The McMahon Foundation is buying two activity buses for Lawton Public Schools and helping Great Plains Technology Center establish its business incubator.
The foundation's board of trustees met Monday and voted to allocate $1.3 million to Great Plains Technology for its business incubator project and $280,000 to Lawton Public Schools to add two more activity buses to its fleet, said board of trustees Chairman Kenneth Bridges.
Pat Beck, business incubator manager for Great Plains Technology Center, said Great Plains' plans for a business incubator will enhance a program that the Economic Development Center has long offered to the area's business and industry. She said the grant will help Great Plains provide 27,000 square feet of facilities that will offer a protected location and guidance for local entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses, from artists who want to move to commercial status to those in the food industry who need commercial kitchens.
Glen Boyer, director of marketing and communications for Great Plains Technology Center, said the grant will allow it to do specific things: fund expansion of the auditorium and a lecture hall, so they will become part of the business incubator as a multi-use facility that could do things such as accommodating a small business trade show and food shows; install of a state-of-the-art commercial food preparation area; and provide an area for commercial artists. Boyer said the idea is to lend a hand to business owners who want to make a success of their ventures.