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i2E, Inc. helps rural Oklahoma small businesses and Native American entrepreneurs

Governor Mary Fallin (Source State of Oklahoma) Governor Mary Fallin (Source State of Oklahoma)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) – Governor Mary Fallin announced that i2E, Inc., a nonprofit that assists Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses, and seven state partners with the assistance of a $200,000 matching federal grant are taking a popular venture assessment program to rural Oklahoma and Native American entrepreneurs.

The governor said the initiative is an innovative step in diversifying the state’s economy in rural areas as well as its urban centers.

“I’m so pleased that i2E is taking this creative program to Oklahoma’s rural and Native American population,” said Fallin. “It will offer rural entrepreneurs access to services that will help them find new markets and new customers for products developed in their communities.”

Known as GrowOK, the program will debut this spring with a curriculum designed especially for rural communities and Native American entrepreneurs.

Partners include the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma Business Roundtable and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) and Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc.

Information provided by Governor Mary Fallin.  

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