OSU-Tulsa hosts NTEDi program for north Tulsa business owners
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is investing in north Tulsa businesses by partnering with the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) to host free programs that help north Tulsa entrepreneurs learn about starting and maintaining a business.
Courses in the eight-week-long A Self Sufficiency Entrepreneur Training (ASSET) program cover topics including starting a business, recordkeeping, hiring employees, commercial insurance and business proposals.
The program also covers where to look for local and federal funding along with the certification and permitting process with the State of Oklahoma and the City of Tulsa.
“Our mission is to rebuild North Tulsa one project at a time to strengthen entrepreneurship in the community,” said Lana Turner-Addison, president and chairperson of the non-profit NTEDi. “NTEDi has been instrumental in the advancement of proposals to enhance the City’s efforts to stimulate economic development in north Tulsa, such as Peoria Connection, Vision Tulsa and the 36th North Corridor Plan.”
The first ASSET program concluded this January. The program will run again from September to November 2021.
Courses for ASSET are held at OSU-Tulsa, which allowed the program to utilize classrooms, computers and other resources the campus has to offer.
“We’re located in north Tulsa, and we’re here to help north Tulsa,” said Nekki Reagan-Neely, assistant vice president for community engagement and student services at OSU-Tulsa. “These entrepreneurs are our neighbors – and we want to see them succeed.”
Around a dozen North Tulsa entrepreneurs participated in the initial ASSET program. At the end of the program, students earned a certificate of completion.
Arvest Foundation sponsors the ASSET program. OSU-Tulsa is one of the program’s partners, along with TEDC Creative Capital and Tulsa Tech.
The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative was founded in 2007 and has focused on development of projects and infrastructure that create jobs in the north Tulsa community.
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