Tulsa to Host Entrepreneurship Events

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Every year there is a growing number of people who want to kick the tires of entrepreneurialism and explore the potential of creating their own job through starting a company, said Sean Griffin, co-founder and CEO of BizXe and chairman of Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Each year during the third week in November, GEW provides a dependable avenue to better understand what is required to start a company and quickly plug into the expanding collection of entrepreneurial programming, said Griffin.

"We understand that it is hard to start a company," Griffin said. "There is no easy way to get help, so we worked to make it easy to get help."

For the fifth consecutive year, entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators will be hosting events for entrepreneurs, small business owners and anyone interested in entrepreneurialism during Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is set for Nov. 14-18.

The effect of Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week is proving to be a powerful model to create jobs and startups. Since 2007, through various programs and services, 64 entrepreneurs have started businesses in Tulsa, adding 269 jobs and $12.4 million in annual payroll.

Programs like the Spirit Award and Launch, sponsored by Tulsa Community College, support aspiring, nascent and seasoned entrepreneurs, Griffin said.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was launched by the Kauffman Foundation - a foundation devoted to entrepreneurship. The foundation engages people around the world to join a movement of entrepreneurs, to generate ideas and to seek better ways of doing business. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity.

"GEW is the tie that binds," Griffin said.

Over the last five years, civic and business leaders of Tulsa have guided the city to inspire and foster an increase in the number of new jobs created through startups, said Griffin. …