Our highly credentialed and experienced business advisors at OKSBDC love to work with our clients and see them succeed. They often have stories to report out on how they were able to assist with research that helped the client facilitate a new market option, provided an informative business analysis, increased their online presence through a Google Your Business program, or even helped them expand into export options in international trade. Whatever the story or “success” the client experiences through the assistance of OKSBDC, it is often better told through the eyes of the client.
All interactions and information obtained during client sessions are confidential, however, clients will often provide OKSBDC with a release to talk about the success they have experienced through the assistance. Please find links to media clips of clients who have provided insight into how OKSBDC helped transform their potential within their business and move to the next level.
“It was just perfect,” says Terry Enos owner of Bicycle Alley. “The OSBDC provided us with the tools, and three months later we had a business plan.” Enos had years of experience in the corporate world but wasn’t sure how to bring his ideas into focus. “Carlos asked all the right questions,” says Enos. “Carlos Amaya and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center showed me the ropes and gave me the structure I needed to open my business.”
TnT Quick Stop
Dustin Sheppard was no stranger to entrepreneurship when he decided to start a new venture in Roff, Oklahoma. Dustin had grown up watching his father run a family dairy farm. The purchase of one truck to help with hauling soon turned into more trucks, and that snowball eventually found the family out of the dairy business and running a successful trucking line.
AEA Environmental Services
After eight years in business Elijah Adoeye, owner of AEA Environmental Services, thought it was time to expand his market. He started looking into the possibilities of a federal program for minority contractors and soon discovered plenty of obstacles that included a complex application process and stiff competition.
Davis Welding, LLC
In 2007, Scott Davis needed a way to haul large round bales of hay without investing in a large tractor or putting a hay spike in the back of his truck. Using his 25 years of welding skills and experience, Davis went to work and built the “STICK WAGON” hay hauler. “I came up with it out of necessity,” says Davis. The STICK WAGON is uniquely designed to be used with an ATV such as a 4-Wheeler or a John Deere Gator, small garden tractor, or other small motorized vehicle that normally could not be used to move large round bales of hay.
North Central Construction
Gary and Micki Rogers juggled project deadlines, overdue receivables and equipment maintenance issues for eight years. Like many small business owners, the couple knew first hand that the struggles and challenges can be hugely overwhelming. Upon reading an article in a local newspaper, the owners were led to Susan Urbach and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. Susan recognized that North Central Construction in Stillwater was a sound business but needed some direction. She first advised the partners to save money by consolidating their equipment loans.
After 24 years of friendship, Dean Martin and Tracy Johnson discovered they had a common goal – to become business owners. The pair met while Dean was a sales representative making the rounds at an area manufacturing plant where Tracy worked. “We had a strong friendship, trusted each other completely, and knew the time was right for a change,” says Dean Martin.
Meek Machine & Manufacturing
With the confidence and exuberance of youth, Derrell Meek started his first business at age 24. Opening his doors and eager to conquer the world, Derrell quickly found there was far more to business ownership than he could have imagined. “I didn’t like the stress. I could produce the products, but I needed more experience in management and finance.”
Gold Star Graphics, Inc.
Gold Star Graphics, Inc. started as a part time project for Pam Guffey when a friend from Dallas, who owned a successful graphics business, encouraged Pam to try the same in Oklahoma City. After just three months, Pam had more screen printing and embroidery orders than she could fill. Turning to her husband Stan for help, they became full-time entrepreneurs that fall of 1987.
Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) was incorporated in June 2004 and established a tribal corporation formed to diversify the interests of the Cherokee Nation into long-term sustainable businesses through acquisitions, joint ventures and expansions. Marvin Fisher, business specialists with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, provided guidance to CNB through the daunting process of completing the Tribal 8(a) application.
For the last five years, Gayla Williams has been proving that she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to commercial painting. Because of her reputation for quality work, Williams’ company, BETT Enterprises Inc., has grown from three to 21 employees, and gross revenue is expected to top more than $1 million this year. BETT provides a complete line of professional paint finishes for all types of commercial construction.