Tulsa Women’s Startups Illustrate Purpose of Greenwood Women’s Business Center

Patience Gitau is a woman on a mission – a registered nurse and mother of two who has launched two businesses in the past six months.

“I’m a nurse by trade, so a lot of the business world and aspects of it are new to me,” said Patience Gitau, registered nurse and entrepreneur. “So they just helped me go in the right direction and get a solid foundation for my business.”

After working for several years caring for COVID patients and palliative care at a major hospital in Tulsa, Gitau said she felt exhausted and decided to pitch an idea she had considered. She turned to the Greenwood Women’s Business Center for advice on starting a business, On-demand nurses and on-demand nurse mobile COVID tests.

“Before contacting them, I tried other resources that were supposed to help small business owners and they all led to dead ends,” she said.

Opening up potential dead ends for women entrepreneurs in North Tulsa is the focus of the new center, which officially opened Wednesday with support from U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., USBC Community Economic Development Corporation and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce as well as financial support from the US Small Business Administration.

“We’re going to equip the community for success – making dreams a reality. That’s what Greenwood is about…taking those dreams off the shelf and making them a reality,” said Gary Breekner, vice president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Greenwood Women’s Business Center offers advice and training on business planning and financing, grants, human resources, tax, accounting and legal issues, to name a few. Administrators said they plan to provide in-person and online training needed to get future business owners like Gitau up and running.

Gitau told 2 News Oklahoma anchor Karen Larsen that she plans to continue to grow her business and encourages other entrepreneurs not to go it alone.

“With this resource, I know I will have a backup,” she said. “There wasn’t a question I asked that they didn’t answer or lead me to. If you’re a woman, this should definitely be your first stop.”

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