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Claudette Wallace smiling outside of Maintain You Spa

Serving People Through Wellness: Maintain You Spa’s Journey to Entrepreneurship with the Help of TEDC Creative Capital

If someone had told Claudette Wallace that she would one day open her own business in the heart of midtown Tulsa, she wouldn’t have believed it. As the owner of Maintain You Spa, located in the Southroads Shopping Center, Claudette loves pursuing her entrepreneurial journey with the help of mentors and financing through TEDC Creative Capital. But it wasn’t always that way. Growing up, she didn’t have a concept of what work really meant. She had to learn it through determination and faith.

Esther Wright, owner of Hilo de Amor

Connecting Communities with Threads of Love: How Hilo de Amor Is Giving Back with Help from TEDC Creative Capital

For Esther Wright, owner of Hilo de Amor, every business has a heart. For her, that’s a heart to help others—especially the people of Oaxaca, Mexico, where she was raised. By promoting Oaxacan culture and traditions to people all over the world through original handmade products, including their signature tote bags, Hilo de Amor is able to help makers in one of the poorest states in Mexico prosper. The business is thriving and making a difference—with a helping hand of financing and education available through TEDC Creative Capital.

Carlos Lopez, owner of District Burger

Expanding the Dinner Table: How TEDC Helped District Burger Launch Its First Location

Carlos Lopez, owner of restaurants Dos Bandidos and District Burger, knows the value of finding the right niche in the food industry. His dream to expand his business and serve delicious, locally sourced burgers has led him to a successful launch in Broken Arrow—with the help of nontraditional funding through TEDC Creative Capital.

Seed Technologies Website and Software Development

When the Shoe Fits: Seed Technologies Finds the Right Major Asset Loan through TEDC

Jennifer Jones knows what it’s like to grow a small business in spite of the unexpected. As President and CEO of Seed Technologies, a software development and online marketing firm, she has experienced the roller-coaster ride involved in building up a company.

Wick and Flame Owners

Custom Candle Fun: How Wick & Flame Launched a Unique Experience with the Help of TEDC Creative Capital

Inspired by a fun opportunity to make candles while on vacation, Basia Lopez and Trevor Liston were ready to launch their own business and find their place in the Tulsa community they’d moved to. With the help of TEDC Creative Capital, they honed in on their unique concept— a personalized candle-making bar for adults—developed a clear business plan and opened to great success in the Tulsa Arts District.

TJ Woodberry, Owner of Poppi’s Spa & Lounge

Scrappy Self-Care Dreams: How Non-Traditional Financing Helped Poppi’s Spa & Lounge Expand and Revitalize

With a passion for pursuing entrepreneurial success that was born in her teens, TJ Woodberry has launched several businesses over the years. Her latest venture, the luxurious Poppi’s Spa & Lounge in downtown Tulsa, highlights her simple yet powerful belief that everyone deserves a place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with themselves.

Whitney McCrory sitting at Legacy Childhood Education Centers

Going Above and Beyond for Children: How TEDC Helped Family-Owned Legacy Childhood Education Centers Thrive Under New Owners

Whitney and Mac McCrory, owners of Legacy Childhood Education Centers, took the bold step of embarking on the joys of buying and building a business—along with all the challenges that come with it. It’s a dream that wouldn’t have become a reality without financial help through TEDC Creative Capital.

LeRoux’s Kitchen co-owners Renauld Porter & Gabriela Castañeda

Creole Cooking and Community Connections: How LeRoux’s Kitchen Landed a Coveted Spot at Mother Road Market with Business Lessons and Lending from TEDC Creative Capital

Co-owners Renauld Porter and Gabriela Castañeda will tell you, their winning recipe for success is built on persistence, passion, taking hold of opportunities, and fostering strategic relationships with entrepreneurial supporters like TEDC Creative Capital.

Shavonne and Duane Grundy

From Crickets to Clients: How local welding and fabrication company, Generation FSH, gained accreditation with the help of TEDC Creative Capital.

With a network of other entrepreneurs and educational and financial support from TEDC Creative Capital (TEDC), Generation FSH went from bending over backward to a booming business.

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Tips from the SBA Cyber Security Summit Protecting Your Small Business Against Cyber Threats

The Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted their annual Cyber Security Summit to share best practices for digital health and how to safeguard your business, assets, and customers. Here are the top ten tips you can use to implement stronger policies in your business!