OKSBDC Hosts All Staff Retreat

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.

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.

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

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