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Takeaways from “The Innovation Blind Spot” Book

The Innovation Blind Spot was written by Ross Baird. Mr. Baird discusses the idea that most innovations and companies that are VC (Venture Capital) funded are in locales such as Silicon Valley and New York. “Blind spots” could be places in the middle of the USA; fly-over country. Places like Oklahoma. Another key issue discussed is the innovations that get ...
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A Comparison of Running for Exercise and Running a Small Business

Many analogies can be made between running for exercise and running a small business. I happen to run for exercise, run my small business and help others run their small businesses. My typical run is 3 miles, 3 times per week. This is just enough to stay in shape and allows time to think and clear my mind. I’ve had ...
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Helping Kids Get Ready for School in 2018

Recently, I had the privilege to join other members of New Heights Church in Owasso, OK in working the church’s annual Back to School mission. The goal of the mission is to give kids backpacks, school supplies, shoes, haircuts, eye exams and eyeglasses. The church holds this event because the overall mission of the church is to be the hands ...
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Takeaways from the 2018 Oklahoma Engineering Conference

I am a big believer in learning from other industries. I believe all small business owners can learn something from the 2018 Oklahoma Engineering Conference. The conference topics were what one might expect at an engineering conference. The topics included roads, bridges, water systems, flares (used in the energy sector), project management, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and doing ...
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Oklahoma Small Business Management

Oklahoma Small Business Management, Growth and Development Conder Business Solutions offers Oklahoma small business management and development services to businesses located in large metropolitan areas like Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but also businesses in smaller rural communities. Our desire is to work together with you and your team to improve your business. Our Approach First, we seek to understand you ...
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A Process for Small Business Innovation

To help your small business grow sales and profits, Conder Business Solutions has developed a unique small business innovation process. Innovate simply means to challenge the status quo and make changes. Challenges can be made to current products, services and processes. The Innovation Process What Areas of Your Business Need Innovation? Start by determining what areas need fresh new ideas. ...
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Why Small Business Corporate Books Are Important

You remember your corporate books, don’t you? That was the “book” created when you started your business. Items like articles of incorporation, by-laws, operating agreements, shareholders, unit holders, buy-sell agreements and meeting minutes are in there. It is very common for these records to just sit after a business start. However, the corporate book should be kept up to date, ...
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Tips for Marketing Engineering and Technical Firms

Often, engineers and other technical professionals struggle with understanding marketing. One of the main reasons is that, in the world of marketing, there are no equations with predictable outcomes like we are used to in our world of sciences. There are no guarantees; only generalizations, probabilities and possibilities. This lack of predictability can cause angst with the technically minded. However, ...
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Why Team Member Diversity is Important to Innovation

When your business is considering change or innovation, it is helpful to have more than one person doing the thinking and generating ideas. In our experience, the best ideas start with an individual, but are shaped and developed by a team. All individuals have the capacity to have great ideas. The reason team member diversity is important is because each ...
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Growth by Acquisition: Pure Stroke Golf

Growth by acquisition or buying another business is a possible strategy for small businesses.  In this case, Pure Stroke Golf, a formerly Florida-based maker of putting training aids, was purchased by C&C Machine, Inc., an Oklahoma-based machine shop. Why C&C Machine Chose to Grow by Acquisition Like many Oklahoma machine shops and fabricators, C&C Machine’s business has a great reliance ...
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