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Small Business Council Blog 

The Small Business Council blog is dedicated to its fellow small business members. It covers a variety of topics related to small business management, education and growth. 

The Importance of an IT Checkup for Your Business

The Importance of an IT Checkup for Your Business

It is always a good idea to conduct periodic assessments of your business’s information technology resources. However, with the recent disruption to traditional work locations caused by COVID-19, I want to give you a checklist to evaluate the condition of your business technology, now and after the pandemic is behind us.

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Digital Marketing Amidst a Pandemic

Digital Marketing Amidst a Pandemic

In the last several months as I’ve talked to other marketing professionals, I’ve heard a consensus of how the job feels right now: wrong. Something doesn’t feel right about trying to gain my audience’s attention while there’s a global pandemic happening. However, I’m here to assure you that continuing to work hard and build your business is the best thing you can do right now. As entrepreneur and blogger Whitney White puts it...

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The Internet’s Bully Pulpit

The Internet’s Bully Pulpit

My company hasn’t abandoned Facebook or Twitter…Yet!
I wonder if you’re seeing the same thing I am; Incredible technology gone awry. Social media once connected us to people, news, brands, and events in ways we had previously not experienced. And it was good. It was cool. It was productive. Then it changed.

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Resilient Cities

Resilient Cities

The definition of the term “resilient” means possessing inner strength and resolve. Thus, resilience takes into consideration appropriate form and physical infrastructure to be more prepared for physical, social, environmental, and economic challenges. Oklahoma has become known as a resilient state, having overcome droughts, floods, tornadoes, domestic terrorism, and oil busts. The State of Oklahoma is only as strong as the cities and communities that make up the state.

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Capital for Businesses

Capital for Businesses

With all the businesses that are struggling right now due to COVID-19, I am often asked what options are available for businesses to access capital, outside of the stimulus money that for some businesses is a “band-aid” for a much larger capital need.

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Taxing Times

Taxing Times

These are certainly the times that try our souls. As a nation, we are currently dealing with this unknown virus, the changes it has created in our everyday lives affect us now almost hourly. Then our tax system rears its head with all its rules rendering one more item with which to contend.

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Is the plan for 2020 already off-track?

Is the plan for 2020 already off-track?

If you are like many companies, you had a great strategic planning session sometime during the 4th quarter of 2019. The team building exercise this year and the food that was catered was better than the previous year. The discussions were many (and long) but when the 2-day session was over - everyone was enthused and ready to crush the 2020 goals (all 37 major initiatives along with the 13 sub-initiatives). The theme ended up being more or less along the lines of “Build it and they will com

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How to Manage Friends and Family Who are Employees

How to Manage Friends and Family Who are Employees

Hiring for the Position: The real temptation is that hiring a friend or family member is easier than going through the typical posting, resume – application research and interview – selection process. Some Small Business owners would rather “trust “that the friend or family member is a better selection due to the previous existing connections. Is the person they are hiring really the best candidate for the position?

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Millennials Most Likely Generation to Hire

Millennials Most Likely Generation to Hire

Takeaways from the MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index.

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Oh The Times They Are a-Changin'- In Downtown Edmond

Oh The Times They Are a-Changin'- In Downtown Edmond

On any given Saturday night you may catch Councilman Nick Massey playing a set to a full house at Ellis Island. If you catch him on a break, Nick would also love to tell you about the exciting renaissance that we’re seeing in downtown Edmond, our oldest (yet hippest) commercial district today!

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