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Failure can pave the road to success

How do you measure success in your business? Is it measured by sales? Customer satisfaction? Overall growth? Or, could your success be measured by your failure?

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Building relationships to build your business

I got started in the roofing business when I was 17 working on a roofing crew. Then the summer after my freshman year of college, I started my own company. A friend’s dad was a builder who started replacing a lot of roofs after a major hailstorm. He replaced so many roofs that people thought he had quit building houses and focused solely on roofing, which wasn’t his plan.

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Three small things that made a big difference

On May 10, 2010, we were on a plane to China to adopt our second son when one of the biggest hailstorms in Oklahoma history hit the area. A second major hailstorm hit on May 16.

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When you can see things that don’t exist, you are a true entrepreneur

We all see and hear things through filters that typically only verify something we already believe. We develop our belief system from real-life experiences and the outcomes of those experiences. We try to fit new experiences into our belief system and assume that the outcomes will be the same.

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5 key processes your business should have

There are two businesses in the same industry that are roughly the same size; they have about the same number of employees and the same amount of revenue.

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The secret recipe for the written word

Whether you are responding in writing to a grant opportunity or a request for proposal, how you write your response can make or break that opportunity…

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How to tell a compelling story

At OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County), we applied for and won a competitive grant of $250,000…

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Breaking barriers to technology innovation

Historically, there have been significant barriers to being a technology innovation company. But companies who want to survive must embrace the importance of technology innovation and find ways around these traditional barriers.

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Cultivating a technology innovation mindset

There are two kinds of companies: those who are leveraging technology to become global players and those who will ultimately end up being a pawn shop on main street.

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Hire the right people by making your job enticing

My company is based on this premise: Every job deserves the right person. We help businesses improve their chances of making good hires.
The first thing we discover with most of our clients is that they need help getting ready to hire, which I believe is the most important part of the hiring process. If you don’t do it well, you’re going to end up hiring somebody, but it’s not likely to be the right person.

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