Business Academy

Are YOU Ready??!

Let's build your dream of owning your own business!

Welcome to your future! If you have ever dreamed of starting your own business, but felt unsure of how to do it, the OIC Business Academy may be for you.

Through a 12-week academy, OIC will expose you to all levels of starting your business from name, mission, and vision to budget projections, legal filings and marketing. It won't be easy...but if it was, everyone would do it!

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DesJean Jones, OIC Executive Director

Sponsored by a grant and support from the OKC Black Justice Fund

OKC Black Justice Fund
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Details of OIC-BA

OIC-BA will begin accepting applications for its SECOND cohort on Monday May 31, 2021 -- Memorial Day!  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be residents of Oklahoma County, and have a clear business idea.  While all ethnic backgrounds are welcomed to apply, preference will be given to Black/African American applicants and those who have been justice involved.   A completed application will be required for consideration. There is no fee to APPLY, but selected participants will be required to pay a $55 commitment fee.  Applications will be evaluated with interviews and the cohort will begin the week of July 21st and run through October 15th.

OIC-BA Program Content

12-week training academy

Participants will meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Selected applicants must be able to commit to the entire 12-week period, as well as completion of assigned homework, and participation in workshops and networking events.

Seed Investment

Upon successful completion of the 12-week training, OIC-BA cohort graduates will receive a $500 seed money investment for the start of their business! This benefit is to communicate that the OIC-BA believes in YOU!

Attendance Policy

Each session of the OIC-BA Academy will be a working session, designed to build the components of your business. Every session counts and every session matters.  Attendance will be strictly enforced. Two absences may result in dismissal from the OIC-BA cohort.

Technology & Equipment Support

Technology is a critical part of every business venture. Technology/equipment will be available to use for members of the cohort as needed during their training within the Academy. At every step of the way, the OIC-BA will be a part of your support team!

Mentorship & Networking

Starting a business is always a challenge. Through participation in the OIC-BA, cohort participants will be paired with mentors to provide support and encouragement; make introductions to industry professionals; and create opportunities with vendors. Because you want to be a baller, we're going to introduce you to the rest of them!

Marketing & Promotions

In addition to helping develop your business idea and plan, the OIC-BA will also work with you to prepare your business pitch and professional headshots.  It will take 12 weeks to build the magic, but we're going to teach you how to shine!

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GUESS WHAT ELSE!

More details about OIC-BA

Every business won't need 12-weeks of training. For those who just need advice, counsel and just a little bit of help, OIC will launch its OIC-BA Think Tank in Fall, 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

OIC-BA Swag is coming soon!
Trust...it will look waaaayyyy better than these mock-ups!

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION!

Application period for Cohort #2 is now open from June 1st-June 30th, 2021.

Only 15 applicants will be selected.

OIC Business Academy

When you're ready to submit your application, see the GREEN LINK below.  

We look forward to meeting you!

Your future is waiting!

If you have any problems with the application link, please contact us at info@oicokc.org or call 405.235.2651