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January 27, 2013

Claremore officially state’s first Entrepreneur Ready Community

CLAREMORE —  

The city of Claremore and Rogers State University have announced that Claremore is the first city in the state to be recognized as an Entrepreneur Ready Community.
Mayor Mickey Perry announced the certification during his State of the City address on Thursday.
“Through the efforts of RSU’s Innovation Center, Claremore is now the first certified Entrepreneur Ready Community in the state,” said Perry. “We believe this will help us grow and support more businesses and send the message that businesses are welcome and appreciated in Claremore.” 
Entrepreneur Ready Claremore is an economic development strategy designed to help the city become more entrepreneur friendly. It is made possible through a grant received from the Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
The Entrepreneur Ready Community program primarily focuses on distressed rural communities with populations of less than 20,000. Participating communities will form a regional entrepreneurial corridor which links entrepreneurs with services and resources.
The Innovation Center at Rogers State University was the recipient of the EDA grant to become a University Center; a program that provides entrepreneurial training, community development and economic assistance to rural communities.
“Becoming an Entrepreneur Ready Community means the overall business climate is supportive and business resources are available and easy to find,” said Jeri Koehler, director of the Innovation Center at RSU. “Claremore has many assets to leverage for growth and continued prosperity. It is important that all stakeholders in the community take a proactive business approach in ensuring policies, procedures and the general environment are conducive to business and sustainable growth.” 
The Entrepreneur Ready Community certification program was launched in 2010 to create a corridor of certified entrepreneurial ready communities in northeast Oklahoma that will provide support services to entrepreneurs who need business assistance to become sustainable, successful job-creating entities.

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