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By Rex Smitherman Published: October 23, 2012

And when Tulsa-based entrepreneurs gain traction from their prototypes and are ready to progress to the next phase of “starting out,” The Forge, Tulsa's Young Professionals business incubation program, stands ready to help.

“The most successful incubators nurture companies by focusing first on their products and services,” Lauinger said. “The Forge provides valuable business services as a fast start for entrepreneurs who are beginning to build a company. This is a great on-ramp and proving ground for creating more successful small businesses.”

With resources such as these, Oklahoma continues to build a cohesive entrepreneurial ecosystem that helps companies that are “just starting out” grow into companies that add jobs and create wealth.

Rex Smitherman is interim president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Smitherman at