Small Business & Entrepreneurship


Small Business

Entrepreneurship and start-up business services are offered through the James W. Strate Business Center for Business Development at Autry Technology Center through the Self Employment Coordinator.  This effort is geared toward individuals that have an idea/business concept or are in the early stages of launching a venture.  Self-Employment Training (SET) clients have access to limited services at the incubator during regular business hours such as business coaching, ability to use conference rooms, and use of copy machine, computers and software. Business coaching encompasses everything from helping individuals create a business plan, develop a business model, strategic visioning, marketing planning, market validation, help building relationships with lenders, investors, manufacturers, etc. 


The self-employment coordinator works closely with the small business management coordinator to offer seminars and custom training as needed.  The coordinator will also help clients gain information about upcoming short term career development and certification opportunities at Autry and with partner organizations.


SET clients also enjoy access to the Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp that is put on with Oklahoma State University and the Riata Center and occurs each fall, as well as a spring Small Business Development Academy.  Other annual events that clients have opportunities to participate in are the Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition, attendance to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Entrepreneurs Leadership Seminar each February, and many more partner events with Enid Regional Development Alliance, Northern Oklahoma College, REI Oklahoma, Main Street Enid, i2E, and Enid Women in Business.


For more information about becoming a tenant in the incubator you can visit the James W. Strate Center for Business Development page.


Services offered at the James W. Strate Center for Business Development include:

  • Start-up Resources
  • Small Business Coaching
  • Self-Employment Training (SET)
  • Business Plan Development
  • Access to Seed Capital
  • Occupancy in a Certified Business Incubator
  • Contract Identification and Bid Matching
  • Construction Plan Room

Our Small Business Management Coordinator can help you maximize the potential of your business.   From marketing, strategy, planning and problem solving, the Small Business Management Coordinator helps clients develop business skills and knowledge through one-on one mentoring as well as workshops, classes and networking events.


Workshops and classes are designed especially for the owners of new and existing small businesses. They are held at Autry Technology Center’s campus or at the James Strate Center for Business Development. These classes demonstrate practical methods and ideas for the further growth and development of each client’s business.


One-on-one conferences and meetings are held with each client at his or her place of business.  Our Small Business Management Coordinator will provide the necessary individual assistance as well as the privacy required for identifying areas of vulnerability within your business.


Our Small Business Management Coordinator will also serve as the relationship manager between our clients and professional resources in the marketplace such as bankers, accountants, sales trainers, marketing, insurance, human resource professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. We are confident in our ability to help you help your business!  We use our mentoring system to help provide you with clear direction while also helping you to find the appropriate next steps needed to accomplish your business goals.

Resource Partners:


With Autry Technology Center’s Small Business Management Coordinator, you will have:

  • A relationship with a trusted mentor who will give you a real opportunity to focus on your most important challenges
  • A professional, experienced sounding board, who will assist you in prioritizing your many responsibilities as a business owner.

Our coordinators can provide mentoring, coaching and educational workshops to start-up businesses as they prepare to launch, and existing businesses as they grow!

For more information contact:

Brenda Sheik

Self Employment Coordinator
Phone: 580.242.2750 or

For more information contact:

Meredith Westfahl

Small Business Management Coordinator

call at 580.242.2750 or