtown Stillwater Riata Center located at 623 South Main Street.
Sessions are held on Thursdays from 11:30-1pm. Our next cohort is planned to start on February 7th, 2019 and complete on March 14th.
Startup Stillwater Accelerator is a joint program through Meridian Technology Center, OSU Riata Center Downtown, and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Contact Diane at the Center for Business Development at 405.377.2220 or CBD@meridiantech.edu to sign up for the Accelerator and get your business started.
Entrepreneur Essentials (7 Steps to Launch a Company with Confidence and Pitfalls to Avoid)
In this free two-hour class for entrepreneurs, we cover the basic questions you need to answer when deciding to open a business, paying particular attention to market research and financials, two major areas that cause trouble for all new businesses.
Saturday, February 16, 10am-12noon, at the Stillwater Public Library
Want to talk through an idea with an experienced consultant? We have expertise in marketing, product planning, international business and writing business plans. The initial consultation is available at no cost.