Muskogee, Oklahoma, celebrated for its enduring small business community, is about to get the support it deserves. A dynamic Business Advisor with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is in the works, poised to bring new resources into the local entrepreneurial scene and invigorate Muskogee’s small business landscape.
“There’s never been a better time in Muskogee’s history than now to provide critical assistance to our largest employer, small businesses. The new Small Business Development Center in Muskogee will give our small businesses the tools they need to survive, be competitive, and sustainable. From long-range business development and expansion to strategic planning, creating business plans, and financial proformas, our small businesses will be poised for greatness,” said Mayor Marlon Coleman of the City of Muskogee.
The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, established in 1984 through a partnership between Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been an invaluable resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs across the State. In 2021 alone, the program played a pivotal role in the creation of 429 new businesses, infusing a staggering $97.8 million in capital and safeguarding 7,484 jobs in Oklahoma. The introduction of an SBDC in Muskogee offers the promise of equally remarkable outcomes.
“We are excited about the partnership being created in Muskogee with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. The addition of a new SBDC office in Muskogee provides our network with the opportunity to serve this area of the state and make a difference by helping businesses start and expand, reach underrepresented markets, create and sustain more jobs, as well as infuse capital into the local economy,” adds Michelle Campbell, State Director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.
The vision of a Muskogee Small Business Development Center stemmed from the City of Muskogee Foundation’s recently launched Muskogee Means More Initiative to boost the community’s economic base, enhance quality of life, and foster civic pride.
“The Muskogee Means More Initiative aims to strengthen our community’s economic base, and the SBDC is a critical piece of this puzzle. It aligns with our vision of a vibrant Muskogee, and we’re committed to supporting its establishment,” said Wren Stratton, City of Muskogee Foundation.
The support of the City of Muskogee Foundation, along with contributions from other Muskogee Means More consortium members, has made this essential resource possible.
Muskogee Means More Consortium members include:
• City of Muskogee Foundation
• City of Muskogee
• Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC)
• Connors State College
• Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E)
• Port Muskogee
“The collaborative effort of these consortium members is remarkable; we literally couldn’t do this without each of them answering the call for support. Together, we are poised to create a brighter future for Muskogee’s entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Kimbra Scott, Port Muskogee Executive Director.
The City of Muskogee, Muskogee County, Connors State College, ICTC, and OG&E have pledged their support for the SBDC initiative, recognizing its potential to drive economic growth and foster local entrepreneurship.
“We recognize the tremendous potential of introducing a Small Business Development Center Advisor to Muskogee. This initiative aligns with our vision for a thriving community. By nurturing our local entrepreneurs and small businesses, we not only promote economic growth but also create a stronger, more resilient community. The SBDC will be a beacon of support, fostering innovation, and paving the way for a brighter future for Muskogee County,” said Commissioner Payne, Muskogee County.
“At Connors State College, we’re dedicated to empowering our community’s economic growth through small businesses. The Muskogee SBDC will be a pillar of support, guiding and fueling entrepreneurs towards success. Together, we’re shaping a brighter future for our region, one thriving small business at a time,” said Dr. Ronald Ramming, President at Connors State College.
Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC), under the leadership of Tony Pivec, has graciously offered office space for the new Muskogee SBDC Advisor as they serve small businesses. ICTC has a strong record of supporting entrepreneurship and business development in the region, offering a range of additional resources and support for businesses, including access to training and workforce development programs.
“As an educational institution, we understand the importance of fostering entrepreneurship. Providing office space for the SBDC Advisor is a natural extension of our commitment to the community,” said Tony Pivec, President of ICTC.
Regarding the entrepreneurial ecosystem, SBDC Advisors enhance local entrepreneurship by providing training, resources, and counseling to small businesses. They support innovation and growth, promote economic development, and collaborate with other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide a comprehensive suite of resources and support to small businesses.
“SBDC Advisors are the lifeline for local small businesses and entrepreneurs. They work closely with them to provide personalized guidance, access to resources, and expert advice tailored to their unique business needs. At OG&E, we understand the importance of investing in the communities we serve. We envision the Small Business Development Center as a catalyst for economic development in Muskogee. We are only as strong as the communities we serve and are eager to see the impact this center has throughout Muskogee,” said Alba Weaver, Economic Development & Community Affairs Manager at OG&E.
Whether you’re a startup looking to navigate the complexities of business planning, an existing business seeking strategies for growth, or an entrepreneur in need of financial planning support, a dedicated SBDC Advisor will be your trusted partner on this journey. They can help you develop comprehensive business plans, secure funding, explore marketing strategies, and ensure your business operates efficiently. With their support, you’ll have a professional by your side, empowering you to overcome challenges and seize opportunities, ultimately setting you on the path to success.
Interested in being the Muskogee Small Business Advisor: Are you passionate about empowering small businesses and driving economic growth? An exciting opportunity awaits! The OK SBDC is currently seeking a dedicated individual to fill the position of Business Advisor in Muskogee with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. If you’re ready to make a difference and be part of Muskogee’s small business success story, visit https://seok.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/163?c=seok to learn more and apply today.