Della Dean, Director
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
4205 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(405) 530-7519

For the past 15 years, the Small Business Development Center at Langston University, under the division of Institutional Advancement and Development, has successfully administered a small business development program established to meet the business needs of all present and future business owners and has garnered acclaim for being one of few minority specialty centers within its region. Servicing Oklahoma, Logan, and Payne Counties, the LU-SBDC is a branch location within a larger entrepreneurial development network of resource centers for one-stop full assistance to individuals and small businesses.

Operating on the basis of this premise, Langston Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one management assistance to potential as well as current small business owners, and conducts business workshops at the central, easily accessible Langston University- Oklahoma City and in the town of Langston, Oklahoma.

New and existing Businesses will be encouraged to build, manage, and grow to become more profitable and successful not only in the Logan, Payne, and Oklahoma Counties, but in the entire State of Oklahoma. With information provided by and resources pooled from the centers professional staff, the state's best educational institutions/educational programs, the private sector, and the varying levels of government, Langston's – SBDC 's goal will be to enable small businesses to effectively compete in today's market place locally, regionally and nationally.


The mission of the Small Business Development Center at Langston University is to provide high quality one-on-one business counseling, economic development assistance, management counseling, and training to small businesses throughout the state of Oklahoma.


The services we provide would not be possible without the support of several of this nation’s leading organizations.

Small Business Administration
The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government that provides small businesses with information, counseling, and assistance. Through their website, visitors can access numerous guides and online courses on several topics. For small businesses seeking loans to get started or expand, the SBA offers different loan programs to assist in acquiring such funding from various institutions, private and otherwise. The SBA is able to provide these services through their extensive network and partnership with public and private organizations across the country.

The ASBDC is part of a massive nationwide network that has partnerships with government, private, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Their website is a quick link to national and local business resources. The OSBDC is part of the extensive ASBDC network.

State of Oklahoma
The State of Oklahoma website connects you with a variety of state resources and information. Locate your local Chamber of Commerce, download required tax forms, connect with local media networks, and more. They provide you with an easy way to find the information you need from the resources you trust. The OSBDC receives funding in part from the State of Oklahoma.

IRS.gov - Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
The Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center gives you quick access to tons of important information you need as well as upcoming workshops and online resources.

IRS.gov - Various Industries and Professions Tax Center
The Industries and Professions Tax Center is a great place to find out industry-specific requirements, tips, and tax information and resources.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC)
The ODOC website provides quick access to information about business licensing, financing, minority support, and many other topics. Receive the latest economic news in Oklahoma through their online news reports and dozens of online videos about specific industries, workforce issues, global trade, and more.

Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (REI)
REI has been helping Oklahoma's businesses for over 25 years. They have expanded their programs and offer assistance in a variety of areas. Their Business Incubator program provides physical spaces for new or expanding businesses through a modest rent schedule, access to financing, state income tax exemption for five years, access to equipment, and publicity. Visit their website for more information regarding their programs and small business opportunities.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SCORE offers free business counseling as well as modestly priced workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council
Native American Resource Center
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Consortium for Minority Business Development
Asia Society of Oklahoma
Nuestra Comunidad, Spanish-English Bilingual Newspaper

LUOKSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, U.S Small Business Administration, and Langston University.


The SBDC at Langston University will assist businesses in the following areas:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Business Entity Organization
  • Legal Issues
  • Market Analysis and Strategies
  • Business Solutions
  • Government Contract Procurement
  • Taxes
  • Certifications, 8(a), Hub Zone, Native American and DBE
  • Technical assistance with loan packaging for business financing/loan opportunities and working with the collaboration with, DOT, OBAN working with the trucking industry.

For more information on the services provided by Langston University’s Small Business Development Center or other helpful information, visit http://www.osbdc.org/.


Della Soney-Dean, Director
Della Soney-Dean serves as the Director of the Langston University’s Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. Previously, Della Dean has served in the capacity of Project Manager, Team Lead, Resolution Analyst, Sales Account Manager, Academic Teacher and Business Consultant. Della Dean earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Administrative Management Systems from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and obtained a Masters of Business Administration, MBA with an emphasis in E-Business from the University of Phoenix-OKC. Dean also holds a property/ casualty insurance license.

Roosevelt Haney, Jr., Client Project Manager
Roosevelt Haney serves as the Client Project Manager for Langston University’s Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. Mr. Haney has a professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is in the process of completing his terminal degree in Construction Administration at the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. He has previously served managerial capacities that have developed his organizational, consulting, and leadership skills. He is currently serving as a teaching assistant for the Project Management and Controls course in the construction science graduate program at the University of Oklahoma.


The main purpose of the LU-SBDC Advisory Board is to provide management advice and expertise on how the center should operate. The advisory board helps develop marketing strategies that will secure LU-SBDC’s permanence; tell the story of the LU- SBDC- one of few minority resource centers, publicize the program’s steadfast dedication to community and economic development, and research, identify, and attain alternative sources of funding for the program. Specific goals for this calendar year include developing a niche market strategy, accruing more clientele who subsequently, with the help of the center, go on to start businesses, and revamping/ updating the company’s web presence. A long-term goal of the center is to establish a presence as a resource location for innovative practices and business ventures.

Board Members
Dr. Ernest L. Holloway, PhD, MS, BS- Langston University, President Emeritus
Dr. Surya P. Singh, PhD, MBA- Langston University Center For Entrepreneurial Studies and Research, Dean
Shani A. Rashidi, PHR, MHR, BBA- Urban League of OK, Senior V.P. of Administration
Reinaldo Diaz- Hispanic Incubator, Coordinator
State Rep. Anastasia Pittman- Oklahoma State House of Representatives District 99
State Rep. Mike Shelton- Oklahoma State House of Representatives District 97
Sen. Constance Johnson- Oklahoma State Senate District 48
Anthony Douglas- NAACP, State President
Charlene Meeks- Executive Director
Sharon Jackson- Metro Tech, Business Development Director
Gerald Lewis- FAA Small Business Development, Program Manager
Charles King- Langston Community Development Center, Director
David Burnett- SCORE Representative
Kathy Bailey- Oklahoma City Community College Career Transitions Program, Coordinator of Employee Readiness
Joanne Davis- Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Director of Small Business
Darrius Jackson- Tinker FCU, Business Development Representative
John Hensley- Capitol Chambers Loan and Business Relations Coordinator
Wayne Reid- Private Business Owner
Ken Tally- OK Dept of Commerce, Minority Business Coordinator
Debra-Ponder Nelson- OK Minority Supplier Development Council, CEO/ President
Yolanda Boyles- Langston University, SIFE Advisor
Russell Perry- Perry Publishing and Broadcasting, Owner- President
Sharon Dean- The Oklahoma City Herald, Owner