Rural Strong Oklahoma Program Launches in Ardmore March 20th

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Rural Strong Oklahoma Program Launches in Ardmore March 20th

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Making rural Oklahoma aware of small business opportunities is the goal of the Rural Strong Oklahoma program from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The first session will be held at the Ardmore Convention Center March 20th beginning at 9:30 am.

Through the Rural Strong Oklahoma program SBA and USDA are collaborating to increase capital access and investment in rural America and expand businesses in rural communities.

“We are working with local governments, chambers and community organizations to reach as many aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as possible to help educate rural areas on the many ways that SBA and USDA may assist them in starting and growing their small businesses,” said Dottie Overal, Oklahoma SBA District Director.  “Whether it is through working with a local lender or business counseling, exporting, or government contracting, we can assist entrepreneurs through any stage of their business cycle.”

The SBA and USDA will be in Ardmore March 20th to host roundtables and trainings to help start, grow and expand small businesses, work together to improve investment opportunities in rural areas, improve innovation for rural technical assistance providers and provide tools for rural businesses to secure federal contracts and export products around the world.  A Resource Fair will feature organizations dedicated to helping Oklahoma small businesses grow.


9:30 – 10:00 AM

Welcome from SBA & USDA Leadership.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Program Overviews by USDA & SBA- How Entrepreneurs May Benefit From Each Agency.  Rural Contracting Opportunities & Certifications

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Business Resource Fair/Break

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Small Business Financing Session. Business Loan Programs SBA & USDA

To register, visit  For more information, please contact Larry Weatherford at 405/609-8012 or

Complete Schedule


2019 Date


March 20

Ardmore Convention Center

April 17

Glenpool  Conference Center

May 15

Newcastle -- Chickasaw Nation Training Center

June 19

Pryor --  Northeast Tech, Pryor Campus

July 17

Woodward -- High Plains Technology Center

August 21

Enid -- Autry Technology Center (Tentative)

September 18

Altus -- Southwest Technology Center

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