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January 27, 2013

Claremore officially state’s first Entrepreneur Ready Community

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CLAREMORE —

In May 2011, the Claremore City Council approved a resolution to endorse and support the program. That August, a kick-off session was held that educated community members on the importance of an entrepreneurship-centered economic development strategy and sought feedback.
Benefits of Entrepreneur Ready Community certification include job creation, the opportunity to promote the community, the attraction of entrepreneurs and retention of talent and money that might otherwise leak away to other communities and enhance the success and sustainability of entrepreneurial activity.
A number of stakeholders have contributed through the process. The Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street program have been driving forces behind shop local campaigns. The city developed a business resource page on their website that serves as a central location for information and services related to starting and operating a business in Claremore. Local finance professionals have worked together to ensure small business finance resources are available and easy to find. 
Other contributing partners include the communities themselves, as well as the Cherokee Nation, Grand Gateway, Northeast Technology Center, Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, and Rural Enterprises, Inc.

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