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What We Do

The mission of the Tulsa Small Business Connection is to educate, empower, and expand small businesses to further the economic opportunity and prosperity of small businesses in the Tulsa region.

Programming


Crystal Star Awards nominations now open


The annual Crystal Star Awards honor the region’s small business leaders. Nominate a small business that has made an impact on our local economy and community. The nomination deadline is March 17. Crystal Star Award winners will be announced at the annual Small Business Summit and Awards on Sept. 28 and will be eligible to compete in the Oklahoma SBA awards. Award categories are as follows:

Small Business Person of the Year
Women in Business Champion
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneurial Success
Manufacturer of the Year
Veteran Business Champion
Diversity Business Advocate
Family Owned Business of the Year

Fill out the nomination application.

If you have questions email kathyduck@tulsachamber.com

 

 

 

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Powered by the Tulsa Regional Chamber.


Because the Connection is powered by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, you have access to a wide range of resources that the Chamber offers.

For more information, visit tulsachamber.com or contact Kathy Duck by email at KathyDuck@TulsaSBC.com or by phone at 918.560.0294.

Business After Hours

BAH-RAH is the premier networking event in the Tulsa region, combining Business After Hours & Restaurant After Hours.


BAH-RAH  combines Business After Hours and Restaurant After Hours into one premier networking event. Thanks to all of this year’s sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. Stay tuned for details about BAH-RAH 2017!

If you are interested in having a restaurant or business booth, contact events@tulsachamber.com.

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Business Behind the Scenes: What you didn’t know you needed


These quarterly programs are designed to help the small business owner and their employees learn how to become empowered in their job and expand their business.  These free and open to the public events will have topics that vary from quarter to quarter touching on issues such as Hiring Practices, Cash Flow, Permitting and Tax Law.

2017 dates & topics:

Feb. 14 – Women in Business roundtables
May 4 – Topic TBD
Aug. 8 – Topic TBD
Nov. 14 – Topic TBD

Luncheons will be held from 11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. at the Hardesty Regional Library. Free to attend. Bring your own lunch.

RSVP to kathyduck@tulsachamber.com. 

CEO Roundtables

Connect with other regional small business leaders and exchange ideas and best practices at a CEO Roundtable.


Connect with other regional small business leaders and exchange ideas and best practices at a CEO Roundtable. Roundtables are free to small business owners/decision maker members only, and these peer groups work like an advisory board for your business. They consist of groups of eight non-competitive peers that meet once a month for two hours to confidentially discuss issues, concerns and celebrate successes they have had with their business.

Advocacy

The Tulsa Regional Chamber, CommunityCare, Delta Dental and MetLife have taken the significant changes facing small businesses as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and structured a program that creates a solution to ACA’s challenges and also provides a portfolio of employee benefits and services previously only available to large employers.


The program is called ChamberCare Plus and is designed for members of the Tulsa Small Business Connection. Visit the link below for more information.

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Committees are vital to the mission of the Small Business Connection.


We encourage small businesses to provide their input on our efforts, and we use these groups to hear what Northeast Oklahoma small businesses require to grow and evolve with the times.

Marketing Committee: A closed committee dedicated to providing exclusive, forward thinking information for our Link newsletter.

Programs Committee: Open to small business owners and their employees, this committee works to provide small businesses with the tools they need to effectively lead and grow. .

Events Committee: Available for owners and employees to participate in, this group creates and improves our social and networking events for small businesses.

Member Connect Committee: One of the most vital groups to the Small Business Connection, the membership committee greets new members and works with existing members to promote all events and programs of the Connection.

Legislative Committee: This group works closely with the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Government Affairs Division to lead the way on advocacy for small businesses on the city, state and federal levels. It is a great opportunity for novice small business advocators to become more involved in government and where their tax dollars go.

If interested, please contact Kathy Duck by email at KathyDuck@TulsaSBC.com or by phone at 918.560.0294.

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Stay in the know through The Link newsletter.


Our monthly newsletter is a great way to stay for members to stay informed. The Link provides articles and tips for small businesses along with Small Business Connection event information and news.

 

For more information, please contact Kathy Duck by email at KathyDuck@TulsaSBC.com or by phone at 918.560.0294.

Minute Marketing

Expand your contact list and increase your company’s visibility by joining business representatives for Breakfast Network.


Breakfast Network provides a fun, interactive format to meet peer small businesses in addition to sharing best practices on networking skills.  2017 will see changes to the speed networking format to encourage more discussion and shared information between attendees. 

All events are  from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Dates are:

April 4 – Breaking the Ice
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Register

June 6
DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Warren Place
Register

Aug. 1
Wyndham Tulsa Hotel
Register

Oct. 10
Wyndham Tulsa Hotel
Register

Dec. 5
DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown
Register

Register at tulsachamber.com.

For more information, call 918.560.0212 or e-mail events@tulsachamber.com.

Think Zoom

Members of the Small Business Connection are eligible for an exclusive discount program from Office Depot, allowing small businesses to save money on items they use every day.


Benefits Include access to private website for order placement, free next-day delivery of in stock items for orders over $50, discounts that apply to in-store purchases, exclusive monthly specials, no contract or sign-on fees and local account manager representation.

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Registration is now open for the fourth annual Small Business Summit and Awards


The Connection is excited to host the fourth annual Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Summit is northeast Oklahoma’s premier small business event, and will feature keynote speakers, topical breakout sessions and the annual Crystal Star Awards presentation. 

This year’s Summit includes breakout sessions such as cyber security, attracting and retaining talent, relationship marketing and others. The lunch keynote is Ann Rhoades, president of People Ink and former executive of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. 

The Summit will culminate with the Crystal Star Awards presentation, which honors the outstanding small businesses in our region. Award winners will be further eligible to compete in the Oklahoma Small Business Administration Awards.

Register for the 2017 Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards

2017 Small Business Summit & Awards agenda:

7:30 a.m. – Morning keynote
8:30-11:45 a.m. – Breakout sessions
Noon-1:30 – Lunch keynote and awards presentation

The annual Crystal Star Awards honor the region’s small business leaders. Below is a list of the 2016 Crystal Star Award winners.

Small Business Person of the Year: Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett and Associates

Women in Business Champion: Sangita Patel Chaterjee, 3S Hospitality

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Dixie Agostino, Switchgear Search and Recruiting

Entrepreneurial Success: DJ Patterson, EcoGreen Mobile Detailing

Manufacturer of the Year: Brooke Hamilton, NPI

Veteran Business Champion: Travis Jones, Career Development Partners

Diversity Business Advocate: Stephanie Elder, Gallant Background Checks

Family Owned Business of the Year: Allison Dickens, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery and Coffeehouse

Pioneer Award: Barrett Waller, Waller & Company Public Relations

Lifetime Achievement Award, Tier 1: White River Fish Market

Lifetime Achievement Award, Tier 2: Tulsa Area United Way

For more information, call 918.560.0294 or email KimNave@TulsaSBC.com

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Connect with other area small business professionals


Small business social are a relaxed, informal way to connect and build relationships with peer small businesses in the area.

Upcoming Social dates:

Tuesday, May 2
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Tulsa Garden Center
RSVP

Thursday, Aug. 17
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Location – TBD

Nov. 16
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Location – TBD

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Shopping at local small businesses is a perfect way to ensure that valuable tax dollars stay in our community to fund the services we all rely on every day. Besides, who doesn’t want to shop local?


Small Business Saturday is set for Nov. 25, 2017. 

Every year, the Tulsa Small Business Connection encourages shoppers to go small on American Express’ post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday. Small businesses need only let us know they are participating – and what deal they are offering shoppers – and the Connection will advertise the deals on social media and push them to local news media.

 

Advocacy

The Small Business Connection is hard at work advocating for small business owners at the local, state and federal levels.


With a significant role in crafting the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s annual OneVoice Legislative Agenda, the Connection and our members are making their voices heard at all levels of government.

More than 425 business and community leaders gathered at the annual OneVoice Legislative Summit to yield the region’s 2017 legislative priorities. 

The top state and top federal priorities from each task force were automatically selected to appear on the 2017 agenda, and Summit attendees voted to determine the remaining issues. The final agenda will reflect the region’s top 15 state and top 15 federal priorities, which will guide the region’s legislative efforts for the upcoming session. Read more

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Find a mentor


 

The Tulsa Small Business Connection and SCORE Tulsa have partnered to provide free mentorship to TSBC members. Mentors are matched according to business type, stage of business and areas of need. SCORE Tulsa has more than 35 local mentors who are current or previous business owners/operators with years of experience in their specialty. SCORE mentors are some of the most knowledgeable business advisors in the nation.

If you would like to find a mentor fill out the short, five-minute mentorship application. SCORE Tulsa will contact you within 24 business hours.  

In addition, if you are looking to give back to the business community by fostering a business,  fill out the volunteer application to find out more on how to become a SCORE mentor.

If you have any questions email kathyduck@tulsasbc.com.

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