2020-2021 OVF Chairman
Danny Slusarchuk, CEO, Standards IT
Oklahoma Venture Forum for me personally has lived up to the hype. Being a part of an economic and entrepreneurial ecosystem, with the membership and depth OVF carries, has offered my young company tremendous value. Relationships with members of OVF brought me to the Francis Tuttle Business Incubator program. It has allowed me to interact and sign up for services from companies like Resolution Legal Group and Insperity. OVF offered up talent from OU, OSU, and Moore Norman Technology. It surrounded me and my business with leading edge organizations like the Golding Group and Insurica providing invaluable insights.
This organization provides Entrepreneurship support, connects the dots for State and Local services, meaningful exclusive networking, funding opportunities, professional service providers, and lifelong relationships. OVF has continued to foster new and existing small business ventures since 1987. It’s where you go to start, grow, exit, learn, invest, and give back. Oklahoma needs organizations that rally the kind of people that make up OVF if it is going to truly diversify and accelerate economic growth.
2020 was an intense year for everyone, OVF included, however OVF was able to convert monthly events to a digital format complete with main speakers, pitch presentations, and networking breakouts, very similar to normal in-person events. The product has been successful in allowing OVF to expand statewide allowing access to the many new members who are outside the OKC Metro. This puts us one step closer to making Oklahoma a greater entrepreneurial hub.
Having the opportunity to Chair OVF has been a delight. I can’t say enough about how hard the Executive Committee works and how important the Board of Directors is to make it all possible. I would be remis if I didn’t mention that the single most impressive part of OVF is Ché Loessberg’s ability to will her way through the multitude of challenges faced by a non-profit. Executive Directors are special people and she is among the very best.
Danny J. Slusarchuk
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