(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / September 20, 2022) – Meridian Technology Center (MTC) is presenting a free “Starting Your Business” class on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library (SPL). Brad Rickelman, assistant director of entrepreneurial services at Meridian, will instruct attendees on the basics of starting a business. Space is limited, and registration is required. 


Rickelman has advice for the many different types of businesses that are available to pursue.  


“Whether you are planning to develop a product to sell, setting up a service or selling your crafts online, we can help you make the leap,” Rickelman said. “The first step is conducting research and defining your expectations, and we have the resources to help you get started.”


In the class, Rickelman will discuss the various grants and loans available as well as other financial necessities needed to start a business. The course will also contain information about laws, marketing, product development and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions to the class and can submit them beforehand via the registration form. 


Brenna Gilchrist, adult services librarian, is glad that the library can help community members in their pursuit of entrepreneurship. 


“The library has assembled resources for the community to use when starting and owning a business,” Gilchrist said. “One of the library’s core functions is to support the community, and helping community members in their dreams to own a business is one way we can do that.”


Books, databases and other business resources available at the library can be found at library.stillwater.org/small_business_center.php.  


Register for the program and discover other Library events at library.stillwater.org/register.php. Anyone looking for more information about what Meridian offers can check their website at meridiantech.edu/bes


The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday- Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.