Business Development Center prepares clients for success!

The Business Development Center at Great Plains Technology Center is ready to accept clients who want help nurturing their ideas into thriving businesses. The center opened on the Great Plains campus in May as a setting to provide a state-of-the-art, state-certified incubator that helps nurture ideas into businesses or fledgling ventures into strong businesses.

The incubator focuses on specific businesses, such as providing spaces that can be leased by those involved in general light commercial and industrial businesses. It also offers an arts incubator for artists who want to develop commercial ability to market and sell their art.

In addition, the incubator offers a commercial kitchen that can be rented by the hour, where entrepreneurs could take their favorite recipes from idea to creation to sale. The center’s staff and officials with the Oklahoma State University will help cooks meet nutritional labeling guidelines for their products.

The development center staff also will provide consultation to business and industry owners who are making use of the center’s amenities. It also offers individual post office boxes for its tenants. Tenants must provide their own phone service and internet.

Several local businesses already have become tenants, including Auteur Management Solutions, Confidential Family Counseling, Future of Fun, Lawton Grapevine, Misty Robinson, Rapid Refinishing, Red River Science & Technology, Faith Creation Designs, SMEAC Group and Striped Ape Digital Media.

The business center also offers services to the general public, including three types of rooms that are available for rent. The McMahon Lecture Hall offers a 100-inch screen and seats 80 theater-style or 64 dinner-style. The Buddy Green Conference Room features two rooms that hold 14 or 16 people, while a smaller conference room also is available. All rooms have internet and professional quality audio visual equipment. The Comanche Nation Rapid Prototyping Lab also can provide an Epilog Laser Engraver and multiple 3-D printers which would allow business people to build prototypes before production.

Information about the Business Development Center is available through Cody Holt, center coordinator, 250-5519,