The Rose State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) co-sponsored a free conference for active duty military, spouses and veteran entrepreneurs.
The conference was held at Rose State College Professional Education Center, 1720 Hudiburg Drive in Midwest City on November 14.
L-R Vice President Workforce Development Stan Greil, Regent Steve Coleman, Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Regents Chairman Brg. Gen. (Ret) Richard Hefton, and SBDC Coordinator Sandy Stephens.
Major General Myles Deering, the Oklahoma Adjutant General, who commands various elements of the Oklahoma National Guard, delivered a speech thanking veterans who attended the conference. He told them that coming to Rose State to further their training was a benefit of a society they helped preserve by their service.
"You are reaping the benefits of what this community provides in Rose State. They are always eager to help our young men and women," Deering told the audience. "What a tremendous honor and privilege it is to recognize you veterans for your unwavering service to this nation, and what a tremendous opportunity that this college has provided to you. This conference will provide you with the information and the necessary skills you need to succeed in your endeavors."
Deering commanded the rescue effort during Hurricane Katrina and also led the state’s Guard during their tour of duty in Iraq.
Topics of the conference included; how to start a business; converting military experience to entrepreneurism; contracting basics; selling to the federal government; maximizing VA benefits for business; transferring one’s business to a new assignment; as well as a host of other thought-provoking topics.
Thu, November 14, 2013
by Ben Fenwick