JANUARY 20, 2010

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New Location Creates Opportunities for UCO Small Business
Development Center

New and developing small business owners in Oklahoma City will find valuable resources and support to help make their dreams a reality with the opening of the new, multi-use location for the University of Central Oklahoma’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

“We decided it was time to take a step back and look at what the future holds for us and ways we could do more, be more and serve more. We are no longer just a small office, but a prime facility with more ways to help make dreams come true for local entrepreneurs,” said Susan Urbach, Central’s SBDC director.

“With Oklahoma City’s recent ranking as the number one large metro area in the nation to launch a small business by CNNmoney.com, our new facility will help new businesses begin in a stable and affordable, prime economic location while we assist, mentor and support growth and development to enhance greater long-term success rates.”

Located at One Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City, emerging companies can soon take advantage of the center’s planned Small Business Incubator, designed by Central’s own Interior Design students, allowing for a warm, secure environment for beginning companies to grow.

“The incubator will provide new businesses with an office space surrounded by the appropriate resources and counseling to maximize opportunities for success,” said Urbach.

“We will work hand in glove with the small businesses to develop them into strong, successful businesses which will eventually out grow the space.”

The new location also includes a Brand Gallery, intended to both inspire small business owners by illustrating the impact of a professional logo and brand identity and showcase designers who can assist them.

Clock Tower Studio and Ink Tank Studio, both made up of Central graphic design students, are the first designers featured.

Central’s SBDC also offers a new mini-auditorium – also designed by Central’s Interior Design students – and a conference room, both allowing for more people to participate in training and special seminars including “Business 101” for businesses just getting started to tech solutions to better management and profitability opportunities for established businesses looking to take things to the next level.
Although the interior design plans for the incubator and mini auditorium are complete, Urbach noted the center still needs donations and contributions to put the student’s design plans in action, and naming opportunities are still available.

Central’s SBDC was initially located on Central’s campus from 1984-1993, and then moved to the Journal Record building in Oklahoma City, which was destroyed by the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Central’s SBDC then moved to a location on Park Avenue until arriving at its new location.

Central’s SBDC is a part of the Oklahoma Small Business network, and is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the University of Central Oklahoma.

In 2008, Central’s SBDC was named the Region VI winner of the SBDC Service Center Excellence and Innovation Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration among fives states with approximately 150 centers in the region.

For more information about Central’s SBDC and the services offered or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.oklahomasmallbusiness.org or contact Urbach at (405) 232-1968 or surbach@uco.edu.