Voice of Small Business in the Tulsa Community
Any area small business can be a member of the Small Business Connection. Small Business Connection members will receive reciprocal membership with the Chamber.
The Tulsa Small Business Connection is an organization formed to provide networking opportunities and programs geared to help small businesses in northeast Oklahoma achieve success.
The Tulsa Small Business Connection was formed under the leadership of Carey Baker, owner of ProRecruiters, a leading staffing and employment agency in Tulsa, and chair of the Tulsa Small Business Connection.
As Baker explained: “Members of the Tulsa Small Business Connection will have access to conversations and programs about leadership and pioneering tools to grow their business.. The Connection will help small businesses across Tulsa plan for the future, address day-to-day challenges and facilitate networks to drive the evolution of business in our region.”
Armed with direct feedback from small business owners across the region, leaders of the Tulsa Small Business Connection Board, a group of more than 40 business owners, say the new organization is focused on providing small businesses with the tools to build the connections needed to succeed in a competitive global environment.
The organization’s formation comes at a time when a renewed focus has centered on small businesses as critical to sustaining the economies of cities across the nation. Economic Gardening, strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses in local economies, is being embraced by cities across the nation as key to sustaining jobs and spurring spending. Leaders of the Tulsa Small Business Connection praised the impact of small businesses in northeast Oklahoma, highlighting that small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the Tulsa region and provide more than 55,000 jobs and an estimated payroll of $1.4 billion.
The launch event was held July 2 at a locally-owned brewery in Tulsa, Marshall Brewing. The company was started by entrepreneur brothers Adam and Eric Marshall in 2008. Adam Marshall, the incoming chair of the Tulsa Small Business Connection, said networking with other small business owners is critical in helping him address challenges he has experienced as an entrepreneur.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber was also on hand during the event, and leaders praised the Connection as critical to the promotion of small businesses in the region.
“The work you plan to do on behalf of small businesses in northeast Oklahoma will surely have positive ripple effects throughout our economy for years to come,” said Wade Edmundson, chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Board and president of Commerce Bank, Oklahoma.
Edmundson explained the Chamber’s support of the new organization, stating Tulsa Small Business Connection members will automatically receive a complimentary membership to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, and current Chamber members can receive a free membership to the Connection.
“We’re pleased to partner with the Tulsa Small Business Connection to advance the needs of small businesses in northeast Oklahoma, which showcases our organization’s commitment toward seeing small businesses continued success in the future,” said Edmundson.
One of the first programs the Tulsa Small Business Connection is hosting to assist new members is the inaugural Small Business Summit on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Tulsa. Presented by Valley National Bank, multiple educational and networking opportunities will be offered by the Tulsa Small Business Connection at the Summit, including sessions covering important topics to businesses such as health care, marketing and management.
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