Get Started Tulsa will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive up to $10,000  in prizes  including a one year Cox Business technology package.

Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.

  • $5,000 Cash
  • 1 year Cox Business services
  • Article on Inc. magazine’s website
  • More to be announced soon

Register To Pitch Your Business

Pitching submissions for this event are now closed. We had an amazing response and we are now reviewing each submission.

We will announce the selected pitchers, here, shortly.



Cox Business is bringing Get Started to Tulsa (#GetStartedTulsa) , in partnership with Inc.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • WHERE: Cox Business Center 100 Civic Center; Tulsa, OK 74103.
  • ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public but you must register to attend.

Reception and Networking
Complimentary cocktails & hors d’oeuvres at one of the best networking events you’ll attend this year! (served before and after the competition)

Registration is now open – Limited Seating – Reserve Your  Seat Now

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Each panelist is designed to bring a unique expertise to ensure finalists receive advice in many aspects of starting a business.

jon_fine_smJon Fine, Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine
Previously, Jon Fine’s long-running BusinessWeek column “Media Centric” won both American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards, and his work for Food & Wine won a James Beard Award. He has served as an on-air contributor to CNBC, and his just-published music memoir Your Band Sucks was named a top summer book by New York Times and Publishers Weekly.


Barnett_Portrait_smHoward G. Barnett, Jr., President of OSU-Tulsa

He and his wife, Billie, have raised over $30 million in various fundraising campaigns in Tulsa over the years. Mr. Barnett has been Chairman of the Board of a number of nonprofits including Tulsa Regional Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. He is currently Chairman of the National Council of Nonprofits.

Mr. Barnett received his BSBA from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University. After practicing law in Tulsa for approximately ten years, Mr. Barnett entered the business world, eventually becoming CEO of two public companies. After the companies were sold, Mr. Barnett served as Chief of Staff for Governor Frank Keating. On leaving government service, Mr. Barnett and two partners formed a successful merchant banking firm in Tulsa.


Scott Meacham_sm.fwScott Meacham, President and CEO 12E
As President and CEO, Scott Meacham leads i2E’s efforts to create knowledge-based jobs in Oklahoma through the development of and investment in high growth companies.

Scott comes to i2E from the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm, which he joined in January 2011 as a shareholder and director. He served as chairman of the banking and financial institutions practice group. Prior to that, he served as the 17th State Treasurer of Oklahoma, an office he held from June 2005 until January 2011.

In addition to his duties as State Treasurer, Scott served on the governor’s cabinet as Secretary for Finance and Revenue from January 2003 until January 2011. In this capacity, he was the governor’s primary financial and budget advisor and served as the governor’s chief negotiator on budget, legislative, tribal and other matters.

Scott is a certified financial planner, has also practiced law in Clinton, Oklahoma, as a partner in the Meacham & Meacham law firm where his practice focused on banking, oil & gas, real estate, estate planning and commercial litigation. He practiced in the same areas in Elk City, Oklahoma, as a sole practitioner. His experience includes serving as counsel for several financial institutions; handling collections, transactions and corporate matters for financial institutions; representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy; and successfully handling district court litigation as well as appellate matters in areas of commercial law and oil and gas.

A fifth generation Oklahoman and a graduate of Chickasha High School, Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance, a Masters of Business Administration and a law degree, all from the University of Oklahoma.


jill_donovan_smJill Donovan, Creator and Owner of Rustic Cuff
Rustic Cuff was created in the summer of 2011 by Jill Donovan. Jill’s lifelong obsession with cuffs and a need for a creative outlet turned into so much more. With her days filled with young children and her evenings filled with teaching Law at the University of Tulsa, Jill began teaching herself all aspects of leather making and metal design in her guest bedroom in the middle of the night.

Jill’s passion for quality and unique design helped Rustic Cuff to expand from a basic leather cuff line into an entire collection including exotic skins, original designs, and various types of metals.

Jill was born in Baltimore Maryland and eventually found her way to Tulsa, OK (via Pensacola Florida) where she met and married her husband, Terry. Jill is also an adjunct law professor at TU and mom to two daughters, Ireland and August, her inspiration and great helpers.

Rustic Cuff has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC’s The View, The Wendy Williams Show, and E!News. RC has also gained favor with celebrities including, Giuliana Rancic, Miranda Lambert, Gayle King, Kathie Lee Gifford, Elisabeth Hasselbeck , and GMA’s Lara Spencer to name a few.

Rustic Cuff can be found in over 250 stores across the country as well as on and in select Dillard’s stores. For a complete list of retail locations or to view our entire collection visit us at

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You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Tulsa Oklahoma who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins 06/25/15. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Tulsa: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.