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Anthony Cambas Facilitates Opportunities for Oklahoma Small Business

Word is getting out about global opportunities for the small business owner. Word is…the markets are lucrative, and the process is less difficult than one might think. Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development-SBDC, is one of the reasons that exporting goods and services is being simplified.

Cambas, a former U.S. Customs official, has almost 30 years of experience in international trade. His impressive credentials include export development and customs reform in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Anthony holds a Masters Degree in International Customs Law from the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at the University of Canberra, Australia, and in 2014, was named the State Star for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network. Cambas’ resume also boasts a Fellowship of the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) . . . and, he’s multilingual.

The good news for Oklahoma small businesses is that Cambas’ expertise is close to home. Anthony has been the Director of the International Trade Center-SBDC at Oklahoma State University since 2012 and loves helping clients navigate through the process. “What I enjoy most about my job is helping my clients in the broad sense of the term. This may be through finding a new overseas buyer, ensuring that the shipping goes smoothly, and that they are paid timely.”

According to Cambas, education is key. “I especially enjoy helping clients understand how international trade compliance is a strategic business issue that leads to more profits and long term business opportunities, as well as helping avoid fines, penalties, and even worse.” That’s why you’ll see Cambas throughout the state, lecturing on international trade and customs matters, as he did during the Small Business International Trade Symposium, held at OSU-OKC in Oklahoma City in December.

For more information and questions about international trade resources and opportunities, contact Anthony Cambas at 405.744.7128 or anthony.cambas@okstate.edu. For other business services, contact the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network office at 580.745.2877 or visit www.oksbdc.org.

OKSBDC Success Story: AAA Insurance

If you’re a business owner, you know that repeat customers are always a good sign. So it goes with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. We love it when our previous clients use our services again!

Such is the case with Donna Powell, owner of AAA Insurance in Durant, Oklahoma. Powell first contacted the OKSBDC in 1998 to get assistance with the creation of a business plan for her first company, Texoma Business Staffing. Eighteen years later, with a well established company to her credit, Powell began formulating plans for AAA Insurance, her second entrepreneurial opportunity. “With the tools and resources I received from the OKSBDC through my previous business, I knew that I could do most of the information on my own,” explains Donna.

With her second business plan well underway, Powell sought specific demographic information from Ahmad El-katib, OKSBDC advisor for market research and geographic information systems (GIS). “I was able to do a competitive analysis and provide a list of all the insurance agencies in the area,” says Ahmad.

Donna also acquired consumer spending data about home, auto, and life insurance. “Without the tools provided by the Small Business Development Center of Oklahoma, I don’t feel that I would have had the confidence to start a(n) (insurance) business in the area,” remarks Powell.

Perhaps the ancient proverb sums up the services of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center best…”Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If you would like more information or have questions about OKSBDC services, call 580.745.2877 to schedule an appointment. Video

Speaking Your Language For Small Business

Communication is essential in every aspect of life. Business services are no exception. That’s why the leadership of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center has focused on creating a diversified staff that will better meet the needs of its clientele. “We provide support services for entrepreneurs and small business owners,” says Bill Carter, OKSBDC State Director, “and we must change with the growing needs of our clients to be effective.”

Within the OKSBDC state network, over eight different languages are currently represented. Among them are Spanish, French, Portuguese, and native languages from Africa and Ethiopia. According to Tiffany Newton, an OKSBDC advisor and native of Bogota, Columbia, her diversity has proven to be a valuable tool.”

Of course, speaking the native language of Spanish clients is very helpful, for communication purposes, but there’s also a cultural advantage, that has the potential to benefit every business owner. “For example,” Newton continues, “if I have a client who wants to explore international trade in South America, I have first-hand knowledge of social trends, cultural etiquettes, and marketing opportunities that can’t always be found through internet research.”

Anthony Cambas, Director of the OSU International Trade Center- SBDC, has a similar view when describing the multi-cultural environment in the Stillwater office. “We offer tremendous international trade opportunities to our clients by using our connections, insights, and experiences and link them to a world where 95% of possible consumers are located outside the USA. As a team, we think independently and draw deeply from our individual experiences and perspectives but combine our efforts to better serve our clients. Our clients have international trade questions and we have international trade solutions!”

For more information and questions about OKSBDC services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network office at 580.745.2877 or visit www.oksbdc.org.

OKSBDC Sponsors International Trade Symposium for Small Businesses

Global opportunity was the topic of conversation at this month’s International Trade Symposium held on the OSU-Oklahoma City Campus and sponsored by Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC). Peter A. Quinter, Chair of the Customs and International Trade Law Group, was the keynote speaker for the event. Over 38 small businesses throughout the area gained valuable knowledge about the resources and opportunities available for companies who want to expand their markets globally. Mr. Quinter discussed regulations for importing and exporting, intellectual property rights, and the proper way to deal with government agencies that regulate international trade.

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According to Quinter, “Small businesses export and import more than big companies do. Using the SBDCs in the State of Oklahoma is very effective for companies to export and import successfully in compliance with all laws and regulations.” In addition to Quinter’s expertise, those in attendance had question and answer opportunities from a panel which included Chuck Mills, President of Mills Machine Company, Inc., Jesse Garcia, Global Project Specialist from the Department of Commerce, and Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, OKSBDC. According to Cambas, the symposium was a valuable opportunity to spread the word about global markets. “The International Trade Symposium was a great event that brought together an interesting mix of export assistance service providers, partner organizations, entrepreneurs, and small and medium sized companies from various parts of the state, says Cambas. “Oklahoma’s small and medium sized businesses have limitless opportunities internationally as there is a rising middle class in many parts of the world and approximately 96% of possible consumers are found outside the United States. The International Trade Center- Small Business Development Center at Oklahoma State University is here to help Oklahoma’s small businesses tap into those opportunities.”

For more information and questions about international trade resources and opportunities, contact Anthony Cambas at 405.744.7128 or anthony.cambas@okstate.edu. For other business services, contact the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network office at 580.745.2877 or visit www.oksbdc.org.

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OKSBDC Success Story: Blue River Valley Winery

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Tucked away on a hillside in the small town of Armstrong Oklahoma sits a quaint little shop where the wine flows and the conversation is easy. Blue River Valley Winery, which overlooks its picturesque namesake, is a dream come true for Diane and Hilary Dean. The small boutique winery “was a year in the making,” says Diane, who credits OKSBDC Marketing Consultant, Ahmad El-katib, with much of the progress. “With the data that we were provided by the OKSBDC, we were able to get financing through the USDA of Oklahoma,” which was used to build their current facilities. Co-owner and husband, Hilary, agrees that the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center was a valuable resource. “They helped us build a business plan and do research to find the demographics to see if we actually had a marketable venue in the Durant, (Oklahoma) area.

“I love helping Oklahoma businesses,” remarks El-Katib. “The GIS tools that I use are very helpful to entrepreneurs like Diane and Hilary. They answer a lot of questions about demographics, location and competitors, and that ultimately eliminates some risks.” In addition to market research, the Deans used other no- cost services available through the OKSBDC. “They were unbelievably helpful,” Diane states. “All of our needs have been met.”

A ribbon cutting was held in early December 2015 for Blue River Valley Winery, which specializes in fruit wines. Inside this small boutique, patrons will find a wine list that includes Rio Rosa, Tickle Me Peach, Blue River Bliss, and more. For a complete list of wines and services, click here.

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For more information and questions about OKSBDC services or to schedule an appointment, contact Ahmad El-katib at 580.745.2954 or ael-katib@se.edu.

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OKSBDC Advisory Board Meets in Oklahoma City for Fall Meeting

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Advisory Board member met recently at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City for a network update and business case study on impact to a second stage business.

Welcome by Board Chair and Southeastern Oklahoma State University President Sean Burrage, the group was provided a program update by Dr. Bill Carter, State Director. A highlight of the meeting included a business brief from CEO/President Brad Lahman of Boxel Manuafacturing in Caney, Oklahoma. Mr. Lahman, along with an OKSBDC panel, discussed the history of business services provided for the Oklahoma company that manufactures livestock exposition products and feeding systems. According to Lahman, the OKSBDC “gave me access to business knowledge.”

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Barbara Bonner, OKSBDC Center Director for Durant, Oklahoma, was instrumental in the business services. “The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is (now) able to consult with Brad about his newest product line, as well as his existing manufacturing operation. With our assistance, he has goals for expansion and has developed management tools and skills to strategically plan growth.”

The Advisory Board Meeting was followed by a reception sponsored by the OKSBDC, Enid Regional Development Alliance, and Stock Exchange Bank in Woodward, OK.

The meeting was well attended by the board which includes the following members: Ms. Dottie Overal, Small Business Adminstration/Oklahoma City; Pam Walker, Small Business Administration/Oklahoma City; President Sean Burrage, Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Durant; Dr. Larry Minks, Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Ardmore; Dr. David Henneberry, International Studies & Outreach-OSU/Stillwater; Dwight Hughes, High Plains Technology Center/Woodward; Adam Leaming, University Center/Ponca City; Senator Susan Paddack, Ada; Brian Campbell, Solara Holdings/Chickasaw Nation, Southlake, TX; Brent Kisling, Enid Regional Development Alliance/Enid; James Dalton, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management/Durant; Mike Fuhr, The Nature Conservancy/Tulsa; Eric Miller, Port of Muskogee/Muskogee; Greg Phillips, State Farm Insurance/Durant; Dennis Bradford, Genesis Group/Oklahoma City; Jessica Pfau, Shiloh Morning Inn/Ardmore; Xavier Neira, Manhattan Construction Company/Oklahoma City; Mark Stansberry, The GTD Group/Edmond; Bruce Benbrook, Stock Exchange Bank/Woodward; Kelly Nemecek, McClain Bank/Purcell; Mike Jackson, The State Chamber/Oklahoma City; Thomas Lewis, Congressman Tom Cole’s Field Rep; Shawna McWaters-Khalousi, Division Head of Agriculture Technologies- OSU/OKC; John Furstenwerth, Furstenwerth Consulting; Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of New Product Development Center/OSU; Stan Greil, Vice President for Workforce Development, Rose State College; John Veal, Deputy District Director/SBA; Jim Shideler, Coordinator-Global Contacts Division of International Studies/OSU.

OKSBDC services are provided as part of a federal, state, and local economic development partnership. OKSBDC results for Oklahoma include successful business start-ups, stronger small businesses, increased business capitalization, and increased private sector job growth. OKSBDC’s goal is a stronger and more sustainable Oklahoma economy. Business owners in any of Oklahoma’s 77 counties can access the 16 statewide locations to receive business advising, training, and technical assistance on a broad range of business issues including capitalization, government contracting, and other operational challenges.

For more information and questions about OKSBDC services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network office at 580.745.2877 or visit www.oksbdc.org.

OKSBDC Hosts All Staff Retreat

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The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) held its 2015 Fall Staff Retreat at Lake Murray State Lodge in Ardmore, OK. The three day event focused on team building, as well as specialized services such as restaurant consulting, market research and exporting. The staff also observed the development of advisement skills utilizing PeerSpectives, a high value approach for counseling Stage II Entrepreneurs.

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Larry Siebert Named OKSBDC State Star

Congratulations to Larry Siebert, OKSBDC Associate Business Development Specialist at UCO – SBDC, for being chosen as OKSBDC’s 2015 State Star! “Larry’s expertise in retail management, pricing strategy, logistics, operations, loss prevention, and merchandising has translated into great value for his SBDC clients” stated Bill Carter, OKSBDC State Director. (Siebert, left, pictured with Bill Carter)
More on Larry Siebert…

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Barbara Bonner Named Center Director

OKSBDC State Director Bill Carter is pleased to announce the promotion of Barbara Bonner to Southeastern Center Director.

Barbara, formerly an Associate Business Development Specialist, will be providing oversight to the Southeastern Center’s business advisors and region ensuring quality business advising and significant client value for new entrepreneurs as well as existing small business owners to help them start and grow their enterprises.

Bonner stated, “I look forward to our center expanding its reach and effectiveness and working with businesses in our region as we now serve all of Southern Oklahoma from the Southeastern Center. We have some of the highest quality services and tools available to the business community and our staff is trained to assist small businesses in all aspects of their operations.”

Read more about this article here.

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OKSBDC leaders attended a PeerSpectives Conference in August which was held in Michigan.

PeerSpectives is an innovative peer- to-peer learning tool for CEOs, using a proven roundtable format that focuses on sharing experiences instead of giving advice. (Pictured from left to right, Michele Campbell, Bill Carter, Sharon Nichols, Dave Williams, Barbara Bonner, and Anthony Cambas.

Advisors Join OKSBDC Roster

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New business advisors joining the OKSBDC network are (from left) Tiffany Newton, Mark Ragel, and Jessica Ervin.

OCAST Forum held at SOSU

Recently, representatives from all over the state gathered at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma to collaborate on providing better opportunities for a stronger Southeastern Oklahoma. Those in attendance focused on economic development opportunities, workforce issues and community involvement. The OKSBDC was proud to help sponsor this event.

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President Sean Burrage of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, provided the opening remarks during the recent OCAST Forum. The OKSBDC was proud to help sponsor the event.

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Dr. William Carter, State Director of The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, discussed the positive impact small businesses play in the economic growth of Oklahoma. Dr. Carter noted the no-cost services provided by the organization, including market research, new media services, business planning and more.

Small Business International Trade Symposium

Tuesday, December 2, 9am-12pm
OSU-Oklahoma City Campus

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New Partnership formed with OSU-New Product Development Center (NPDC).

Oklahoma inventors and entrepreneurs now have a valuable resource for developing ideas, thanks to a recent partnership between the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC), recognized for its confidential, high-quality, no-cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising, and the New Product development Center (NPDC) on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus. The collaboration, known as OKSBDC-Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), provides information and technical expertise for individuals and small businesses with ideas ground in technology advancements. Dana Fisher, new director for the CTC, brings over 25 years experience to the position. “The Center for Technology Commercialization represents a unique opportunity for inventors as well as emerging and established entrepreneurs to take advantage of engineering services to develop their products in concert with business advisory assistance to take their ideas to market,” Fisher said. For more information, contact the OKSBDC-CTC, located at 111 Engineering North on the OSU campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma or call Dana Fisher, Center Director at 405.744.1634. Additional nformation can be found at www.oksbdc.org

OKSBDC Success Story:

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When the concept of a martial arts school began to form in the minds of Eric Harris, Danny Harris, and Grand Master Jin Young Kim, they new it would take more than physical strength to make their dream a reality. They need a plan. And, with their education, skill, and managerial experience, they had one. But was it good enough? That’s when OKSBDC business specialist, Larry Siebert, was contacted to help make a good plan even better.

With valuable resources and skills at his disposal, Larry produced an unbiased review of the industry outlook for Dragon Kim’s Taekwondo and Finess Center. Mr. Siebert reviewed the business plan, asked invaluable questions, and helped close the gaps in the planning process. According to owner Danny Harris, the unbiased, third-party critique of his business plan was crucial. “The thing I found most valuable (from Larry) was just the candor for what our business plan was.”

After a year of economic and financial planning, a location was chosen for the business. Once again, Mr. Siebert and the OKSBDC provided assistance with demographic services. “Duraing this time, my goal as a business specialist was to provide the Harris family with timely industry data sets with which they could benchmark and model their business plan projections,” says Siebert. “Along with that planning process, I strived to keep them appraised of all of the other partnerships, resources, and services that the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers offered.”

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For more information and questions about OKSBDC services or to schedule an appointment, contact Larry Siebert at 405.216.2023 or lsiebert@se.edu.

Sharon Nichols Named New OKSBDC
Assistant State Director

For over fifteen years, Sharon Nichols has been passionate about helping small business owners succeed. Whether a client is looking to buy, start, or expand a business, Sharon’s success is reflected in the economic impact felt by the client, his employees and families, and the communities.

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Sharon received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MBA from Northeastern State University. She holds certifications with the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional, Technology Commercialization Certification, PHR Certification (Professional Human Resources) through the HR Certification Institute and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification.

Nichols has served the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center for four years, two of which were in the capacity of Regional Director for Northeast Oklahoma before recently taking on the role of Assistant State Director, Program Performance. “I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve as the Assistant State Director for Program Performance as the Oklahoma SBDC moves forward, stated Nichols. “We are gearing up and preparing Oklahoma’s SBDC to go to the next level.”

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OKSBDC Conducts Workshop in Enid

OKSBD Senior Consultant Dave Williams conducted a Continuity Planning Workshop in Enid recently. The event was sponsored by The Enid Regional Development Alliance, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Autry Technology Center and the OKSBDC. Williams offers disaster training and preparation for small businesses. For more information, contact Dave Williams at 512.393.4551 or dave.williams@oksbdc.org.

OKSBDC Sponsors International Trade Symposium For Small Businesses

DURANT, OK – December 14, 2015

Global opportunity was the topic of conversation at this month’s International Trade Symposium held on the OSU-Oklahoma City Campus and sponsored by Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. OKSBDC State Director, Bill Carter, reflected on the importance of the event. “Small businesses in Oklahoma can easily reach markets overseas for their goods and services by using the guidance of experienced business consultants. The International Trade Symposium was a valuable tool to help us get the word out about these markets.”

OKSBDC Advisory Board Meets in Oklahoma City for Fall Meeting

DURANT, OK – December 14, 2015

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Advisory Board member met recently at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City for a network update and business case study on impact to a second stage business. Welcome by Board Chair and Southeastern Oklahoma State University President Sean Burrage, the group was provided a program update by Dr. Bill Carter, State Director. A highlight of the meeting included a business brief from CEO/President Brad Lahman of Boxel Manufacturing in Caney, Oklahoma. Mr. Lahman, along with an OKSBDC panel, discussed the history of business services provided for the Oklahoma company that manufactures livestock exposition products and feeding systems. According to Lahman, the OKSBDC “gave me access to business knowledge.”

National Small Business Week: Newsroom

Friday, June 14, 2013 – 2:48 pm

Good afternoon! The week of June 17-21 is National Small Business Week! In honor of this week, we’ve included online seminars, workshops and tips on how to bring your business success!

National Small Business Week!

“Hang Out” with SBA and Industry Experts During National Small Business Week

Google+ Hangouts will feature daily tips for small business owners from major tech leaders and social media companies.

WASHINGTON – As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup of social media companies, mentorship organizations and distinguished experts.

All Google+ Hangouts will start at 4 p.m. EDT and can be watched live at:

www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek
www.youtube.com/sba
http://plus.google.com/+sbagov

Small business owners can tweet questions for the panelists using the hashtag #SBW2013. No prior registration is required to watch.

Topics and panelists include:

Monday, June 17th: Getting Started with Social Media – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Twitter, Google, Constant Contact, and W20 Group will hang out. Bill Murphy Jr., author and columnist for Inc.com will moderate.

Tuesday, June 18th: Managing Your Business’s Online Reputation – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Yelp, LinkedIn, OpenSky, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Google and Manta will hang out. Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media will moderate.

Wednesday, June 19: How a Mentor Can Help Your Business – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers will hang out. Fran Tarkenton, NFL legend and entrepreneur will moderate.

Thursday, June 20: How to Get a Business Loan – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company will hang out. Calvin Goings, SBA’s Region 10 Administrator, will moderate.

Visit www.sba.gov/nsbw for more information!

 

SBA’s Business Recovery Center

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center has partnered with several organizations at the Small Business Administration’s Business Recovery Center to provide victims of recent Oklahoma tornadoes with assistance for their businesses. Counselors at OKSBDC are here to ensure that you and your business remain strong and recover from this devastation, as well as gain the knowledge needed to be prepared for future disasters!

The Business Recovery Center is open Mondays-Fridays, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm until further notice. No appointment is necessary!

Moore Norman Technology Center
South Penn Campus
Business Development Center Bldg.
13301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73170

 

Ready.gov Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Reasons to Invest in a Preparedness Plan

  • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen.
  • Customers expect delivery of products and services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor.
  • Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.

Click here to read more!

 

How Do Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Work?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER emergency.

For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, visit Ready.gov/alerts, download the WEA Fact Sheet or view Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit Ready.gov to find more tips like these on how to make sure your business is prepared for the future!

 

Ready Business: Are You Ready?

Between 40 to 60% of all small businesses fail to recover in the aftermath of a major disaster. Every business should have a disaster emergency plan to ensure an efficient recovery. Is your business ready?
Click here to find out!

SBA.gov

Emergency Preparedness

For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. The following resources can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan:

Disaster Assistance
Emergency Preparedness
Disaster Planning
Disaster Cleanup
Disaster Recovery Plan
State Government Information

 

Words of Wisdom

“It is critical that small businesses have a disaster preparedness plan in place to put them in a better position to deal with challenges that often come with no notice.”

-Karen G. Mills
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Relief Preparedness: Newsroom

Friday, June 7, 2013 – 4:13 pm

Good afternoon! The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is here to help you strengthen your business and ensure that your business will be prepared for any future disasters. This month’s issue features articles, links and other useful information.

SBA’s Business Recovery Center

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center has partnered with several organizations at the Small Business Administration’s Business Recovery Center to provide victims of recent Oklahoma tornadoes with assistance for their businesses. Counselors at OKSBDC are here to ensure that you and your business remain strong and recover from this devastation, as well as gain the knowledge needed to be prepared for future disasters!

The Business Recovery Center is open Mondays-Fridays, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm until further notice. No appointment is necessary!

Moore Norman Technology Center
South Penn Campus
Business Development Center Bldg.
13301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73170

 

Ready.gov Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Reasons to Invest in a Preparedness Plan

  • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen.
  • Customers expect delivery of products and services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor.
  • Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.

Click here to read more!

How Do Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Work?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER emergency.

For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, visit Ready.gov/alerts, download the WEA Fact Sheet or view Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit Ready.gov to find more tips like these on how to make sure your business is prepared for the future!

Ready Business: Are You Ready?

Between 40 to 60% of all small businesses fail to recover in the aftermath of a major disaster. Every business should have a disaster emergency plan to ensure an efficient recovery. Is your business ready?
Click here to find out!

SBA.gov

Emergency Preparedness

For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. The following resources can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan:

Disaster Assistance
Emergency Preparedness
Disaster Planning
Disaster Cleanup
Disaster Recovery Plan
State Government Information

Words of Wisdom

“It is critical that small businesses have a disaster preparedness plan in place to put them in a better position to deal with challenges that often come with no notice.”

-Karen G. Mills
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Newsroom Mar-2013

Monday, May 6, 2013 – 4:32 pm

We hope your spring is off to a great start! In this issue, we’ve included several tips, tricks and articles that will help improve your business’s social media outreach, employee management, public relations and much more! Summer is quickly approaching, and we’re here to make sure you and your business are prepared for success!

OKSBDC Highlight of the Month

Free Procurement Opportunities Guide!!

The OKSBDC is happy to provide you with this complimentary and helpful guide to procurement opportunities for businesses. It is designed to help small-business owners and decision makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations, and it does so by providing an overview of markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made. It also presents “next-step” resources that small businesses can use to penetrate these markets.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the Federal Government/State Government
  • Selling to Large Corporations
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
  • “Green” Procurement
  • Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses

Download the Guide now!!

Small Business Success

How to Turn Facebook Likes Into Customers

Simply creating a page on Facebook for your business doesn’t guarantee success. Neither does receiving a lot of “likes.” In this video, Eric Spellman shows you how to convert all of those fans into customers!

How to Make More Money? Pay Your Employees More

A spate of articles argues that, paradoxically, paying retail employees more leads to higher profits. Is this lesson for your business? Read more.

If Shoppers Like Your Brand on Facebook, They’ll Buy More

A new study shows that customers who interact with retailers through social media buy more than other consumers. Read more.

Six Actions of Great Managers

There are plenty of good business leaders out there, but what separates the good from the great? Consider these qualities when assessing your own leadership skills! Read more.

Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Advisor

4 Ways to Stop Putting Things Off

You can procrastinate later
As a small-business owner, you always need to be at the top of your game. You’re the person the whole team looks to for inspiration. You’re the one they’re going to emulate. So how to you avoid procrastination? Follow these tips! Click here.

Words of Entrepreneurial Wisdom

“There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak

Adora Svitak is a 15 year old writer, poet and humanitarian. You can visit her site at www.adorasvitak.com.

Newsroom Feb-2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 3:57 pm

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year! To help kickstart your year, we’ve included articles, tips and tricks to help ensure that your business stays ahead of the competition. We greatly value your role in helping to grow Oklahoma’s economy and wish you great success in the year 2013!

OKSBDC Highlight of the Month

OSU Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference

Women changing the world, one venture at a time.

The 2013 OSU Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference will be held on April 2nd from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Click here to read more.

The Keynote Speakers include Debbi Fields- founder of Mrs. Field’s Cookies and Tina Norris- founder of Foot Petals! Click here to read more about Norris.

Visit www.weinspire.net for more information about this event!

Small Business Success

The Best Day to Post to Facebook (Based on Industry)

Among the greatest challenges in social media is determining exactly when to post a given piece of content so it attracts the most “likes,” comments, and retweets. A recent infographic from LinchpinSEO could help crack that code by showing the best days to post to Facebook. Click here!

How to Change the Financial Future of Your Business

The start of the new year is a great time to get you and your company pointed in the right direction financially. Making small improvements at the beginning of the year is a lot easier than trying to play catch-up later on. There are simple steps you can take that will lead to your business being financially healthy. Click here!

3 Tech Trends That Will Shape Your Business in 2013

Is your business using technology to its fullest? j2Global just released its predictions for the top tech trends that will affect small and midsized businesses in 2013. Click here!

Secrets to Success for Social Media in Business in 2013

Is your business ready to meet the challenge of using social media this year? Have you already begun the process but need a few pointers? This article includes the secrets for both the novice and the experienced user. Click here!

IRS “Need to Know”

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center Provides Online Tools and Resources

You don’t need to be a tax expert when you’re running a business, but you may need to know the basics so your business can run smoothly. The IRS.gov Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has useful tax information and services for business owners. Click here!

Words of Entrepreneurial Wisdom

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

-Tony Robbins