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Mayor's Initiative will Help Entrepreneurs Expand Business in Jacksonville

Mayor Alvin Brown has announced Mayor Brown’s Business Builder, a program designed to help small businesses gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed and to help connect entrepreneurs with capital and credit. It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at noon at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.

“Small businesses are a vital part of Jacksonville’s economic future”, said Mayor Brown. “They supply jobs as well as unique products and services that improve our quality of life. Helping small businesses grow is a critical task as we work together to boost the economy.”        

The event will feature instructional speeches from U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills and Tom and Sue Bennett, the board chairman and senior vice president of First Oklahoma Bank.

Mayor Brown’s Business Builder will have useful information and networking opportunities for everyone from start-up entrepreneurs to more established small business people who are looking for avenues of growth.

Registration is free. To enroll, small business owners can fill out the registration form on

SBA Administrator Mills, who received unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation and took office on April 6, 2009, said proper guidance is important for anyone entering the small business market.

“Jacksonville’s small businesses need to have all the tools at their disposal to start or grow a business and create jobs,” said Mills. She also added that Mayor Brown’s office “is committed to making sure that business owners have the access to capital, the access to contracting opportunities, and the help, advice and mentoring that they need to go out and be successful. As the economy continues to recover, we must make sure that small businesses have the wind at their backs.”

First Oklahoma Bank Board Chairman and CEO Tom Bennett said financing can be just as important as ideas in the small business world. First Oklahoma Bank started in 2009 and already is the fastest growing new bank in Oklahoma history. Mr. Bennett will bring 39 years of financial experience to Mayor Brown’s Business Builder.

“Great ideas and innovation are at the root of America’s small businesses,” said Bennett. “Having access to capital and credit is critical to being able to turn those ideas into businesses that create jobs, serve people and make money.”


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