Big Ideas for Small Business Blog

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 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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You Have to Start Somewhere and the Garage is Perfect

You Have to Start Somewhere and the Garage is Perfect

YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE, AND THE GARAGE IS PERFECT!!
The past several years I have been working diligently to grow my brand (Gina's Southern Style) by attending multiple trade shows, sending emails, phone calls, follow-up emails, follow-up phone calls...etc. The list goes on and on. Folks ask me all the time what is your secret, how do you do it? The truth is...hard work and prayer. My husband (Mark) and I have spent many nights in the garage fulfilling orders.

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It's All About Relationships

It's All About Relationships

Loyalty in business can be a hard thing to find; especially in today’s hiring market. A study by Deloitte in May of last year showed that 43% of millennials envisioned leaving their jobs within two years, and only 28% are looking to stay beyond five years. With statistics like this how do small businesses and business owners retain crucial young talent? It’s all about your relationship.

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