Forbes has called Tulsa one of the best cities in the country for entrepreneurs, but even so, there's still work to be done."We have so many great programs but nobody's communicating with each other," said Elizabeth Ellison, kicking off the first of several meetings entitled Cultivate 918. Her recent study found that while T-town is entrepreneur friendly, many of those entrepreneurs feel isolated. "Our hope is tonight will sort of foster communication between different programs and between entrepreneurs, and people who want to be entrepreneurs so that people realize they have a lot of support in the community if they want to start a business," she said.People like Corey Carolina"I make jelly," he said.And not just any jelly. His fruit spreads are made with wine."Who would of thought when I was coming out of high school and out of college, that I would have a company where I make wine jelly, but I started to make it because I liked to eat it," he said.Now he's been in the business of selling it for nearly 3 years."Very important for people to know where funding is available," he said.And there are a whole slew of other challenges entrepreneurs face."How do I have an office? How do I get my articles of incorporation?," asked Daniel Regan. His family are the folks behind the cool sculptures of Garden Deva."My hope is, what this is, is a collaboration of all these independent resources to bring them together to make it easy for an entrepreneur," he said."Sometimes we're moving so fast we don't take the time to share with one another," said Shagah Zakerion of Tulsa Young Professionals. Sharing for the betterment of those unique individuals who put it all on the line and raise everyone's boats when their dream floats."It's not these big massive jobs that are coming into communities and creating vibrancy and growth, it's really these smart, bootstrap people who start from the ground up," said Zakerion.
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