Downtown at the University of Central Oklahoma | One Santa Fe Plaza | Oklahoma City, OK | 405.232.1968 |

What is a Business Incubator?

The Catbird Seat is a small business incubator located in downtown Oklahoma City at the University of Central Oklahoma's Santa Fe location.  The Catbird Seat has six individual suites for lease to small businesses, but being in the catbird seat is so much more.... In addition to affordable downtown office space with break room and conference room access, you also get access to consulting services through UCO's Customized Education. There are tax advantages as well. Check out the details

Why the Name The Catbird Seat?

"The catbird seat" is an idiomatic phrase used to describe an enviable position, often in terms of having the upper hand or greater advantage.  

The combination of being in the right space with the support and advice of the UCO's Customized Education team is that your business can get into that great position.

Is The Catbird Seat Right for Your Business?

The Catbird Seat is an ideal environment where your young business will have a downtown address while still maintaining very low overhead. We are looking for a company who is either ready to put their plan into action by starting their small business or ready to move their home-based business downtown.  See the details page for the clients we are seeking.   

Tenants must be Oklahoma owned and operated companies.  Companies that are branch offices of out of state companies do not fit our desired profile for this space.

Availability:  The Catbird Seat Business Incubator DOES have availability!  See the Details page.

We Love Creatives, Service Based and Currently Home-Based Companies

Every business incubator has a client profile that they seek.  Many work only with technology related companies, biotech, etc.  But we see a need among our client companies that need to be out of the house in an office for their company to grow.  Here are some of the kinds of businesses that we are interested in locating here.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list!

Architect  Interior Designer  Accountant  Lawyer 

Graphic Designer

 Engineer Consultant 
Web Developer Software Developer Appraiser Insurance
Marketing  Financial Planner  Contractors Trades Offices 

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You Can still Receive Advising Even If The Catbird Seat Business Incubator Is Not Right For Your Business Right Now! 

Customized or Pre-Packaged Project Work

Your company or organization may come with a specific identified need, and that’s great! But you are unique. What we find that even a short call or visit can clarify what you will need.

With our contract partnerships, we look for projects with a written deliverable. With the cost of time, we find that busy people, companies and organizations want the professional advice for informed decisions, want the research and analysis, want the written findings, information and report, but that the cost of time outweighs the benefit of having a professional work in tandem with them. It is the equivalent of a DYI home project versus paying a professional contractor for a shorter turnaround and quality product.

We anticipate that an engagement with you as a contract partner will involve hours of your time on combination of face to face, email, phone or web meeting basis, and staff time outside this contact in reviewing, researching and writing.

Certifications and Facilitated Peer Groups

When you are in business for yourself, there is so much to learn!

What you don’t know truly can hurt you. But we find for most business owners, working towards a degree doesn’t make as much sense as getting specialized knowledge. This is customized for where you are in the life of your business, in a confidential setting, with a group of peers like you, with facilitated subject matter by content experts.

Each level takes topics that are essentials that are needed at that state of business life.

Interested?  Contact Us.

To find out more about becoming a Catbird Seat company call Karen Youngblood, Executive Director of Customized Education at 405-974-5599.

Please be prepared to provide tax returns and financial statements on the company and principals, a business plan for the company, credit scores and reports on company principals.