Opening of applications for the OCI OKC Business Academy

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Opening of applications for the OCI OKC Business Academy

Oklahoma County Business Academy is accepting applications



SHELBY: WELCOME TO OKLAHOMA. THE TIME IS NOW IF YOU HAVE A BIG 9:10. A BUSINESS IDEA, AND YOU MAY NEED A LITTLE HELP GETTING STARTED, THE OKLAHOMA COUNTY OPPORTUNITY INDUSTRIALIZATION CENTER HAS JUST WHAT YOU NEED. THE FOURTH COHORT OF THE OIC BUSINESS ACADEMY IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. AND HERE WITH ME NOW FOR MORE IS DESJEAN JONES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. WELCOME. >> THANK YOU. I AM SO HAPPY TO BE HERE. SHELBY: BEFORE YOU DIVE INTO THE ACADEMY ITSELF, GIVE ME A LITTLE BACKGROUND ABOUT OCI AND WHAT YOU DO. >> YOU START THE PARTY WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT THE OCI. WE ARE OIC FROM OKLAHOMA COUNTY. WE HAVE BEEN IN OKLAHOMA COUNTY FOR 56 YEARS, AND OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE ADULT LEARNERS THROUGH ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. WE HELP PEOPLE LEVEL UP AND REALLY GET FROM HERE TO THERE, EVERYWHERE IN THEIR LIFE. THEY CAN GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, WIN COMPUTERS, LEARN ENGLISH, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO CAN’T READ. THEY CAN LEARN TO READ WITH US. BUT WE SERVE ADULT STUDENTS AND WE HELP PEOPLE START A BUSINESS. SHELBY: LET’S TALK, THE ACADEMY. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. >> WE STARTED IN THIS A FEW YEARS AGO. WE HAVE SUBMITTED A GRANT APPLICATION WITH THE OKLAHOMA CITY BLACK JUSTICE FUND. WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE LANDSCAPE OF OKLAHOMA AND REALIZED THE LAMA INCARCARES MORE WIND AND WOMEN – THAT OKLAHOMA INCARCARES MORE MEN AND WOMEN THAN ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET. — RETURNED TO OIC, NEED HELP. IT WAS HIM AND ME THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO SERVE THE POPULATION. SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE CONVICTED OF CRIMES, THEY HAVE AN AMAZING WORK ETHIC. THE OIC BUSINESS ACADEMY WAS BORN FROM THIS. WE WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAD AN IDEA FOR A BUSINESS THEY COULD START, BUT THEY REALLY DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. SOMETIMES YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, AND THERE ARE SO MANY RESOURCES AND OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN OKLAHOMA CITY. WE THOUGHT WE HAVE AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE GET STARTED AND REALIZE THESE DREAMS, SO OCI BUSINESS SHELBY: HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS STORY? I LOVE THIS. SO APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW, RIGHT? >> THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE FOURTH COHORT IS NOW OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 31ST. SHELBY: WHO SHOULD APPLY? >> WE ARE LOOKING FOR THIS PERSON WHO MAY HAVE A BUSINESS COMING OUT OF THE GARAGE. MAYBE THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO OUTSIDE THE CAR, BUT THEY KNOW THEY WANT IT TO BE MUCH BIGGER. MAYBE THEY’VE BEEN THINKING I’VE HAD THIS IDEA FOR 20 YEARS, AND I JUST KNOW IT’S A BUSINESS THAT COULD REALLY WORK. I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START. WE WANT THESE PEOPLE. WE WANT A PERSON WHO, WHATEVER YOUR BACKGROUND, WE WANT YOU TO APPLY TO THE ACADEMY. WE HAVE TWO AMAZING PHASES WE TAKE OPPORTUNITIES FOR – TAKE REQUESTS. PHASE ONE, IF PEOPLE WHO STILL NEED A LITTLE HELP. PHASE TWO IS A COMPLETE 12-WEEK ACADEMY THAT TAKES YOU FROM EVERYTHING.- NAME, BRAND, LOGOS, STARTUP COSTS, FUNDING, OPERATIONS, ALL OF IT. SOMETHING UNIQUE WITH OIC BUSINESS ACADEMY, ONCE YOU GRADUATE WE BECOME YOUR FIRST INVESTOR AND GIVE YOU $500 TO START THAT BUSINESS. SHELBY: I WAS GOING TO SAY, WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU LEAVE THE PROGRAM? $500, BUT ALSO I JUST IMAGINE AN ​​AMAZING AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE. >> AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE. WEEP ARE YOU WITH MENTORS TO HELP YOU MAINTAIN YOUR BUSINESS. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT STARTING THE BUSINESS, BUT WHAT WE REALLY WANT WE WANT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT OKLAHOMA CITY. WE WANT THERE TO BE A LEVELING OF THE PLAYING FIELD. THE OTHER ELEMENT IS THAT WE HAVE DESIGNED OUR PHASE 3 TO HELP BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY. A ROUNDTABLE OF PEOPLE WHO EVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS IN FIVE REALLY KEY AREAS. THE OBJECTIVE IS NOT JUST THAT YOU CREATE A COMPANY, BUT THAT YOU CREATE A COMPANY THAT CAN GIVE THREE PEOPLE A REAL GOOD JOB. SO WITH THE OIC BUSINESS ACADEMY WHETHER YOU ARE MALE, FEMALE YOU MUST BE 16 YEARS OLD AND UP BUT WE JUST WANT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE BECAUSE IT’S GOOD NOT JUST FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, BUT FOR OKLAHOMA CITY. OKLAHOMA IS A GREAT STATE, AND ENABLING PEOPLE TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS HERE IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE Aspire TO DO. SHELBY: YOU ARE INSPIRING, LET ME TELL YOU. LAST QUESTION, WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET MORE INFORMATION, AND WHERE CAN THEY SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS? >> THEY CAN ACCESS OUR WEBSITE AT OICOKC.ORG. YOU WILL SEE WHERE IT SAYS PROGRAMS AND BUSINESS ACADEMY. RIGHT CLICK ON THE LINK AND SEND YOUR APPLICATION. INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN ONCE THE APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSES, AND THE FOURTH COHORT WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12. WE HAVE GRADUATED OVER 40 COMPANIES AND WE CONTINUE TO MEET THEM AND PROVIDE SUPPORT. THEY ARE OUR OIC BUSINESS ACADEMY ALUMNI, AND THEY DO GREAT THINGS. SHELBY: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TODAY. IT’S GET THE APPLICATIONS UNTIL AUGUST 31ST. DON’T SLEEP ON THIS INCREDIBLE

Opening of applications for the OCI OKC Business Academy

Oklahoma County Business Academy is accepting applications

The Oklahoma County Opportunity Industrialization Center is accepting applications from area businesses to help them grow. The center’s executive director, Desjean Jones, stopped by KOCO to explain how they can help. Click on the video player above to watch the full interview.

The Oklahoma County Opportunity Industrialization Center is accepting applications from area businesses to help them grow.

The centre’s executive director, Desjean Jones, stopped by KOCO to explain how they can help.

Click on the video player above to watch the full interview.

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