TCTC’s PBDC receives state honors

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
TCTC’s PBDC receives state honors

The Pawhuska Business Development Center’s success is attracting state-wide attention. Serving Osage County as a local resource and incubator center, PBDC is operated by Tri County Technology Center.

PBDC was recently honored with an Incubator Award at the Small Business Awards banquet held in Oklahoma City on June 10. The award was sponsored by the Journal Record, a daily business and legal newspaper based in Oklahoma City. PBDC joins two other honorees — Moore Norman Technology Center Business Development Center and Oklahoma State University’s Student Startup Center in Stillwater.

Representing TCTC was PBDC Coordinator Cindy Helmer and Strategy Center President Larry Thrash.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Journal Record. Our goal is to continue helping businesses thrive and strengthening the economy in northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas,” said Thrash.

The PBDC was chosen from 40 incubators throughout the state.

Helmer said, “At the PBDC, we are excited to have been able to train approximately 500 potential employees for the Flanagan South Pipeline project. This tremendous undertaking was coordinated with Enbridge Pipeline, the Osage Nation and four unions associated with the pipeline. Since the PBDC opened in August of 2012, we have kept all nine offices occupied as well as one of the four industrial bays. The PBDC is proud to be recognized as a leader in the state for its incubator services.”