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Nature’s Supply

Nature’s Supply
Lori Edgmand, owner
211 N. Perkins, Suite 24
Stillwater, OK 74075

Lori Edgmand, owner of Nature’s Supply in Stillwater, Okla., is celebrating her eighth anniversary of providing fresh organic foods to customers six days a week. Since the company’s beginning, employees and sales have more than doubled creating the necessity to increase retail space which was completed two years ago when the store expanded into a vacant suite next to their current location. After the expansion she soon began working on the next phase of her business plan, to install a commercial kitchen. It took over a year but The Eatery opened several months ago. The Eatery currently offers gluten free as well as dairy free soups and salads. Sandwiches will be added soon. Stephanie Simpson, Edgmand's daughter created the recipes used in the kitchen including a non-dairy soft serve ice cream, which has been a big hit... Read More

Interim Solutions for Government

When Gerald Williams retired early from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he couldn’t sit still very long. After four years of working on his land out in the country and enjoying the grandkids, he decided to create a “part-time” job for himself running a home-based business to provide support services to the federal government. Today, his company, Interim Solutions for Government (ISG), has grown from two employees and $50,000 in revenues to 190 employees with more than $13 million in revenues. He says he owes his success, in part, to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A U.S. Army service-disabled veteran, Gerald worked for 20 years at FAA and retired at the age of 50 as the manager of the Operational Support Division at the FAA Academy. “I knew training backwards and forwards,” he said. “When I started my business I wasn’t looking for a big contract, just something small.”

Although Gerald knew what he wanted to do, he wasn’t prepared to do it.... Read More

Eskimo Joe’s

A sketch of an ear-to-ear grinning Eskimo and his slobbering dog, Buffy is the nationally renowned trademark of a 35-year-old college town company whose sales now gross more than $18 million with about 550 employees, thanks in part to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without SBA,” said Stan Clark, owner of Eskimo Joe’s headquartered in Stillwater, Okla.

In July 1975, two months after college graduation, Clark and a childhood friend had an idea to open a bar in the ground floor of a two story building next to Oklahoma State University. Clark used his life savings of $1,200 to help finance the venture. A freshman art student used a magic marker to sketch the now famous company logo on a large art pad.

They had the logo transferred to some t-shirts and opened for business selling ice-cold 10 cent draws and playing red-hot music on a pieced-together stereo. By the end of the first week end, the t-shirts... Read More

Leader Communications, Inc.

In 11 years, Michael O. Lyles transformed his one-man information technology company into a workforce of almost 200 employees located in 10 states and the District of Columbia, supporting customers around the world. How did he do it? Mr. Lyles said that his secret to success is simple – Find out what the customer truly needs and then find the best way to meet that need.

In 2009, Leader Communications, Inc. (LCI) graduated from the 8(a) program, having benefited for nine years from the advice and assistance provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. LCI boasts a strong customer focus, a clear commitment to quality, and an exceptional team of LCI professionals.

The company is an award-winning, ISO 9001:2008 certified, CMMI© Level 3 rated, Small Disadvantaged, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, information technology and management services firm committed to providing the highest level of professional services and cost-effective solutions for today’s... Read More