Oklahoma City, OK – Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, Inc. (OIC) prepares for the launch of the OIC Business Academy (OIC-BA), funded by the OKC Black Justice Fund. The OIC-BA is designed to teach targeted segments of the population how to start their own businesses with particular emphasis given to those who have been justice-involved, are often disqualified for start-up business assistance, and may typically be stuck in entry level employment positions.
Applications will go live Monday, January 18, 2021, and can be completed on the OIC website: www.oicokc.org. Anyone requiring assistance with the application can contact OIC at (405) 235-2651 to schedule an appointment for help. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 5, 2021. Only 50 applications will be accepted for review during the submission period.
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. A completed application and 2-3 minute video will be required for consideration.
The OIC-BA will be a 12-week comprehensive training academy with participants meeting on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Selected applicants must be able to commit to the entire 12-week period, as well as completing assigned homework, and participating in workshops and networking events. Upon successful completion of the OIC-BA, graduates will receive technology and $500 seed investment for their business.
“OIC seeks to help our brilliant citizens who need hope, a plan, and a future to be all they ought to be”, says OIC Executive Director DesJean Jones. “As an agency dedicated to education and training, OIC envisions a deep connection to assisting this population through the establishment of The OIC Business Academy. “
Through intensive training, mentorship, exposure and support, OIC seeks to teach the language of success and train them in the use of the tools required for successful entrepreneurship. In this manner, wealth creation becomes the building blocks to reveal, address and dismantle racial disparities and inequity, while supporting policies that bring us closer to racial justice, equity, and opportunity.
Final selection for the first class of the OIC-BA will be completed through an interview process. The cohort is scheduled to begin meeting both in person and virtually the week of February 22, 2021.