Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Economic Development Breakfasts Scheduled

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Economic Development Breakfasts Scheduled

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A series of economic development breakfasts aimed at the small business owner will start next week at Rose State College in Midwest City, it was announced Thursday.

First breakfast meeting, which will start at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, will focus on state funding available to assist small businesses and what types of free services are offered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Speakers will be George Zajac, director of the department's Capital Resources Division, and Pam Bryan, director of the department's Small Business Development Center.

Although the monthly meetings are geared toward the small business owner, executives of several large established businesses were invited, according to Dee Kise, executive director of the sponsoring Midwest City Economic Development Commission.

"Our primary interest in having established businesses represented is to provide a networking service for the small business owner," Kise said. "In this way the small business owner, or those just getting started, will be able to get acquainted with those already established and know where to call if they have a question. They'll learn what expertise is out there to find solutions to a particular problem.

"And, we do have a lot of expertise in this community and people are willing to help those getting started. It's just that the small businessman sometimes doesn't know who to call."

The series of breakfast meetings are geared toward the smaller business, Kise said, because that's the group usually left out of most conferences or seminars.

"Too many times the owner of a small business can't just close up shop and attend a day-long or even a half-day seminar," she said. …

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