Commitment to Innovation

Business Plan Pitch-Off - April 29, 2019 Business Plan Submission: April 22, 2019 to participate

Start-up businesses are encouraged to participate in the Third Annual Business Plan Pitch-off happening on April 29, 2019 at City Central.   To participate in the Pitch-off and the chance to receive $5000 in monetary and business incentives, businesses must submit a complete business plan to the PCDA office or email to Klong@goponca.com by 8:00 am Monday, April 22nd.  Late submission cannot be accepted as all business plans will be uploaded to the judges by 8:30 am the morning of April 22nd.  Please read all the information for submitting your business plan and pitching your business on April 29 here  For more information or answers to questions, contact Kat Long at 58-0761-3028 or email at klong@goponca.com.

Industry Certification Program (ICAP)

The Industry Certification and Assistance program or ICAP began in 2011. The program provides assistance of half the industry certification fees (up to $6,000) to local industries interested in pursuing specific industry certification for their business sites including the ISO series, European Conformity and A.S.M.E. These types of site certifications are quickly becoming mandatory to secure larger national, as well as international, contracts for manufactured products. This program, which often takes up to two years for a company to complete, is available to any company located in Ponca City and contiguous to Ponca City using Ponca City utilities. This program was designed by PCDA’s Director of Business Retention and Expansion, Laurence Beliel, a manufacturing industry expert who holds a Six Sigma Black Belt. Beliel is able to assist companies with their initial third party audits as well as edit and assist with the written plans needed for attaining many industry certifications.

To apply for the ICAP program, please fill out the application and contact Laurence Beliel at PCDA by phone: 580-761-7071 or e-mail: lbeliel@goponca.com.


Product Development Roundtable (IENetwork) - Meets the second Thursday at City Central, 5:30 pm.  Started in 2017 with a group of product developers, this meeting has quickly turned to a development meet-up for anyone with an idea, a product or a business.  Resources include Pioneer Technology Center staff including the Entrepreneur Program, Government Contracting, Agriculture and Manufacturing.  Coming soon:  accessibility to 3D printing and small materials manufacturing equipment.

1Million Cups – The first Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Technology Center, 8:30 am in Rm. B131.  Developed by the Kaufman Foundation, this free national event is designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs over 1 million cups of coffee.  January 2019 meeting has been moved to January 9, 2019

Lighten the Load – cost savings program including light audit, cost savings loan program and rebates

Link & Leverage – program to link manufacturers to resources for growth and/or cost savings in the Ponca City/Kay County Area with Business to Business tours.  For more information or to sign up for a tour or to be toured, contact Laurence Beliel at 580-761-7071. 

Ponca Works – workforce program based with PCDA to better align future workforce with industry employee needs includes: Career & Cookies, Job Shadowing, Internships and job posting assistance for Ponca City Industries.

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