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Where to Start as an Entrepreneur For a business professional with a vision of a new startup, it can be diff icult to fi gure out where to begin. An initiative that took fl ight in 2018 aims to guide these entrepreneurs toward success. S tartup Stillwater is a new, unbranded 2017, which became the springboard for the prog ra m developed by Mer id ia n Startup Stillwater initiative. Technology Center, the Riata Center As part of its inaugural year, the program for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, Cowboy Technologies and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. 70 was to remove the barriers for entrepreneur- graduated its fi rst cohort of the Startup Stillwater Accelerator in October. Local entrepreneurs got to participate by listening When these entities came together to dis- to business leaders, completing business cuss the entrepreneurial climate in Still- planning assignments and learning from water, they came to the conclusion that the instructor Brad Rickelman, the Center for community needed a “front door” for startup Business Development’s assistant director. ideas. The group launched 1 Million Cups in every donation. “The goal of the program from the beginning ship in the community,” said Justin Hazzard, Director of the Center for Business Develop- ment at Meridian Technology Center. “Startup Stillwater is in the beginning stages of what we think will be a much broader eff ort to bring together all the available resources, but we hope and expect to see it make an impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2019.” BY AUBRIE BOWL AN every volunteer. every purchase. kaseyl@remax.net propertyjustforyou.com Chamber’s First Scholarship Awarded The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce encourages continued edu- cation post high school graduation. T his year, the Chamber off ered Stillwater High School students the opportunity the United Way of Payne County. Spencer to vie for a $500 scholarship to further said his parents’ philanthrop y had a direct their education, and senior Spencer Carter Each office independently owned and operated “I think volunteering is the best way to directly Spencer, now an engineering major improve someone else’s way of life,” Spencer at OSU, is excited for the opportuni- said. “My church, my scout troop and my ties his scholarships will open for him. family have taught me how important it is “With my brother being in college to give back.” already, I know how expensive things Sheri said she and her husband, Sam, are are going to get,” Spencer said. “To be proud of their sons for becoming the second recognized for this scholarship opens generation of Cowboys in the family. up opportunities because a group of Kasey Longan, GRI, CRS Realtor® Logo / Marketing Materials / Magazine / Annual Report HEAVY-DUTY GRAPHIC DESIGN DESIGN, LAYOUT, ILLUSTRATION FOR PRINT AND WEB PENNIE WORKS STUDIO www.pennieworks.net “I think earning this scholarship meant a lot to Spencer because he was recognized for his Spencer graduated as a valedictorian, is a hard work, which to me, is what the Chamber member of National Honor Society does for our local businesses” Sheri said. “The and Beta Club, received an scholarship will help him to cover books and all-district Off ensive Lineman other needs he will have as he starts his col- award in 2017 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America. Overhead Door Co. of Stillwater Serving Stillwater since 1972 502 E. 12th Ave. Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-6186 overheaddoorstillwater.com impact on his worldview. became the fi rst to receive this scholarship. intelligent leaders picked me.” (405) 377-0403 Spencer’s mother, Sheri, is the director of lege career at Oklahoma State.” “Stillwater’s workforce is the fuel that will propel our community forward,” said Justin Minges, Chamber President and CEO. “The Chamber wanted to invest in Stillwater’s “My church, my scout troop and my family have taught me how important it is to give back.” — SPENCER CARTER future, and there is no better way to do this than educating the next generation. Our hope is Spencer will remain in our community and continue to make it a better place.” BY AUBRIE BOWL AN 71 114 W. Hall of Fame Ave. Cell: (405) 880-5569 Office: (405) 533-3000 EDUCATION