Southeastern News

Southeastern to host ECU veterans academic boot camp Aug. 7-10

DURANT, Okla. – The East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Academic Boot Camp will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Monday-Thursday, August 7-10.

The program is designed for veterans who are currently attending or planning to attend Southeastern.

To register, veterans should contact Angel Bartholow at East Central (580-559-5807) or Teriki Barnes at Southeastern (580-745-2268).

The collaborative venture between East Central’s and Southeastern’s TRIO programs will meet from 8:30 a.m.-noon in room 100 of the Russell Building.

All services are free of charge and instruction will be provided by Southeastern’s Learning Center.

The Boot Camp will include instruction on college preparation, math, reading & writing, financial literacy & budgeting, financial aid/GI Bill and tips for navigating college.

For information on the Boot Camp agenda, visit www.se.edu/eoc.

Veterans Upward Bound Academic Boot Camp set for June 12-15

DURANT, Okla. – The East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Academic Boot Camp will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Monday-Thursday, June 12-15.

The program is designed for veterans who are currently attending or planning to attend Southeastern.

To register, veterans should contact Angel Bartholow at East Central (580-559-5807) or Teriki Barnes at Southeastern (580-745-2268).

The collaborative venture between East Central’s and Southeastern’s TRIO programs will meet from 8:30 a.m.-noon in room 100 of the Russell Building.

The program is designed for veterans who are currently attending or planning to attend Southeastern.

All services are free of charge and instruction will be provided by Southeastern’s Learning Center.

The Boot Camp will include instruction on college preparation, math, reading & writing, financial literacy & budgeting, financial aid/GI Bill and tips for navigating college.

For information on the Boot Camp agenda, visit www.se.edu/eoc.

Oklahoma SBDC Network receives full accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) statewide network has received full accreditation without conditions from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Since 1984, the OSBDC has grown to become the state’s most comprehensive business assistance network and has helped more than 150,000 Oklahomans realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Through a state, federal, and university partnership, the OSBDC has significantly impacted Oklahoma’s economy by helping create business start-ups, expansions, export development and business sustainability.

In 2011, the OSBDC statewide team of business management advisors assisted with the successful start-up of 275 new Oklahoma businesses. This year, they supported more than 4,000 small business owners in creating and retaining more than 1,070 jobs. In addition, the team helped these entrepreneurs acquire more than $22 million total in new capitalization for business expansion.

“During our visit we were very impressed with the vision, guidance, direction and outstanding support being provided to the Oklahoma SBDC by state director Bill Carter and his team,” said Mark Petrilli, lead accreditation team member. “It is very obvious that the staff of the SBDC truly welcomes the strong leadership and focused mission of the Oklahoma SBDC.”

OSBDC’s state headquarters are housed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. There are 15 offices in Oklahoma, including regional centers at Northeastern, Southwestern, East Central, Northwestern and Central Oklahoma regional universities. Additional offices are at Langston and Rose State universities with satellite centers in Tulsa, Lawton, Edmond, Norman, Broken Arrow and Muskogee. Business advising services are provided in all 77 Oklahoma counties to small business owners without cost.

“SBA relies on resource partners like the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center network to provide a critical element of assistance to small businesses who are looking to start or expand their business,” said Dottie Overal, SBA Oklahoma district director. “OSBDCs are located throughout the state and many of their services are free. Our research shows small business counseling makes a tremendous difference in the long-term success of a small business.”

“This full accreditation reaffirms the fact that the OSBDC performs a vital function in supporting economic development throughout the state,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “Bill Carter and his staff are to be commended on this achievement. The university partners, region, and state of Oklahoma all benefit greatly from the expertise OSBDC provides to entrepreneurs. Their mission is direct – to assist our small businesses — and they continue to stimulate economic development by any and all measures of achievement.”

“Full accreditation by the national accreditation examiners is recognition of the quality of OSBDC’s staff, statewide partnerships and world-class performance,” Carter said. “This accomplishment was not easy. The accreditation process measures every aspect of our organization relative to world class standards.”

To learn more about OSBDC, go to www.osbdc.org