Sarvam Solutions Named 2014 Build Bartlesville Winner

Dr. Ayyappan Subbiah and Ian Mitchell of Sarvam Solutions, Inc. were selected as first-place winners of this year’s Build Bartlesville Innovative Ideas competition, which was announced during a March 15 awards ceremony.

Sarvam Solutions, Inc. was awarded $10,000 in seed grant funds for the continued development of their business, which has developed a product that increases the health span of companion pets by enhancing mitochondrial function at the cellular level.

“The additional funding from winning the contest will help us to achieve our goals and raise awareness about our company and its products,” said Mitchell.

Sarvam Solutions, Inc. is in the initial stage of establishing a production process and will be leveraging the funds to enhance the manufacturing capabilities of their current laboratory and production facility.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for young and growing Bartlesville businesses to gain visibility,” said Ayyappan Subbiah. “We are thankful to Innovation Center, and the Bartlesville Development Corporation for bringing so many dreamers together.”

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This is the third year for the competition. The competition emerged through the RSU Innovation Center’s Business Solutions Committee, which sought to use the Innovative Ideas competition to spur innovation and produce new startups or expand existing small businesses in the Bartlesville area. In the first two years, the competition has provided nearly $20,000 to Bartlesville startups.

This year’s Build Bartlesville competition kicked off in January as a part of Dream Big Oklahoma with a call for entries followed by an online voting period. Four finalists advanced through the online popular vote and an independent review to compete for a panel of judges which included David Wood, president of Bartlesville Development Corporation; Lori Roll, President of Phoenix Insurance; and Hank Hamilton, of Central National Bank.

The Build Bartlesville program’s mission is dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit of small business start-ups and the expansion of existing small business in the Bartlesville area. One of the goals of the competition was to bring new revenue to the community rather than compete for existing revenues already coming into the community.

“There is an entire spectrum of entrepreneurship,” said Jeri Koehler, Director of the RSU Innovation Center. “The goal of Dream Big Oklahoma is to serve the risk takers in our community. Through this statewide push to encourage entrepreneurship, small business startups and existing businesses are partnered with service providers who can support their strategic and sustainable  growth.”

The Build Bartlesville innovative ideas competition is a collaboration between Rogers State University and the Bartlesville Development Corporation. Area sponsors include Truity Credit Union and RCB Bank.

For more information on the winning company visit, sarvam.us

For more information, visit DreamBigOklahoma.com









Perry Dogs Named Green Country Regional Winner

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Perry and Pamela Stafford of Perry Dogs, were selected as first-place winners of 2014 Green Country regional contest of Dream Big Oklahoma, which was announced at a March 14 awards ceremony.

Perry Dogs was awarded $5,000 in grant funds for the continued development of their business, which operates mobile food vending routes focusing on serving a niche market of overnight shift workers in the Tulsa area. They advanced from a pool of 13 regional contestants as one of four finalists competing against Art Energy Project, Top Secret Case, and Wolfe Media for the grant money.

Perry Stafford of Perry Dogs said, “We are thrilled to be selected as the first ever Green Country regional winner.”

The awarded funds will be used to complete the interior kitchen of the Perry Dogs food truck. The addition of the food truck to the business’ fleet will increase the territory that can be covered on their overnight routes.

“This is just what we needed to move forward,” said Stafford. “We are so thankful to RSU’s Innovation Center, the regional sponsors and all of the people who organized and supported the competition.”

This is the first year for the regional competition which emerged through the efforts of the Innovation Center at Rogers State University and their push to encourage a more vibrant culture of entrepreneurship across the state through Dream Big Oklahoma.

The Green Country regional competition kicked off in January with a call for entries followed by an online voting period. Four finalists advanced through the online popular vote and an independent review to compete for a panel of judges which included Matt Mason, Vice President at RCB Bank; Kent Faison, Vice President with BancFirst SBA division; and Greg Hawks, President, Hawks Agency.

Dream Big Oklahoma’s mission is dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit of small business start-ups and the expansion of existing small business across the state. The contest focuses on a “grow your own” approach to economic development.

“There is an entire spectrum of entrepreneurship,” said Jeri Koehler, Director of the RSU Innovation Center. “The goal of Dream Big Oklahoma is to serve the risk takers in our community. Through this statewide push to encourage entrepreneurship, small business startups and existing businesses are partnered with service providers who can support their strategic and sustainable  growth.”

Dream Big Oklahoma is a collaboration between Rogers State University and area hosts across the state and is directed by the RSU Innovation Center. Green Country regional sponsors include RCB Bank, BancFirst, MidAmerica Industrial Park, Google, Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Inola Drug, and Oklahoma Natural Gas.

For more information visit DreamBigOklahoma.com.

 

2014 Dream Big Oklahoma Green Country Finalist Announced

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The statewide Dream Big Oklahoma innovative ideas competition has announced four area entrepreneurs and existing small business owners who have been named as finalists for this year’s regional Green Country competition.

A diverse cross section of enterprises from Rogers county are represented among the finalists including Perry Dogs, Wolfe Media, Art Energy Project, and Top Secret Case.

The regional finalists advanced through a competitive online voting period and an independent judge’s review for an opportunity to compete for $5,000 of funding along with the chance to advance to the statewide competition. Finalists will give oral presentations on March 13 to a panel of judges with winners announced that evening during an awards ceremony.

Dream Big Oklahoma is collaboration between Rogers State University and regional hosts throughout the state and is directed by the Innovation Center. The competition went live on February 10th and in the first two weeks has drawn more than 10,000 online votes and 23,000 visits to DreamBigOklahoma.com.

Green Country regional finalist will be featured on RSU Public TV in the upcoming spring. Regional sponsors include RCB Bank, BancFirst, MidAmerica Industrial Park, Google, Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Inola Drug, and Oklahoma Natural Gas.

For more information visit DreamBigOklahoma.com

Heartland Roasters Move Forward

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The runners-up of last year’s Build Bartlesville competition are busy making their dreams a reality.

Owners of Heartland Roasters, a specialty coffee roasting company and the second place winner of the 2013 Build Bartlesville competition, are in the process of renovating their new storefront to be located at 200 E. 4th Street — the former home of the Brilliant Bronze gas station and Osage Checker Yellow Cab Company. The company is owned by friends Wesley Lantrip, Michael Young and Tony Phillips and distributes high-end gourmet coffee to independent restaurants and coffee shops.

With the funds from last year’s Build Bartlesville competition — totalling $4,500 — Lantrip said the company purchased a U.S. Roaster Corp sample roaster, manufactured in Oklahoma City.

“We use the sample roaster to evaluate green, unroasted coffees for purchase and for experimenting with new blends or coffee roast profiles,” Lantrip said.

According to Lantrip, the crew plans to open in late February or early March.

Read the entire story online at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.

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Do you want to be part of a team that tackles challenges, creatively engages in solution-based programs, and delights in supporting the risk takers in our community?

If so, perhaps you’re the newest member of our team! We are looking to hire a Business Development Specialist.

With a “grow your own” attitude towards economic development our formula for success is simple yet powerful:

    1. 1. Find talented, passionate entrepreneurs and growth companies in our community.
    2. 2. Partner along side them to provide insight and resources to promote their growth.
    3. 3. Deliver value in every interaction.
    4. 4. Evaluate, refine, and repeat.

Here is high level overview of what our efforts have accomplished:

    • -$2+ million invested into northeast Oklahoma businesses in 2012
    • -405 jobs created or retained in 2012
    • -1500+ clients strategically advised since 2005

We look for some basic qualities in all of our team members:

    • -Passionate – We believe that our team produces better ideas and results when our team members are passionate about the work they are doing.
    • -Team-oriented – As a diverse team we focus on individual strengths and contribute to the success of our combined efforts. We’re proud of our achievements and expect everyone to rally behind our programs and services.
    • -Self-motivated – Our team members have a large amount of ownership in their projects, it is vital that each team member is able to manage their own time and get the job done.

 

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Gameview.tv Brings Tech Jobs to RSU Innovation Center Business Incubator

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Gameview.tv (GVTV) co-founder and managing director, Joshua Stokes recently sat down with The Claremore Daily Progress to discuss his growing business. Here what he had to say about the Innovation Center:

“I really like this area and the talent that it produces. I talked with Jerri Koehler from the Innovation Center because I needed help managing the business so that it has legs to grow,” said Stokes. “This organization is here to help and since I am in the stage of working capital and trying to expand to 50 more schools, the professionals at the Innovation Center have really helped in that process, as well as, helped me bring in extra staff.”

We are very proud of GVTV, their commitment to Oklahoma high school athletics, and their desire to hire local talent. The story can be read in its entirety over at The Claremore Daily Progress.

 

Innovation Center Business Incubator Nearing Capacity

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Suzanne Forsberg (left center) owner of The Food Thinkery celebrates opening her new business with members of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and the RSU Innovation Center.

The Innovation Center at Rogers State University celebrates a nearly full business incubator as it welcomed new tenant, The Food Thinkery, this week. Providing office space and support services for start-up and early growth companies in northeastern Oklahoma the incubator houses six businesses on the Claremore campus of RSU.

To view a full list and learn more about these businesses visit www.rsuinnovation.com/incubator-businesses.

The Innovation Center also offers solution-based programs and one-on-one technical assistance for area entrepreneurs and expanding businesses. For more information about the Innovation Center and its services, visit www.RSUinnovation.com or call 918-343-7533.