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.
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 comRead More
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?
Takeaways from the MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.Read More
Successful businesses start with people. Successful, smart and driven people. Those people have good ideas, they build smart processes and do amazing things.
And today, the businesses who do all of that AND fully leverage the benefits of technology tools to do those great things are more efficient, more profitable, and their teams sleep better at night. Your business becomes more scalable, and more efficient when you have an ability and drive to use tech tools to keep up.
Imagine that your business virtually overnight had three times more competitors. How would you adapt to that? For every retail liquor licensee in Oklahoma, that is the challenge we all now have in common.
According to the Oklahoma ABLE Commission, the number of Retail Wine Licenses nearly tripled by the end of 2018 after Oklahoma’s liquor laws changed on October 1 of last year. That kind of increase in availability of the most popular wines sold in our market is the cause of a 20-25% decline in
Here are 10 reasons why it’s important to shop local and shop support small businesses.Read More
We have some new and some not-so-new faces at the Edmond Chamber and thought our members might like to get better acquainted with the people behind the names on our email signatures. Learn more about each chamber staff's role and gain a little insight on their personality.Read More