Laura Girty named to Small Business Development Center position

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Laura Girty named to Small Business Development Center position

July 1, 2012

Laura GirtyLaura Girty of Cherokee has been named regional director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

As regional director, Girty will oversee OSBDC offices located on the Alva and Enid campuses of Northwestern and also regularly will work in Woodward and Ponca City. She will be based primarily in Alva.

Girty is a native of Aline and a graduate of Aline-Cleo High School. She attended Northwestern for three semesters in the early 1980s before her husband’s Air Force career took them around the country, including tours of duty in Hawaii and California.

She graduated from Chapman University in California. Most recently, she worked for more than eight years in business and community development with the Department of Commerce in Cherokee, and three years with Rural Enterprises, Inc., based in Alva.

Girty and her husband Ken have one son, Josh, a student at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Since 1984, the OSBDC has grown to become the state’s most comprehensive business assistance network and has helped more than 150,000 Oklahomans state-wide. The organization combines state, federal and university support to impact the state’s economy through business start-ups, expansions and sustainability.

OSBDC provides professional and confidential business counseling, education workshops and continuing support to both aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners. Services include business plan development, financing and loan packaging, legal issues, management, marketing strategy, minority business development, etc.

In 2011, the OSBDC team of consultants assisted with the start-up of 275 new businesses, created and retained more than 1,070 jobs and injected more than $22 million into Oklahoma’s economy.

OSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.