Serving northeast Oklahoma, the Innovation Center partners with area communities to create sustainable economic growth in rural areas through the Entrepreneur Ready Community certification. Created as a pilot program in the spring of 2011, Claremore became the first Entrepreneur Ready certified community in the state of Oklahoma in January 2013.

The Entrepreneur Ready Community program promotes job growth through entrepreneurial development. This focus on serving and supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses is a long-term economic growth strategy that strengthens communities and generates economic sustainability.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 program cycle. To apply complete the ERC Application below. We’ve also included a FAQ’s document to address any questions you may have.


Working hand-in-hand with local communities, the Innovation Center guides the 12-18 month certification process.

  • Application / Community Commitment
  • Establishing Leadership Team
  • Community Assessment
  • Entrepreneurship Assessment
  • Resource Development
  • Certification