New 'Enlighten' event offers networking, resources for small businesses
To help you strengthen your business, the Chamber recently launched a new event on the first Friday of the month. Enlighten, a lunch-and-learn event that is part of the Business University suite of programming, provides small business networking and education resources exclusively to Chamber member businesses. Event topics offer easily applicable and timely tips for small business owners and managers, including ways to finance a business expansion, things to consider before filing your taxes, marketing your small business and more.
June's event is on Friday, June 7 and the topic is "LinkedIn: An alternative for people who hate cold calling." Gunnar Hood with WSI Summit will cover how the free version of LinkedIn can help you reach prospective customers without cold calling.
In March, attendees learned how to build an effective employee benefits and wellness program from Brad Knowles, Heritage Trust, and Mark Burson, MassMutual Oklahoma. The April topic was "What You Need to Know to Finance a Business Expansion." Ashley Colston, vice president and commercial lending credit administrator with Arvest Bank, discussed what steps to take to become bankable, what things to avoid and what to expect when meeting with a commercial lender. In May, speakers from Anglin PR informed attendees about the top free tools to improve your digital footprint, with tips on how to gain free publicity, create a better online presence, get found and get better reviews online.
The events are held at Walker Terrace, 1300 N Walker Ave., from noon to 1 p.m. A $25 ticket includes a boxed lunch. Seating is very limited, so register at OKCChamber.com/events to ensure you have a seat. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor MassMutual Oklahoma. (Note: no Enlighten will be held in July.)