Tulsa named best for young entrepreneurs

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/01 10:20 am Published: 12/31/2013 4:46 pm

Forbes magazine ranked Tulsa the number one city in America this year for young entrepreneurs.

At the Forge in downtown Tulsa, a business incubator sponsored by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, there are five small businesses operating.

They get discount rent, phones and Internet so they can focus money and attention to making sure their business is successful.

"We launched in February 2013, so we've been here nearly a year," said Cole Cunningham, founder of Sapien Brands.

Cunningham said the Forge was exactly what he and his partner needed to start their branding marketing company.

"We've really hooked up with people that actually need our services, as well as some good advisers and coaches," he said.

It is resources like this that Jessica Flint, who manages the Forge, said got Tulsa on the top of Forbes list and has more startups moving to Tulsa.

"Definitely some entrepreneurs are coming here. Low cost of living is definitely a draw as well. And starting their business is much easier with that low cost of living," said Flint.

Cunningham, who came from Stillwater, said Tulsa's increasingly vibrant nightlife and growing high-level talent pool are also big draws.

"People that are designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and we've found that it's very vibrant in that sense," he said.

The Forge now nurtures 16 new jobs and more are coming soon.

Cunningham is hoping his company can be the next business to outgrow the Forge and expand and hire.

"We're just really gaining traction, I feel. So, good times ahead," he said.

For more information on the Forge visit their website: http://www.theforge-tulsa.com/.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2013 6:53 PM
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Nice bit of good news here. Keep up the good work.
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