Oklahoma City entrepreneurs gain knowledge, support from Oklahoma State University veterans program

Drew and Heather Gomer often come up with an idea for a business — so often there isn't enough time for them to move forward with all of them.
by Silas Allen Modified: July 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm •  Published: July 30, 2013
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About once a day, Drew and Heather Gomer come up with a new idea for a business — so often that there isn't enough time for them to move forward with all of them.

As it is, there's barely enough time for the Oklahoma City couple to help each other with the ideas they are pursuing, Drew Gomer said. But each understands how demanding owning and operating a business can be.

Although the ideas have come naturally, the two needed help from more experienced entrepreneurs to put them into practice. For that, they found an Oklahoma State University program designed to help disabled veterans launch their own businesses.

Heather Gomer served in the U.S. Army for five years as an air traffic controller. Drew Gomer, also an Army veteran, was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. The two met in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and married a year later in Australia, between Drew Gomer's deployments.

Today, Heather Gomer is the CEO and co-founder of Advanced Flight Training Solutions, a company that offers flight training at Sundance Airpark in Yukon. She launched the company in May.

“It is fairly new, but it's growing really fast,” she said.

Drew Gomer works for Chesapeake Energy, and is launching a job placement service for veterans leaving the military. The company, called Military Morph, will help veterans find work that suits their abilities and interests, he said.

When they left the military, the couple moved to Oklahoma and found jobs — Drew Gomer at Chesapeake Energy, and Heather Gomer at Wiley Post Airport. The two had no lack of business ideas they thought could succeed. But they didn't know what it took to launch a business.

So last year, Heather Gomer went online and began looking for programs that help veterans start their own companies. One of the first programs she found was OSU's Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. The two applied and were accepted to last year's session.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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Oklahoma State University's Riata School for Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for the 2013-14 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. The deadline is Oct. 1. To apply, go to http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/riata/veterans.

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