Entrepreneurs invited to participate in Project DREAM

The Southwestern Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Program, a partnership between Cameron University’s Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) and nine regional economic development organizations, is seeking budding entrepreneurs to participate in Project DREAM (Developing Regional Entrepreneurs and Mentors), a program aimed at developing/nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit/culture in southwest Oklahoma. The program will host the Project Dream Summer Camp/Workshop from July 12-13 at the CETES Conference Center on the Cameron University campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day session will provide participants with information about setting up a business, how to turn an idea into a reality, and more. There is no charge to attend.

“Project DREAM is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has an idea for a new business or product but who lacks the knowledge to implement the idea,” says Arun Tilak, Director, CETES. “The program will offer the basics of starting a business, provide links to resources for funding, manufacturing, and match budding entrepreneurs with mentors who have already successfully entered the business arena. This is an ideal learning experience for youth community members as well as business employees who are interested in starting their own business.”

The Project DREAM Summer Camp is an experience-based instructional system targeted primarily for teaching entrepreneurship, economics and citizenship concepts. It will help participants identify business opportunities and initiate entrepreneurship ventures to provide goods/services to fellow citizens.

To register, go to http://projectdreamok.weebly.com or contact Morgan Gould, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, at 580-248-4946 or mgould@osbdc.org. The registration deadline is July 5.

Subsequent sessions will be held in Hobart and Elgin.

The Southwestern Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Program is a partnership comprised of CETES, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Chisholm Trail Resource Conservation & Development, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, REI, Red River Technology Center, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, and Great Plains Technology Center. Each of these organizations bring to the table relevant experiences, resources and a common mission to successfully promote education and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit throughout southwest Oklahoma.

For more information about Project DREAM, go to http://projectdreamok.weebly.com.



June 17, 2011