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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. 

Great Leaders Need a Strong Core

Great Leaders Need a Strong Core

Working on your core muscles is an important part of a well-rounded fitness program. Without a strong core, you cannot maximize the health and productivity of your body that ultimately improves your balance and stability. It takes consistent time and attention to keep it healthy.

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Employee Turnover - First, Stop the Bleeding

Employee Turnover - First, Stop the Bleeding

Companies struggle with how to maximize their greatest asset. The first action must be to stop the bleeding. As with a medical trauma, the first step is to determine if the patient is bleeding and the source. The medical team will focus on stopping the bleeding with all other issues a distant second.

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Leaders Communicate Their Expectations

Leaders Communicate Their Expectations

It may be hard to believe but expectations are like fingerprints, everyone has them and they are all unique. Dr. Wayne Dyer, a great teacher of life, once said,
"I am open to everything and attached to nothing."

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Pass Liability Protections for Small Businesses

Pass Liability Protections for Small Businesses

Running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. Businesses in Edmond are working hard to operate safely and to keep their employees and their customers healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, a lot has changed since the pandemic hit. Instead of continuing to focus on the success and growth of their business, they now spend a lot of their time worrying about another shutdown, employees getting sick and the constant reassurance that their places of business are safe for everyone.

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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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