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Help for low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet. - Tribal Benefits Too!

If eligible: Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50) A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP* OKlahoma Companies participating in the ACP Program: Suddenlink; AT & T; Provalue.Net; & Atlink, and many, many more! Read More....

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Rural access to Broadband Internet will soon be a reality

The state legislature passed a major bill that will inject hundreds of millions of federal pandemic relief dollars into broadband development across Oklahoma, including in rural areas where a big broadband boost is much needed. (Read more)

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Are you ready for the Holiday Shoppers? Well, it's time to start planning...

This week MasterCard announced its prediction that holiday spending by customers would increase by 7.1% over last year. This is good news for businesses that were thinking inflation may quell holiday spending. But how did they decide.. (READ MORE)

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Get your audience more invested in you and help build that know, like, and trust bridge

Your business story is a lasso that draws people in and holds them there. But it can also be a feel-good moment in a sea of dread. With the pending recession and economic struggles most are enduring, now is the perfect time to cultivate and share your business story. (READ MORE)

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What previously was an “either or” situation of working for someone or working on your own, has become yet another “hybrid model.”

Many employees are now working for someone and on their own to make ends meet. It’s possible a good portion of your employees have a side hustle. Here’s why you should be happy about that: (READ MORE)

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Facebook groups are an excellent way to grow your business.

Here are a few ways to do this in an existing group.(READ MORE)

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Procrastination can be severely impacting your business....

It can affect sales, revenue, and employee happiness. But when work is tough and no news sounds good, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll handle the hard stuff on a better day. The problem is there will never be a perfect day to do the hard things. So, here’s how you can tackle today, what you could put off for tomorrow.

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Thinking of stepping up your Business Marketing? Then this article is for YOU.

When a business operator finally decides they need someone focused on their marketing, and they resolve to hire for the position, it usually goes something like this: “This position will be in charge of posting to our social media channels.” But if that’s all you’re doing, you can put that in the hands of the nearest thirteen-year-old. If you’re contemplating stepping up your business marketing, you need more than a scheduler. You need someone who understands the different kinds of marke...(READ MORE)

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Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce visits our Member VMI, Inc.

VMI, Inc. is one of two local Cushing businesses that have been awarded into the Innovation Expansion Program through ODOC. Ahrberg Milling is the other business. The Cushing Chamber is very proud and excited for both of our Member businesses for making it into this program, and we can't wait to see their business expansions over the years. For more information, please click to read.

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Labor Day Social Media Content Ideas; Labor Day Activities with staff & customers; Labor Day Quotes

Labor Day is fast approaching. This unofficial end of summer is largely ignored by businesses partly because a holiday surrounding working doesn’t seem like much fun. However, you can use this day for more than planning a backyard BBQ or trip to the beach. Here are some engaging social media and activity ideas that you can work on over the next month to drive interaction and get employees and customers excited about this much overlooked holiday.

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Workplace trends come and go like snack carts, but these trends may very well revolutionize the way we work because they are just so darn appealing to most employees

But before we go into these workplace trends, know that they are not for everyone. Your business may not be able to function if you put them into operation. There are some businesses that simply require employees in seats, seats that are customer-facing in a central location. But if you do have the flexibility to adopt some of these, you may see very big changes in productivity and morale. These things may be what the employee of tomorrow is looking for.

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While many businesses are launching diversity initiatives, there’s one area of diversity you may not have considered—neurodiversity.

There are several ways to be designated a neurodiverse-friendly business, whether that’s creating a more inviting atmosphere for neurodiverse customers or creating a workplace where all employees are comfortable and valued. Over the past two decades, identification as a neurodiverse individual has increased 600% so ensuring your business embraces this aspect of diversity is growing in importance. (READ MORE)

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No matter how you do it or where they are, your business needs reviews everywhere

The more reviews, the better the customer flow through your business. Your credibility is higher. So getting those reviews are crucial. This article gives you the top 10 ways to get those business reviews. (READ MORE)

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How to get the most value out of a chamber of commerce membership

A small business shouldn't ask about what the benefits are, but rather ask themselves "how can I help the Chamber help me"? (READ MORE)

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If you're looking to Grant Writing on your own, you need to know the basics.

Hiring a grant writer isn’t cheap. Some charge a flat fee, while others base their fee as a percentage of the grant amount. If you’re a small business or nonprofit, you may not be able to afford to hire someone. But it is worth it. To take on grant writing yourself, you’ll miss out on the years of experience you’ll get with a professional and it will likely take more time. But if you’re looking for a DIY solution, you need to know the basics of grant writing. (READ MORE)

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(and yes, it’s time)

If you’re interested in ways to reach more people, and you’re ready to start maximizing technology, it’s time to look at these business solutions:(READ MORE)

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The State of Small Business in Mid-2022 and how you can help

Inflation is being felt everywhere, from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs just starting out. However, the difference between large-scale companies and smaller ones are their reserves. In this challenging time, while you are dealing with your own concerns over stretching your paycheck, we want to share some things you might not realize. (READ MORE)

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Step-By-Step how to get certified as a Woman-owned Business

If you’re a woman who owns a business and you’d like to apply for federal contracts, getting officially certified as a woman-owned business is essential. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of its contracts to women-owned small businesses each year. While the certification process may seem daunting, it’s not that difficult if you know the basic application rules and materials needed.

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Are you ready for summer tourists?

It’s that time of year again and many of us are preparing for a return to normal when it comes to the seasonal onslaught of tourism. Even with high transportation costs people are traveling and still—hopefully—buying. If you’d like to attract more tourists to your place of business, here’s how...(READ MORE)

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Did you know you need other outside Professionals on your Small Biz Team?

If you’re a small business owner without the resources to hire a large full-time team, you can still meet your business needs through freelancing or turning to independent business professionals. This can be an economical way to...(READ MORE)

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Do you get a lot of "looky Loos" and "tire kickers", but not really any sales during local events?

Does your town host a Wine Walk, Holiday Stroll, First Friday, or other downtown event where they close off streets and encourage people to get out and support business? If so, you may know that those events often bring the crowds but also bring “tire kickers,” people who are just out for a stroll, not really interested in what you sell. But, there are ways to turn those "looky loo's" and "tire kickers" into sales. (READ MORE)

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Have you been a victim of email phishing scams?

Recently, there has been a rise in email fraud where a scammer poses as a major retailer, luring unsuspecting people with claims that an expensive purchase was made by them. The email will give a...(READ MORE)

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If you’re doing the following things in business, you may be missing sales because you are making it too hard.

But the one thing that is true is that people will not do business with you if you make it hard to do business. There’s just too much competition and not enough interest. To attract sales and become interested in your business, you want people to know, like, and trust you. Once they are interested, your work isn’t complete. You want to make it easy on them to do business.(READ MORE)

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Great ideas to help your customers celebrate the women in their lives!

Mother’s Day can now be transformed into a time to honor those women who have nurtured us and helped us grow, whether they gave birth to us or not. Keep that in mind in your marketing. (READ MORE)

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But do you ever wonder if you have the type of content that will transform the casual web visitor into someone who buys?

If you’re a small business, you probably bootstrapped your website content, picking it up here and there, copying what you like from other sites (hopefully not word for word), and adding as you go. That’s the way most small businesspeople do it unless you’re lucky enough...(READ MORE)

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CCoC Leadership Cushing 2022 Session: Local Industries

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There is a National Day for EVERYTHING! Have some fun with them!

As I write this article, it’s not only National Empanada Day, it’s also National Zoo Lovers Day. And I plan to go to bed early to rest up for tomorrow’s big double celebration of National Winston Churchill Day and National Unicorn Day. All in, there are 257 national holidays in April alone. If you’re like me, you may find them hard to keep up with, but they can be a great source of engagement for your business. You just have to know how to use them for maximum return and get a little....(READ MORE)

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Use your Time Wisely; Productivity is the Key...

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. While we may have different responsibilities, the most productive people learn to use their time in valuable ways no matter how little of it there is. They quickly grasp the best way to use “stolen minutes” in between projects or appointments. Some even keep a non-critical to-do list of all...(READ MORE)

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Making sure you create an atmosphere where wellness is stressed and made a priority is critical to successful performance. Stressed out employees make more mistakes and have difficulty making good decisions.

Check out these 5 Wellness Ideas for your Business! (READ MORE)

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It's not just about digital "viruses" anymore; the focus is more on Cyber Attacks Now

The current global “go-ings on” are the closest we’ll ever get to advanced warning that cybersecurity is something every business needs to worry about. Big or small, selling globally or just in your tiny town, if you do anything online, your data is in (potential) jeopardy. Here are the things you need to do now. Seriously. (READ MORE)

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They have also MOVED!

Graves Counseling and Wellbeing Group moved their location; rebranded; and is HIRING! (READ MORE)

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March 8, 2022 is International Women's Day! Celebrate with the WORLD!

March 8, 2022, is International Women’s Day when the world celebrates the many contributions of women everywhere. If you’re not sure how to celebrate, we have some ideas for you and your business.(READ MORE)

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Your audience wants to get to know you better..What does that look like and how does that benefit you?

Whether you are a business or a nonprofit, operating in the public sector or the private one, serving businesses and organizations or serving individuals, established in your sector or just starting out, running an empire or “lone wolfing” it, your audience wants to get to know you better. In fact, they expect it. (READ MORE)

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VANCO is Cushing's Authorized Philidelphia Mixer & Plenty Mixer Partner

Let us help you plan for your next API 653 Shutdown - National Strength - 24/7 Field Service - Employee Owned (READ MORE)

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What "EXTRAS" are you including to inspire people to apply?

The past two years have brought about a lot of change in business. But many companies haven’t reevaluated their job descriptions. Every time they have a position to fill, they search....(READ MORE)

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2021 "Of The Year" Winners and Photo Gallery

Oh, what a night!! 🎉🎉 We held our 95th Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 20, with over 200...(READ MORE)

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You're the person deciding on the direction of your business....but are you doing too much at once and losing sight of the goals?

When you run your own business, you’re the person deciding on the direction. You’re in control of start dates and marketing promos. You’re the one who must hold yourself back from the shiny object syndrome. And yet, so many of us fail on that last one and it’s easy to understand why. Open your social media feeds or search on the internet for business advice and you’ll find dozens of articles that tell you what you need to be doing for your business this year—things....(READ MORE)

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Did you do business with our Member Strike LLC? Did you receive information in the Mail recently about them filing Chapter 11?

If you do business with our Member Strike LLC and received a letter in the mail about Strike LLC filing for Chapter 11, then you need to read this information. All information has been pulled from their website & they are building their....(READ MORE)

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How do you like to work? Are you a speed or precision person? Do you like many small projects or one big, long one that you can dig into?

No, you’re not in the middle of a recruitment fair. These are simply questions that most self-aware professionals should know about themselves and about their teams. My go-to answer used to be, “I can do either.” But that’s...(READ MORE)

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Helpful tips and tricks to making those Biz resolutions HAPPEN.

If you’re like me—and almost everyone else in this country—the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit...READ MORE

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Knock your sales out of the park with these last minute Money-Making Subject lines for your Email Marketing

here's one more week left before Christmas, and it’s one of the busiest shopping weeks all year. Sure Black Friday and the Saturday before Christmas are the busiest days (spots 1 and 2 according to Sensormatic) but many of the other top 10 busiest shopping days in the U.S., are still on the horizon such as...READ MORE

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Things you need to do this Small Business Season

We’re down to the last two weeks before Christmas with some of the biggest shopping days of the season still ahead of us. Since every sale...Click to READ MORE

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EMAIL.... WHAT?!? Really?!?

Okay, so this might not be a “secret” weapon, but email marketing can help extend the push to shop small that began on Small Business Saturday. These types of gentle reminders can keep customers.....READ MORE

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Coupons and Specials just aren't enough this year!

One way to bring shoppers into your business over the holiday season is by offering deals. That’s how the big box stores work. They bring in customers through loss leaders. While you might not be in a situation to offer products at cost, you can offer deals to bring th...READ MORE

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...Or in ADDITION TO LOCAL Online businesses...There's a DIFFERENCE with online & LOCAL online shopping!

Yes, online shopping is convenient. You don’t have to change out of your PJs and it’s always open. But in the t-chart of holiday shopping options, there are a lot of reasons to shop local....

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7 helpful tips to make it the best for your customers this Holiday Season

What is one benefit your brick-and-mortar business has over online sellers? This is an important question to ask to get more people to shop small or shop local this holiday season. When someone can grab their phone and purchase a gift quicker...(READ MORE)

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Congratulations to the 2021 BAS Honorees!

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Is your Google My Business up-to-date with ALL your business information?

Most people will agree Google is a large part (dare we say owner?) of the internet, at least from a marketing perspective. That means...READ MORE

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Main Streets in small towns are the greatest for shopping and dining; they make you feel welcome and the employees are amazing. But...local businesses sometimes have their hang ups.

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10 Ideas To Reengage Past Customers For More Sales

It happens. People buy from you and they love you. Then life gets in the way, and they don’t return. Sometimes it’s because they....Read More

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The Top 3 Reasons You Should Place Your Holiday Promo Orders NOW!

You've heard the news, you've read the stories – supply chain issues are crippling....

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Where Cushing Says HELLO To FALL! 🍂🍁

We had such a great time Saturday, Sept. 25 welcoming the Fall Season to Cushing, with the whole community and visito...

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What will you continue when COVID is but a memory?

At some point COVID will be relegated to the same level of concern the flu gets every year. It won’t shutter businesses, alter family celebrations, and be the fuel behind contentious court cases. Someday. Let’s pretend we’re there now...... 4 Things Your Business Should Continue Post-COVID

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Time to start thinking about your 2022 Marketing Plan....These 25 Marketing Questions will help get you started.

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Pumpkin Spice and everything nice!

These Fun Tips will help get your mind thinking about New and Exciting Fall Marketing Ideas for Your Business. What are you thinking about doing for Fall to Drive More Traffic to Your Business?

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How are you looking for new employees?

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We had an amazing time! It's gonna be AMAZING when they open to the Public!

Tracy Caulfield

Do you want to appeal to a younger demographic? Want to get people talking about you? Maybe you want to attract an ultra-cool influencer or celebrity customer? If you do, rebranding and becoming a “fun” company may be just the way to get more attention.

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There’s nothing more awkward than dialing in to a conference call only to find out it’s a video conference call and you haven’t showered since the weekend.

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