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Takeaways from the “Blue Ocean Shift” Book

Blue Ocean Shift was written by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. They also authored Blue Ocean Strategy. They encourage businesses and organizations to challenge the status quo and adopt a market-creating strategy. They define a red ocean as a market that has a lot of competition and pricing pressures. This type of market has been “commoditized”. They define a ...
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How Increases in the Minimum Wage May Affect Your Business

Many states are taking actions to increase their state’s minimum wage above the federal minimum wage which is currently $7.25 per hour. We tend to think that industries that traditionally pay minimum wage are the only ones effected. Industries like restaurants, retail and hospitality. However, could there be a domino effect to other industries? Generally, people seek additional education, training ...
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Merry Christmas 2018

As a small business consultant, I get the opportunity to learn and share with other small business owners that include my clients and those in my business network. We work together to improve our businesses, but we also help each other understand life in general. As I look at 2018, I am more thankful than ever that God has blessed ...
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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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