SENT Newsroom: Volume 1: Issue 1

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – 4:32 pm

We’re excited to include you in our monthly newsletter! We hope this information is useful, and our team looks forward to serving your business with our full line of services at no cost to you. Have a great month!

Oklahoma SBDC Receives Full Accreditation from Association of Small Business Development Centers!

“SBA relies on partners like the Oklahoma SBDC to provide a ASBDCcritical element of assistance to small businesses who are looking to start or expand,” said Dottie Overal, SBA Oklahoma district director. Research shows small business counseling makes a tremendous difference in the long-term success of a small business.” Read more

Oklahoma #3 Friendliest State to Small Businesses

After a two-month survey of more than 6,000 small business owners nationwide, Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released new data showing that small businesses rank Oklahoma as the third friendliest state nationwide towards small businesses. Oklahoma soared above rival states in a variety of categories, earning an A-, A, or A+ grade in 10 of 12 possible graded rankings.

In addition to the #3 overall friendliest ranking, the survey breakdown also ranks Oklahoma as the fourth easiest state in the nation for starting a new business and the sixth least-costly state in the country for hiring a new employee. The survey includes full sets of rankings, dozens of easily searchable quotes from Oklahoma small businesses, regional comparisons within states, and Census data comparing Oklahoma’s key demographics against those of other states. To see a copy of the survey, click here.

Wes Watkins Center for International Trade & Development: New OSBDC Center

The Center for International Trade and Development is focused on strengthening Oklahoma’s economic development by providing world-class export advisory services. We partner with companies to enhance their export programs through high-value counseling and client engagement. Our broad portfolio of professional services addresses a wide variety of foreign trade challenges.

  • Customs and Export Compliance Review
  • International Strategy Formulation
  • Foreign Trade Education and Training
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Export Finance Advice
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Harmonized Tariff Classification Review
  • Global Market Research and Intelligence

For more information, visit their website, http:/citd.okstate.edu/.!

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Set up an appointment with a Business Development Specialist to make sure your business is running smoothly!

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Bryan Clay: The Small Business Mindset

2012 Olympic athlete Bryan Clay founded the Bryan Clay Foundation in 2005. Its theme is “Building Champions, Changing Lives,” and the goal is to provide support and direction for kids who, like Clay many years ago, are in danger of losing their way. The biggest surprise for Clay was how much time running the foundation would take, and he likens it to running a small business. “I have had to treat it the way I have treated my athletic career. I put a good team around me, we figure out my strengths and weakness, and we fill in the gaps…” Read more

OSBDC is now on Facebook!

Visit our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OklahomaSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter to receive weekly updates including upcoming business training events, news, tips and tricks and much more to bring success to your business!